Mechanical Engineering is a professional discipline that addresses the utilization of technological and scientific know-how to advance the efficiency, safety, utility and reliability of mechanical and thermal systems for the benefit of humanity. Nowadays, engineering is more interdisciplinary, team-oriented, and environmentally sensitive than ever before. This program encompasses the traditional roles of Mechanical Engineering in areas of analysis, design, manufacturing, and testing of mechanical and thermal systems (i.e. boilers, steam plants, heat exchangers, hydraulic systems, refrigeration, etc.), while also including emphasis in system integration, propulsion systems, concurrent engineering, and other competitive engineering practices. Design for manufacture considers additional elements such as consumer satisfaction, time to market, and others.
This program is designed to provide the necessary foundation in engineering analysis, design, manufacturing and engineering sciences leading to the Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering. The common program includes courses in fluid and solid mechanics, heat transfer, thermodynamics, instrumentation, automatic controls and mechanical and thermal design. Additional instruction is available through the program options that include; power generation, energy systems, manufacturing systems, and system integration. Emphasis is placed in an appropriate combination of theoretical and experimental instruction to enable students to carry out engineering projects that cover concurrent engineering design practices. Therefore, each lab experiment contains elements of design and manufacturing. Students’ instruction will include the use of modern computer simulation tools such as MatLab, CAD, CAE, Lab-View and others as appropriate in developing their designs. Additionally, students are required to take a two-semester capstone design course that addresses integration of design, manufacturing, reliability, economics, maintainability, and life cycle disposal in their projects.
Oral Communication and writing skills are an important part of the program. Students are required to complete projects in mechanical engineering courses as members of teams and to present their results orally and with a written report.
Mechanical engineering graduates can expect to work in government and in private or public corporations throughout the entire country. These range from automotive corporations to aerospace companies. Mechanical engineering graduates can continue their education by pursuing graduate studies. The Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission(EAC) of ABET.