Why Study at UNM

UNM offers Bachelor of Science, Master of Science, Master of Engineering, Master of Construction Management, and Ph.D. degrees in all traditional specializations within Civil Engineering as well as Construction Engineering and Construction Management. UNM is a great place to study! If you are serious about a degree in civil engineering or construction, you should be considering UNM.

Here’s why:

You want a real-world education.

All our faculty are licensed professional engineers. Many have extensive working experience outside academia, yet all have degrees from leading universities. This translates into a curriculum that has a unique balance between fundamental engineering concepts and real-world practical knowledge that no other program can offer. Almost 100 percent of UNM CE students taking the FE exam will pass, testimony to a solid education that few universities can claim.

You want some attention.

If you want graduate classes with 40 students, go someplace else. UNM’s graduate CE classes often have less than 12-15 students. What’s more, all classes are taught by professors or highly qualified adjuncts, not teaching assistants. Our program is student-oriented, with suburb faculty-student interaction and lots of individual attention.

You want a school with great resources.

CE at UNM has well-equipped structural geotechnical, hydraulic, and environmental labs as well as great student computing resources and a research site on the banks of the Rio Grande. CE has close relationships with other departments on campus as well as the Sandia and Los Alamos National Labs which provide great access to high tech resources, funding opportunities, and exciting research projects. As a Carnegie Doctoral/Research-Extensive University, UNM competes with the best universities in America. As a minority-serving institution, UNM often has special funding opportunities. In addition, CE awards more scholarship dollars to its students than any other department in the School of Engineering. UNM has been recognized as a school offering “the best value for your tuition dollar”.

You want to have some fun.

After finishing a long day of studying, who wants to be surrounded by nothing but cornfields or high-rise buildings? Whether you like skiing, hiking, biking, camping, backpacking, whitewater rafting, fishing, kayaking, or golfing, you’ll find it in or very near Albuquerque. Our climate has low humidity and lots of sunshine. Because Albuquerque is 5,000 feet above sea level, the temperatures are much more comfortable than you might expect.

Career Opportunities:

With a degree in Mechanical Engineering from UNM, students are ready to:

  • Work in robotics, manufacturing, aerospace, biotech, and more
  • Develop alternative energy resources
  • Design aircraft and automotive vehicles
  • Conduct atmospheric research
Career Median Salary 
Mechanical Engineering Technicians $52,390
Mechanical Drafters $51,520
Mechanical Engineers $82,100
Mechanical Engineering Technologists $60,560

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).