Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering

General

Program Description

The Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering offers undergraduate programs in mechanical engineering, and materials science and engineering. Both programs are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. These programs cover traditional engineering fundamentals and develop the skills for modern engineering analysis and design. Laboratory and computer experiences are integrated throughout the curriculum. Most required courses are offered in both day and evening sections at least once a year.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate an advanced understanding of the basic principles of mechanical engineering.
  • Demonstrate engineering competency in one of two concentration areas: design or thermofluids.
  • Recognize the need for life‐long learning.
  • Demonstrate their ability to communicate engineering ideas and techniques.
  • Demonstrate a mathematical competency above that of an undergraduate engineering student.

Why Choose Mechanical Engineering?

Mechanical engineers focus on the analysis, design, automation, fabrication, testing, evaluation, and optimization of mechanical systems. Mechanical engineers are designers and problem solvers who are involved, in some way, with practically everything around us.

Historically, mechanical engineering (ME) includes two branches of study. The first deals with heat, fluids, and energy, such as combustion in a rocket engine, the wind and water flow past a racing yacht, or the design of a solar panel for a space station. The second area concerns force and motion in mechanical systems such as determining robot trajectories, analyzing automotive vibration and noise, and computing stress levels in the wings of a new aircraft.

"Best undergraduate engineering programs," U.S. News & World Report, 2019

U.S. News & World Report has ranked Wright State's undergraduate engineering programs as No. 146 among hundreds of engineering programs across the nation. The program faculty are dedicated to student success and offer one-on-one support to all students. The university is also located in Dayton, Ohio, a hub of technical expertise in industrial engineering, human factors engineering, aerospace, unmanned aerial systems, engineering innovation, and more for internships and future career advancement.

Careers

Mechanical engineers are the leading designers of cars and airplanes, jet and rocket engines, robotics, and machinery. They design, build and maintain machines of all sizes—massive to nano-sized.

With a degree in ME, you can work in engineering services, research and development, manufacturing industries, amusement parks, the federal government, and more.

Our graduates are employed by:

  • AK Steel
  • BerrieHill Research Corporation
  • BWI Group
  • Emerson Climate Technologies
  • Heapy Engineering
  • Hobart Corp.
  • Honda of America Manufacturing
  • Konecranes
  • KTH Parts
  • Mahle Behr
  • Midmark
  • Navistar International Corporation
  • Materials Resources LLC
  • NuVasive Manufacturing, LLC.
  • Ranly Design Innovations
  • Sierra Lobo
  • Tenneco
  • UTC Aerospace Systems
  • YASKAWA Motoman Robotics

Our graduates work as:

  • Advanced Manufacturing Engineer
  • Application Engineer
  • Design Engineer
  • Engineering Coordinator
  • Manufacturing Engineer
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Process Engineer
  • Project Engineer
  • Test Engineer
  • Sales Engineers

Real-World Experience

We encourage you to apply skills learned in the classroom through study abroad, undergraduate research, co-op/internships, and/or service-learning. You will learn from qualified professionals who actively work in the field of mechanical engineering and work on mechanical engineering projects, allowing you to apply your classroom education to real-world situations.

Admission

Review the admission requirements and complete the admission application. Identify your desired major on the application. If you meet university admission requirements you are admitted to the college.

Accreditation and Program Outcomes

ABET Accreditation

  • Annual Student Enrollment:
    • 866 in Fall 2018
    • 683 in Fall 2019
  • Graduation Data:
    • 86 in Spring 2018
    • 120 in Spring 2019

Educational Objectives

The program educational objectives for the Mechanical Engineering program are:

  • Objective 1: Be employed in the engineering profession or pursuing graduate studies
  • Objective 2: Successfully compete in a globally integrated environment
  • Objective 3: Be engaged in life-long learning through continuing education and other avenues in a rapidly changing technical environment

Student Outcomes

Students who complete the B.S. in mechanical engineering will have:

  • An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering.
  • An ability to design and conduct experiments, and to analyze and interpret data.
  • 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.
  • An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams.
  • An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.
  • An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
  • An ability to communicate effectively.
  • The broad education, necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context.
  • A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning.
  • A knowledge of contemporary issues.
  • An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.
Last updated Feb 2020

About the School

Wright State University is a nationally ranked public university in Dayton, Ohio with more than 15,000 students Offering 295 degree programs, the university is made up of eight colleges, three schools ... Read More

Wright State University is a nationally ranked public university in Dayton, Ohio with more than 15,000 students Offering 295 degree programs, the university is made up of eight colleges, three schools, and a branch campus in Celina, Ohio. Named for the Wright brothers, Wright State University offers an exceptional, affordable education in the American heartland. Read less