The mechanical engineering program is designed not only to teach the background theory of engineering but also the application of these principles. As a pre-major you will begin your studies with math, chemistry, physics, and the Fundaments of Engineering sequence. Once these background courses are completed, you will be eligible to apply to the major.
Once admitted to the major you will study:
Engineering Mechanics – the study of the effects of external forces on stationary and moving objects, and on materials
Thermodynamics – the study of the development of motion (work) from heat
Fluid Mechanics – the study of external forces on stationary and moving fluids
Heat Transfer – the study of the flow of heat from warm objects to cool objects, and how to control this transfer of energy
Machine Element Design – the study of the pieces and parts that make up machines, and how to design them to meet required specifications
Kinematics – the study of how objects move
Manufacturing Engineering – the study of manufacturing processes
Electrical Circuits and Controls – the study of electrical circuits and controls
Measurements and Controls – how to take measurements, and how to control motions based on these measurements
Design – how to incorporate all of the above into the design of a product or a measurement system.
In your final year you will participate in a senior design capstone course sequence during which you will complete projects in both product and measurement system design. You will also take technical elective courses. These elective courses are grouped into concentrations. Concentrations give you a chance to focus in on one area of mechanical engineering. You can choose to take elective courses exclusively in your concentration, or choose a few outside your concentration to maintain a slightly broader background – it is your choice.