FMU now offering degree in mechanical engineering
A new year and another new program is underway at Francis Marion University.
FMU’s first class of mechanical engineering students began their studies this spring. There are 30 students in the first two cohorts. The program will produce its first graduates in 2022. It’s expected to produce 15-20 graduates a year when it matures.
The program is FMU’s second engineering major. It follows the very successful industrial engineering program, which launched in 2014 and saw its first graduates in 2017. Every FMU industrial engineering graduate to date has either been employed in the field immediately after graduation or enrolled in a graduate degree program.
Dr. Rahul Renu, the director of the mechanical engineering program said mechanical engineering was an excellent fit for FMU’s burgeoning engineering field.
Mechanical engineering involves applying the physics of motion (force, energy, and kinematics) to design equipment, devices, and machines. Mechanical engineers have the ability to analyze and design objects and systems with motion. Mechanical engineers work in a variety of design and manufacturing industries, including aerospace, automotive, construction, energy, and robotics.
The demand for mechanical engineers in South Carolina is expected to outpace the national demand through the next decade, according to statistics from the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics.