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Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering

The Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering is one of the original engineering disciplines. It focuses on the fundamentals of engineering necessary to meet the problem solving requirements for today’s society. The objectives of the program are to prepare students for successful careers and lifelong learning by providing a solid foundation in the principles of mechanical engineering; to train students in the mathematical and computational skills appropriate for engineers to use when solving problems; to help students develop skills pertinent to the design process, to think creatively, to communicate effectively, to synthesize information and to work collaboratively; and, to implant in the student an understanding of their professional and ethical responsibilities.

The mechanical engineering degree at Purdue North Central (PNC) is rigorous and traditional in many respects. The core curriculum is standard and covers all of the material expected in a mechanical engineering program. The program at PNC does have several additional features.

The program is student oriented and pro-active. The freshman year includes two bridge courses of five credits each. Each course includes a learning lab that allows the faculty member to work individually with each student to assess their needs and provide assistance to the specific academic needs of each student relative to the course material. The sections are small and the bridge courses prepare the students to succeed in calculus and the sophomore engineering courses that can create difficulties. All students that enter the PNC program are expected to succeed. This is the primary focus of the bridge courses … provide a successful learning experience for every student. The bridge courses are not offered at most engineering schools.

PNC uses the engineering lab courses to strengthen the student’s communication skills. Each lab includes a written report for each experiment and an oral presentation to the class members and faculty member. The lab courses begin in the fall semester of the sophomore year and continue through the last semester. In this way, each student will have experience in developing communication skills at a higher level rather than one course in communication. This is a different approach than traditional schools and provides opportunities for students to evaluate their communication needs and continually improve through their senior year.

The students are also exposed to several computational tools in the freshman bridge courses. These include Excel, Matlab, C++ and more. Each engineering course after the freshman year will build on these tools by including homework problems that require their use. In this way, the computational tools are learned across the curriculum rather than in one or two courses. PNC engineering faculty take extra effort to structure the problems each semester to strengthen the student’s knowledge in the tools and make sure that the lessons learned are repeated and not forgotten. This is another unique feature of a PNC engineering education.

Each student is also asked to choose one engineering minor after the sophomore year. The options are electrical engineering, civil engineering, and industrial engineering. The minor sequence requires 15 credits. There are several dual listed courses that usually leave two or three courses to be chosen. A student graduating from PNC will have a strong background not only in Mechanical Engineering (ME), but also Electrical and Civil Engineering. Industrial Engineering is also a possibility if the student chooses that option for a minor.

Mechanical engineers can expect to find job opportunities across the nation. Mechanical Engineering is a broad field with graduates working in many industries. Mechanical Engineering graduates are in high demand with the ME degree being one of the top ten degrees in demand by industry. There are currently over 225,000 mechanical engineering jobs in the U.S. The number of new job opportunities for mechanical engineers is expected to grow more than ten percent over the next few years.

GENERAL PLAN OF STUDY: MECHANICAL ENGINEERING

The following is a sample plan of study. Visit the College of Engineering and Technology for the most current information.

Freshman Year

First Semester

5

ENGR

17100

Engineering Fundamentals I

4

CHM

11500

General Chemistry

3

ENGL

10100

English Composition I

5

MA

16700

Plane Analytic Geometry & Calculus I

17 Semester Credits

Second Semester

5

ENGR

18100

Engineering Fundamentals II

4

CHM

11600

General Chemistry

5

MA

16900

Plane Analytic Geometry & Calculus II

4

PHYS

15200

Mechanics

18 Semester Credits

Sophomore Year

Third Semester

3

M E

27000

Basic Mechanics I or

C E

27100

Basic Mechanics I

3

ECE

20100

Linear Circuit Analysis I

1

ECE

20700

Electronic Measurement Technique

4

MA

26100

Multivariate Calculus

4

PHYS

26100

Electricity and Optics

3

Humanities/Social Science Elective

18 Semester Credits

Fourth Semester

3

M E

20000

Thermodynamics I

3

M E

27400

Basic Mechanics II

3

ECE

20200

Linear Circuit Analysis II

4

MA

26200

Linear Algebra & Differential Equations

3

Humanities/Social Science Elective

16 Semester Credits

Junior Year

Fifth Semester

3

M E

30201

Thermodynamics II

3

M E

32401

Mechanics of Materials or

C E

32401

Mechanics of Materials

3

ENGR

45000

Engineering Analysis

3

Elective for Minor

3

Humanities/Social Science Elective

15 Semester Credits

Sixth Semester

4

M E

31001

Fluid Mechanics

4

M E

35300

Machine Design I

3

M E

37600

System Modeling and Analysis

3

Elective for Minor

3

Humanities/Social Science Elective

17 Semester Credits

Senior Year

Seventh Semester

3

M E

36600

Systems and Measurements

3

ENGR

45100

Engineering Analysis II

4

M E

31601

Heat and Mass Transfer

3

M E

33001

Structure and Properties of Materials or

C E

33001

Structure and Properties of Materials

3

Humanities/Social Science Elective

16 Semester Credits

Eighth Semester

3

M E

45101

Machine Design II

3

ENGR

46100

Engineering Design Experience

3

Engineering Elective

3

Humanities/Social Science Elective

12 Semester Credits

Total credits required for baccalaureate degree: 129

MINORS IN ENGINEERING

Civil Engineering

Electrical Engineering