Fenn College of Engineering

Bachelor's Degrees

Mechanical Engineering (B.M.E.)
At-a-Glance

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

Student organizations: American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Society of Automotive Engineers, and American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics

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.

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Program objectives:

The Mechanical Engineering Program is designed to produce graduates who:

  1. Practice mechanical engineering in fluid thermal/energy conversion and machine system stems of the discipline in private, government or industrial organizations.
  2. Practice mechanical engineering in environments that require a variety of roles including engineering problem definitions, application of advanced methods of analysis, problem diagnosing, and solution of real-world engineering design problems that are subject to realistic constraints such as cost, safety, etc.
  3. Actively contribute in a multidisciplinary engineering environment.
  4. Enhance their knowledge beyond a B.S. level, encouraging them to be a lifelong learner, and keep current with the advancements in engineering and the technology.

Mechanical Engineering students are limited to a total of two grades of D in ESC and MCE courses.

Elective Program:

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.

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Program for Mechanical Engineering Degree

First Year, Fall Semester

Credits

ENG 101 College Writing I

3

MTH 181 Calculus I

4

CHM 261 General Chemistry I

4

CHM 266 General Chemistry Laboratory I

1

ESC 120 Introduction to Engineering Design

2

ESC 100 New Student Orientation *

1

Total

15-16

 

 

First Year, Spring Semester

Credits

MCE 102 Technical Writing and Professional Communication

2

MTH 182 Calculus II

4

PHY 241 University Physics I

5

ESC 151 C Programming

3

ESC 270 Materials Science

3

CSC 121 Career Orientation **

1

Total

18

 

 

Second Year, Fall Semester

Credits

ESC 250 Differential Equations for Engineers

3

PHY 242 University Physics II

5

ESC 201 Statics

3

IME 250 Material Processing and Metrology

3

IME 251 Material Processing and Metrology Laboratory

1

MTH 283 Multivariable Calculus

2

Total

17

 

 

Second Year, Spring Semester

Credits

ESC 350 Linear Algebra and Numerical Methods in Engineering

3

MCE 255 Computer-Aided Engineering Design

4

ESC 202 Dynamics

3

ESC 211 Strength of Material

3

ESC 315 Electrical Engineering Concepts

3

GenEd Elective

3

Total

19

 

 

Third Year, Fall Semester

Credits

MCE 305 Kinematics and Dynamics of Machinery

4

ESC 301 Fluid Mechanics

3

ESC 321 Thermodynamics I

3

MCE 371 Vibrations

4

ESC 310 Engineering Statistics and Probability

3

Total

17

 

 

Third Year, Spring Semester

Credits

MCE 324 Introduction to Heat Transfer

4

MCE 367 Machine Design I

4

MCE 380 Instrumentation and Measurements Lab

3

MCE 421 Applied Thermodynamics

4

GenEd Elective

3

Total

18

 

 

Fourth Year, Fall Semester

Credits

MCE 450 Design Project I (Writing)

2

ESC 282 Engineering Economy

3

MCE 441 Introduction to Linear Control Systems

4

PHL 215 Engineering Ethics (Writing)

3

MCE Lab Elective

3

GenEd Elective

3

Total

18

 

 

Fourth Year, Spring Semester

Credits

MCE 451 Design Project II (Writing)

2

MCE Elective

4

MCE Elective

4

GenEd Elective

3

GenEd Elective

3

Total

16

*Not required for transfer students.

**Optional course. Required by co-op program.

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