Hands-on design classes for experiential learning
Whether your interests are in finding solutions to climate change, advancing medical care, improving product design and safety, making better robots or improving the design of high-performance vehicles, you’ll find what you are looking for in the ABET-accredited Department of Mechanical Engineering at the U!
Mechanical engineering at the U is not your everyday classroom experience, as it integrates substantial hands-on practical and professional experience with advanced technical instruction.
Starting with ME 1000 and ME 1010 in the freshman year, you will participate in hands-on, project-based learning every year of the four-year program. In ME 1000 you will learn basic mechanical design skills including mechanisms, computer-aided design, drafting, and programming computer code. The course culminates in a project where student teams build robots that compete with each other in achieving a pre-defined task.
In the sophomore year, you will learn about manufacturing and pair that knowledge with hands-on manufacturing labs.
The “design sequence“ starts in the junior year with ME 3000 Design of Mechanical Elements, in which you learn to design and calculate different machine components such as shafts, bolted joints, and welded joints.
ME 4000 and 4010 in the senior year are the capstone design courses and offer you the opportunity to integrate all the engineering skills learned during the first three years of your engineering education into one group project. Examples of such projects can be found here. By your senior year, you will have the skills to design and build an actual product. As part of a team, you could build an electric skateboard, a robotic hand, or a solar car. Mechanical engineering undergraduates at the U also have opportunities to work closely with internationally renowned faculty on creative and critical research projects, and to participate in the research and development of solutions to diverse real-world problems.