Why study mechanical engineering at CMU?
Students in the electrical engineering and mechanical engineering programs explore many facets of engineering to prepare for a variety of careers. Consider some key features of these programs:
- A $16.2 million facility featuring 30 state-of-the-art laboratories and classrooms for electronics, robotics, manufacturing systems, design, and more
- Internship opportunities with Michigan industries
- Involved faculty members who also work closely with business and industry
- CMU's annual cardboard boat race for engineering students, which was named one of the "102 Things You Gotta Do Before You Graduate" by Sports Illustrated on Campus
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, for all occupations through the year 2014:
- Employment of engineering and natural sciences managers is expected to grow about 9 to 17 percent, which is in line with projected employment growth in engineering and most sciences.
- Projected employment growth for engineering and natural sciences managers should be closely related to the growth of the occupations they supervise and of the industries in which they are found.
- Employers will rely on engineers to further increase productivity as investment in plant and equipment increases to expand output of goods and services.
Graduates of the electrical engineering and mechanical engineering programs will find a variety of career opportunities. Some of these may require additional education.
- Design Engineer
- Development Engineer
- Manufacturing Engineer
- Operations Manager
- Plant Manager
- Project Engineer
- Research Engineer
- Sales Engineer
- Technical Support Engineer
- Test Engineer
The course listings below are a representation of what this academic program requires. For a full review of this program in detail please see our official online academic bulletin AND consult with an academic advisor. This listing does not include the General Education courses required for all majors and may not include some program specific information, such as admissions, retention, and termination standards.
(Click on the course name or number for a complete course description.)
The engineering majors prepare students to help solve many exciting and demanding problems including important global issues related to energy and the environment, as well as the development of new devices, products and materials. Students work with advanced computer simulations and modern, well-equipped laboratories that provide exciting and valuable hands-on experience.
Mission Statement The mission of the engineering programs at Central Michigan University is to:
- Provide an environment that encourages intense interaction between and among faculty and students.
- Provide instruction that enables students to move from theoretical concepts into practical applications.
- Create graduates who are capable of succeeding in the job market or advanced studies.
Program Educational Objectives for Mechanical Engineering
The engineering programs have established the following expectations for the accomplishments of our graduates in the first several years following graduation:
1. Our graduates will be technically competent in mechanical engineering .
2. Our graduates will function as team members who think critically, communicate effectively, and demonstrate initiative and self-motivation.
3. Our graduates will be actively involved in their profession and engaged in lifelong learning activities in mechanical engineering or related fields.
4. Our graduates will exhibit high levels of professionalism and professional ethics.
Mechanical Engineering Program Outcomes
By the time of graduation from the Mechanical Engineering Program, students are expected to have:
1. an ability to apply knowledge of advanced mathematics through multivariate calculus, statistics, linear algebra and differential equations, chemistry, calculus-based physics and engineering;
2. an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data;
3. an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability;
4. an ability to function in multidisciplinary teams;
5. an ability to identify, formulate and solve engineering problems;
6. an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility;
7. an ability to communicate effectively;
8. the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context;
9. a recognition of the need for and an ability to engage in life-long learning;
10. a knowledge of contemporary issues;
11. an ability to use the techniques, skills and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice;
12. an ability to work professionally in both thermal and mechanical systems areas including the design and realization of such systems.
Total: 69 semester hours
Introduction to Engineering
A general introduction to mechanical and electrical engineering with an emphasis on problem solving, engineering tools, engineering design processes, and teamwork. Recommended: MTH 106 or higher.
Boolean algebra, logic functions, truth tables and Karnaugh maps, combinational circuits, sequential circuits, programmable logic devices, and finite state machines. Prerequisites: MTH 130 or 132. Pre/Co-requisite: EGR 120.
The course will cover free body diagrams and equilibrium of particles and rigid bodies, internal forces in machines, and beams, friction, and application to machines. Prerequisites: MTH 132; PHY 145; Pre/Co-Requisite: EGR 120.
Fundamentals of engineering dynamics covering kinematics and kinetics of particles and rigid bodies. Prerequisites: EGR 251 with grade of C- or better, MTH 133.
Strength of Materials
Introductory course in mechanics of materials that covers mechanical stress and strain, deformations, torsion, bending and shearing stresses, and deflections of beams. Prerequisites: EGR 251 with grade of C- or better, MTH 133.
Circuit Analysis I
Introduction to circuit elements, variables, resistive circuits, circuit analysis techniques, network theorems, inductance and capacitance, sinusoidal steady state analysis and power calculations. Prerequisites: MTH 133 with a grade of C- or better; PHY 145. Pre/Co-requisite: EGR 120.
Engineering Economic Analysis
An introduction to financial and economic decision-making for engineering projects, with an emphasis on problem solving, life cycle costs, and the time value of money. Prerequisite: STA 392.
Covers fundamentals of engineering materials including metals, alloys, ceramics, polymers, and composites. Materials processing, properties and selection, and their role in design are also introduced. Prerequisites: CHM 131 or 161, EGR 251 with grade of C- or better, MTH 132, PHY 146.
Fundamentals of engineering thermodynamics are covered which include: general energy concepts, first and second laws of thermodynamics, entropy, processes, power cycles and refrigeration cycles. Prerequisite: CHM 131 or 161, EGR 251 with grade of C- or better, MTH 133, PHY 146.
Study of the principles of fluid statics and dynamics including Bernoulli's equation, control volume analysis, similitude, dimensional analysis, viscous flow, and flow over immersed bodies. Prerequisites: EGR 253, MTH 133
Machine Design I
The study of relative motion of machine parts, forces acting on them, and motions resulting from these forces. Prerequisites: EGR 253, IET 154. Pre/Co-requisite: MTH 233.
Solid Mechanics Laboratory
Experimental skills and measurement techniques are developed in the areas of material behavior, static and dynamic stress and strain analysis. Prerequisites: EGR 253, 255; PHY 175 Pre/Co-Requisite: EGR 355.
Thermodynamics II & Heat Transfer
Continuation of engineering thermodynamics and fundamentals of heat transfer. Topics covered include combustion and gas mixing, steady state and transient heat conduction, convection, and radiation. Prerequisites: EGR 356, 358; MTH 233
Measurement and Instrumentation Laboratory
Theory and application of mechanical measurements, instrumentation, and computer-based data acquisition. Prerequisites: EGR 290, 355, 360; STA 392.
Machine Design II
Theories of static and dynamic failure, fatigue design, and design of mechanical elements such as gears, shafts, bearings, fasteners, welded joints, and other mechanical elements. Prerequisites: EGR 255, EGR 355, EGR 359.
Thermal Fluids Laboratory
Experimental skills and measurement techniques are reinforced in the areas of fluid flow, thermodynamics, and heat transfer using modern sensors, instrumentation, and data acquisition systems. Prerequisite: EGR 358 Pre/Co-Requisite: EGR 456.
Finite Element Analysis
Mathematical modeling and formulation techniques of finite element equations. Solid modeling and meshing. Solution strategies with applications in solid mechanics, fluid flow, and heat transfer. Prerequisites: EGR 255, 355; IET 154; MTH 232 or MTH 223, 334.
Senior Design I
First course in the senior capstone design sequence integrating design methods and engineering techniques in the context of a realistic engineering project. Prerequisites: Senior standing with successful completion in all required 200 and 300 level EGR courses in a declared engineering major; or department chair approval.
Senior Design II
Second course in the senior capstone design sequence integrating design methods and engineering techniques in the context of a realistic engineering project. Must be taken in the semester immediately following EGR 489. Prerequisite: EGR 489.
Engineering Design Graphics
Focus on engineering design fundamentals, design processes, and the utilization of graphics within design. Computer-Aided design and product data management techniques are covered.
Select 9 hours from the following courses:
Note: You may only select one of EGR 292 or 298.
Note: Not more than 3 credits of EGR 437 will count.
Circuit Analysis II
First- and second-order circuits, Laplace circuit analysis, transfer function, step and impulse, and responses, filters, Fourier series, Fourier transform, and two-port circuits. Prerequisite: EGR 290 with a grade of C- or better. Pre/Co-requisite: MTH 232 or 334.
Microelectronic Circuits I
Introduction to nonlinear circuit elements; operation, design and analysis of circuits at the transistor level. Prerequisite: EGR 290 with a grade of C- or better.
Robotics & Automation
An introduction to the theory and application of robotics including robot fundamentals, kinematics, trajectory planning, actuators, sensors, and industrial robot programming. Prerequisites: CPS 180, EGR 251, EGR 290, MTH 232.
Special Topics in Engineering
Intensive study of selected engineering topics not included in a regular course. Repeatable up to 6 hours when content previously studied is not duplicated. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.
Directed Research in Engineering
Project research under guidance of a faculty advisor to focus on a topic of current interest. Self-guided readings, analysis, computer simulations and/or experimental techniques. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.
Introduction to concepts such as natural frequency, damping, and resonance. Free and forced vibrations of single- and multiple-degree- of-freedom systems. Prerequisites: EGR 253, MTH 232, CPS 180.
Introduction to control of mechanical systems, including transfer functions, block diagrams, state variables, feedback, root locus, Bode plots, and PID control. Prerequisites: EGR 253; MTH 232 or MTH 223, 334; CPS 180.
Mechanics of Composite Materials
Introduction to composite material mechanics with emphasis on selection, analysis, and use. Stiffness and strength theories for uniaxial and multidirectional materials, with a macromechanical emphasis. Prerequisites: EGR 255, 355; MTH 232.
Advanced Mechanics of Materials
Stress and strain in three dimensions, constitutive laws, failure theories. Beams on elastic foundations, curved bars, inelastic behavior, instability, plates and shells, energy methods. Prerequisites: EGR 255, 355; MTH 233.
Fracture and Fatigue Analysis
Fracture mechanics and fatigue crack nucleation and propagation, stress intensity factors, fracture toughness and design philosophy concepts. Fracture and fatigue tests. Statistical and reliability analysis. Prerequisites: EGR 255, 355; MTH 233, STA 382.