Why Choose the Southern Maryland Mechanical Engineering Program?

  • Earn a degree from a quality, accredited program close to home. The B.S. in Mechanical Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, Inc., the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology. ABET is the recognized accreditor of college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering and technology.
  • Small class sizes allow you greater access to faculty members and more individualized attention.
  • The curriculum is designed to equip you with the skills to successfully pursue a career with any number of regional organizations.
  • By pursuing valuable internships and research, you can gain hands-on engineering experience

For more information, contact the Department of Mechanical Engineering Student Services Office at enmeundergrad@umd.edu.


The University of Maryland offers a four-year B.S. in Mechanical Engineering program to students in the Southern Maryland region in a convenient, student friendly format. Through the College of Southern Maryland or another college or university, you can take credits to complete general coursework.

For the remaining two years of the program, you will take courses at the University System of Maryland Southern Maryland (USMSM) and at the University of Maryland College Park.

The program provides a quality engineering education to the region’s residents and builds technical expertise for industries as diverse as the Naval Air Warfare Center- Aircraft Division, Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin Corporation and others.

To review full program requirements, visit eng.umd.edu/advising/transfer.


Engineering courses at the University System of Maryland Southern Maryland (USMSM) are taught by experienced part-time faculty members with strong connections to the Patuxtent River Naval Air Station. Courses taught at the University of Maryland are led by full-time faculty who are recognized as leaders in the field.


You are encouraged to pursue valuable hands-on experience by applying to a competitive vacancy job announcement at NAWC-AD, which has developed an academic partnership with the University of Maryland to provide students with hands-on experience in conjunction with their academic studies. The NAWC-AD program may offer tuition and provides employment during the summers and holidays.

Other companies may offer internships, which include full-time employment during the summer that may lead to part-time internships during the academic year or during winter break. The majority of positions are paid. An internship position can help you:

  • Get the job you want following graduation by working as you complete your degree. Serious engineering experience will ensure that you and your resume attract attention from employers. • Save money for school, car or other priorities.
  • Make connections with people in your field and in the region.
  • Gain the confidence, knowledge and skills that are essential to succeed in the work world and in life.
  • Receive a job offer if you perform well with your current employer.

You can apply to the University of Maryland Clark School of Engineering in January of your sophomore year in the program. By June 1, you will learn of your acceptance into the Clark School program.

You must complete all of the Gateway requirements to enroll in the program. See a full list of requirements at eng.umd.edu/advising/transfer.

Students interested in applying to the program or getting more information about the transfer process, evaluation of credits or admission criteria, should contact A. James Clark School of Engineering Transfer Coordinator at transfer_engr@umd.edu.

Employers that partner with the A. James Clark School of Engineering through the internship program offer invaluable career-related work experience that enhances students’ academic training, professional growth and personal development. Large and small companies can participate in the internship program and help cultivate the next generation of engineers serving the Southern Maryland region. In partnership with the Clark School’s Engineering Co-op and Career Services Office, companies can also participate in campus interviews, career fairs and job postings.

Through student internships, employers can:

  • Reduce the cost of recruitment by previewing potential future hires and identifying candidates for full-time job opportunities when they graduate.
  • Pre-train future employees and supplement your work force.
  • Instill new energy into your organization through the enthusiasm of student employees.
  • Provide management development opportunities for current employees by giving them supervisory roles with students.
  • Build a network of campus ambassadors as students return to their studies after work and spread the good word about your organization.

Partnering with the Clark School of Engineering will:

  • Strengthen your connection with one of the nation’s top public research universities.
  • Give high-achieving students a “trial run” at your firm through internship and research opportunities, broaden your recruiting base, and identify students with the greatest potential to become successful employees at your organization.
  • Give your company access to students trained specifically to meet the technical needs of your industry.
  • Support the development of a high-technology workforce and enhance the economic viability of the region.


Employers interested in providing internships for students should contact:
Deborah Vidmar
Engineering Career Services Office

Naval Air Warfare Center Internships

The Naval Air Warfare Center-Aircraft Division (NAWC-AD) offers a competitive internship program for students receiving degrees in mechanical engineering.

Students accepted into the B.S. in Mechanical Engineering program at the University of Maryland are eligible to apply to this internship program.

This program includes hands-on experience through summer and holiday employment and may offer tuition reimbursement. The internship requires U.S. citizenship.

For more information about this internship, contact:

Anthony Malatesta