Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical engineering (ME) is the broadest of all engineering disciplines and involves activities in research and development, design and manufacturing, operations and maintenance, and marketing and sales, among others. Mechanical engineers are employed in virtually every sector of the economy including: the aerospace, automotive, biotechnology, chemical, computer, construction, consumer product, defense, and energy and thermal systems industries.

The bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering offers a strong curriculum that equips students with a broad education, providing them a solid foundation for professional engineering practice or for continuing education. In addition, ME places importance on workplace skills and professionalism, creating an integrated curriculum that is highly valued by employers. Graduates may become CEO’s, entrepreneurs, chief engineers, astronauts, faculty, physicians, and patent attorneys, among other occupations.



Our mission is to provide a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering (BSME) within the general missions of Purdue University and the College of Engineering and Technology. The BSME program is designed to prepare students for entry into the professional practice of mechanical engineering.

Program Educational Objectives

The program educational objectives for the Mechanical Engineering field of study at Purdue North Central:

  1. Provide a well-rounded quality undergraduate engineering education leading to all graduates being employed.
  2. Our graduates are project managers and higher while demonstrating the professional and ethical responsibilities of the engineering profession.
  3. Our graduates have contributed to their community through professional and personal actions.
  4. Many of our graduates have attended graduate school or other additional educational opportunities.
  5. Many of our students have started their own business or have participated with small business.

Student Outcomes

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
Mechanical Engineering Plan of Study

Fall 2012 (pdf)

Humanities/Social Sciences Electives for Engineering Students (pdf)

Minor Options for Mechanical Engineering Students Only (pdf)


Articulation Agreement with Ivy Tech Community College:

Transfer to PNC – Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (pdf)


This program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET,

Graduate Data
Academic Year Number of Graduates
2013/2014 12
2012/2013 11
2011/2010 12
2009/2010 9
Enrollment Data
Academic Year Number Enrolled
2015/2016 90
2014/2015 79
2013/2014 96
2012/2013 84
2011/2012 76
2010/2011 64
2009/2010 42