Mechanical Engineering


Bachelor of Science in Engineering | College of Engineering and Computing

What is Mechanical Engineering?

Mechanical engineering is one of the broadest of the engineering disciplines. Mechanical engineers research, develop, analyze, design, manufacture, and test tools, engines, machines, other mechanical devices and systems, and the generation and conversion of power.

They must understand and apply math, science, and engineering science. They must be able to research concepts and apply modeling methods, to simulate and test working conditions and their impact on the designed systems, and to synthesize different elements in order to obtain the optimum design of a specific product or system.

Computers assist mechanical engineers by accurately and efficiently performing computations and by aiding the design process by permitting the modeling and simulation of new designs. Mechanical engineers also incorporate computers into the functionality of their designs.

According to U.S. Department of Labor, employment of mechanical engineers is projected to grow about as fast as the average for all occupations though 2010. Emerging technologies in information technology, biotechnology, and nanotechnology will create new job opportunities for mechanical engineers.

What are the features of Miami’s program?

Opportunity to double major

The number of common courses allows students to double major in mechanical and manufacturing engineering with only one additional semester.

Top-notch facilities

The Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering Department offers laboratory experiences that deal with mechanical engineering topics such as: CAD/CAM, robotics, computer graphics, computer-controlled manufacturing systems, statistical process control, microprocessors, electronic instrumentation, and materials testing. Facilities also include equipment dealing with precision measurements, manufacturing processes, digital controls, and automatic control systems.

Small classes

The ratio of students to faculty in our department is small (22 students per faculty) resulting in small classes and ensuring close interactions with faculty.

Dedicated leadership

Our strongly student-oriented faculty are involved in mechanical engineering research, creating opportunities for students to participate.

Work experience

By participating in our summer intern program or in our co-op program, students gain practical work experience in an area related to mechanical engineering. Work experience allows students to sample the work environment before graduation, and help them finance college cost; it also gives them a strong advantage when they seek permanent employment. Interns have a single work assignment and typically complete the degree in four years. Co-op students alternate periods of school with periods of employment and usually complete the degree in five years.

What are the special admission requirements, if any?

There are no additional admission requirements for this program.

What courses would I take?

Mechanical engineering courses include computer-aided design, robotics, heat transfer, advanced mechanics of materials, advanced thermodynamics, and machine and tool design.

Engineering science courses are fundamental to all engineering disciplines. Static and dynamic modeling, strength of materials, fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, and electrical circuit analysis are some of the areas studied.

Engineering design is integrated throughout the four-year program so students can develop their own engineering thought process. Engineering thinking combines art and science, intuition and logic, observation and experimentation; it is a creative activity that requires critical thinking, careful synthesis, comprehensive analysis, and skillful implementation.

Senior Design Project is a capstone, year-long experience in which seniors select and complete open-ended projects, many of which involve working with industry. Students work in teams, select and define a problem, conduct research, develop and evaluate solutions, present chosen designs, and implement the final design. Past mechanical engineering-oriented projects include the redesign of a braking system for a sports car, development of wind tunnel instrumentation, and design of a physical therapy device for an injured hand.

What can I do with this major?

Graduates will have the opportunity to work in a diverse spectrum of professional fields. These vary from research to design, development to manufacturing, and technical sales to production. Many mechanical engineers work in manufacturing-related areas such as analysis and design of varied products and in non-technical sectors of the economy. This program also prepares students to continue their education at the graduate level. Graduating seniors are encouraged to take the Fundamentals of Engineering examination, the first of two examinations that lead to becoming a licensed professional engineer.

Who can I contact for more information?

Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering
56 Engineering Building
Miami University
Oxford, OH 45056