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Mechanical Engineering Program

Mechanical Engineering is the broadest area of study in engineering. In contrast to other engineering disciplines, mechanical engineers are employed in significant percentages in almost all industrial and governmental organizations that employ engineers. The spectrum of activities in which mechanical engineers are engaged continues to expand. The curriculum has in turn become flexible to allow for the education of mechanical engineering students in many diverse and allied areas, or for graduate school preparation.

Educational Objectives:

  • Successfully practice the profession of engineering
  • Demonstrate career growth (e.g. increasing complexity of job assignment, career promotions, professional registration, patents, publications, and completion of advanced degrees).

Student Outcomes

 The Department’s Student Outcomes are:

  • Student Outcome a - ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
  • Student Outcome b - ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  • Student Outcome c - 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
  • Student Outcome d - ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
  • Student Outcome e - ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  • Student Outcome f - understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  • Student Outcome g - ability to communicate effectively
  • Student Outcome h -  broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
  • Student Outcome i - recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
  • Student Outcome j - knowledge of contemporary issues
  • Student Outcome k - ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

The undergraduate program includes a foundation in mathematics, science, and engineering sciences. The two key elements of the mechanical engineering undergraduate program are laboratory experience and design experience. The program is directed toward developing the student's design skill and experience, culminating in the senior design course sequence.

The mechanical engineering curriculum affords students the flexibility to pursue specific professional goals within the discipline. Such an opportunity needs to be carefully considered by each student, so that courses are chosen with these goals in mind. During the junior and senior years, the student selects courses to make up an 18 semester-hour block of technical electives.

The elective hours also represent the potential for students to consider a minor or a second (dual) degree. Mechanical engineering degree candidates must meet the academic requirements of the college and in addition must have an average GPA of 2.0 (C) in mechanical engineering courses at UW. A grade of (C-) or better must be earned in all engineering science and required mathematics courses.

International Engineering Option

The International Engineering Option offered by the Mechanical Engineering Department provides students with an opportunity to spend one or two semesters abroad. They will have the benefit of studying the language and culture of another country while completing their engineering degree at UW. Students in the program may take classes at a number of foreign institutions or participate in an internship.

An international experience involves more than just international study or an internship. Integration and immersion into another society removes cultural and linguistic barriers. Once these barriers have been breached, engineers and other technical professionals can begin to understand the perspectives and viewpoints held by others around the world. With this understanding, students will not only benefit from the newly gained knowledge of international issues, practices, and opportunities, but they will also enhance their understanding of domestic issues and challenges.

The study of a foreign language and the study-abroad experience satisfy the cultural context requirements of the University Studies Program. As a result, there is only a slight increase in the total number of required credits for the BS degree in Mechanical Engineering. For students without any prior knowledge of the relevant foreign language, the International Option in Mechanical Engineering requires 134 credit hours.

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