As a Valpo mechanical engineering student, you have the opportunity to explore:

The Mechanical Engineering Department provides a program of professional studies grounded in engineering fundamentals and arts and sciences and augmented by the development of interpersonal skills, experiential learning, and an appreciation of lifelong learning. Graduates are prepared to apply their knowledge to society’s needs and help shape the future.

Program Highlights

  • Accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org
  • Exclusive undergraduate program featuring small class sizes
  • Interdisciplinary design projects and small laboratory groups that foster teamwork
  • Extensive computational and laboratory facilities
  • Opportunities for participation in funded undergraduate research programs including summer research
  • Reputation for a gender-neutral learning environment
  • Co-operative Education program with employment opportunities throughout the U.S.


Training in mechanical engineering prepares graduates for a variety of careers. Among them are:

• Project engineer
• Process engineer
• Automotive products designer
• Industrial planner
• Engineering technician
• Design engineer
• Aerospace engineer
• Construction
• Patent attorney
• Manufacturing
• Systems management
• Marketing
• Biomedical engineer
• Consulting engineer
• Robotics engineer
• Professor
• Teacher
• Nuclear engineer
• Energy conservation engineer
• Researcher

SEMESTER 1

GE 100 Fundamentals of Engineering 2 Cr.
GE 199 Engineering Seminar 0 Cr.
CORE 110 The Human Experience 5 Cr.
MATH 131 Analytic Geom. & Calc. I 4 Cr.
PHYS 141 Newtonian Mechanics 3 Cr.
PHYS 141L Experimental Physics I 1 Cr.
KIN 100 Healthy Lifestyles 1 Cr.

SEMESTER 2

ME 104 Computer-Aided Design 2 Cr.
ME 125 MATLAB 1 Cr.
GE 109 Mechanics-Statics 3 Cr.
MATH 132 Calculus II 4 Cr.
PHYS 142 Physics: II E&M 3 Cr.
CORE 115 The Human Experience 5 Cr.

SEMESTER 3

ME 209 Mechanics-Dynamics 3 Cr.
ME 253L Manufacturing Processes Lab 0.5 Cr.
ME 201 Technical Writing 1 Cr.
ECE 281 Fund. Of ECE 2.5 Cr.
MATH 253 Calc. III 4 Cr.
CHEM 115 Chemistry 4 Cr.

SEMESTER 4

ME 215 Mechanics of Matls. 3 Cr.
ME 261 Analog Circuits Lab 0.5 Cr.
ME 270 Thermodynamics I 3 Cr.
MATH 270 Ordinary Differential Equations. 3 Cr.
MATH 260 Linear Systems and Matrices 1 Cr.
THEO 200 The Christian Trad. 3 Cr.
STAT 240 Statistical Analysis 3 Cr.

SEMESTER 5

ME 352 Materials Science 3 Cr.
ME 333 Measurements 4 Cr.
ME 373 Fluid Mechanics 3 Cr.
ME 363 Machine Des. I 3 Cr.
Specified Elective 3 Cr.
   

SEMESTER 6

ME 353 Mfg. Proc. 3.5 Cr.
ME 362 Mechanisms 3 Cr.
ME 374 Heat Power Lab 1 Cr.
ME 376 Heat Transfer 3 Cr.
ME 364 Vibrations 2 Cr.
GE 311 Financial Decisions in Engr. 1.5 Cr.
GE 312 Ethical Decisions in Engr. 1.5 Cr.

SEMESTER 7

ME 405 Finite Element Analysis 2 Cr.
ME 444 Controls 2 Cr.
ME 470 Thermodynamics II 3 Cr.
GE 497 Sr. Design Proj. I 3 Cr.
Specified Elective 3 Cr.
Specified Elective 3 Cr.

SEMESTER 8

GE 498 Senior Design Project II 3 Cr.
Specified Elective 3 Cr.
Specified Elective 3 Cr.
Specified Elective 3 Cr.
Specified Elective 3 Cr.
Total credits required for graduation= 128 Cr.

Electives

*  The humanities, Social Science, and Theology Electives and Foreign Language Diversity elective is selected from a list of approved courses

*  Click here for the approved Math/Science Electives

*  Click here for mechanical engineering elective information

The Mechanical Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,http://www.abet.org.

The mechanical engineering department provides a program of professional study grounded in engineering fundamentals and arts and sciences augmented by the development of interpersonal skills, experiential learning, and an appreciation of life-long learning. Graduates are prepared to apply their knowledge to society’s needs and help shape the future.

Program Educational Objectives

Program Educational Objectives are broad statements that describe what graduates are expected to attain within a few years of graduation. They are based on the needs of the program’s constituencies. The Program Educational Objectives help to direct and measure the success of the Mechanical Engineering Program in accomplishing its mission. Review of the Educational Objectives is an integral part of the annual assessment process.

Within a few years of graduation, mechanical engineering alumni will be expected to have:

1. Our graduates will have a vocation

2. Our graduates will demonstrate growth or advancement in their chosen vocation

3. Our graduates will contribute to society through their endeavors in their chosen vocation

Student Outcomes

Student Outcomes describe what students are expected to know and be able to do by the time of graduation.  These relate to the skills, knowledge, and behaviors that students acquire as they progress through the program. The Student Outcomes help to direct and measure the success of the Mechanical Engineering Program in accomplishing its mission. Review of the Student Outcomes is an integral part of the annual assessment process

Upon successful completion of the Mechanical Engineering Program, graduates will have:

A. an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering

A-ME. an ability to apply principles of engineering, basic science, and mathematics (including multivariate calculus and differential equations) to model, analyze, design, and realize physical systems, components, or processes

B. an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data

C. an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability

C-ME. an ability to work professionally in both thermal science and mechanical system areas

D. an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams

E. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems

F. an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility

G. an ability to communicate effectively

H. the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context

H-VU. completed a broad-based education in the humanities and general studies

I. a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in, life-long learning

J. a knowledge of contemporary issues

K. an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice

L-VU. demonstrated service to campus and community and responsibility to self, profession, and society

Enrollment and Graduation Data

The College of Engineering tracks its enrollment and graduation data, click the link below to view our data over the past five years.

Enrollment and Graduation Data

Computer Specifications: When looking for a computer to use for engineering classes, please refer to this PDF for the specifications.

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