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 positions.
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.
The Mechanical Engineering Program is designed to produce graduates who:
- Practice mechanical engineering in fluid thermal/energy conversion and machine system stems of the discipline in private, government, or industrial organizations.
- Practice mechanical engineering in environments that require a variety of roles including engineering problem definition, application of advanced methods of analysis, problem diagnosing, and solution of real-world engineering design problems that are subject to marketplace constraints such as cost, safety, etc.
- Actively contribute in a multidisciplinary engineering environment.
- Enhance their knowledge beyond the B.S. level and remain current with advancements in engineering and technology through a commitment to lifelong learning.
- Understand and practice the ethical standards that the engineering profession expects and demands.