Chattanooga has a total population of 155,554 and a student population of 22,629. Of these students, 10,526 are enrolled in schools that offer mechanical engineering programs.
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga is the largest mechanical engineering school in Chattanooga, based on student population. In 2010, approximately 24 students graduated from the Mechanical Engineering program at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
In 2010, 24 students graduated with a mechanical engineering degree from one of Chattanooga's mechanical engineering schools. If you decide to attend one of Chattanooga's mechanical engineering schools, you can expect to pay an average of $17,938 per year in instate tuition and $29,236 per year in out of state tuition.
In addition to tuition costs, you should plan on spending an average of $1,000 for books and supplies each year, while enrolled in a mechanical engineering program in Chattanooga. And if you live on campus, you will face an additional expense of $8,190 per year, on average, for room and board at Chattanooga-based mechanical engineering schools. Students who live at home can cut this cost down to approximately $0.
If you decide to work as a mechanical engineer in Chattanooga, your job prospects are not very good. There were 4,000 mechanical engineers working in Tennessee and 380 working in the greater Chattanooga area in 2010. The government projects that the number of mechanical engineers in Chattanooga will decrease by -10% by the year 2018. This projected change is slower than the projected nationwide trend for mechanical engineers.
The average salary you can expect to earn as a mechanical engineer in Chattanooga is $81,260 per year, which is higher than the average for mechanical engineers state-wide.