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DEPARTMENT OF MECHANICAL ENGINEERING (ME) AND PROGRAM IN ENGINEERING GRAPHICS (DR)

Professor William H. Sutton. Department Head
Office: 290 Hardaway Hall

Professor Beth A. Todd, Coordinator for Undergraduate Programs
Office: 290 Hardaway Hall

Professor C. Bryan Graham, Coordinator for Engineering Graphics Programs
Office: 290 Hardaway Hall

Mechanical engineering is the most versatile of all engineering programs. Mechanical engineers pursue careers in a wide variety of industries, research laboratories, educational activities, and government agencies. Mechanical engineering graduates can become involved in research, design, and management in industries such as aerospace, automotive, energy conservation, precision engineering, railroad, heavy machinery, manufacturing, food/forest products, textiles, paper, consumer appliances, robotics, power plants, electronics, computer automation, agriculture, heating and air-conditioning, construction, transportation, and mining. A significant number of mechanical engineering graduates use mechanical engineering as the foundation for careers in business administration, law, medicine, and other professions. Many graduates are also accepted for advanced study in mechanical engineering, biomedical engineering, medicine, law, business administration, and dentistry.

The engineering graphics program is part of the mechanical engineering department. Engineers use technical drawing to communicate and document their ideas. Students in all the engineering disciplines who want to communicate in the graphical language are encouraged to study engineering graphics. Engineering graphics facilities are on the second floor of Hardaway Hall and include modern facilities for computer-aided drafting and design (CAD) lab.

Taking the Fundamentals of Engineering examination is a departmental requirement for graduation.

Program Objectives

Members of the next generation of mechanical engineers are being equipped to meet the technological challenges of the profession. Out of a commitment to continuously improve the undergraduate curriculum for the mechanical engineering program, the faculty of the Department of Mechanical Engineering has adopted several educational objectives. All mechanical engineering graduates are expected to

Manufacturing engineering certificate program. The manufacturing engineering certificate program is available to undergraduate mechanical engineering students; most certificate program courses are taken concurrently with courses required for the bachelor’s degree. The certificate program restricts elective courses in the BS curriculum and increases the total number of semester hours the student will complete. A student who completes all the requirements of the certificate program receives the BSME degree and a manufacturing engineering certificate indicating that he or she has completed the additional requirements. In addition, the student’s transcript indicates that the student has completed the requirements for the certificate program. The manufacturing engineering certificate program is excellent preparation for the newly developed graduate program in this area. Students interested in the program should see their advisors for specific details and program requirements.

MECHANICAL ENGINEERING CURRICULUM

Interim term courses. Humanities and social science courses taken during the Interim term may be counted toward the requirements for a BS degree in mechanical engineering. However, Interim courses can be used to fulfill mechanical engineering or technical elective requirements only if the specific courses have been approved in advance of registration by the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

FRESHMAN YEAR
 
First SemesterHours
CH 101 General Chemistry I (N) 4
DR 100 Technical Sketching for Engineers1
EC 110 Principles of Microeconomics (SB) 3
EN 101 English Composition I (FC) 3
GES 131 Foundations of Engineering I2
MATH 125 Calculus I (MA) 4
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17
 
Second Semester
DR 133 2D AutoCAD for Engineers2
EN 102 English Composition II (FC) 3
GES 132 Foundations of Engineering II2
MATH 126 Calculus II (MA) 4
PH 105 Physics with Calculus I (N) 4
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15
 
SOPHOMORE YEAR
 
First Semester
AEM 201 Statics 3
MATH 227 Calculus III (MA) 4
ME 215 Thermodynamics I3
PH 106 Physics with Calculus II (N) 4
Approved mathematics or science elective 3
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17
 
Second Semester
AEM 250 Mechanics of Materials I3
AEM 251 Mechanics of Materials Laboratory1
AEM 264 Dynamics3
MATH 238 Applied Differential Equations I (MA) 3
ME 305 Thermodynamics I3
MTE 271 Engineering Materials: Structure and Properties3
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16
 
JUNIOR YEAR
 
First Semester
AEM 311 Fluid Mechanics3
ECE 320 Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering3
ME 283 Modern Manufacturing Laboratory1
ME 309 Heat Transfer3
ME 383 Modern Manufacturing Practices 2
ME 349 Engineering Analysis (C) 3
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15
 
Second Semester
ME 350 Static Machine Components3
ME 360 Control and Instrumentation Components (W) 3
ME 372 Dynamic Systems (C) 3
Approved mechanical engineering elective1 3
Humanities (HU), literature (L), or fine arts (FA) elective or
    history (HI) and/or social and behavioral sciences (SB) elective2 3
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15
 
SENIOR YEAR
 
First Semester
ME 415 Energy Systems Design2
    or ME 407 Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning3
ME 450 Dynamic Machine Components3
ME 460 Thermal Systems Instrumentation (W)3
ME 489 Mechanical Engineering Design I3
Humanities (HU), literature (L), or fine arts (FA) elective and/or
    history (HI) or social and behavioral sciences (SB) elective2 6
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17 or 18
 
Second Semester
ME 490 Mechanical Engineering Design II3
Approved mechanical engineering or technical elective3 3
Approved mechanical engineering elective1 3
Humanities (HU), literature (L), or fine arts (FA) elective and/or
    history (HI) or social and behavioral sciences (SB) elective2 6
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15
 
Total: 127 or 128 hours

1Mechanical engineering electives are offered on a regular schedule, but not necessarily every year. The student may select any two mechanical engineering electives to complete the requirements for the BS degree.
2All engineering students are required to take 9 hours of humanities and 9 hours of social and behavioral sciences. At least 6 hours must be from a single program.
3The technical elective requirement may be fulfilled with a mechanical engineering elective course or 300- or 400-level engineering, math, or science course from the approved list or with advance petition to the mechanical engineering department.

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