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UWM Undergraduate Catalog 2013-2014

Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical engineering is one of the broadest, and most general, fields of engineering. Combining some of the basic elements found in electrical and civil engineering with more in-depth use of mechanical design and thermal science principles, a mechanical engineering education will provide its students with the tools required to solve a wide range of technological problems.

Mechanical engineers work on the design, development, analysis, production, and testing of a wide variety of devices, products, and systems. The devices and systems developed by mechanical engineers can be found in many fields, including energy conversion, power generation, environmental control, manufacturing, materials handling and processing, and transportation and construction equipment.

The mechanical engineering curriculum is based upon fundamental engineering science courses in mechanics, the thermal sciences, mechanical design and controls. Students also take courses in experimentation, computer aided engineering, vibrations, and mechatronics. A variety of technical elective courses are also offered. With these courses, a student can either pursue a general mechanical engineering education, or can tailor a program of study towards a concentration in either thermal sciences or mechanical systems.

Mission Statement: The mission of the UWM Mechanical Engineering Department is:

  1. To provide quality educational programs for undergraduate and graduate students planning careers in mechanical engineering or related fields.
  2. To create and disseminate knowledge through research, publications, and other scholarly activities.
  3. To foster a close partnership with industry and government.
  4. To engage in professional and academic service activities of value to the university, and the community at large.

Program Educational Objectives: The educational objectives of the undergraduate Mechanical Engineering Program are:

  1. Graduates will have successful professional careers in mechanical engineering.
  2. Graduates will demonstrate ability to use experimental, mathematical, and computational tools appropriate for solving mechanical engineering problems.
  3. Graduates will demonstrate skills critical to the design process including the ability to formulate problems, think creatively, communicate effectively, and work collaboratively.
  4. Graduates will be prepared for continued professional development.

Accreditation: The mechanical engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012, telephone: (410) 347-7700.

Thermal sciences deals with the transformation of energy from one form to another, as well as the transmission and use of energy. Areas of interest in thermal sciences include (a) power generation through fossil-fueled steam power plants, and solar energy, as well as design of heat exchangers and boilers, (b) propulsion systems, such as internal-combustion engines, for all types of vehicles, (c) heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems, and (d) the environmental effects and control of pollutants produced in these applications.

Mechanical systems focuses on the synthesis, analysis, and optimization of different types of devices and machines. The scope of problems studied ranges from small individual components to automated factory systems using robots and CNC tools. Designers must use imagination, ingenuity, and good judgement to create workable ideas and transform them into physical realities. Use of modern computational tools such as finite element methods, solid modeling, CAD/CAM packages is emphasized. An understanding of industrial design practices and standards is also required.

A general mechanical engineering course of study may be desirable for students preferring the broadest background. The program consists of taking the basic courses required by all mechanical engineering students, and supplementing these courses with a range of technical electives that provide the student with background in key areas in thermal and mechanical systems.

Students should consult their advisors for help in choosing the most appropriate concentration and technical electives for their own interests. Suggested technical elective sequences for all three areas are outlined below.

It is recommended that students interested in thermal sciences take MechEng 402 and at least two courses from MechEng 415, 423, 432, 434, 435, 451, or 463.

It is recommended that students interested in mechanical systems take MechEng 463 and at least two courses from MechEng 461, 462, 475, 476, or 478.

It is recommended that students interested in general mechanical engineering take at least two courses from MechEng 402, 463, or 475.

Mechanical Engineering Minor

The minor in mechanical engineering is designed for students in engineering, architecture and physics. The minor is not available to mechanical engineering majors. The minor requires 20 credits of coursework in 300-level above courses in mechanical engineering. Students interested in obtaining the minor should contact the director of undergraduate studies for advice on the appropriate program of study, 229-5191.


The minimum number of credits required to complete the Bachelor of Science in Engineering with a major in Mechanical Engineering is 128. Students who need background preparation courses in math, English, foreign language, and chemistry may need additional credits.

Engineering Core Courses: 35 credits

EAS 100/Mech Eng 150

Freshman Orientation or How Things Work (recommended only)


EAS 200 Professional Seminar 1

MechEng 110

Engineering Fundamentals I


MechEng 111

Engineering Fundamentals II


CompSci 151/201

Introduction to Computer Programming


Civ Eng 201



Civ Eng 202



Civ Eng 303

Strength of Materials


ElecEng 301

Electrical Circuits I


MatlEng 201

Engineering Materials


MechEng 301

Basis Engineering Thermodynamics


MechEng 320

Introduction to Fluid Mechanics


Mechanical Engineering Major: 33 credits

MechEng 321

Basic Heat Transfer


MechEng 323

Fluid Mechanics Laboratory


MatlEng 330

Materials and Processes in Engineering


MechEng 360

Mechanical Design I


MechEng 366

Design of Machine Elements


MechEng 370

Computer Aided Engineering Laboratory


MechEng 438

Mechanical Engineering Experimentation


MechEng 474

Introduction to Control Systems


MechEng 479

Control and Design of Mechatronic Systems


MechEng 496

Senior Design Project


Ind Eng 467

Intro. Statistics for Physical Science and Eng Students


Mathematics Requirement: 14-161

One of the following Calculus sequences must be completed:
Math 231-232-233
Math 221-222 (Honors)
ElecEng 234 (Analytical Methods in Engineering)

Chemistry Requirement: 5-10 credits1

One of the following sequences must be completed:

Chem 105 (Suggested)
Chem 102-104

Physics Requirement: 10 credits

Physics 209+214
Physics 210+215

GER Distribution Requirement: 15 credits


3 credits


6 credits

Social Science

6 credits


One of the arts, humanities, or social science courses selected must also meet the UWM cultural diversity requirement.

English Composition Requirement: 0-6 credits1

The English Composition requirement is satisfied by:

1. Earning a satisfactory score on the English placement test, or

2. Earning a grade of C or higher in English 102

Foreign Language Requirement: 0-8 credits (for students starting fall 1999 or later)

The foreign language requirement can be completed with one of these options:

1. Two years of a single foreign language in high school

2. Two semesters of a single foreign language in college

3. Demonstrate ability by examination

1Placement Examinations. Once admitted to UWM, most engineering students are required to take placement examinations in mathematics, English and chemistry. Students with previous college level credits in these areas may not be required to take placement exams. The placement exams are administered by the UWM Testing Center, Mellencamp Hall, room B28, (414) 229-4689. The results of these tests help students determine the appropriate course in which to register. Background prerequisite courses may be required in addition to the courses listed above. Possible Math placements for engineering students are Math 090, 095, 105, 225, 116, 117, 231, or 221. Possible English placements are English 090, 095, 101, or 102. Possible Chemistry placements are Chemistry 100, 102 or 105


The Mechanical Engineering Department regularly offers elective courses that allow students to concentrate in either energy engineering or mechanical design. While the College does not guarantee that specific electives will be offered annually, there will be a sufficient number offered to allow for one of these concentrations.

Technical Electives– Mechanical Engineering Major (14 Credits). Select a minimum of 14 credits of technical electives from Groups A, B, and C as indicated below.

Group A Technical Electives: Students must select at least 6 credits from this list category.

MechEng 402

Thermal-Fluid Engineering


MechEng 420

Fluid Mechanics


MechEng 463

Introduction to Finite Elements


MechEng 475

Vibrations in Mechanical Design


Goup B Technical Electives

Civ Eng 401

Intermediate Strength of Materials


Mat Eng 410

Mechanical Behavior of Materials


Ind Eng 360

Engineering Economic Analysis


Ind Eng 455

Basic Optimization Techniques


Math 413

Introduction to Numerical Analysis


Math 601

Advanced Engineering Mathematics


MechEng 415

Modern Thermo Manufacturing Processes


MechEng 423

Applied Fluid Mechanics


MechEng 432

Internal Combustion Engines


MechEng 434

Air Conditioning System Design


MechEng 435

Power Plant Theory and Design


MechEng 436 Solar Engineering 3
MechEng 455

Processing of Plastics


MechEng 456

Metal Casting Engineering


MechEng 457 Engineering Composites 3

MechEng 461

Intermediate Kinematics and Dynamics


MechEng 465 Friction and Wear 3

MechEng 469

Introduction to Biomechanical Engineering


MechEng 476

Introduction to Robotics


MechEng 490

Topics in Mechanical Engineering


MechEng 574

Intermediate Control Systems


MechEng 580 Engineering Analysis in Applied Mechanics 3

MechEng 699

Independent Study


1Students who earn 3 or more credits of MechEng 699 may use only 3 of those credits as approved Free Technical Electives.

Group C Technical Electives: Take up to a maximum of 3 credits in this category.

EAS 001

Co-op Work Period


EAS 497 Study Abroad 3

MechEng 490

Professional Development Topics



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