4600: Mechanical Engineering

4600: Mechanical Engineering

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Mechanical engineers design and analyze physical systems and are employed in a variety of industries in different capacities. Mechanical engineers play important roles in many types of companies, including automotive, petroleum, energy generation and conversion, aerospace, tire, consulting, chemical, electronic, and manufacturing.

The Mechanical Engineering curriculum at The University of Akron is designed to give the student knowledge of fundamental principles of the (1) thermal/fluids stem, (2) structures and motion stem, and (3) controls stem of mechanical engineering, as well as the application of these principles to pertinent problems. A significant measure of the mechanical engineering education is the degree to which it has prepared the graduate to pursue a productive engineering career that is characterized by continued professional growth.

The Mechanical Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org. The Mechanical Engineering program identifies program educational objectives that describe what their graduates are expected to attain within a few years of graduation. They are as follows:

  1. Practice the mechanical engineering discipline successfully within community accepted standards
  2. Acquire teamwork and communications skills to develop a successful career in mechanical engineering
  3. Fulfill professional and ethical responsibilities in the practice of mechanical engineering, including social, environmental and economic considerations
  4. Engage in professional service, such as participation in professional society and community service
  5. Engage in life-long learning activities, such as graduate studies or professional workshops
  6. Develop a professional career in the prevailing market that meets personal goals, objectives and desires

To meet those program educational objectives as well as the curricular requirements specified by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) for accreditation, the Mechanical Engineering program identifies student outcomes, which are what students are expected to know and be able to do by the time of graduation.  They are as follows:

A. Apply knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering in a logical and discerning manner
B. Design and perform laboratory experiments for thermal, fluid, materials and mechanical systems; know how to analyze and interpret results
C. Design thermal, fluid, mechanical, materials, and control systems to meet specifications within environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability and sustainability constraints
D. Participate effectively in teams involving several disciplines
E. Identify, formulate, and solve thermal, fluid, materials, and mechanical problems by applying first principles, including open-ended problems
F. Develop practical solutions for mechanical engineering problems under professional and ethical constraints
G. Communicate effectively with written, oral, and visual means in a technical setting
H. Understand the impact of engineering in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
I. Be prepared for a lifetime of continuing education
J. Know about contemporary issues in engineering
K. Have an ability to use modern modeling and simulation techniques, and computing tools

General Education — 29 credits
Natural ScienceCredits
3150:151 Principles of Chemistry I 3
3150:152 Principles of Chemistry I Laboratory 1
3150:153 Principles of Chemistry II 3
3450:221 Analytic Geometry-Calculus I 4
3450:222 Analytic Geometry-Calculus II 4
3450:223 Analytic Geometry-Calculus III 4
3450:335 Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations 3
3650:291 Elementary Classical Physics I 4
3650:292 Elementary Classical Physics II 4
Engineering CoreCredits
3470:401 Probability and Statistics for Engineers 2
4300:201 Statics 3
4300:202 Introduction to Mechanics of Solids 3
4400:307 Basic Electrical Engineering 4
4600:165 Tools for Mechanical Engineering 3
4600:203 Dynamics 3
4600:260 Engineering Analysis I 2
4600:300 Thermodynamics I 3
4600:310 Fluid Mechanics I 2
Mechanical EngineeringCredits
4600:301 Thermodynamics II 2
4600:311 Fluid Mechanics II 3
4600:315 Heat Transfer 3
4600:321 Kinematics 2
4600:336 Analysis of Mechanical Components 3
4600:337 Design of Mechanical Components 3
4600:340 Systems Dynamics and Response 3
4600:360 Engineering Analysis II 2
4600:380 Mechanical Metallurgy 2
4600:400 Thermal Systems Components 3
4600:402 Senior Seminar 1
4600:431 Fundamentals of Mechanical Vibrations 3
4600:441 Control Systems Design 3
4600:460 Concepts of Design 3
4600:461 ME Senior Design Project I 2
4600:471 ME Senior Design Project II 2
4600:483 Mechanical Engineering Measurements Laboratory 2
4600:484 Mechanical Engineering Laboratory 2
Electives must include three credits from Mechanical Engineering Design Electives, three credits from Technical Electives, and three credits from Mechanical Engineering Technical Electives.

Polymer Engineering Specialization Certificate

Mechanical Engineering students may earn a Polymer Engineering Specialization Certificate by taking one of the following courses:

9871:401 Introduction to Elastomers 3
9871:402 Introduction to Plastics 3
9871:407 Polymer Science 4

And the two following courses:

4700:425 Introduction to Blending and Compounding Polymers 3
4700:427 Mold Design 3

A mechanical engineering student may choose a Design of Energy Systems or Design of Mechanical Systems polymer-related project in lieu of one of the above 4700 polymer engineering courses with approvals from the chairs of the Department of Mechanical Engineering and the Department of Polymer Engineering.

Motion and Control Specialization Certificate

All manufacturing processes involve motion and control which may range from simple use of pneumatic cylinders in robotics to coordinated motion and sequence control in assembly lines. The technology in motion and control grows and changes at a pace that makes systems more than five years old obsolete. The primary purpose of the Motion and Control Specialization certificate program is to provide graduating engineers with a focused expertise in motion and control and to furnish the necessary tools to enable them to follow the changes in technology after graduation. In addition, the program will also serve practicing engineers and life-long learners who come back to school to refresh their skills through the certificate program.

Persons interested in this program should contact the Department of Mechanical Engineering.


To participate in the program, the student should be formally admitted to The University of Akron as a post-baccalaureate, undergraduate, graduate or non-degree graduate student.

Students should successfully complete all three courses listed below:
4600:442/542 Industrial Automatic Control 3
4600:444/544 Robot Design and Control Applications 3
4600:670 Integrated Flexible Manufacturing Systems* 3

* Undergraduate students must obtain permission to take this course.

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