Mechanical Engineering Program
The Program of Mechanical Engineering at Midwestern State University offers courses leading to a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering.
B.S. IN MECHANICAL ENGINEERING
Mechanical engineers use concepts of mechanics and heat to design and build machines, devices and systems such as internal combustion and jet engines, thermal fluid systems such as those used in power plants, and highly complex artificial hearts. Mechanical engineers are responsible for the design and development of an incredible range of systems and products, including power plants, engines, automobiles, rockets, airplanes, robots, tools, and household appliances. Their creations are dynamic, involving motion, in contrast to the static creations of most other engineers. Mechanical engineering is considered to be the broadest branch of engineering, providing a wide choice of careers and allowing movement into a variety of engineering and non-engineering areas. Mechanical Engineering students at MSU receive a broad education which allows them to pursue successful careers along diverse paths and to find employment in a broad range of industries, including automotive, space, transportation, computer, construction, heating and cooling, and power generation. Students learn how to become problem solvers, how to work in a team, and most of all, how to become self-learners. The standards in the Mechanical Engineering program are high. The student needs to negotiate a curriculum that is very rigorous, but the rewards are abundant and very satisfying.
The mission of the mechanical engineering program is to provide each graduate with a foundation of knowledge and training upon which to build a successful career in mechanical engineering or related fields. Graduates of the program are well grounded in scientific, mathematical, and mechanical engineering knowledge through curricular activities that reflect technological advances. This is achieved by honing their ability to analyze, synthesize, and design mechanical engineering systems, communicate information, and understand and appreciate the need for life-long learning.
Program Educational Objectives
The Midwestern State University mechanical engineering graduates will:
1. Display a high level of engineering knowledge and expertise; consequently, will be competitive with their peers in local and global markets;
2. Exhibit critical thinking skills necessary to practice engineering design and analysis in a disciplined process;
3. Function at a high level of responsibility, individually and in teams, while exhibiting excellent oral, written, and visual communication skills;
4. Possess the skills and knowledge to pursue advanced studies and/or assume leadership roles along diverse career paths; and
5. Demonstrate a strong appreciation for and commitment to ethical, societal, environmental, and professional responsibilities.
The outcomes of the mechanical engineering program include those established by ABET and additional outcomes that are specific to mechanical engineering. Upon completion of the baccalaureate degree in mechanical engineering, each graduate will have:
a) an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering;
b) an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data;
c) an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability;
d) an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams;
e) an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems;
f) an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility;
g) an ability to communicate effectively;
h) the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context;
i) a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning;
j) a knowledge of contemporary issues;
k) an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice;
l) a knowledge of chemistry and calculus-based physics with depth in at least one;
m) the ability to apply advanced mathematics through multivariate calculus and differential equations;
n) the ability to work professionally in both thermal and mechanical systems areas including the design and realization of such systems