Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

​​​​​​​​​​​Program Description

Shift your career into overdrive with a degree in mechanical engineering from CMU. You'll be able to take advantage of hands-on learning courses and internship opportunities that will give you the professional experience to finish ahead of the competition. Conduct research in areas such as robotics, intelligent machines and vibrations, and present your research results at CMU's annual campuswide Student Research and Creative Endeavors Exhibition. Into racing? You'll also be able to design, build and race a vehicle with CMU's Society of Automotive Engineers Baja Team or the Formula One team.​​

Points of Pride

  • CMU's undergraduate engineering programs were ranked 86th among the nation's universities that offer bachelor's and master's degrees in engineering by U.S. News & World Report for their 2015 rankings of engineering programs without a doctorate degree.
  • In October 2014, CMU's Society of Automotive Engineers Baja student team, Team Chippewa Performance, ranked higher than every other Michigan university at the Louisville SAE Midnight Mayhem invitational in Bedford, Kentucky. It also placed second in the country, bested only by the Rochester Institute of Technology. All three CMU Baja cars entered in the Louisville invitational ranked in the Top 25.
  • CMU's engineering majors complete design projects as part of the curriculum. One example is the annual cardboard boat race across Rose Ponds for freshman engineering students. It takes place each year at Homecoming and was named one of the "102 Things You Gotta Do Before You Graduate" by Sports Illustrated on Campus.

Put Your Degree to Work

Our alumni go on to fulfilling and successful careers in industry, government, research and academia. Highly respected Michigan companies including Chrysler, Ford Motor Co., Gentex and Steelcase offer internship opportunities that may lead to job opportunities after graduation. Mechanical engineers work mostly in engineering services, research and development, manufacturing industries, and the federal government.

​U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics sample data

JobMedian PayJob Growth through ​2022​
Mechanical engineer$80,580 per year5% (11,600 more jobs)
Engineering manager$124,870 per year7% (13,100 more jobs)
Civil engineer$79,240 per year20% (53,700 more jobs)

For More Information

Visit the School of Engineering and Technology website or contact:

School of Engineering and Technology
ET Building 100
Mount Pleasant, MI 48859
Phone: (989) 774-3033
Email: etdept@cmich.edu

Program Overview

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.

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Mechanical Engineering

Engineering Majors 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 apply their engineering knowledge and problem solving skills in related professional fields. 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 Student 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: 72 semester hours
Required Courses
(63 hours)
EGR 120
Introduction to Engineering
3
EGR 190QR
Digital Circuits
3
EGR 200
Computer Aided Problem Solving for Engineers
3
EGR 251
Engineering Statics
3
EGR 253
Engineering Dynamics
3
EGR 255
Strength of Materials
3
EGR 290
Circuit Analysis I
3
EGR 300
Engineering Economic Analysis
3
EGR 355
Engineering Materials
3
EGR 356
Thermodynamics I
3
EGR 358
Fluid Mechanics
3
EGR 359
Machine Design I
3
EGR 360
Solid Mechanics Laboratory
3
EGR 456
Thermodynamics II & Heat Transfer
3
EGR 458
Measurement and Instrumentation Laboratory
3
EGR 459
Machine Design II
3
EGR 460
Thermal Fluids Laboratory
3
EGR 477
Finite Element Analysis
3
EGR 489
Senior Design I
3
EGR 499
Senior Design II
3
IET 154
Engineering Design Graphics
3
Electives
(9 hours)
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.
EGR 292
Circuit Analysis II
3
EGR 298
Microelectronic Circuits I
3
EGR 371
Robotics & Automation
3
EGR 397
Special Topics in Engineering
1-6
EGR 437
Directed Research in Engineering
1-3
EGR 479
Fracture and Fatigue Analysis
3
EGR 553
Mechanical Vibrations
3
EGR 554
Mechanical Controls
3
EGR 576
Mechanics of Composite Materials
3
EGR 578
Advanced Mechanics of Materials
3

 Grads on Fire

Kathryn Van Ham, ’14, is a maintenance engineer at The Dow Chemical Co.

Justin Scaparo, ’13, is a certification engineer at Zodiac Aerospace.

Daniel Simon, ’11, is a mechanical engineer at Nexteer Automotive.

Rachel Lutsic, ’09, is a project engineer at International Automotive Components.

Donald Dobler, ’04, is an engineering manager at Federal Broach and Machine.

 Fired Up and Focused

Drew Koch

Drew Koch

Hometown: White Lake, Michigan
Major: Mechanical Engineering​​

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