The mechanical engineering program provides graduates with a foundation in mathematics, science and engineering fundamentals, as well as a comprehensive knowledge of the mechanical engineering discipline. In the program, emphasis is placed on the general physical laws and theoretical concepts from which all technological applications derive. The program is structured so that studies in mathematics and science prepare the student for the theories of solid structures, thermodynamics and fluid mechanics. From this foundation, the principal areas of application are covered, including: design of machines, heat transfer and energy systems. Theoretical study in each of these areas is supported by extensive laboratory work with professional test instrumentation. Graduates often choose careers in the design and manufacturing of thermal and mechanical systems in traditional fields such as automotive, aerospace, HVAC and instrumentation. The mechanical engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET (http://www.abet.org).
- Will be employed in mechanical engineering related fields or in other career fields in industry, business, academic, government, or non-profit organizations
- Will continue to enhance their professional skills by participating in professional organizations, completing additional college courses, or completing industry-sponsored short courses
Student Learning Outcomes
Mechanical engineering graduates will successfully demonstrate the 7 ABET program outcomes:
- an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles on engineering, science, and mathematics.
- 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.
- an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
- 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 contexts.
- 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.
- an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.
- an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.