Mechanical Engineering is the discipline that focuses on design of many types of machinery and equipment used in transportation, manufacturing, air and space transportation; consumer products; robots; biomedical devices; and energy conversion systems. Mechanical engineers use thermodynamics, heat transfer, dynamics, thermal and fluid mechanics, design software, engineering materials, and the principles of mathematics and science to create solutions to technical challenges
The Department of Mechanical Engineering (ME) offers programs of study that lead to the degrees:
- BS in Mechanical Engineering (BSME)
- MS in Engineering (MSE) with Mechanical Engineering option
See the current catalog for course descriptions and degree requirements.
BSME Program Overview
BSME students can achieve a level of specialization through elective courses in mechanical systems or thermal systems. A major goal of the program is to provide its graduates the analytical and practical skills needed to perform design in a variety of fields. The BSME program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org. The program has been continuously accredited since 1965.
Students participate in an industry-sponsored internship program - Valley Industries Partnership (VIP) for Co-operative Education - that allows our students to gain industrial experience and financial benefits, while in still enrolled in college, by working for companies affiliated with the VIP program. The department also assists students to complete the Fundamentals in Engineering (FE) exam to become Engineers in Training (EIT), the first step towards professional licensure as a Professional Engineer (PE).
Employers of mechanical engineers include machinery and equipment companies, automobile and aircraft firms, gas and electric utilities, architectural and engineering firms, and many agencies in federal, state and local governments.
Mission of BSME Program
To provide a broad-based, practice-oriented Mechanical Engineering education that enables graduates to become technically proficient, professional leaders through engagement in the community and lifelong learning.
Program Educational Objectives of BSME Program
Our alumni (within 3 to 5 years after graduation) will:
1. Be engaged in a professional career of graduate studies using
knowledge and skills obtained in their ME education;
2. Become leaders and effective communicators actively involved in
their community for the betterment of society.
Student Outcomes of BSME Program
Upon successful completion of the Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering program, students will be able to:
a. Apply fundamental concepts of mathematics to problems in engineering applications
b. Apply fundamental concepts of science to solve problems in engineering applications
c. Apply analytical skills to solve engineering problems
d. Conduct experiments, analyze data, and present results
e. Apply the knowledge gained to design a component or a system that meets the specific criteria
f. Work on multi-disciplinary group projects to enhance in interpersonal and leadership skills
g. Understand the importance of ethical and professional responsibility
h. Make an effective oral presentation of ideas on engineering design solutions
i. Prepare and present technical information effectively in a report/document form
j. Communicate with others effectively in a team/group setting
k. Incorporate economic, environmental, and safety considerations in a design process
l. Conduct independent research for information required in engineering problem solving
m. Be award of the need for participation in technical and professional societies for professional growth
n. Understand the need for life-long learning experience via advanced studies and/or professional registration
o. Gain an understanding of global issues related to engineering
MSE-ME Option Program Overview
The MSE with Mechanical Engineering option attracts three types of students: i) Seniors in the BSME program who participate in the accelerated (150 unit blended) Masters program; ii) BSME-holders working in industry pursuing a Masters part time; iii) International students who are entering a graduate program in the US for first time. The MSE-ME option provides students with a grounded in graduate fundamentals with a emphasis on practice.
Mission of MSE-ME Option Program
"To educate engineers who, entrusted by society, will create a sustainable world and enhance the quality of life during the 21st century as engineering professionals. The MSE-ME program provides advanced engineering education in Mechanical Engineering to resident students as well as to practicing engineers working in the industry and government surrounding the Fresno metropolitan area. Graduates of this program should be able to advance their career and work on complex engineering problems dictated by continuing advances in technology. Additionally, the program seeks to prepare graduates for advanced research and engineering applications to fulfill the technical needs of in the region and beyond."
Objectives of MSE-ME Option Program
1) To enhance understanding, beyond the undergraduate level, of the scientific principles involved in the practice of mechanical engineering,
2) To reinforce proficiency in the methodologies of design in mechanical engineering,
3) To increase competency in using advanced techniques of analysis, including mathematical analysis and modeling, numerical techniques, and related tools as applied to mechanical engineering,
4) To improve written, oral, graphical communication skills including public speaking,
5) To develop creative thinking skills required in understanding and solving complex engineering problems,
6) To acquire and demonstrate a sufficient depth of knowledge in a substantive area of mechanical engineering,
7) To enhance analytical skills by developing a deeper understanding of major theoretical and practical engineering concepts,
8) To increase competence for solving practical yet increasingly complex discipline-specific engineering problems.
Program Outcomes of MSE-ME Option Program
Students graduating from the MSE-ME option program will be able to:
1) understand the scientific principles and to know the modern, advanced professional techniques in mechanical engineering,
2) design Mechanical Engineeringor engineering products and systems,
3) know the latest procedures for analysis in Mechanical Engineeringor engineering,
4) be proficient in solving advanced problems in engineering analysis and design through the use of mathematical analysis, differential equations, finite element methods, finite differences, or least square errors,
5) be proficient in writing in general, but especially writing technical documents, research reports, and proposals,
6) be proficient in oral and public presentations in front of technical and non-technical audiences.
The program consists of the following:
A. Main Core (1 unit) ENGR 200
B. Option Core (9 units) (choose 3 courses): ENGR 201, 202, 205, 206
C. Electives (14 units) Choose from remaining upper-division and program courses. Maximum of 9 upper-division units. See courses in Mechanical Engineering.
D. Culminating Experience (6 units) Students may choose from the following options:
1. 6 units of program electives plus 0 unit comprehensive exam, or
2. 3 units of program electives plus 3 unit EE 298 or ME 298 Project, or
3. 6 units of EE 299 and/or ME 299 Thesis. Total (30 units)
Up to nine semester hours of satisfactory graduate credit may be transferred into the program from other institutions if not used in completing another graduate degree program. Undergraduate courses may be transferred if the courses were not used in completing another degree program. The total undergraduate upper-division semester hours applied to this degree program cannot exceed nine hours.