Mechanical Engineering is a very broad curriculum which offers its graduates a wide choice of careers. Mechanical Engineers deal with the production, control and utilization of energy and motion in systems to benefit society. The VMI Mechanical Engineering Curriculum prepares cadets for careers in either the military or in the civilian world. Typical civilian career paths might be in aerospace, power, HVAC, bioengineering, manufacturing, management and a host of others.
A special feature of the VMI Mechanical Engineering Curriculum is the capstone design course which is done through VMI's Cooperative Engineering Center. Three cadet teams work on "real world" design projects during their final semester. These projects are supplied by local industries who are members of the Cooperative Engineering Center. The cadets have an industry engineer and a faculty member as advisors. These advisors are to help keep the cadets on track, but not to help them solve the problem. The cadets must write a formal design report and give an oral report to supporting industry.