Minimum hours required for degree: 136 (not including credits earned in the Engineering Cooperative Education Program)
Admission to major: Students may select the Mechanical Engineering major once they have been admitted to the Engineering College.
Hours required for minor: There is no authorized minor in the Mechanical Engineering Program.
Evening program: The Mechanical Engineering evening program offers courses on a two-year cycle.
Advising: A designated faculty member advises students each semester during advising week. Phone: 216-687-2567
The professional work of the mechanical engineer falls into three general areas: design, research and development, and management of technical activities. The mechanical engineer draws upon a broad educational background (which includes energy and structures/motion in mechanical systems) and works in diverse areas of employment. Mechanical engineers deal with product design, manufacturing techniques, energy utilization and conversion, thermal system design, and system control. The industries utilizing the mechanical engineer's talents range from automotive, manufacturing, and power generation to aerospace, cryogenic, oceanographic, robotic, and bioengineering sectors.
Young engineers usually begin their career performing design-oriented tasks. As they gain experience and professional maturity, they take on the technical direction of activities that cut across several disciplines. Moreover, they must lay the groundwork for their personal development as productive members of society, responsive to its needs and capable of assuming leadership.
The Mechanical Engineering curriculum reflects the special skills needed for this engineering profession. The curriculum goes beyond the specific technological needs of the field to prepare students for the changing nature of their work and a lifetime of learning. The university course structure blends study in the humanities, social sciences, and the physical and engineering sciences with study in the technical aspects of mechanical engineering. The Cooperative Education Program provides practical engineering experience during the program of study and is highly recommended since it brings students into intimate contact with engineering and aids in career development.
Three MCE elective courses (including one lab) are required to focus the student's abilities in specific technical areas and provide advanced, application-oriented instruction. The MCE elective courses are listed below.