The course sequence for the Mechanical Engineering major follows a pattern of successive building and bolstering of disciplinary knowledge and transferable skills, per the program goals for learning and student outcomes:
- PHYS 350 Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics covers classical thermodynamics, zeroth, first, second and third law of thermodynamics and their applications (law of mass action, heat engines, refrigerators, heat pumps, etc.), kinetic gas theory, and introduction to statistical mechanics. Prerequisites: MATH 231 and PHYS 231 or permission of instructor.
- ME 200/L Introduction to Mechanical Engineering:is a broad introductory course that exposes students to topics directly related to mechanical engineering, such as mechanical design, manufacturing processes, forces in structures and machines, engineering materials, fluid mechanics, and thermal and energy systems. Prerequisite ENGR 150.
- ME 300/L Mechanical Design: introduces students to fundamental concepts and considerations when designing mechanical systems. Topics to be covered include stress analysis of machine elements, failure theories and analysis, deformation and stiffness. Special attention will be given to mechanical components such as springs, beams, bearings, piping, pressure vessels and power screws. Engineering system topics include joining methods, manufacturability, hydraulic and pneumatic components, as well as electro-mechanical components. Students will design components using CAD, and fabricate components and assemblies. Prerequisites: ENGR 150 and ENGR 250/L; Co-requisite ENGR 350/L.
- ME 320/L Manufacturing Systems: explores the technology behind different types of manufacturing operations, and the proper application of processes and techniques to transform raw materials into components, and components into assemblies. This course focusses on the methods used in the manufacturing and processing of metals, plastics and composites: material removal, hot and cold forming, casting and molding, heat treatment, joining and welding, and finishing processes. Via lectures, labs and site visits, students will be exposed to various forms of automation, including robotics, conveyer systems, hydraulic systems, and pneumatic systems. This course will also incorporate an overview of real-time measurement systems used in manufacturing and process control. Prerequisites: ENGR 250/L and ENGR 350/L.
- ME 340 Vibrations and Dynamic Systems: explores the kinematics and impulse momentum of particles, rigid bodies and mechanisms. This course also studies free and forced vibrations of mechanical systems, as well as vibration control. Prerequisites ENGR 350/L and ME 300/L.
- ME 360/L Heat Transfer: explores the transmission of heat via conduction, convection, radiation, thermal resistance, heat exchangers, and boiling and condensation. This course extends the application of the laws of thermodynamics and heat transfer to mechanical design and engineering systems. Prerequisite PHYS 350.
- ME 380/L Mechatronics: is an introductory course on electro-mechanical machine design and control, with a focus on robotic systems that incorporate electro-mechanical drive mechanisms, hydraulics, pneumatics, Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC), and Proportional-Integral-Derivative (PID) control methodologies. Topics will include digital and analog electronic sensors, mechanical and machine design, software control and process control. Prerequisites ENGR 250/L, ENGR 320/L, ENGR 350/L, ME 300/L and ME 320/L.
- ME 420/L Machine Design: is a senior design course that focusses on the design of mechanical, thermal and electro-mechanical systems. Students will design components, sub-assemblies and assemblies using CAD, and fabricate parts and assemblies and test prototypes. Prerequisites: Senior Status
- ME 480 Senior Mechanical Engineering Seminar: is the capstone design course that incorporates all the elements of ME previous courses. This is a senior design course where teams of students design a product or a manufacturing system. The product components will be a combination of custom fabricated parts designed by the student team, and commercial off-the-shelf components. Students will construct and prototype their proposed product/system. Prerequisites: Senior Status
This course also serves as a career planning course and prepares students for the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) – Mechanical Exam, administered by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES). The FE is the first step in the process towards attaining Professional Engineer credentials.
Mechanical Engineering Electives: mechanical engineering students must choose from one of the following courses:
- ME 400 Energy Systems: is an elective course open to mechanical engineering students. The course explores various types of energy generation systems and energy transmission systems. Prerequisites: PHYS 350, ENGR 320/L and ME 300/L and ME 360/L.
- ME 410/L Introduction to Biomedical Engineering: is a mechanical engineering elective course, focusing on the design of mechanical and electro-mechanical systems used in the medical industry. Prerequisite ME 300/L.
- ME 440/L Process Design and Control: is a mechanical engineering elective that focusses on the application of different manufacturing technologies and the incorporation statistical process control methodologies. The challenge is to create a balance between manufacturing throughput, manufacturing costs, and requirements for quality. Students will perform lab experiments to understand data collection, statistical process control methodologies, and process capabilities. The final project is a manufacturing system solution for a specific manufacturing scenario that incorporates manufacturing process, output and process monitoring technologies, and process control and feedback methodologies. Prerequisite: ME 320/L.