B.S. in Mechanical Engineering

NewMechanical engineering is one of the largest, broadest, and most diverse engineering disciplines. Mechanical engineers are employed in practically all the sectors of the engineering industry, including manufacturing, power, automotive, aerospace, rail, marine, utilities, materials, defense, HVAC, and construction. Mechanical engineers account for many engineering jobs.

The Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (B.S.M.E.) degree program prepares graduates for entrance into the profession of mechanical engineering or graduate study. The program graduates will work in industry as mechanical engineers, typically specializing as machine design engineers, manufacturing engineers, power engineers, electromechanical engineers, or automotive engineers. They may also hold other job titles, such as marine engineers, acoustics and vibration engineers, HVAC engineers, facilities engineers, robotics engineers, tool engineers, piping engineers, lubrication engineers, project engineers, and systems engineers.

16.jpgAs the nation’s infrastructure ages and its population continues to grow, more mechanical engineers will be needed to maintain, repair, upgrade, or expand utility infrastructure, transportation systems, and public and private facilities, as well as to build new ones. Contributing to energy conservation, environmental sustainability and protection, mechanical engineers help build and maintain green transportation, buildings, and cities, as well as manage renewable energy projects, including building solar farms, wind turbines, and wave energy converters, in addition to hydroelectric and geothermal plants. They also develop cutting-edge technologies such as autonomous vehicles, electric cars, hybrid cars, unmanned aerial vehicles, autonomous underwater vehicles, robots, advanced manufacturing, prostheses, and nanotechnology. Moreover, mechanical engineers will help revive the advanced, domestic manufacturing industry as promoted by the federal and state governments. The mechanical engineering program and profession will be very attractive to prospective students because of its excellent career opportunities, outstanding average starting salary, excellent median long-term salary, projected job growth, and great career fulfillment.

The B.S.M.E. curriculum provides students with a varied and balanced educational experience through an appropriate combination of theoretical concepts and practical applications. It also provides them with an engineering design experience that expands in breadth and depth as they progress through their studies. A stimulating course of study is maintained by offering students a reasonable variety of contemporary courses. The engineering laboratory experience is fully integrated with course work. Students work in state-of-the-art laboratories.

The program focuses on four key areas of mechanical engineering: mechanical design, electromechanical devices and controls, advanced manufacturing, and thermal sciences. Students will learn to analyze, design, build, test, operate, and maintain mechanical components, devices, systems, processes, and facilities; estimate costs; and manage projects. Working on alternative energy training systems, students will also learn to utilize renewable energy sources and technologies, energy saving materials and devices, thereby protecting the environment and sustaining scarce resources. Moreover, through courses in process control, industrial automation, manufacturing processes, and trainers such as reconfigurable manufacturing systems, industrial robots, computer numerical control (CNC) machines, 3-D printers, and programmable-logic-controller based systems, they will be trained to develop, configure, and program manufacturing and electromechanical systems. Students will be able to intern or find employment with mechanical engineering, mechanical contracting, and manufacturing companies; public utilities; municipalities; and other government agencies within the state and nearby states.

The program requires the successful completion of 131 credits with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0. The credit distribution is as follows:

Mathematics and Science Requirements  36 Credits
Liberal Arts Requirements         20 Credits
Mechanical Engineering Core Requirements  75 Credits
Total         131 credits

The mathematics and science requirements provide students with the needed foundation in these areas while the liberal arts requirements provide them with a well-rounded education and a strong foundation for thoughtful global citizenship. The mechanical engineering core requirements provide students with the comprehensive knowledge, skills, and training needed for professional success in the field of mechanical engineering, bridging the mathematics and basic sciences to engineering sciences, design, and applications. Nine credits of elective courses in the Mechanical Core allow students to focus further on one particular area of mechanical engineering. Alternatively, six credits of the electives may be used to undertake co-operative educational experience to obtain practical work experience.

In addition to mathematics and science courses, students study foundational engineering courses such as engineering practices, computer-aided drafting, circuits, statics, strength of materials, dynamics, thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, computer programming, and management and engineering economics. With these courses as foundation, they begin to take courses in four complementary areas of mechanical engineering: mechanical design, advanced manufacturing, electromechanical devices and control, and thermal sciences.

Mechanical Design: Students learn to analyze, design, build, and test mechanical components, devices, systems, and processes in a mechanical engineering design course, a computer-aided design and manufacturing course, a two-course sequence in senior project design, and a course in stress and vibration analyses.

Advanced Manufacturing: In this area, students take four courses: mechanical measurement and devices, manufacturing processes, computer-aided design and manufacturing, and industrial automation. Aside from acquiring knowledge in industrial automation and manufacturing concepts, processes, and planning, they learn to use, set up, configure, and program 3-D printers, CNC machines, configurable (flexible) manufacturing systems, robotic arms, and programmable-logic-controller based systems.

Electromechanical Devices and Controls:  Students study the theory and applications of electromechanical devices in four courses: circuits, which is one of the foundational courses; electrical energy conversion; analog and digital control; and industrial automation. In particular, students learn about basic circuit theory and building circuits; motors and generators with actual hands-on applications; renewable energy sources and technologies; automatic feedback control systems; and programmable-logic-controller based systems.

Thermal Sciences: A three-course sequence in thermal sciences: thermodynamics, which is one of the foundational courses; thermal systems analysis and design; and heat transfer, is taken by students. They learn to analyze and design thermal systems.  

The computer-aided design and manufacturing course is listed under the two areas of mechanical design and advanced manufacturing since it is applicable to both. Similarly, the industrial automation course is listed under the two areas of electromechanical devices and control as well as advanced manufacturing.  

Substantial engineering design experience is obtained from the integrated laboratory experience throughout the curriculum. Advanced courses help students acquire experimental, design, and computer simulation skills and integrate theory with practice. As a culmination of their design experience, senior students are required to successfully conceptualize, design, and build a mechanical component, system, or process in a two-course sequence in senior design project, by utilizing their past course work, following professional practice, and exercising sound engineering judgment.

For more information about the Mechanical Engineering program, please contact

Dr. Bernard Lefkowitz
Phone: 201-692-2026
Email: lefkowit@fdu.edu