Mechanical engineering is essential to a wide range of activities that include the design, development, manufacture, management, and control of engineering systems, subsystems, and their components. Typically mechanical engineers are employed by the manufacturing, power, aerospace, automotive, materials, and processing industries. As a result of the recent rapid expansion of technology, mechanical engineers also have become increasingly involved in computer-aided design and visualization; robotics; bioengineering; environmental engineering; solar, wind, and ocean energy sources; and space exploration. The breadth of the field provides the graduate with many possibilities for a satisfying career.
The Department of Mechanical Engineering offers an ABET- accredited program of study leading to the degree of Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. The program has been developed to provide students with a broad base on which to build a successful mechanical engineering career. Some of the courses involve mechanical design and as such deal with the fundamentals of kinematics, mechanisms, stress analysis, dynamics and vibration theory, fluid mechanics, material properties, CAD/CAM and robotics. Other courses deal with thermodynamics, heat transfer, and combustion and their applications to all types of power equipment including internal combustion engines, nuclear reactors, heating and refrigeration systems, electronic heating and cooling, and solar energy collectors. The program also emphasizes computer applications, professional ethics, communication skills, ability to work in a multi-disciplinary team and awareness of broad education, life-long learning and contemporary issues.
To earn a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering degree, students need to complete University, college, and department degree requirements. The Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering degree requirements are outlined below.
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