Mechanical Engineering Requirements

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The mission of the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Energy Processes is to provide high quality engineering education to students and equip them with lifelong learning skills, which allow them to adapt to a changing work environment throughout their careers. Also, the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Energy Processes supports faculty growth and development through research and creative activities because quality teaching and service to humanity and society cannot be achieved without such activities. Finally, the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Energy Processes supports the idea of service to department, college, university, professional societies and community as part of the mission. The undergraduate program in Mechanical Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org. The department also offers graduate programs leading to the Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees.

The Capstone Option for Transfer Students
The SIU Capstone Option is available to students who have earned an Associate in Engineering Sciences (AES) degree with a minimum cumulative 2.0/4.0 GPA on all accredited coursework prior to the completion of the AES, as calculated by SIU.  The Capstone Option reduces the University Core Curriculum requirements from 39 to 30 hours, therefore reducing the time to degree completion.  Students interested in the Capstone Option should contact the College of Engineering Advisement Office to develop a personal coursework pathway to degree completion.

Bachelor of Science (BS) Degree in Mechanical Engineering

The fundamental goal of the undergraduate program in Mechanical Engineering is to offer a high-quality education for our students, designed to achieve the following Program Educational Objectives (PEOs), which describe what graduates are expected to attain within a few years of graduation:

  1. Practice mechanical engineering in a global and societal context
  2. Have skills needed for effective written and oral communication, collaboration, and innovation
  3. Pursue advanced education or lifelong learning that support careers in a broad range of fields
  4. Act in a professional and ethical manner, in their careers and communities

Also, the undergraduate program is designed to achieve the following Student Outcomes (SOs), which describe what students are expected to know and be able to do by the time of graduation:

  1. The ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering to problem solving
  2. The ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  3. The ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints
  4. The ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams
  5. The ability to identify, formulate and solve engineering problems
  6. An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  7. The ability to communicate effectively
  8. The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
  9. A recognition of the need for and an ability to engage in life-long learning
  10. Knowledge of contemporary issues
  11. The ability to use the techniques, skills and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice

Mechanical engineering is one of the broadest fields of engineering. Mechanical engineers learn measurement and instrumentation, computer-aided design, computer simulation, computer control, combustion and engine analysis. They learn to design thermal systems for mechanical and electrical equipment including heating, ventilating, air conditioning and refrigeration. Students learn how to design and produce new materials for advanced engineering applications. Courses are also offered in subjects related to the chemical processes and environmental control industries. The department offers a program leading to a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering.  Students may choose to obtain Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering with a specialization in Energy Engineering.  In addition, a Minor in Energy Engineering is offered to non-Mechanical Engineering students provided they meet the requirements. Graduates are highly sought after in a variety of industries such as automotive, aerospace and manufacturing.

Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering Requirements

Degree RequirementsCredit Hours
University Core Curriculum Requirements (should include BIOL 202, ECON 240 and MATH 150) 39
Requirements for Major in Mechanical Engineering (9)+87
Basic Science (6)+9
CHEM 200, CHEM 201, CHEM 210 (3)+4
PHYS 205A, PHYS 205B, PHYS 255A, PHYS 255B (3)+5
Mathematics Analysis (3)+14
MATH 150, MATH 250, MATH 251, MATH 305 (3)+11
ENGR 351 3
Required Engineering Courses 17
ENGR 222 or ENGR 296 or ME 222 2
ENGR 250, ENGR 261, ENGR 335, ENGR 350A, ENGR 370A 15
Required ME Courses 47
ME 102, ME 300, ME 302, ME 309, ME 312, ME 336, ME 400, ME 401, ME 407, ME 411, ME 472, ME 475, ME 495A, ME 495B 38
Mechanical Engineering Elective Courses At least 6 hours must be from 400-level ME courses and 3 hours may be from IT 470A or a 400-level course used for a Math minor. 9
Total 126

Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering with Specialization in Energy Engineering Requirements

Degree RequirementsCredit Hours
University Core Curriculum Requirements 39
Requirements for Major in Mechanical Engineering (9) + 87
Basic Science (6)+9
CHEM 200, CHEM 201, CHEM 210 (3)+4
PHYS 205A, PHYS 205B, PHYS 255A, PHYS 255B (3)+5
Mathematics Analysis (3)+14
MATH 150, MATH 250, MATH 251, MATH 305 (3)+11
ENGR 351 3
Required Engineering Courses 17
ENGR 222B or ENGR 296 2
ENGR 250, ENGR 261, ENGR 335, ENGR 350A, ENGR 370A 15
Required ME Courses 47
ME 102, ME 300, ME 302, ME 309, ME 312, ME 336, ME 400, ME 401, ME 407, ME 411, ME 472, ME 475, ME 495A, ME 495B 38
Elective Energy Courses 9
Total 126

Minor in Energy Engineering for non-Mechanical Engineering Degrees Requirements

Degree RequirementsCredit Hours
Required ME Courses 6
ME 300, ME 302 1
Elective Energy Courses 2 9
Total 15

1 Prerequisite for ME 302 is ENGR 370. Equivalence for ME 300 and ENGR 370 will be considered.

2 Approved electives: ME 405, ME 406, ME 408, ME 410, ME 435, ME 440, ME 446, ME 493.