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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 have a successful professional career in Mechanical Engineering or related fields.
  2. Graduates apply their knowledge of mechanical engineering to problem solving in their field of employment.
  3. Graduates are recognized as creative problem solvers and effective communicators.
  4. Graduates are successfully engaged in 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, (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 judgment to create workable ideas and transform them into physical realities. Use of modern computational tools such as finite element methods, solid modeling, and 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 or 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, (414) 229-5191.

MECHANICAL ENGINEERING CURRICULUM

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: 34 credits

     

EAS 100/
MechEng 150

Freshman Orientation or How Things Work

1-3

EAS 200

Professional Seminar

1

MechEng 101

Computational Tools for Engineers

2

MechEng 110

Engineering Fundamentals I

4

MechEng 111

Engineering Fundamentals II

4

Civ Eng 201

Statics

3

Civ Eng 202

Dynamics

3

Civ Eng 303

Strength of Materials

4

ElecEng 301

Electrical Circuits I

3

MatlEng 201

Engineering Materials

4

MechEng 301

Basic Engineering Thermodynamics

3

MechEng 320

Introduction to Fluid Mechanics

3

Mechanical Engineering Major: 33 credits

 

     

MechEng 321

Basic Heat Transfer

4

MechEng 323

Fluid Mechanics Laboratory

1

MechEng 330

Materials and Processes in Engineering

3

MechEng 360

Mechanical Design I

3

MechEng 366

Design of Machine Elements

4

MechEng 370

Computer-Aided Engineering Laboratory

2

MechEng 438

Mechanical Engineering Experimentation

3

MechEng 474

Introduction to Control Systems

4

MechEng 479

Control and Design of Mechatronic Systems

3

MechEng 405 Product Realization
3
or    

MechEng 496

Senior Design Project

3

Ind Eng 467

Introductory Statistics for Physical Science and Engineering Students

3

Mathematics Requirement: 14-16 credits1

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

Chemistry Requirement: 5-10 credits1

One of the following sequences must be completed:

Chem 105 (Suggested)
or
Chem 102-104

Physics Requirement: 10 credits

Physics 209 and 214
Physics 210 and 215

GER Distribution Requirement: 15 credits

Arts

 

3

Humanities

 

3

English 310

Writing, Speaking, and Technoscience in the 21st Century

3

Social Science

 

6


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:

  • Two years of a single foreign language in high school;
  • Two semesters of a single foreign language in college; or
  • Demonstrate ability by examination.

1 Placement 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.

MECHANICAL ENGINEERING MAJOR

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 (15 Credits).
Select a minimum of 15 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.

MechEng 402

Thermal-Fluid Engineering

3

MechEng 420

Fluid Mechanics

3

MechEng 462 Intermediate Design of Machinery
3
     

MechEng 463

Introduction to Finite Elements

3

MechEng 475

Vibrations in Mechanical Design

3

Group B Technical Electives: Students may select up to 6 credist from this list.

Civ Eng 401

Intermediate Strength of Materials

3

MatlEng 380

Engineering Basis for Materials Selection

3

MatlEng 410

Mechanical Behavior of Materials

3

Ind Eng 455

Basic Optimization Techniques

3

Math 413

Introduction to Numerical Analysis

3

Math 601

Advanced Engineering Mathematics

3

MechEng 405

Product Realization

3

MechEng 411

Heat Transfer

3

MechEng 415

Modern Thermo Manufacturing Processes

3

MechEng 423

Applied Fluid Mechanics

3

MechEng 425

Aerodynamics of Wind Turbines

3

MechEng 430

Energy Modeling

3

MechEng 432

Internal Combustion Engines

3

MechEng 434

Air Conditioning System Design

3

MechEng 435

Power Plant Theory and Design

3

Mech Eng 436

Solar Engineering

3

MechEng 455

Processing of Plastics

3

MechEng 456

Metal Casting Engineering

3

MechEng 457

Engineering Composites

3

MechEng 460

Nanomaterials and Nanomanufacturing

3

MechEng 461

Intermediate Kinematics and Dynamics

3

MechEng 465

Friction and Wear

3

MechEng 466

Mechanics of Composite Materials

3

MechEng 469 Introduction to Biochemical Engineering
3
   
MechEng 472 Introduction to Wind Energy
3
   
MechEng 476 Introduction to Robotics
3
   
MechEng 490 Topics in Mechanical Engineering
1-3
   
MechEng 574 Intermediate Control Systems
3
   
MechEng 580 Engineering Analysis in Applied Mechanics
3
   
MechEng 584 Biodynamics of Human Motion
3
     

MechEng 699

Independent Study1

1-3


1
Students 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.

Bus Adm 447

Entrepreneurship

3

EAS 100

Co-op Work Period

3

EAS 497

Study Abroad

3

Ind Eng 360 Engineering Economic Analysis
3
   
MechEng 490 Professional Development Topics
3
   
MechEng 542 Introduction to Technical Entrepreneurship
3
   
MechEng 543 Introduction to Technology Management and Innovation
3
   
MechEng 544 New Product Development
3
   
MechEng 546 Global Innovation Management
3
   
MechEng 548 Technology Venturing Project
3

 

 

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