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- Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (accredited by ABET).
Overview: The curriculum in mechanical engineering is designed so that theoretical studies are complemented with laboratory hands-on experiences. State-of-the-art computer laboratories along with the state-of-the-art software such as MATHCAD, MATLAB, STK, Fluent, Pro Engineer, FACES, Patran, and Nastran, to name a few, are available for mathematical modeling and analysis. Students get training in computer aided manufacturing using a state-of-the-art rapid prototype machine along with a high speed machining center.
Fluid, thermal, material, mechatronics and structural testing equipment provide an excellent opportunity to tie the theory and the real-world applications. A well equipped university library provides easy access to technical literature and data bases. Students have the opportunity to get involved in the activities of student chapter of ASME, student paper competitions and design competitions.
Curriculum: The Mechanical Engineering Curriculum is professionally accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineers and Technology (ABET), the agency for accreditation of engineering curricula in the U.S. The mechanical engineering program at Parks provides you with a strong foundation of course work in engineering graphics, computer aided design, statics, dynamics, mechanics of solids, fluid dynamics, thermal sciences, vibrations, controls, mechatronics and design.
The knowledge gained in these courses enables you to specialize in either energy, mechanical, electrical or integrated systems. Technical electives such as propulsion, thermal design, composite structures and design, computational mechanics, digital systems, advanced mechatronics and microprocessors provide a variety of opportunities for greater depth of study. Well equipped laboratory facilities emphasize measurement techniques and experimental methods that allow you to verify theory learned in the classroom.
Engineers design and create. You will learn this process early as a sophomore in the course in introduction to design and manufacturing. The concept of design has been carefully integrated at all levels of engineering courses. This culminates with a sequence of two capstone design courses during your senior year that provide greater depth in design. You will learn the importance of design decisions on a product or machine as well as on society.
Each Mechanical Engineering student's sequence of courses will vary according to credits taken in high school, ability level, individual preference and career goals.
Internships: Summer internships and Cooperative Education Programs are available with industry locally as well as nationwide. Independent study on a mechanical engineering topic can be arranged under the direction of a faculty member. This opportunity encourages individual effort on theoretical or experimental research. Teaching assistantships are available for the advanced undergraduate. These may involve assisting a faculty member in a course or laboratory. In addition to a stipend, assistants gain valuable teaching experience and the opportunity to interact with and help other students in their courses.
Careers: The graduate of the B.S. in Mechanical Engineering is well prepared to continue studies at the graduate level, or to enter many dynamic industries in the United States. The mechanical engineer is often a specialist in one of the many areas such as automotives, manufacturing, air conditioning and refrigeration, robotics, heat transfer, structures, cost analysis, reliability, survivability, maintainability, operation research, marketing, or management.
Mechanical engineers have also applied their knowledge to related fields such as automated mass transportation, bioengineering, medical systems, environmental engineering, communications, and many more. A bachelor's degree in aerospace engineering may be obtained with an additional one year of study. Industry and government agencies have long recognized the quality of graduates from Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology at Saint Louis University.