May 19, 2024  
2024-2025 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
    
2024-2025 Undergraduate Academic Catalog

Mechanical Engineering, B.S.


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Program Director and ME Study Abroad Coordinator

Dr. Nebojsa Sebastijanovic
Office: S-201B
Phone: (414) 277-7284

Overview

Mechanical engineering is one of the broadest engineering disciplines. It involves the design, development, analysis and control of devices, machines, and systems. A degree in mechanical engineering prepares students for careers in industries such as energy, environmental, robotics, manufacturing, biotechnology, medical, transportation, aerospace, and more. The degree also provides a solid foundation for further graduate studies. Electives in MSOE’s mechanical engineering program allow for specialization in any of the following ME subdisciplines: mechanical design (solid mechanics, machine dynamics, and medical applications), energy systems (renewable energy, aerodynamics, thermal systems, and fluid power) and materials/manufacturing (metals, polymers, composites, and processing).

Program Goals

The goals of the mechanical engineering program are:

  • To produce mechanical engineering graduates with a strong theoretical and applications background, whose analytical, design, and laboratory experiences make them attractive to industry and capable of advanced study in engineering
  • To produce well-rounded engineers who view engineering as a profession with social and ethical responsibilities
  • To provide an intimate learning environment, with personal involvement of faculty with significant industrial experience

Program Educational Objectives

Based on the stated goals, the educational objectives of the mechanical engineering program are to produce engineering graduates who, during their professional careers, will:

  • Use their educations to become productive, contributing professionals in their chosen field
  • Demonstrate initiative in their professional activities
  • Show continued professional development
  • Understand the impact of their professional activities on society

Student Outcomes

At the conclusion of the mechanical engineering program at MSOE, the student will have:

  • an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
  • an ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors
  • an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  • an ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
  • an ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
  • an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
  • an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies

This program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org, under the General Criteria and the Mechanical and Similarly Named Engineering Programs Program Criteria.

Accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, https://www.abet.org, under the General Criteria and Program Criteria for Mechanical and Similarly Named Engineering Programs.

 
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Mechanical Engineering, B.S. Version S1


Year One


Fall


Total: 13 lecture hours - 4 lab hours - 15 credits

Spring


Total: 15 lecture hours - 4 lab hours - 17 credits

Year Two


Fall


Total: 16 lecture hours - 2 lab hours - 17 credits

Year Three


Fall


Total: 13 lecture hours - 4 lab hours - 15 credits

Year Four


Fall


Total: 12 lecture hours - 6 lab hours - 15 credits

Spring


Total: 15 lecture hours - 0 lab hours - 15 credits

  • Elective (ME Technical) 3 credits2
  • Elective (ME Technical) 3 credits2
  • 3 credits * ♦ Raider Core: Integrate Learning
  • Raider Core Elective ♦ Exhibit Curiosity 3 credits1
  • Raider Core Elective ♦ Choice of CLO 3 credits1

Program total: 113 lecture hours - 26 lab hours - 126 credits


Notes:


* Courses with asterisks are used to calculate major GPA.

1There are 9 credits of Raider Core electives in the mechanical engineering program that must address the MSOE Common Learning Outcomes (CLOs) as follows:

See The Raider Core page for details on the general education program and Common Learning Outcomes (CLOs). See the full list of courses covering CLOs  for the Mechanical Engineering program.

2Up to three credits of technical electives can be in an engineering topic or undergraduate research with approval from the program director.

 

Mechanical Engineering, B.S., Study Abroad Version S1A


This track is for MSOE students. Faculty at THL and MSOE work in close cooperation and coordination to ensure that these courses meet a set of outcomes that are appropriate for the joint degree programs that are offered through this collaboration.

Year One


Fall


Total: 13 lecture hours - 4 lab hours - 15 credits

Spring


Total: 15 lecture hours - 4 lab hours - 17 credits

Year Two


Fall


Total: 16 lecture hours - 2 lab hours - 17 credits

Year Three (MSOE students at THL)


Fall


Total: 19 lecture hours - 4 lab hours - 21 credits

Spring


Total: 21 lecture hours - 0 lab hours - 21 credits

Year Four (at MSOE)


Fall


Total: 13 lecture hours - 4 lab hours - 15 credits

Spring


Total: 15 lecture hours - 2 lab hours - 16 credits

Program total: 126 lecture hours - 24 lab hours - 138 credits


*Notes for MSOE participants


  • MEC 2110 - Thermodynamics I is taken at THL, rather than in the second year at MSOE
  • MEC 3210 - Material Science is taken at MSOE in the second year; MEC 2030 Mechanics of Materials is a co-requisite
  • MEC 3320 - Dynamic Systems is replaced by a MEC Technical Elective
  • MEC 4950 - THL Bachelor’s Thesis is required for the THL degree and counts as a MEC Technical Elective
  • Additional courses will be taken at THL to fulfill THL’s degree requirements, resulting in 138 total credits

* Courses with asterisks are used to calculate major GPA.

1There are 9 credits of Raider Core electives in the mechanical engineering program which must address the MSOE Common Learning Outcomes (CLOs) as follows:

See The Raider Core page for details on the general education program and Common Learning Outcomes (CLOs). See the full list of courses covering CLOs  for the Mechanical Engineering-THL Exchange program.

Mechanical Engineering, B.S., Study Abroad Version S1B


This track is for THL students. Faculty at THL and MSOE work in close cooperation and coordination to ensure that these courses meet a set of outcomes that are appropriate for the joint degree programs that are offered through this collaboration.

Year Three (THL students at THL)


Fall


Total: 17 lecture hours - 4 lab hours - 19 credits

Spring


Total: 15 lecture hours - 0 lab hours - 15 credits

Year Four (THL students at MSOE)


Fall


Total: 16 lecture hours - 4 lab hours - 18 credits

Spring


Total: 15 lecture hours - 0 lab hours - 15 credits

*Notes for THL participants


* Courses with asterisks are used to calculate major GPA.

  • Students must take two Math/Science electives in the 4th year at MSOE. A list of approved courses will be provided.
  • MEC 1900 - Introduction to Mechanical Engineering is waived
  • MEC 3320 - Dynamic Systems is replaced by MEC Technical Elective: Turbomachinery

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