BS Mechanical Engineering
Engineering is becoming a broader discipline as engineers engage with today’s grand challenges. Mechanical engineering is following this trend as mechanical engineering graduates will pursue diverse careers in areas such as research, design, manufacturing, and management. Mechanical engineers have helped create the modern society that we enjoy and as well are poised to help provide solutions to the pressing challenges that we now face. Graduates of the program will have career opportunities in manufacturing, energy engineering, sustainable infrastructure and architectural design, biomedical and biomechanics, mechatronics, and nanoengineering.
Mechanical Engineering Program Mission
The University of Georgia Mechanical Engineering undergraduate program provides students with an education in engineering sciences and design, basic sciences, liberal arts and professional practice. The program graduates students ready for successful careers as practicing mechanical engineers in industry, academia or other organizations such as national research labs. Since mechanical engineering is a very broad discipline, a graduate in this program will have much flexibility for career options. While they will be prepared to enter diverse types of careers, these graduates will also leave school with a solid understanding of the core topics such as mechanics and kinematics, thermal and fluid systems, materials and numerical methods/modeling.
Program Educational Objectives
The following Program Educational Objectives relate to the knowledge, skills, and behaviors that UGA College of Engineering alumni with degrees in mechanical engineering should demonstrate as they move through their careers as engineers and as contributing members of society:
- Achieved a high level of expertise to create design solutions that help to create a sustainable world and enhance the global quality of life.
- Established themselves in positions of leadership in their profession and their community.
- Continued their education through professional licensure, certification, or the pursuit of a graduate degree or further training in their area of specialty.
- Maintain the integrity of the profession and contribute to its development by passing on knowledge and skills.
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Key Features of this Program
Several key principles will help distinguish the University of Georgia Mechanical Engineering undergraduate program from others.
Key principle #1 “Professional Spine.”
A series of seminar courses will be required annually that provide insight into the sense of being a practicing engineer in today’s marketplace. Key concepts, such as systems thinking, different topical areas of mechanical engineering, and the professional skills required in today’s job market will be included. Each course will have intended goals and objectives and will serve to help guide the student in the transition from high school graduate to an engineer ready to enter the professional workforce. The courses will be primarily a ‘seminar’ focus, with assignments, guest speakers and small study topics required.
Key principle #2 “Design Spine.”
Design courses will be present throughout the curriculum as recommended in the ASME Vision 2030 documentation. Students will participate in a three-hour, project-based design studio during their first and third years. During their second year they will take a course on “Engineering in Society” that involves a service learning project. In their final year students will take a two semester capstone design course with industry-driven projects.
Key principle #3 “Co-op or research.”
One distinguishing feature of this program will be the option to include either engineering co-op (MCHE 3900) or undergraduate research experience, such as MCHE 4960 or the CURO program (MCHE 4980), as credit toward one of the electives related to the profession. Substitution credit will only be allowed with a minimum of two semesters of participation, and three credit hours total, in either an approved engineering cooperative experiential learning program or research program. For further requirements on the process and procedures for obtaining credit toward an elective, the student should check with the College of Engineering co-op and CURO program description documents.
Key Principle #4 “Electives Related to Profession.”
A set of two elective courses that allows a student to diversify in topical areas beyond mechanical engineering but still very much relevant to their profession. The courses could be technical but non-engineering courses (for example “Occupational Safety”) or non-technical (for example a foreign language). Co-op (MCHE 3900) or research (MCHE 4960 or 4980) courses can be used to satisfy this requirement, as outlined in Key Principle #3. These courses will give students flexibility to tailor their education for a career path that the curriculum designers cannot envision in advance.