Orlando, FL (population: 235,745) has three mechanical engineering schools within its city limits. University of Central Florida, the highest ranked school in the city with a mechanical engineering program, has a total student population of 53,401. It is the 71st highest ranked school in the USA and the 2nd highest in the state of Florida (#1 is University of Miami). To learn more about mechanical engineering programs in Orlando, ratemyprofessors.com has reviews of mechanical engineering professors at University of Central Florida such as Ayman Abdallah, Mohamed Abdel-Aty, Osama Abdel-Rahman, Moataz Abdelwahab, Wa'il Abu-El-Sha'r, and Jaber Abu-Qahouq.
Mechanical Engineering students from Orlando schools who go on to become mechanical engineers, mechanical design engineers, mechanical drafters, mechanical designers, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 232,660 people working as mechanical engineers alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $80,580. Also, Mechanical engineering technicians make on average $50,700 per year and there are about 43,580 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Orlando-Kissimmee area alone, there are 100 employed mechanical engineering technicians earning an average salary of $40,250. Mechanical engineers in this area earn $70,900/yr and there are 1,080 employed.
Orlando lies in Orange county, which is one of the 49 counties in Florida. Overall, the Orlando-Kissimmee area has 989,160 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1% unemployment rate, $18/hr average worker wage, and a $38,430 average annual salary. Thus, about 1 out of every 1000 jobs in Orlando are held by mechanical engineers, and 0/1000 are held by mechanical engineering technicians.
Of the 3 mechanical engineering schools in Orlando, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Universal Technical Institute-Automotive Motorcycle & Marine Mechanics comes out as the most expensive ($50,092/yr) for mechanical engineering students, with University of Central Florida as the lowest, reported at only $12,200/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Orlando|
|Winter Park||FL||-||6||33.3306||155||7.2 miles|
|Lake Mary||FL||-||1||18.3465||21||18.2 miles|
|South Daytona||FL||-||1||30.9321||7||51.1 miles|
|Daytona Beach||FL||63,815||4||31.0595||184||51.5 miles|
|Saint Leo||FL||-||1||24.1963||100||55.2 miles|
|Palm Coast||FL||76,000||0||-||0||74.6 miles|
|New Port Richey||FL||-||2||22.9424||46||84.0 miles|
|Saint Petersburg||FL||243,829||7||28.1391||139||92.9 miles|
|Pinellas Park||FL||46,971||2||19.8178||18||92.9 miles|
|Saint Augustine||FL||-||2||46.0117||74||96.5 miles|