The mechanical engineering program is designed not only to teach the background theory of engineering but also the application of these principles. As a pre-major you will begin your studies with math, chemistry, physics, and the Fundaments of Engineering sequence. Once these background courses are completed, you will be eligible to apply to the major.
Once admitted to the ME major you will study:
- Engineering Mechanics – the study of the effects of external forces on stationary and moving objects, and on materials
- Thermodynamics – the study of the development of motion (work) from heat
- Fluid Mechanics – the study of external forces on stationary and moving fluids
- Heat Transfer – the study of the flow of heat from warm objects to cool objects, and how to control this transfer of energy
- Machine Element Design – the study of the pieces and parts that make up machines, and how to design them to meet required specifications
- Kinematics – the study of how objects move
- Manufacturing Engineering – the study of manufacturing processes
- Electrical Circuits and Controls – the study of electrical circuits and controls
- Measurements and Controls – how to take measurements, and how to control motions based on these measurements
- Design – how to incorporate all of the above into the design of a product or a measurement system.
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ME 2010: Mechanical Engineering Statics
Course Description: Vector concepts of static equilibrium for isolated and connected bodies, centroids, inertia, truss, frame and machine analysis, and friction.
Prerequisites: Engr 1181 (Engineer 181) or 1187 (187) or 1281H (192H), and Physics 1250 (131) or 1260, and Math 1152 (152) or 1161 (161) or 1172 or 1181H. Not open to students with credit for 2010H (210H), 2040 (410), or 400.
ME 2020: Introduction to Mechanics of Materials
Course Description: Stress and strain analysis of deformable structural components subjected to unidirectional and combined loads; pressure vessels; stress transformations (Mohr's Circle); beam deflections; column buckling.
Prerequisites: 2010 (410) or 2010H (210H). Not open to students with credit for 2040 (420).
ME 2030: Mechanical Engineering Dynamics
Course Description: Dynamics of particles and rigid bodies; linear and angular motion; work and energy; and single degree of freedom vibration analysis.
Prerequisites: 2010 (410) or 2010H (210H) or 2040. Not open to students with credit for 430.
Industrial and Sys Engineering (ISE)
Course Description: Economic analysis of engineering project alternatives. Cash flow modeling; time value of money; techniques for comparing projects; influence of taxes, depreciation, and inflation.
Prerequisites: Sophomore standing in Engineering. Not open to students with credit for 504 or IndEng 504.