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2013-2014 Undergraduate Catalog 
2013-2014 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Mechanical Engineering, B.S.E.

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

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 the student 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 computers is interwoven through the curriculum. The program also provides numerous engineering design experiences.

Program educational objectives

The educational objectives of the Mechanical Engineering program are to produce graduates who will:

  • analyze, design, develop and/or test components or systems in the area or mechanics and/or fluid and thermal sciences;
  • use laboratory (instrumentation, testing, prototyping, etc) and/or computer skills for engineering analysis and design;
  • adapt and contribute to new technologies and methods, and use them in engineering desigh;
  • successfully pursue if desired, graduate studies in mechanical engineering or related disciplines;
  • function successfully in local, national or global technology-driven industries;
  • exhibit the willingness and flexibility to seek, accept and be effective in a variety of roles such as developing and implementing solutions to problems with technical and non-technical elements, serving as a team member, and leading others;
  • communicate effectively in both written and verbal forms;
  • exhibit high standards of personal and professional integrity and ethical responsibility.

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 science) – 28 credits

Approved mathematics or science elective – 4 credits

Students majoring in electrical engineering are advised to take MTH 275 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 and elective from the following approved course list:

PHY 161 and PHY 162

 * Neither PHY 161 nor PHY 162 satisfies the university general education requirement in the natural science and technology knowledge exploration area. Credit for both PHY 151 and PHY 161 is not permitted, and credit for both PHY 152 and PHY 162 is not permitted.

**ME 490 requires approval of a project proposal by the Mechanical Engineering Department, if taken in place of ME 492, and the project must be team-based.

Professional electives –12 credits

Mechanical engineering students must complete at least three (3) additional 400- or 500-level courses (must have instructors permission to take 500-level) courses with an ME designation or other approved 400-level engineering courses with an ECE or ISE 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. Plastics and composites manufacturing engineering depth area. This depth area includes courses in the plastics and composites manufacturing area.

Recommended fundamental subjects

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

Required fundamental subjects

Economics requirement

In addition to the requirements stated above, mechanical engineering students must fulfill the economics requirement. This may be met by completion of ECN 150, ECN 202, ECN 201 or ECN 210.

Performance requirements

In addition to previously stated requirements, satisfactory completion of the program requires an average grade of at least 2.00 within each group: namely, mathematics and science, core subjects, and professional subjects. Within professional subjects, at most two grades below 2.0 are permitted, at most two different courses may be repeated and three repeat, attempts 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

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