Oct 22, 2021  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Mechanical Engineering, B.S.E.


The program’s description is noted below:

Requirements for the major in mechanical engineering, B.S.E.


The field of mechanical engineering offers career opportunities in areas such as design, analysis, test development, research and the manufacturing of various products. Oakland University’s mechanical engineering program provides students with a foundation in the fundamental concepts and principles associated with mechanics of solids, thermodynamics, fluid and thermal energy, materials, manufacturing, design of mechanical systems, electrical circuits, computer programming and software utilization.   A strong laboratory experience and the utilization of instrumentation and computer simulation tools are interwoven through the curriculum. The program also provides numerous engineering design experiences. The BSE in Mechanical Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

 

Program educational objectives

The objectives of the Mechanical Engineering program are to produce graduates, who three to five years after graduation, will:

  • function successfully in engineering roles within the automotive and other global industries,
  • engage in lifelong learning and pursue graduate study in mechanical engineering or other post-graduate education,
  • contribute effectively and ethically to a modern, multidisciplinary workplace, and
  • demonstrate effective communication, problem-solving and teamwork skills.

Course requirements (minimum of 128 total credits)

In order to earn the degree of Bachelor of Science in Engineering with a major in mechanical engineering, students must complete a minimum of 128 credits and meet the following requirements:

General education (excluding mathematics and sciences)


The General Education Requirements are comprised of three parts: Foundations, Explorations, and Integration. In addition, U.S. Diversity requirements must also be met. For details, refer to the General Education section of the catalog. In order to satisfy both general education and other program requirements, in some of the general education areas students should select from the courses listed below:

Foundations:


  • Writing Foundations - WRT 1060  
  • Formal Reasoning (Satisfied by MTH 1554  for engineering majors; see Mathematics and sciences section)

Explorations: One course from each of the seven Explorations areas:


  • Arts
  • Foreign Language and Culture
  • Global Perspective
  • Literature
  • Natural Science and Technology (satisfied by EGR 2400  or EGR 2500 ; see engineering core)
  • Social Science (Engineering majors must take one of the following: ECN 1500 ECN 2010 ECN 2020  or ECN 2100 )
  • Western Civilization (All engineering majors are required to take PHL 1310  - Introduction to Ethics in Science and Engineering  to satisfy the general education requirement in Western Civilization)

Integration:


  • Knowledge Applications (satisfied by MTH 1555  for engineering majors)
  • Capstone and Writing Intensive in the Major - ME 4999  
  • Writing Intensive in General Education (may be met by an approved course in the Explorations area)

US. Diversity:


  • May be met by an approved course in the Explorations area

*In order to graduate on-schedule without taking additional courses, it is highly recommended that students meet with an SECS Undergraduate Academic Adviser concerning the selection of all of their general education courses.

Mathematics and sciences - 32 credits


Select one course from the list below.


Students majoring in mechanical engineering are advised to take MTH 2775  to broaden their knowledge of linear algebra. However, students who have an explicit interest in broadening their knowledge in a specific area of math or science should select an elective from the following approved course list:

Note


*ME 4998  requires approval of project proposal by the Mechanical Engineering Department. If taken in place of ME 4999 , it must be team-based.

Professional electives –12 credits


Mechanical engineering students must complete at least 12 additional credits of 4000- or 5000-level ME, BE, ISE, or ECE designated courses (must have instructor’s permission to take 5000-level courses). At least 8 of these credits must have an ME designation. Students interested in broadening their knowledge in a specific area of mechanical engineering should elect sequences of courses as described in the specialized professional depth areas listed below:

1. Energy, fluid and thermal systems depth area. Includes courses in the fluid and thermal energy transport area.


2. Computer-aided design depth area. Includes courses in the computer-aided design (CAD) and analysis area.


3. Automotive engineering depth area. Includes courses with an automotive engineering emphasis area with two possible areas of specialty: automotive structures or internal combustion engines.


4. Manufacturing engineering depth area. This depth area includes courses in the manufacturing area.


5.Materials engineering depth area. This depth area includes courses in the areas of basic and advanced materials, plastics and composites manufacturing


Recommended fundamental subjects

6. Nuclear engineering depth area. This depth area includes courses in the nuclear engineering area.


Optional Specializations:


The Mechanical Engineering Department offers optional specializations in Automotive Engineering, Manufacturing, and Energy to students interested in broadening their knowledge in a specific area of mechanical engineering and wishing an area of specialization in their degree. Specializations are available to, but not required of, any student enrolled in the Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. The sequences of courses listed below for each specialization are taken to satisfy the professional electives requirement. Note that completing the Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering with a specialization may require more than 128 credits. Students may earn only one specialization and the specialization must be completed as part of their degree. The specialization will be noted on the students’ transcript and diploma.

1. Automotive Engineering Specialization


The Automotive Engineering Specialization includes courses related to powertrain, vehicle dynamics, as well as systems integration as they relate to vehicle design. To earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering with a specialization in Automotive Engineering, students must complete the following sequence of courses to satisfy their professional electives requirement. Please note that completing this specialization may require more than 128 credits.

2. Manufacturing Specialization


The Manufacturing Specialization includes courses related to manufacturing processes for metals and plastics as well as manufacturing systems.  To earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering with a specialization in Manufacturing, students must complete the following sequence of courses to satisfy their professional electives requirement. Please note that completing this specialization may require more than 128 credits.

3. Energy Specialization


The Energy Specialization includes fundamental courses in energy systems as well as fundamental courses in the fluid and thermal sciences. To earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering with a specialization in Energy, students must complete the following sequence of courses to satisfy their professional electives requirement. Please note that completing this specialization may require more than 128 credits.

Required fundamental subjects - 8 credits

Select at least 8 credits from the following:

Major Standing


To enroll in 3000- or higher level courses and to become candidates for the degree of Bachelor of Science in Engineering with a major in Mechanical Engineering, students must gain major standing. An application for major standing should be submitted prior to intended enrollment in 3000- or higher level courses.  Forms may be obtained from the SECS Undergraduate advising office or from the SECS website.

To gain major standing in Mechanical Engineering, students must:

A) have an average GPA of 2.0 in the following mathematics and science courses: MTH 1554 , MTH 1555 , APM 2555 , CHM 1430  (or CHM 1440  and CHM 1470 ), PHY 1610  (or PHY 1510  and PHY 1100 ), PHY 1620  (or PHY 1520  and PHY 1110 ).

B) have an average GPA of 2.0 in the following engineering core courses: EGR 1200 EGR 1400 , EGR 2400 , EGR 2500 , EGR 2600 , EGR 2800 . Note that some mechanical engineering courses require a minimum grade of C in  EGR 2500  or EGR 2800  .

C) have no more than two grades below C in the required courses in A and B above;

D) have not attempted any course listed in A and B above more than three times. Students may petition to repeat a course a fourth time; and

E) have not repeated more than three different courses listed in A and B. Courses in which a W (withdrawal) grade is recorded will not be counted.

Conditional major standing may be granted in the semester in which the student will complete the courses listed in A and B above.

Performance requirements


Satisfactory completion of the program requires a GPA of at least 2.0 within each course group: namely, mathematics and sciences, engineering core, and professional subjects (including professional subjects and professional electives) and a grade of C or better in the senior design capstone course (ME 4999  or ME 4998 ). Within professional courses, at most two grades below C are permitted; at most two different courses may be repeated, and a total of three repeat attempts per course are permitted.

Sample mechanical engineering schedule


Students entering the School of Engineering and Computer Science with the required background may follow a schedule such as the one indicated below. However, students will need additional time to complete the program if they do not have the required background upon entrance to the program.

Freshman year


Sophomore year


Junior year


Winter semester – 15 total credits

Senior year


Fall semester – 16 total credits

Winter semester – 16 total credits