Memphis, TN (population: 662,989) has three mechanical engineering schools within its city limits. Christian Brothers University, the highest ranked school in the city with a mechanical engineering program, has a total student population of 1,926. It is the 2891st highest ranked school in the USA and the 80th highest in the state of Tennessee (#1 is Vanderbilt University). To learn more about mechanical engineering programs in Memphis, ratemyprofessors.com has reviews of mechanical engineering professors at Christian Brothers University such as Ray W Brown, Robert Drake, Joseph Londino, K Madhavan, Siripong Malasri, and Gene McGinnis.
Mechanical Engineering students from Memphis 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 Memphis-MS-AR area alone, there are 40 employed mechanical engineering technicians earning an average salary of $45,160. Mechanical engineers in this area earn $74,170/yr and there are 490 employed.
Memphis lies in Shelby county, which is one of the 26 counties in Tennessee. Overall, the Memphis-MS-AR area has 605,630 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1.2% unemployment rate, $18.93/hr average worker wage, and a $39,380 average annual salary. Thus, about 0.802 out of every 1000 jobs in Memphis are held by mechanical engineers, and 0.061/1000 are held by mechanical engineering technicians.
Of the 3 mechanical engineering schools in Memphis, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Christian Brothers University comes out as the most expensive ($12,892/yr) for mechanical engineering students, with Southwest Tennessee Community College as the lowest, reported at only $4,338/yr.