Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering


Program Description

What do mechanical engineers do?

Mechanical engineers put machines to work for people. We made the steam engines that powered the industrial revolution; we still use steam power to generate most of the electricity in the USA. We also make better use of energy by designing more efficient buildings, vehicles, and even washing machines. We design hip implants for aging people, toys for kids, and kitchen utensils for people with disabilities. We make factories work by making machines that make things and by leading multidisciplinary teams. We design airplanes, helicopters, and space vehicles. Mechanical engineers design robots in every industry we work in: we make robots for surgery, cleaning, manufacturing, and space exploration. Some of us wind up doing things that don’t look like engineering but still require compassion, teamwork, creativity, and curiosity; we are scientists, clergy, social workers, managers, teachers, and physicians. Mechanical engineering is a broad field so mechanical engineering graduates can find fulfilling work in any industry.

What's great about careers in mechanical engineering?

Mechanical engineers have high career satisfaction because they get to be creative and work together to help people. Because ME is the broadest engineering discipline, we have options for career growth including technical specialization, management, and entrepreneurship. Our work stays interesting because technology is always changing and because we can move between fields; our flexibility helps us be resilient to changing market conditions. Many ME jobs have a family-friendly combination of salary and working hours.


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What makes the King's mechanical engineering program different?

  • Engineering by people, for people. Our work is animated by a desire to meet human needs and it is done collaboratively and creatively. Because we start with people, it’s natural for us to be ethical and responsible for society, and for us to help everyone on the team be better. At King’s College, small class sizes enable close interactions with faculty who can guide students on how to start the design with understanding the people we’re serving.
  • Authentic engineering experiences. Our students do design throughout the program. In class, students don’t just use textbook knowledge; they use engineering handbooks, codes, standards, and catalogs. Most courses in our engineering curriculum have hands-on labs. In labs, students solve complex, open-ended problems by using the tools that real engineers do, such as solid modeling and finite element analysis software, measurement tools, and fabrication equipment.
  • Industriousness. Our students take the initiative to tackle challenging problems. When they experience setbacks, they determine what went wrong and figure out how to make it work.
  • Integration of professional and technical skills. Mechanical engineers don’t just size gears or heat exchangers—they start by understanding people’s needs, then work in teams to do the research, experimentation, and design to meet those needs. Therefore, our students don’t just learn technical skills, they practice those skills in a professional context.

Career Opportunities

Mechanical engineering is one of the oldest and broadest of the engineering disciplines. Mechanical engineers research and create designs, develop tools and processes, and conduct tests for engines, machines, and other mechanical devices. The many industries and technologies that depend on the skills of mechanical engineers include heating, ventilating, air-conditioning, and refrigeration (HVAC) systems, machine design, automatic control, and instrumentation technologies, robotics, material handling, and computer-numerical control systems.

Mechanical engineers are becoming more involved in the incorporation of environmentally considerate principles and practices, including green design, alternative energy development, and pollution prevention.

Program Educational Objectives

Within a few years of graduation, alumni of the King’s College Mechanical Engineering program are expected to:

  1. Complete engineering projects by using technical knowledge, working independently and as a member of a team, taking responsibility, and demonstrating leadership.
  2. Recognize how their responsibilities fit into their organization and thus take initiative to support the broader organization.
  3. Grow professionally and engage in life-long learning by engaging in activities such as completing graduate degrees or pursuing other training, obtaining licensure or certifications, and receiving guidance from mentors.
  4. Act as citizen-engineers by living and working ethically and with concern for society and the environment.

Student Outcomes

Students graduating from the Mechanical Engineering program at King’s College should be able to demonstrate the following:

  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 contexts;
  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.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of mechanical engineers is projected to grow five percent nationwide from 2014 to 2024. Mechanical engineering careers provide great flexibility: The skills and techniques acquired while studying mechanical engineering at King's are transferable to a wide range of industries and job specializations, including industrial, biomedical, mechatronic and automated manufacturing, aerospace and systems engineering. Major industries employing mechanical engineers include mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction; power and communication infrastructure; manufacturing, particularly metals and fabricated metal products; machinery manufacturing; and transportation equipment manufacturing. The program will place an emphasis on mechanical design, as well as manufacturing systems and process control, utilizing state of the art simulation software and manufacturing system models.

Learning Goals for the Mechanical Engineering Program

The curriculum for the mechanical engineering program has been structured around the "Fundamentals of Engineering – Mechanical" exam, administered by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES). This exam will serve as an assessment tool for the mechanical engineering major. The curriculum model for the Mechanical Engineering program includes the following competencies and topics:

  • Mathematics
  • Probability and Statistics
  • Computational Tools
  • Ethics and Professional Practice
  • Engineering Economics
  • Electricity and Magnetism
  • Statics
  • Dynamics, Kinematics, and Vibrations
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Material Properties and Processing
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Thermodynamics
  • Heat Transfer
  • Measurements, Instruments, and Controls
  • Mechanical Design and Analysis

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Curriculum Planner

Listed below is a suggested four-year plan of study for the Mechanical Engineering program:

1st Year - Fall (15 cr)

  • CHEM 113 General Chemistry I (3 cr)
  • CHEM 113L General Chemistry I Lab (1 cr)
  • PHYS 113 Physics for Scientists & Engineers I (3 cr)
  • PHYS 113L Physics for Scientists & Eng I Lab (1 cr)
  • MATH 129 Calculus I (4 cr)
  • ENGR 150 Engineering Seminar (2 cr)
  • HCE 101 Holy Cross Experience (1 cr)

1st Year - Spring (18* cr)

  • CHEM 114 General Chemistry II (3 cr)
  • CHEM 114L General Chemistry II Lab (1 cr)
  • PHYS 114 Physics for Scientists & Engineers II (3 cr)
  • PHYS 114L Physics for Scientists & Eng II Lab (1 cr)
  • MATH 130 Calculus II (4 cr)
  • CORE (3 cr)
  • CORE (3 cr)

2nd Year - Fall (16.5 cr)

  • ME 200 Introduction to Mechanical Engineering (3 cr)
  • ME 200L Intro to Mechanical Engineering Lab (.5 cr)
  • MATH 231 Calculus III (4 cr)
  • MATH 238 Differential Equations (3 cr)
  • CS 111 Programming for Science and Engineering (2 cr)
  • CS 111L Programming for Science and Engineering Lab (1 cr)
  • PHYS 241 Statics (3 cr)

2nd Year – Spring (19.5* cr)

  • ENGR 250 System Design & Analysis (3 cr)
  • ENGR 250L System Design & Analysis Lab (1 cr)
  • ENGR 350 Engineering Materials(3 cr)
  • ENGR 350L Engineering Materials Lab (.5 cr)
  • PHYS 242 Mechanics of Solids (3 cr)
  • MATH 237 Mathematics Methods for Physical Sciences (3 cr)
  • CORE (3 cr)
  • CORE (3 cr)

3rd Year – Fall (19.5* cr)

  • ENGR 320 Fluid Mechanics (3 cr)
  • ENGR 320L Fluid Mechanics Lab (.5 cr)
  • ENGR 330 Project Management (3 cr)
  • ME 320 Manufacturing Systems (3 cr)
  • ME 320L Manufacturing Systems Lab (1 cr)
  • PHYS 350 Thermodynamics (3 cr)
  • CORE (3 cr)
  • CORE (3 cr)

3rd Year – Spring (16.5 cr)

  • ME 360 Heat Transfer (3 cr)
  • ME 360L Heat Transfer Lab (1 cr)
  • ME 340 Dynamics (3 cr)
  • ME 340L Dynamics Lab (.5 cr)
  • ENGR 360 Probability & Engineering Statistics (3 cr)
  • CORE (3 cr)
  • CORE (3 cr)

4th Year - Fall (17 cr)

  • ME 400 Mechanical Design (3 cr)
  • ME 400L Mechanical Design Lab (1 cr)
  • ME 380 Mechatronics (3 cr)
  • ME 380 Mechatronics (1 cr)
  • ME 410 Special Topics in Mechanical Engineering I or CORE (3 cr)
  • CORE (3 cr)
  • CORE (3 cr)

4th Year – Spring (18* cr)

  • ME 480 Senior ME Seminar (1 cr)
  • ME 440 Senior Design (3 cr)
  • ME 440L Senior Design Lab (1 cr)
  • ME 420 System Dynamics (3 cr)
  • ME 420L System Dynamics Lab (1 cr)
  • CORE or ME 411 Special Topics in Mechanical Engineering II (3 cr)
  • CORE (3 cr)
  • CORE (3 cr)

Total Credits Required for Graduation = 140

* Students are encouraged to take a summer course to relieve the credit load during this semester

Last updated Oct 2020

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