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Objectives: The objectives of the undergraduate program in Mechanical Engineering are:

  • 1. To prepare engineers who understand the performance of engineered products and systems in terms of the relevant fundamental principles of math, science and the humanities, whether they are practicing engineers or students in graduate engineering programs.
  • 2. To prepare engineers who excel in the professional practice of mechanical engineering. Professional practice includes the ability to identify, design, and implement solutions to technical problems through a multiplicity of laboratory, analytical and communication methods within a business climate.
  • 3. To prepare engineers who are aware of how their roles as technical professionals and leaders affect the wider human community, who serve not only as employees or employers but as socially-conscious citizens, and who are motivated by moral principles in their professional and personal lives.

The Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering curriculum prepares graduates to solve problems related to:

  • design and manufacture of products
  • reliability of components and systems
  • conversion of energy from one form to another
  • utilization of energy in efficient and productive ways
  • instrumentation and control of physical processes

Mechanical Engineering Profession: Mechanical engineers design systems that range from automobiles, to consumer products, air-conditioning, power generation, aircraft and production systems and are prepared to draw on technical knowledge and insight involving materials, mechanics, controls, structures and manufacturing processes.

A mechanical engineer deals with the physical reality of things such as engines, car bodies, electric generators, cranes, air conditioners, airplane wings and pumps. The mechanical engineer is faced with the challenges and uncertainties that come with complex products and systems. In addition to using the classical and modern principles of engineering science, the mechanical engineer must be able to devise economically viable, environmentally friendly, and socially acceptable solutions to problems. The analytical problem solving skills combined with sound technical fundamentals of the mechanical engineering degree can form the basis for successful careers other than in engineering including business, law and medicine.

Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering Program:
The Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering curriculum provides students with an in-depth knowledge of engineering science and design methodology. These insights are reinforced by intensive laboratory experiences in virtually every area of study and three industrial co-op assignments. Students also have team-oriented design experiences integrated throughout their curriculum. A capstone design project, conducted in the senior year, challenges students with an project that involves solving a real product or process related problem that draws on knowledge of engineering science and design. This project is often industrially sponsored.

Combined Bachelor/Master Program:
Mechanical Engineering students who have achieved a high grade point average entering their senior year of study can apply for and achieve both a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in five years. This is an exceptional opportunity for outstanding students to begin their professional careers with a great academic advantage. Students may apply for the 5-year Bachelor's/Master's program in their senior year if they have a GPA of at least 3.25 , are in good standing with UDM, and are within two to three terms of graduating. If accepted into the 5-year Bachelor's/Master's program, students can receive up to nine transfer credits to their Master's program from their Bachelor's program.

In addition to the Engineering core outlined previously, the Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering program includes the following :
E 107 Introduction to CAD and Design 2 13
E 312 Statics 3
E 313 Dynamics 3 30
E 314 Fluid Mechanics 3
E 315 Thermodynamics I 3
E 317 Science of Materials 3
E 319 Fluid Mechanics Lab 1 03
E 320 Principles of Electrical Engineering 3
E 321 Princples of EE Laboratory 1
E 326 Mech. of Materials 3 30
E 327 Mech. of Materials (Lab) 1 03
E 340 Heat Transfer 3 30
E 341 Heat Transfer Lab 1 03
ME 361 Mech. Engin. Lab 2 13
ME 380 Thermodynamics II 3 30
ME 382 Manufac. Processes 3 30
ME 383 Manufac. Proc. Lab 1 03
ME 390 Intermediate Mechanics of Materials 3 30
ME 392 Machine Design 3 30
ME 488 Reliability in Design 3 30
ME 492 Comp. Aided Engineering 3 30
ME 493 Senior Capstone Design: Prototype Design I 2 30
ME 495 Senior Capstone Design: Prototype Design II 3 30
Total: 42 Credits

Technical Electives - flexibility and focus

The mechanical engineering program is supplemented by a minimum of six credit hours of technical electives. Technical electives are upper division (300 or 400 level) courses in engineering, mathematics or science. An integrated concentration of courses is recommended to strengthen the background of students in their area of specialization.

Engineering Mechanics:
ME 440 Advanced Mechanics of Materials 3
ME 442 `Intro to Finite Element Analysis 3
E 444 Vibrations 3
E 448 Advanced Fluid Mechanics 3
ME 480 Energy Systems 3
ME 494 Modeling Dynamic Systems 3

Manufacturing Processes and Systems:
E 322 Control Systems 3
E 324 Engineering Economy 3
ME 402 Design for Quality 3
ME 430 Metal Cutting Analysis 3
ME 432 Metal Forming Analysis 3
ME 435 Quality Control Systems
ME 478 Manufacturing Productivity 3
ME 482 Computer Integrated Manufacturing 3
ME 490 Robotics 3
MFE 331 Manufacturing Systems 3
MFE 333 Principles of Lean Manufacturing 3
MFE 335 Quality Systems 3
MFE 434 Joining and Assembly 3

E 422 Control Systems 3
E 452 Sensors and Actuators 3
EE 468 Computer Networks 3
EE 478 Embedded Systems 3
E 478 Mechatronics 3
E 479 Mechatronics Modeling and Simulation 3
ME 490 Robotics 3
ME 494 Modeling Dynamic Systems 3

Transportation Systems
E 442 Intro to Finite Element Analysis 3
E 444 Vibrations 3
ME 458 Internal Combustion Engines I 3
ME 459 Internal Combustion Engines Lab 1
ME 472 Noise and Vibration 3
ME 476 Vehicle Dynamics 3
ME 480 Energy Systems 3
ME 481 Alternative Energy Systems 3
ME 498 Internal Combustion Engines II 3

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