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Career Gateway Electives

Students at the METER Lab

Students at the METER Lab

The mechanical engineering curriculum includes twelve hours of career gateway electives (CGEs), which give students the ability to tailor their curriculum to meet their career goals.

There are several options for students to select appropriate CGEs:


Career Gateway Elective Options (links below in blue)

Mechanical Engineering or related field

1) Students interested in pursuing a career in ME, an ME-related field or attending graduate school in ME should consider using their CGEs to build depth in a particular area of ME by selecting one of the Bridges to the Future Certificate Programs (BttFCP) and discussing their options with the BttFCP Faculty advisor for the program that they are interested in.

Crossing traditional career boundaries

2) For those students whose interests cross-traditional boundaries, another option is selecting CGEs from more than one BttFCP or simply selecting other upper division ME technical electives. Students should discuss course options with the Undergraduate Advising Office and/or with the Faculty Advisor for those BttFCPs that they are interested in.

Non-engineering strands

3) Students whose ultimate career goals lie outside of Engineering may wish to consider one of the non-Engineering strands.

Design your own career gateway plan

4) For students who don't fit into any of the above categories, the ME degree provides the flexibility for students to design their own Career Gateway plan. Approved CGEs for this option include other upper-division courses in ME, or in other engineering departments, or approved upper-division courses in Natural Sciences, Architecture and Business or Economics, or any upper-division course in another college or department that is flagged.

BEFORE registering for any career gateway elective courses, students should consider carefully how their CGEs will support their career objectives. We strongly recommend that students speak with the Undergraduate Advising Office and/or with a Faculty CGE Advisor before deciding on their CGEs. Ultimately, the faculty undergraduate adviser in mechanical engineering must provide final approval before the student's first-degree audit for graduation.

To obtain the CGE form, please see the Academic Advising Office, ETC 5.224. Although CGEs can be taken in any semester, a student must be in major sequence before completing the CGE form.

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