Students work together in collaboration with faculty and laboratory staff to design and build a variety of working machines. Recent projects include a reusable rocket, a small Formula-style race car, a model airplane, and a Battlebot.
The department has approximately 12,000 square feet of laboratory space, which is used to support undergraduate instruction, student research, student design projects, and faculty research.
Roughly half of Lafayette mechanical engineering students choose to study abroad whether for a semester or January or May interim term. Lafayette actively supports semester-long programs for sophomore engineering students with Lafayette faculty members teaching courses and accompanying students on cultural excursions.