Mechanical Engineering Undergraduate

UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMS

Mechanical engineers plan and design machines, tools, engines, and other equipment or systems that produce or use power. They design products such as instruments, controls, engines, and machines as well as mechanical, thermal, hydraulic and heat transfer systems.

They plan and direct fabrication of test control apparatus and equipment in addition to developing methods and procedures for testing products and services. Mechanical engineers direct and coordinate construction and installation activities to ensure conformance with engineering design and customer specifications. They coordinate operation, maintenance, and repair activities to get the best use of machines and systems. Mechanical engineers may also evaluate field installations and recommend design changes to eliminate malfunctions. 

Mechanical Engineering B.S. - has department requirements and a list of required courses to receive a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering.

Program Information

CAREER OUTCOMES

Mechanical Engineering Minor

The ME Minor will help students from other WMU programs in various possible ways. For example, having this Minor degree recorded in the diploma may expand the employment opportunities and attractiveness of students who major in other areas and give them an advantage in their job search. This could be useful to students from other engineering majors as well as students from non-engineering majors (e.g., Physics students). Also, students who may want to pursue graduate degrees in engineering will get a preparation in foundation topics and a useful background to guide them in that direction. Since many majors in the university leave room in their curricula for minor degree credit-hours, many students will be able to take the ME Minor without adding much, if at all, to their required number of credits for graduation.

The five required courses have prerequisites in sciences, mathematics, and engineering. Interested students should meet a mechanical engineering advisor to plan a path to the Minor degree. Since the sequence of study may take five semesters, we recommend scheduling a meeting with an advisor not later than in the 3rd semester of study.

Program requirements
Students must complete at WMU the following 5 courses with a minimum grade of ‘C’:
ME 2320 – Thermodynamics 1
ME 2500 – Materials Science for Engineers (ME 2615 prerequisite will be waived)
ME 2580 – Dynamics (or ME 3600 – Control Systems, for students who receive credit for Dynamics in their major)
ME 3560 – Fluid Mechanics
ME 3650 – Machine Design 1 (EDMM 1420 prerequisite will be waived)
 

Mechanical Engineering Concentration in Automotive

Students registered in the Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering program now have the option of choosing this concentration. Students who complete the following courses at WMU with a grade of 'C' or better will qualify for the Concentration in Automotive to be recorded in their transcript:

ME 3650 – Machine Design 1 and any combination of 4 courses from the following list of electives:
ME 3670 –Internal Combustion Engines I
ME 4650 –Vehicle Dynamics
ME 4680 – Engine Design
ME 4700 – Vehicle Structural Design
ME 4710 – Motion and Control
ME 5730 – Materials Selection in Design
ME 5750 – Tribology
Since elective courses are not offered every semester, interested students must meet a mechanical engineering advisor to plan a path to this concentration before choosing any of their ME electives.

 

Mechanical Engineering Concentration in Solid Mechanics and Structures

Students registered in the Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering program now have the option of choosing this concentration. Students who complete the following courses at WMU with a grade of 'C' or better will qualify for the Concentration in Solid Mechanics and Structures to be recorded in their transcript:

ME 3650 – Machine Design 1 and any combination of 4 courses from the following list of electives:
AE 4630 – Aerospace Structural Design
ME 4530 – Machine Design 2
ME 4570 – Experimental Solid Mechanics
ME 4700 – Vehicle Structural Design
ME 5500 – Modern Engineered Materials
ME 5610 – Finite Element Method
ME 5690 – Principles of Fatigue and Fracture
ME 5730 – Materials Selection in Design
Since elective courses are not offered every semester, interested students must meet a mechanical engineering advisor to plan a path to this concentration before choosing any of their ME electives.
 

ACCELERATED MASTER'S DEGREE

See Murali Ghantasala, graduate advisor, for all questions regarding the accelerated master's program.

Forms

Every semester that you register for one of ME 5950, 6950, 6970, 7000, or 7100 you must fill the following form, obtain your advisor’s signature, and submit it to Murali Ghantasala.

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