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The Mechanical Engineering program systemically builds upon the knowledge acquired in the study of the physical sciences, mathematics, and engineering sciences to provide the student with a broad base in the various areas of mechanical and manufacturing engineering, and prepares them for careers in the private and public sectors and/or to pursue graduate study. Stu­dents may orient their program toward the:

  • mechanical design, or
  • manufacturing engineering, or
  • thermal-fluid systems design.

Mechanical Engineering Design Experience

A major curriculum objective is to provide mechanical engineering students with the ability to systematically apply engineering funda­mentals to the design of mechanical, thermal and manufacturing components and/or systems. Courses with engineering design con­tent are integrated throughout the mechanical engineering curriculum.

The engineering design experience begins in the freshman year with ENGR 1011-Introduction to Engineering II. The design expe­rience continues in the sophomore year with ENGR 2010- Thermodynamics, ENGR 2110-Statics, and ENGR 2120-Dynamics. The sequence is followed in the Junior year with an interdisciplinary design course: ENGR 3200-Introduction to Design.

The Mechanical Design and Manufacturing sequence begins in the junior year with MEEN 3210-Mechanism Design, CVEN 3120-Mechanics of Materials, MEEN 3220-Design of Machine Elements, MEEN 3250 Computer Aided Design, and follows in the senior year with MEEN 4230-Machine Design. Students may take an elective course MEEN 4800-Advanced Machine Design with 100% design content and a technical elective course MEEN 4100-Instrumentation and Automatic Controls or MEEN 4700-Mechanical Vibration.

The Thermal Design sequence builds on ENGR 2010-Thermodynamics, CVEN 3100-Fluid Mechanics with two senior level thermal design courses MEEN 4150-Heat Transfer, MEEN 4250-Thermal-Fluid Systems Design, and an elective course with 100% design content MEEN 4200-Heating and Air Conditioning.

The Mechanical Engineering Design requirement is completed with two semester capstone design courses ENGR 4500, 4510- Capstone Design I & II, which draw upon previous course work.  An integral part of the design experience is the introduction of ethics, eco­nomics, social issues, and safety factors which are required to make a design successful. These concepts are introduced during the freshman year ENGR 1001, ENGR 1011-Introduction to Engineering I & II, and reinforced during the junior year. ENGR 3200- Introduction to Design is integrated into design projects in junior and senior level design courses. At each level, a formal written report and a formal oral presentation are required to communicate the design.

ACCREDITATION

The Bachelor of Science degree program in Mechanical Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (EAC of ABET).

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

Degree Requirements For Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering:

128 Semester Hours

Engineering Core:        91 semester hours

Major Core:                37 semester hours

Technical Electives:     choose one from the following: MEEN 4100, 4120, 4300, 4400, 4600, 4700, EEEN 4020 or other                                  approved course by your advisor and Department Head.

Design Electives:         Choose one from the following: MEEN 4200, 4800.

 

Admissions/Retention Requirements:

All engineering students who plan to take upper division engineering courses, 3000 and 4000 level courses, must have passed the Engineering Entrance Examination (EEE) with a minimum score of 75% on each part (calculus, chemistry, and physics) of the examination.

 

Engineering Entrance Examination:

The eligibility criteria for taking the Engineering Entrance Examination are:

1.

Minimum grade of “C” in each of the following courses: CHEM 1110, 1111; MATH 1915, 1925; PHYS 2110, 2111, 2120.

2.

Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5  for the group of courses listed above in Item 1 at the time of taking the Engineering Entrance Examination.

3.

Completion and submission of the engineering entrance examination eligibility form to the Dean’s Office at least one week prior to the examination.

4.

A student must earn a grade of B or better in several of the following courses: CHEM 1110, 1111; MATH 1915, 1925; PHYS 2110, 2111, and 2120 to meet the minimum cumulative 2.5 GPA requirement for this group of courses.

The Engineering Entrance Examination is given at least five times per year. The dates for the examination may be obtained from the Dean’s Office. Each student is allowed three (3) attempts to pass the engineering entrance examination.

After the second unsuccessful attempt, the student is required to repeat at least two of the following courses: CHEM 1110; MATH 1915, 1925; PHYS 2110, 2120 before the examination can be taken a third and final time.

 

Admission of Transfer Students:

Transfer students from other institutions of higher education who plan to enter the College of Engineering must meet University admission criteria. Engineering transfer students must first take and pass the Engineering Entrance Examination (EEE) before taking 3000 and 4000 level courses.

 

Specific College Requirements:

1.

No student will be allowed to take any departmental courses, major courses, engineering courses, mathematics, and/or science courses without having successfully completed the proper prerequisites for those courses with a grade of “C” or better.

2.

Students earning a grade of “D” or lower in a mathematics course(s), science course(s), departmental course(s), or a major course(s) must repeat that course(s) the very next time the course(s) is offered.

3.

All College students must take and successfully complete all components of the Rising Junior Examination (RJE) during the junior year.

4.

Each student must complete a practicum prior to graduation. A practicum may include, but is not limited to, an industrial internship, co-operative education experience, research experience, assistant in an engineering or technology laboratory, and other engineering/technology practical experiences. The practicum must be approved in advance by the student’s academic advisor and department head. The practical experience must be at least eight (8) continuous weeks in length.   A comprehensive report on at least one practicum is required. The report must be cosigned by a supervisor. The practicum report is to be given to the student’s faculty advisor. The Dean’s office will assist students in locating a practicum.






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