The requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering are met over a 4-year curriculum that starts with an exposure to the fundamentals of science and engineering and culminates in our senior capstone design experience.
Freshman Year – Introduction to the fundamentals of chemistry, physics, calculus, engineering computations, the profession of engineering, and the design process.
Sophomore Year – Emphasis on the analysis of problems in statics/dynamics, materials science, and thermodynamics, and on the design and manufacturing process; students are exposed to modern machine shop practice through the fabrication of their own Stirling engines. They also learn to use Pro/Engineer, a state-of-the-art CAD tool.
Junior Year – Analysis skills are honed in engineering math, circuit analysis, fluid mechanics, heat transfer, and mechanics of materials. Sound experimental and design techniques are reinforced in the required laboratory sequence. Students receive a solid grounding in dynamic systems analysis and simulation, machine design, and stress analysis. Opportunities for international study and travel are offered through our partnership with the engineering school at the University of Nantes, in Nantes, France.
Senior Year – A major, year long capstone design experience includes the design and realization of an engineering product. Extensive computer-aided design and manufacturing includes the use of Pro/Engineer to document, analyze and fabricate designs. Advanced manufacturing techniques covered include conventional and investment casting, injection molding, CNC machining, and TIG/MIG welding. To assure the ability to work professionally in both the thermal and mechanical systems areas, seniors choose a minimum of two electives from each area. At least three of the electives must be 400-level courses.