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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 and extensive contact with faculty
  • Interdisciplinary design projects that foster teamwork
  • Multiple laboratory experiences that foster hands-on learning
  • Extensive laboratory and computational facilities
  • Opportunities for participation in funded undergraduate research programs including summer research


Training in mechanical engineering prepares graduates for a variety of careers. Among them are:
  • Design engineer
  • Project engineer
  • Process engineer
  • Manufacturing engineer
  • Operations engineer
  • Applications engineer
  • Technical sales
  • Engineering management

And with further studies, mechanical engineering forms a solid foundation for a career as a:

  • Patent attorney
  • Medical doctor
  • Entrepreneur
  • Businessman

Finally, students who earn an undergraduate mechanical engineering degree can pursue graduate studies in:

  • Biomedical engineering
  • Aerospace engineering
  • Chemical engineering
  • Business
  • Law
  • Medicine

SEMESTER 1

GE 100 Fundamentals of Engineering 2 Cr.
CORE 110 The Human Experience 4 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 4 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

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

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:

  1. Have a vocation/career
  2. Demonstrate growth or advancement in their chosen vocation/career
  3. Contribute to society through their endeavors in their chosen vocation/career

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:

 

  1. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics;
  2. An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors;
  3. An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences;
  4. An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal context;
  5. An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives;
  6. An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions;
  7. An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

Additionally:

  1. The curriculum must require students 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; and prepare students to work professionally in either thermal or mechanical systems while requiring topics in each area.
  2. The program must demonstrate that faculty members responsible for the upper-level professional program are maintaining currency in their specialty area.

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

 

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