MME Undergraduate Student Handbook

Welcome to the Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering!  

Majors offered by the department include:

  • Manufacturing Engineering (MFG)
  • Mechanical Engineering (MCH)
  • Engineering Management with a technical specialty in Manufacturing Engineering (EGM)

Minors offered/advised by the department include:

  • Humanitarian Engineering and Computing (interdisciplinary minor)
  • Mechanical Engineering

We are so glad you've elected to be a part of our program.  We're here to assist you throughout your college career and look forward to the opportunity of working with you.  This handbook provides you with information to help make your education fun and rewarding.  Good luck to you in your time here at Miami and WELCOME to Miami University and to the Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering!

Curriculum

Manufacturing Engineering

Manufacturing engineers design, develop, and control the manufacturing process so that quality products can be produced on time and at a competitive cost.
Manufacturing Engineering Curriculum

Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical engineers research, develop, analyze, design, and manufacture tools, engines, power systems, machines, and other mechanical devices and systems.
Mechanical Engineering Curriculum

Engineering Management

Persons with an engineering management background in manufacturing engineering combine engineering, business, science, mathematics, and the liberal arts to help address technological problems in their larger organizational or societal contexts.
Engineering Management Curriculum

Majors and Minors

Majors

One important decision you need to make as you consider your career interests and goals is your major. The Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering (MME) offers majors in Manufacturing Engineering (MFG), Mechanical Engineering (MCH) and Engineering Management with a Manufacturing Engineering Technical Specialty (EGM) leading to a Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree.

These majors have some similarities but also distinguish themselves in important ways. Manufacturing engineers design, develop, and control the manufacturing process so that quality products can be produced on time and at a competitive cost. Mechanical engineers research, develop, analyze, design, and manufacture tools, engines, power systems, machines, and other mechanical devices and systems. Persons with an engineering management background in manufacturing engineering combine engineering, business, science, mathematics, and the liberal arts to help address technological problems in their larger organizational or societal contexts.

Minors

The department offers a minor in Mechanical Engineering. Please note that the Mechanical minor is not available to students who are majoring in any of the majors offered within the Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering.

The College of Engineering and Computing offers an interdisciplinary minor in Humanitarian Engineering and Computing. This minor is a good fit for students interested in developing technical solutions to real-world problems that enhance the lives of people locally, nationally or internationally. Students will become more globally-aware, culturally sensitive, and socially conscious.

The Department of Chemical, Paper, and Biomedical Engineering (CPB), Computer Science and Software Engineering (CSE), and Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) also offer minors in Bioinformatics, Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Environment Engineering, Paper Engineering, and Process Control. It is important to consult an advisor to discuss how these minors could fit into an academic schedule and what benefit they would have toward future career goals.

Double Majors within the College of Engineering and Computing (CEC)

DIVISIONAL REQUIREMENT for DOUBLE MAJORS: Students with two majors in the College of Engineering and Computing must take a minimum of 15 different/additional credit hours in their second major beyond the requirements of their first major.

*Students who declare an MME major must use the MME 448/449 sequence to satisfy their capstone and respective degree requirements. MME students with a minor in Paper Science or an additional major in CPB are allowed to fulfill the MME capstone requirement by taking CPB 471/472 in lieu of MME 448/449, but the substitution must be approved by the MME Petition Committee.

**Students entering Miami fall 2019 or later who are double majoring in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, need a total of two (2) technical electives.

Combined undergraduate (Mechanical/Manufacturing Engineering) and graduate programs (Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering)

The MS in Mechanical Engineering degree is intended to meet the need for engineers who have advanced expertise in their discipline. The program has two options: thesis and non-thesis. Students with a declared major in Mechanical Engineering and/or Manufacturing Engineering may apply for the combined program. To be considered for the combined degree program, students should complete the engineering courses recommended for the first two years of study and their prerequisites. Preferably, they should have taken or be taking MME 312 and MME/ECE 303 at the time of application.

Students are encouraged to declare their interest in enrolling in a combined program to their advisor anytime during their academic career at Miami. Upon earning a minimum of 64 credit hours and having a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or greater, students may apply for admission to the combined program. Regular time limits for completing the master's degree apply to students in a combined program (see the Graduate School Handbook for more information). Part-time students can be admitted if they have the equivalent credit hours and cumulative GPA of the full-time students.

To apply for a combined bachelor's/master's program, students complete the Graduate School online application and pay the application fee. They need to indicate "combined program" in their application. Students having a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25 are not required to take the GRE.

Students in a combined program remain as undergraduates until they apply for graduation or submit a request to the Graduate School to have their classification changed from undergraduate to graduate. Students must have completed a minimum of 124 hours to be classified as a graduate student. Students may receive their bachelor’s degree prior to completing their master’s degree. Upon receiving the bachelor's degree, students will automatically be classified as graduate students. Students receiving the bachelor's degree prior to completing the master's degree can count up to 6 (in the case of the non-thesis option) or 9 (thesis option) hours of graduate course work towards their bachelor's degree with permission of the appropriate advisor(s) and dean(s) or their designee(s). Those hours can also count toward the completion of their master's degree as long as the total hours to complete both the bachelor's and masters is at least 150 credit hours. Note: Students must complete 120 undergraduate credit hours in order to graduate with their bachelor's prior to continuing their master's education, graduate courses will count towards the undergraduate degree after the 120 credit hours criteria has been met.

The Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Exam

The Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam is typically the first step in the process leading to the Professional Engineer (P.E.) License. It is designed for recent graduates and students who are close to finishing an undergraduate engineering degree. The FE is a computer-based exam that is administered year-round in testing windows at NCEES-approved Pearson VUE test centers. See the NCEES FE exam website for current information and to register for the test: http://ncees.org/exams/fe-exam/.

The department has FE exam review books and reference handbooks that can be checked out. If a sufficient number of students request it, the college will help identify faculty members who are willing to provide review sessions. Prior to any review sessions, students should prepare a self-study plan for the exam topics (statics, fluid mechanics, etc.) and share the plan with the person coordinating the review sessions.

Academic Advising

All MME majors are assigned an advisor within the MME Department. They can assist you in making educational and career decisions, assist you with course selections, and help solve other academic problems and issues. They can also help you plan your course selections as you seek to attain your target graduation date.

Finding Your Adviser

To find your academic adviser's name and contact information, follow the steps below:

  1. Log in to myMiami
  2. 2. Click your Student tab located near the top of the screen.
    Your adviser will be listed in the top right corner.

Your academic adviser is the person you should contact with any questions you have about your academic plan. You should also meet with your advisor on a regular basis, especially just prior to registering for classes for the upcoming semester.

If you need immediate assistance or your advisor is not available, contact MME Chief Departmental Advisor, Dr. Edgar Caraballo ( carabaej@MiamiOH.edu) or MME Academic Advisor, Mr. Wyatt Bischoff ( bischowj@MiamiOH.edu).

Petition Process

Students wishing to seek an exception to the requirements for their major course of study are required to prepare and submit a petition for review and possible approval. Exceptions include taking courses at other universities for the purpose of substitution for required MME courses. Students are encouraged to obtain approval for substitution of transfer courses prior to enrolling in the course to be transferred. Visit www.transferology.com to verify if courses will transfer.

Students are responsible for initiating petitions. Petitions should be prepared in consultation with the academic advisor. Petition forms are available in the department office. They must be properly completed, have all supporting materials attached, and be signed by the student’s advisor. Petitions are submitted to the department administrative assistant. The administrative assistant logs the petition and then passes it on to the Petition Committee chair. The Petition Committee meets in a timely fashion and rules on each petition received. The student and faculty are notified of decisions in writing by email. Questions should be directed to the student’s advisor, the petition committee chair, or the department chair.

Credit/No-Credit Classes

All courses that are used to fulfill requirements of the major must be taken for a letter grade, including those in CHM, PHY, MTH, STA, ECE, ENG, and ECO. Courses that may be taken credit/no-credit (C/NC) are Miami Plan electives. For example, the Miami Plan Foundation IIB-Humanities course may be taken C/NC since there is a list to choose from and no specific course is required for any MME major. However, the Miami Plan Foundation IIC-Social Science course is specified to be ECO 201 for all MME majors and must be taken for a letter grade. To receive credit for a C/NC course, you must receive a D- or better. Courses taken on a C/NC basis are not included in your GPA. Miami policy stipulates that no more than 10% of your coursework can be taken C/NC. You must declare your intention to take the course credit/no-credit before 20% of the class meetings have occurred. See this link on Miami’s website for more information.

Academic Integrity/Academic Dishonesty

Students should be knowledgeable concerning the rules, definitions, and procedures governing academic integrity/academic dishonesty. See Miami University Student Handbook section 1.5 for information regarding Miami’s Academic Integrity policy and procedure.

Student Academic Grievance Procedures

The student grievance procedure is in accordance with MUPIM Section 5.5 and Section 1.7 of the Undergraduate and Graduate Student Handbooks:
The departmental grievance procedure is as follows:

  • The student submits a written, dated, and signed complaint to the department chair
  • The chair convenes the department academic grievance committee. This committee consists of three faculty members, one of whom is designated as the chair.
  • The grievance committee will verify that full discussions among the student, instructor and department chair have been exhausted as a means of resolving the grievance, determine hearing procedures, and hold hearings to determine the facts.
  • Committee recommendations will be in accordance with those discussed in Section 1.7 of the respective student handbook.
  • The department chair receives recommendations from the committee and communicates them to the student and instructor.
  • The department chair maintains communication with the divisional grievance committee, and retains documents of the entire incident.

Scholastic Regulations

Academic Warning. An undergraduate student who earns a grade point average less than 2.00 during his/her first semester or term will be placed on academic warning at the end of the semester or term. Excluding a student’s first semester or term, in all subsequent semesters/terms an undergraduate student with fewer than 16 cumulative grade point average hours who earns a cumulative grade point average less than 2.00 is placed or continued on academic warning.

Removal of Academic Warning. If an undergraduate student has a cumulative grade point average of 2.00 or better, the student is removed from academic warning at the end of the semester or term.

Academic Probation. An undergraduate student with 16 or more cumulative Miami grade point average hours is placed on academic probation at the end of any semester or term in which his/her cumulative grade point average is less than 2.00.

Removal of Academic Probation. If an undergraduate student has a cumulative grade point average of 2.00 or better, the student shall be removed from academic probation at the end of the semester or term.

Continuation on Academic Probation. An undergraduate student with 16-29 Miami grade point average hours who is on academic probation and who has a cumulative grade point average of less than 2.00 is continued on academic probation. An undergraduate student with 30 or more Miami grade point average hours who is on academic probation and who has a grade point average for a semester or term of 2.00 or better, but has a cumulative grade point average of less than 2.00, is continued on academic probation.

Academic Suspension. An undergraduate student with 30 or more Miami grade point average hours who is on academic probation will be suspended if his/her grade point average for a semester or term is less than 2.00. The period of suspension is two consecutive semesters or terms. Winter term is excluded as a term on which suspension can be applied or satisfied.

Academic Dismissal. Failure to meet academic standards after academic suspension results in academic dismissal. The period of academic dismissal is usually considered a permanent action, but a student may petition for readmission after a two-year absence.

Career Planning

The Department defines Career Advising and the roles of the department and the student as:

Career Advising IS

  • A discussion between students and faculty/staff about career options
  • A wide array of informative programs to assist students in formulating their long-range career goals.

Career Advising IS NOT

  • Intended to serve as an employment agency or a job placement service
  • To replace Miami University’s Center for Career Exploration and Success
  • To replace student involvement in career selection or job seeking

The Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering Department is cognizant of the need for students to develop their awareness of career opportunities available to them as majors in Manufacturing Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Engineering Management in conjunction with the development of technical skills and academic knowledge. Career awareness and academic knowledge is obtained through mutual involvement of students and faculty.

The MME department will notify students of interest of new opportunities they become aware of. Student’s should also become familiar with Miami’s resource for career planning, the Center for Career Exploration and Success. This Center empowers undergraduate and graduate students to engage in career exploration and experiential learning to optimize their professional and personal potential through connections with employers and the Miami career community. This engagement also deepens self-knowledge, enabling students to choose meaningful career paths and excel in a diverse, global society.

Registration Override (Force-Adds)

Force-add requests for MME courses must be submitted using the Registration Override Request (ROR) application. To submit a request:

  1. Use the courses of instruction section of the Miami Bulletin to make sure you have met the pre/co-requisite requirements for the course. If not, see Note 1 below.
  2. Make sure your request(s) will not have the potential to create a time conflict in your schedule (see Note 2 below).
  3. Log in to the Miami course list
  4. Once you find the MME course, click "submit registration override request".
  5. Follow the instructions and submit the request.

Note 1: If you want to take an MME course but have not met all of the pre/co-requisite requirements, you must request permission by submitting a petition to the MME Department. If you have questions about the petition process, see your academic advisor. Without an approved petition, you might still end up being added to the course by the ROR application, but then you may be removed from the course at a later time (possibly after the course has started) when it may be difficult or impossible to find a replacement course.

Note 2: It is your responsibility to submit requests that do not create time conflicts in your schedule. The ROR application does not guarantee that. If fulfilling one or more of your ROR requests results in a time conflict, it is your responsibility to take action to resolve it. Otherwise, you may be removed from one or more courses later (possibly after the course has started), and by then it may be difficult or impossible to find a replacement course.

If you have questions about this procedure, please contact the MME admin at mmedept@MiamiOH.edu

Lab Safety Procedures

The objectives of the MME laboratories are:

  • To provide students a hands-on experience with materials, equipment and experimental procedures.
  • To develop the students' ability to work safely in a laboratory environment without risk to themselves or others.

General Safety

  • No food or drink in the laboratories
  • Avoid irresponsible behavior. Plan ahead. When working in teams, do not assume that the other people know what you are planning on doing.
  • Learn the location and proper use of all laboratory emergency equipment. In the event of an emergency, call 911.
  • Maintain a clean and organized work area. Every student is responsible for cleanup. When you finish, please put away everything you used.

In addition to general safety, some laboratory activities require the use of machine tools, chemicals, electricity, hydraulics, compressed gases and related equipment and tools. During these activities, additional safety precautions are necessary:

  • Work in the presence of another person.
  • Use the correct equipment for the job. Find and use the proper manuals, specifications and other instructional aids. Tag, isolate, and report defective devices/tools to lab staff immediately.
  • Wear clothing that affords protection but will not cause a safety problem.
  • Remove jewelry near electricity and machinery.
  • Locate the emergency stop before starting a machine.
  • Follow the personal protective equipment (PPE) requirements in each lab.
    • Types of PPE in the MME labs may include
      • Eye protection: safety glasses, goggles, etc.
      • closed toe shoes
      • gloves
      • face shield
      • welding jacket
      • Hearing protection: ear plugs or noise-cancelling ear muffs.

The essence of safety is thinking ahead about the possible consequences of your actions. If you are unsure about instructions, procedures or unfamiliar equipment, stop and ask for assistance. For the sake of everyone involved, do not ignore any potentially-unsafe condition or behavior.

High Bay & Machine Shop

  • Operating hours for lab use are posted at the entrance of 057 Garland Hall.
  • Classes held in the labs have the highest priority, followed by those who have reserved times for machines.
  • MME 231 is a co-requisite for using the Machine Shop.
  • All Grad Students wishing to use saws, lathes, mills, welders, or the drill press must first obtain authorization from Bradley Martin.

After Hours Access to the High Bay

Students are expected to make every effort to use the lab during operating hours before requesting After Hours access. In addition to all previous rules,

  • Submit a request detailing what equipment is needed and what you are going to be doing in the lab.
  • Only students who are authorized to enter the lab after hours may enter the lab. Opening the door to let unauthorized students into the lab is prohibited.
  • Students accompanying faculty are permitted to enter the lab after hours. They must leave when their faculty contact leaves.

FAQ

Professional Experience

What’s the difference between a co-op and an internship?

Co-op students alternate between work and school every other academic term, including summers. For example, during the summer of your 2nd year in school you may have your first work assignment, in the fall you would return to school for a semester, in the spring you would return to work with the same employer, and again in the summer you would take classes.

An internship is a work experience for a semester or during the summer. It allows the company to hire a student to work on a special project or fill a short-term need. Sometimes a student can have an internship with the same employer for two or more summers, while other students work two or more summers but with different employers each time.

If I am interested in either a co-op or internship what do I have to do?

Register with the Center for Career Exploration and Success. Follow the prompts on the linked page to search, apply, and receive credit for your internship.

The Department is not responsible for placing you in a position. We are here to assist you by making information on opportunities available. Information we receive on opportunities will be emailed. Students should also check the Center for Career Exploration and Success website on a regular basis.

How soon may I begin an internship or co-op?

You may begin an internship or co-op as early as the summer following your freshman year, depending on the company. Most students, however, wait until after their sophomore year. Students doing a co-op usually do their first rotation in the spring or summer of their sophomore year. Check with your MME advisor to discuss your academic and career plans.

Academic

How do I know which MME curriculum to follow?

A student’s curriculum is determined by their major and their catalog year. Catalog year is generally the year a student enters Miami. For example, students who begin in fall of 2021 would have a catalog year of 2022 (abbreviated CY22). If you wish, it is possible to change your degree requirements to a later catalog year (changing to an earlier catalog year is not permitted). This should only be done in consultation with an academic advisor.

Who is my MME advisor?

Students can find their advisor by navigating to their “Student” tab on their myMiami home page. If an advisor is not listed, email the department at mmedept@MiamiOH.edu.

What is my catalog year?

Each year a new Miami Bulletin is published that details the degree requirements for the students entering that year. By default, students are assigned the catalog year corresponding to the year they entered Miami. For example, a student entering Miami fall of 2021 would be subject to the curriculum for the 2021-2022 academic year and assigned catalog year 2022

What are the GPA requirements in MME?

Students overall GPA must be at least 2.0. In addition, students must maintain a 2.0 GPA in their MME major.

Can I take required courses for my major as credit/no-credit?

All courses that are used to fulfill requirements of the major, must be taken for a letter grade. Courses that may be taken credit/no-credit (C/NC) are Miami Plan electives. Miami policy stipulates that no more than 10% of your coursework can be taken C/NC. You must declare your intention to take the course credit/no-credit before 20% of the class meetings have occurred. See the Credit/No Credit Grade Option page for more details.

What is a petition? How do I submit a petition?

A petition is a request made by a student to change their degree requirements. Changes to the Liberal Arts portion of the requirements are made through Miami University's Office of Liberal Education, which uses an online petition form.

For an MME requirement, you can obtain a petition form from your advisor or by emailing the department admin at mmedept@miamioh.edu. In consultation with your academic advisor, write a succinct statement of what you are requesting. You will need to provide rationale for why your request is reasonable and include your supporting documents. You must have your advisor’s signature in order for the petition to be processed. Once you have all of the information, send the petition form and supporting documents to the department admin.

How do I use Miami’s Course Repeat Policy?

First, you should discuss the situation with your MME academic advisor to determine if repeating a course will be beneficial to your academic progress. You should also make sure you understand the details of the Course Repeat Policy. You can learn about the requirements on the “Student” tab of the myMiami page. Once a course has been completed, you will return to your "Student" tab of the myMiami page and submit a "Request to Apply the Undergraduate Course Repeat Policy."

Can I take a technical elective that is not listed for my curriculum?

Alternative technical elective courses that are not on the approved list may be approved by petition if they satisfy the following requirements:

  • At the 200 level or above,
  • Science-based and/or require calculus, science, computing, or engineering as co-requisites or pre-requisites,
  • Offered by one of the following departments: Biology, Chemistry, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, Microbiology, Chemical, Paper, and Biomedical Engineering, Physics, Math, Statistics, Computer Science and Software Engineering, Zoology, and Geology Courses offered by other departments must include emphasis on the development of technical competencies and skills to our graduates.

To propose an alternative course as a technical elective, take the following steps:

  • Check that the course satisfies the above requirements,
  • Consult with your advisor on your selection, and
  • Petition the department to allow the course to count toward the requirement

Double majors in Mechanical and Manufacturing may not use required courses to fulfill technical electives in the other major.

* Students entering Miami fall 2019 or later who are double majoring in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, need a total of two (2) technical electives.

What is an Independent Study? How do I register for an Independent Study?

Miami regulation makes available independent study courses (numbered 177, 277, 377, and 477) for undergraduate students. The purpose of an independent study is to allow a student to earn credit while conducting research in areas beyond or outside their required courses. A student may register for one to five hours of independent study each semester. No more than ten hours of independent study may be earned per academic year. Students must register for this within the first five days of the semester.

In order to register for an independent study, a student may complete this form in consultation with their independent study advisor and return this to the department admin for processing.

General Questions

How can I request a Letter of Recommendation?

Requests for letters of recommendation may be made through a personal visit with the faculty member, via email, or via a written message. When you make such a request, you also need to complete a Student Reference Request and FERPA Release form. A separate form will need to be completed for each faculty member from whom you request a recommendation.

How do I bring a grievance against someone in the department?

The student grievance procedure is in accordance with MUPIM Section 5.5 and Section 1.7 of the Undergraduate and Graduate Student Handbooks.

The departmental grievance procedure is as follows:

  • The student submits a written, dated, and signed complaint to the department chair
  • The chair convenes the department academic grievance committee. This committee consists of three faculty members, one of whom is designated as the chair.
  • The grievance committee will verify that full discussions among the student, instructor and department chair have been exhausted as a means of resolving the grievance, determine hearing procedures, and hold hearings to determine the facts.
  • Committee recommendations will be in accordance with those discussed in Section 1.7 of the respective student handbook.
  • The department chair receives recommendations from the committee and communicates them to the student and instructor.

The department chair maintains communication with the divisional grievance committee, and retains documents of the entire incident.