Engineering B.S. (Mechanical concentration)

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The B.S. in Engineering with a Mechanical Engineering concentration applies the principles of mathematics, physics, and related engineering sciences to the design and analysis of automobiles, aircraft, heating and cooling systems, buildings and bridges, industrial equipment and machinery, medical devices, and more. Students learn concepts of energy conversion, fuel and combustion technologies, biomedical product manufacturing, and noise control and acoustics.

With the 4+1 integrated degree program, students can go on to earn an M.S. in Engineering Management with only one additional year of study.

The Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET has accredited the B.S. degree programs in Engineering and Manufacturing Engineering.

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Contact Information

Won Joo, Ph.D. 
Department Head, Engineering  
joo@rmu.edu
412-397-4026 phone 

Luis E. Monterrubio Salazar, Ph.D., CMfgE 
Coordinator, Mechanical Engineering 
monterrubio@rmu.edu
412-397-5441 phone 

4-Year Course Plan (Mechanical Engineering)

Freshman Year, Fall

  • Intro to Engineering
  • Calculus w/Analytic Geometry I
  • Chemistry I with lab
  • Programming
  • Intercultural communications/Reading & Writing Strategies

Freshman Year, Spring

  • Engineering Graphics
  • Calculus w/Analytic Geometry II
  • General Physics I with lab
  • Argument & Research
  • Advanced Programming

Sophomore Year, Fall

  • Statics & Strength of Materials
  • General Physics II with lab
  • Calculus w/Analytic Geometry III
  • Engineering Materials
  • Public Speaking & Persuasion

Sophomore Year, Spring

  • Engineering Statistics
  • Circuits & Electromagnetics
  • Thermodynamics & Energetics
  • Differential Equations
  • Fundamentals of Accounting or similar

Junior Year, Fall

  • Dynamics
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Linear Algebra with Applications
  • Survey of Economics
  • Professional Communication in Workplace

Junior Year, Spring

  • Value Design
  • Heat Transfer
  • Management Theory & Practice
  • Principles of Marketing
  • Contemporary American Social Problems or similar

Senior Year, Fall

  • Engineering Practice
  • Machine Design
  • Mechanical Engineering Elective
  • Humanities: Art & Music
  • World Literature or similar

Senior Year, Spring

  • Integrated Engineering Design
  • Mechanical Engineering Elective
  • Design & Analysis of Mechanical Systems
  • General Psychology
  • U.S. History I or similar
Additional Program Details

Program Educational Objectives

Five years after graduation, the graduates should:

  • Be technically competent engineers.
  • Be hands-on practitioners of engineering.
  • Possess strong understanding of business and, strong team and communications skills.
  • Be well-prepared to embrace the continuous learning necessary to practice engineering over their entire professional lifetimes.
  • Have a strong understanding of engineering ethics.

Student Outcomes

Until 2018-2019 Academic year.

At the time of graduation, the graduate should have:

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

From 2019-2020 Academic Year to Present 

At the time of graduation, the graduate should 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

Enrollment and Graduation Data (B.S. Engineering)

  • 2020: 78 enrolled, 87 graduated
  • 2019: 80 enrolled, 99 graduated
  • 2018: 95 enrolled, 149 graduated
  • 2017: 102 enrolled, 138 graduated
  • 2016: 108 enrolled, 90 graduated

Sample Courses:

These are some of the classes for students in this academic program:

Statics & Strength of Materials
Material Handling & Plant Layout
Human Factors Engineering
Major Credits
73
Engineering, Math, Physics
Core Credits
41
Communication Skills, Economics, Humanities, History, Sciences, etc.
Elective Credits
12

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