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Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering


ABET-logo.jpgThe Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET ( ABET is the global accreditor of college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering, and engineering technology. ABET accreditation assures that programs meet standards to produce graduates ready to enter critical technical fields that are leading the way in innovation and emerging technologies and anticipating the welfare and safety needs of the public.

Mechanical engineering is a branch of the engineering profession that focuses on the design, development, and understanding of mechanical gear. Mechanical engineers design and develop everything one thinks of as a machine, specializing in areas such as manufacturing, robotics, automotive/transportation, and air conditioning.

The program emphasizes the broad spectrum of applications of mechanical engineering as well as the interaction with other engineering disciplines. Laboratory experimentation and computer simulation are used to train students in the understanding, design and testing of thermal and mechanical systems. Six credits of professional experience are included in the summer of the third year to give students an opportunity to integrate classroom instruction with practical work experience as a part of their academic program.

The mechanical engineering program prepares students for a variety of careers in the design and construction of mechanical systems. Mechanical engineers are typically involved with the generation, distribution, and use of energy. They work on power-producing machines, such as electric generators, internal combustion engines, and steam and gas turbines.


The Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering strives to support the mission of the School by providing students with a solid and contemporary mechanical engineering curriculum and a broad education that prepares them for successful careers as mechanical engineers in a globalized and diverse world as well as for graduate studies.

Program Educational Objectives

Within a few years of graduation, graduates of the B.E. in Mechanical Engineering will:

  1. establish themselves as practicing mechanical engineers or be engaged in advanced studies,
  2. demonstrate leadership and function effectively as responsible members of professional teams, and
  3. be responsible citizen engineers.

Student Outcomes

Through their matriculation in the program, students will be able to:

1. apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems,
2. apply both analysis and synthesis in engineering design processes, resulting in designs that meet constraints and specifications, which include societal, economic, environmental, and other factors as appropriate to the design,
3. develop and conduct appropriate experimentation and testing procedures, and analyze and draw conclusions from data,
4. communicate effectively with a range of audiences through various media,
5. demonstrate ethical principles in an engineering context,
6. recognize the ongoing need for additional knowledge and locate, evaluate, integrate, and apply this knowledge appropriately, and
7. establish goals, plan tasks, meet deadlines, manage risk and uncertainty, and function effectively on teams.

Admission Requirements

The application process is the same as for all undergraduate programs (see Admissions). Applicants will be evaluated by the School of Engineering Admissions Council and final acceptance will be based on each applicant’s qualifications and the availability of places. More details are found in the SOE Admissions Quick Guide.


A total of 150 credits are required to graduate, distributed as follows:

  • Mechanical Engineering Requirements (88 credits)
  • Math and Science Requirements (21 credits)
  • General Engineering Requirements (23 credits)
  • LAC Requirements (18 credits)

Additionally, a minimum residency of four years, including three summer terms, is required.

Mechanical Engineering Requirements (88 credits)

  • MEE212 Computer Applications in IME (2 cr.)
  • MEE241 Dynamics (3 cr.)
  • MEE301 Thermodynamics (3 cr.)
  • MEE302 Energy Conversion (3 cr.)
  • MEE311 Fluid Mechanics (3 cr.)
  • MEE312 Fluid Mechanics Laboratory (1 cr.)
  • MEE320 Strength of Materials (3 cr.)
  • MEE321 Material Properties and Processes (3 cr.)
  • MEE332 Manufacturing Processes (3 cr.)
  • MEE333 Manufacturing Laboratory (1 cr.)
  • MEE341 Kinematics and Dynamics of Linkages (3 cr.)
  • MEE351 Computer Aided Design (3 cr.)
  • MEE391 Instrumentation and Measurements (3 cr.)
  • MEE403 Heat Transfer (3 cr.)
  • MEE404 Heat Transfer Laboratory (1 cr.)
  • MEE414 Thermal Systems Design (3 cr.)
  • MEE422 Mechanical Engineering Design (3 cr.)
  • MEE442 Mechanical Vibrations (3 cr.)
  • MEE443 Mechanical Vibrations - Laboratory (1 cr.)
  • MEE445 Control Systems (3 cr.)
  • MEE446 Control Systems Laboratory (1 cr.)
  • MEE491 Seminar on Contemporary Issues (2 cr.)
  • MEE498 Professional Experience (6 cr.)
  • MEE515  Refrigeration and Air Conditioning (3 cr.)
  • MEE591 Project I (3 cr.)
  • MEE592 Project II (3 cr.)
  • MEE593 Capstone Engineering Design (1 cr.)
  • Technical Elective Courses (18 cr.) 1

1 Technical Electives (18 credits)

  • INE527 Project Scheduling (3 cr.)
  • INE529 Project Contracting (3 cr.)
  • MEE407 Internal Combustion Engines (3 cr.)
  • MEE421 Finite Element Methods (3 cr.)
  • MEE533 CAD/CAM (3 cr.)
  • MEE590 Energy Audit (3 cr.)
  • MEE594 Undergraduate Research Project (3cr.)
  • MEE599 Topics in Mechanical Engineering (3 cr.)
  • or any other Technical Elective course approved by the department

Math and Science Requirements (21 credits)

  • CIE200    Statics (3 cr.)
  • GNE331   Probability and Statistics (3 cr.)
  • GNE333   Engineering Analysis (3 cr.)
  • MTH201  Calculus III (3 cr.)
  • MTH206  Calculus IV (3 cr.)
  • MTH304  Differential Equations (3 cr.)
  • CHM200 Essentials of Chemistry (3 cr.)
  • CHM201 Chemical Principles (3 cr.)
  • BIO200   Basic Biology (3 cr.)
  • BIO201   General Biology (4 cr.)
  • PHY201  Electricity & Magnetism (4 cr.) 
  • Science Elective (3 cr.)

General Engineering Requirements (23 credits)

  • COE212 Engineering Programming (3 cr.)
  • ELE305 Introduction to Electrical Engineering (3 cr.)
  • GNE301 Professional Communication (2 cr.)
  • GNE303 Engineering Ethics (2 cr.)
  • INE320 Engineering Economy I (3 cr.)
  • INE428 Project Management (3 cr.)
  • MEE211 Engineering Graphics (1 cr.)
  • SOE Signature Course 1/2 (3 cr.)
  • SOE Signature Course 2/2 (3 cr.)

LAC Requirements (18 credits)

Core Courses (6 credits)

  • ENG202 Advanced Academic English (3 cr.)
  • COM203 Fundamentals of Oral Communication (3 cr.)

Elective Courses (12 credits)

  • One course in social sciences (3 cr.)
  • One course in cultural studies, philosophy, religion, or history (3 cr.)
  • One course in literature and languages (English and Arabic language & literature) (3 cr.)
  • One course in arts (fine arts, communication arts, music appreciation, and theater) (3 cr.)

Recommended Study Plan

Year One

Fall (16 credits)

  • COE212 Engineering Programming (3 cr.)
  • ENG202 Advanced Academic English (3 cr.)
  • CIE200 Statics (3 cr.)
  • MEE211 Engineering Graphics (1 cr.)
  • MTH201 Calculus III (3 cr.)
  • LAC Elective (3 cr.)

Spring (15 credits)

  • ELE305 Introduction to Electrical Engineering (3 cr.)
  • MTH206 Calculus IV (3 cr.)
  • MTH304 Differential Equations (3 cr.)
  • MEE241 Dynamics (3 cr.)
  • LAC Elective (3 cr.)

Summer (9 credits)

  • GNE331 Probability and Statistics (3 cr.)
  • GNE333 Engineering Analysis (3 cr.)
  • LAC Elective (3 cr.)

Year Two

Fall (15 credits)

  • MEE212 Computer Applications in IME (2 cr.)
  • MEE301 Thermodynamics (3 cr.)
  • MEE311 Fluid Mechanics (3 cr.)
  • MEE312 Fluid Mechanics - Laboratory (1 cr.)
  • MEE321 Material Properties and Processes (3 cr.)
  • MEE351 Computer Aided Design (3 cr.)

Spring (17 credits)

  • MEE320 Strength of Materials (3 cr.)
  • MEE332 Manufacturing Processes (3 cr.)
  • MEE333 Manufacturing Laboratory (1 cr.)
  • MEE341 Kinematics and Dynamics of Linkages (3 cr.)
  • MEE391 Instrumentation and Measurements (3 cr.)
  • MEE403 Heat Transfer (3 cr.)
  • MEE404 Heat Transfer Laboratory (1 cr.)

Summer (8 credits)

  • COM203 Fundamentals of Oral Communication (3 cr.)
  • GNE301 Professional Communication (2 cr.)
  • LAC Elective (3 cr.)

Year Three

Fall (16 credits)

  • GNE303 Engineering Ethics (2 cr.)
  • MEE414 Thermal Systems Design (3 cr.)
  • MEE442 Mechanical Vibrations (3 cr.)
  • MEE443 Mechanical Vibrations Laboratory (1 cr.)
  • MEE445 Control Systems (3 cr.)
  • MEE446 Control Systems laboratory (1 cr.)
  • Science Elective (3 cr.)

Spring (17 credits)

  • INE428 Project Management (3 cr.)
  • MEE302 Energy Conversion (3 cr.)
  • MEE422 Mechanical Engineering Design (3 cr.)
  • MEE491 Seminar on Contemporary Issues (2 cr.)
  • Technical Elective (3 cr.)
  • Technical Elective (3 cr.)

Summer (6 credits)

  • MEE498 Professional Experience (6 cr.)

Year Four

Fall (16 credits)

  • MEE515 Refrigeration and Air Conditioning (3 cr.)
  • MEE591 Project I (3 cr.)
  • MEE593 Capstone Engineering Design (1 cr.)
  • Technical Elective (3 cr.)
  • Technical Elective (3 cr.)
  • SOE Signature Course (3cr.)

Spring (15 credits)

  • INE320 Engineering Economy (3cr.)
  • MEE592 Project II (3cr.)
  • Technical Elective (3cr.)
  • Technical Elective (3cr.)
  • SOE Signature Course (3cr.)