Knoxville, TN (population: 187,071) has three mechanical engineering schools within its city limits. The University of Tennessee, the highest ranked school in the city with a mechanical engineering program, has a total student population of 29,934. It is the 932nd highest ranked school in the USA and the 16th highest in the state of Tennessee (#1 is Vanderbilt University). To learn more about mechanical engineering programs in Knoxville, ratemyprofessors.com has reviews of mechanical engineering professors at The University of Tennessee such as Mongi Abidi, Igor Alexeff, Ortal Arazi, Ortal Arel, R. V. Arimilli, and James Bass.
Mechanical Engineering students from Knoxville 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 Knoxville area alone, there are 70 employed mechanical engineering technicians earning an average salary of $51,350. Mechanical engineers in this area earn $87,400/yr and there are 730 employed.
Knoxville lies in Knox county, which is one of the 26 counties in Tennessee. Overall, the Knoxville area has 324,080 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.0% unemployment rate, $18.18/hr average worker wage, and a $37,820 average annual salary. Thus, about 2.247 out of every 1000 jobs in Knoxville are held by mechanical engineers, and 0.201/1000 are held by mechanical engineering technicians.
Of the 3 mechanical engineering schools in Knoxville, only 2 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, The University of Tennessee comes out as the most expensive ($13,139/yr) for mechanical engineering students, with Tennessee Technology Center at Knoxville as the lowest, reported at only $3,768/yr.
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