Program Overview

Worcester Polytechnic Institute offers a Certificate in Mechanical Engineering that is well suited for students who are interested in pursuing a career in mechanical engineering. Enrolled students will have the opportunity to study fluid engineering and dynamics, systems, robotics, renewable energy, and various other topics. This knowledge is necessary for employment in today’s mechanical engineering career field and gives students a competitive edge while applying for jobs. Graduates will gain specialized knowledge in order to work in this industry. However, the abilities of graduates of this certificate program will depend on what courses they select while achieving the certificate. This program is ideal for individuals who are already working within this field and want to enhance their performance or those who wish to enter.

The Certificate in Mechanical Engineering Program may be completed on a part-time schedule. Students who are enrolled must select a cluster of four mechanical engineering courses in order to complete the program. Students may choose from the following courses: Applied Analytical Methods in Engineering, Applied Numerical Methods in Engineering, Advanced Fluid Dynamics, Advanced Gas Dynamics, Computational Fluid Dynamics, Turbomachinery, Renewable Energy, Mechanical Vibrations, Advanced Dynamics, Introduction to Control of Nonlinear Dynamical Systems, Multi-Robot Systems, Biomedical Robotics, Applied Finite Element Methods in Engineering, Laser Metrology & Non-destructive Testing, Computer-Aided Design and Geometric Modeling, and Advanced Topics in Vibrations. These courses are designed to ensure that graduates are well prepared to handle a variety of different mechanical tasks within the engineering career field.

All courses for this program are available online. Students should have basic computer skills and a reliable internet connection. This online learning environment provides flexibility for enrolled students who are employed or have other obligations. However, students must be highly disciplined to complete a large amount of coursework. Time management and word processing skills are very important for students who enroll in this certificate program. A Bachelor of Science in a related field is required as well as other undergraduate courses.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Certificate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

    Accelerated Degree:

    Accreditation & Licensing

    New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education


    A Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering or in a related field such as other engineering disciplines, physics, or mathematics is required.

    School Overview

    Situated on an 80 acre campus in the historic town of Worcester, Massachusetts, Worcester Polytechnic Institute is one of a small group of Polytechnic universities in the country, dedicated to educating students in the fields of engineering, science management and humanities. Founded in 1865, shortly after the end of the civil war, WPI was founded at a time when America was approaching a period of industrial and technological growth. WPI’s founders desired to develop a university that could develop a new class of engineering, scientific and entrepreneurial professionals.

    WPI offers bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees in the following schools:

    • School of Arts & Sciences
    • Foisie School of Business
    • School of Engineering

    Many certificates and master's degrees are available in fully online formats through the department of Online Graduate Programs.


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