The mechanical engineer is considered the general practitioner in the engineering profession. Career opportunities exist in such fields as aerospace, automotive, computer, energy, machinery, manufacturing, and consulting firms. The curriculum is designed to provide the kind of broad education needed by “general practitioners.”
Undergraduate course work is complemented by comprehensive laboratories containing a wind tunnel, steam turbine, automotive engines, refrigeration systems, computer-controlled machine tools, stress and vibration analyzers, and computer-based data acquisition systems. Students also have access to PC laboratories and advanced workstations. In the senior year, qualified students are encouraged to use this equipment in elective project courses.
The curriculum prepares the student for professional employment and graduate study. Juniors and seniors take course sequences in two areas: thermal/fluids/energy, and solid mechanics/ machine design/manufacturing. Both areas rely extensively on computer applications. Seniors may specialize by choosing electives in: computer-aided design, computer-aided manufacturing, thermal/energy systems, or heating, ventilation and air conditioning.
The Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering Degree program prepares individuals for advanced technical positions or for admission to doctoral programs.