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
|Job||Median Pay||Job Growth through 2022|
|Mechanical engineer||$80,580 per year||5% (11,600 more jobs)|
|Engineering manager||$124,870 per year||7% (13,100 more jobs)|
|Civil engineer||$79,240 per year||20% (53,700 more jobs)|
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 Major
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.
The BSME degree is accredited by ABET.
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
Introduction to Engineering
A general introduction to engineering with an emphasis on problem solving, engineering tools, engineering design processes, and teamwork. Pre/Co-requisite: One of the following: MTH 130, 132, 133.
Boolean algebra, logic functions, truth tables and Karnaugh maps, combinational circuits, sequential circuits, and finite state machines. Quantitative Reasoning. Prerequisites: One of the following with a grade of C- or better: MTH 130, 132, 133. Pre/Co-requisite: EGR 120.
Computer Aided Problem Solving for Engineers
Engineering problem solving involving circuit elements, batteries, one- link robot, two-link robots, springs, and cables using physical experiments, MATLAB and/or equivalent. Prerequisite: Cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher. Pre-requisites/Co-requisites: MTH 132; permission of E&T advisor.
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. Prerequisite: MTH 132 with a grade of C- or better; PHY 145 with a grade of C- or better; permission of E&T advisor; cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher. 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 with a grade of C- or better; permission of E&T advisor; cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.
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 with grade of C- or better; permission of E&T advisor; cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.
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 with a grade of C- or better; permission of E&T advisor; cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher. Pre/Co-requisite: EGR 120; PHY 146.
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. Prerequisites: MTH 132 or 133; one of: STA 282, 382, 392; permission of E&T advisor; cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.
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 with grade of C- or better; PHY 146 with grade of C- or better; permission of E&T advisor; signed engineering major; cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.
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 with grade of C- or better; PHY 146 with grade of C- or better; permission of E&T advisor; signed engineering major; cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.
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 with grade of C- or better; permission of E&T advisor; signed engineering major; cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.
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; signed engineering major; permission of E&T advisor; cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher. 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 with grade of C- or better; permission of E&T advisor; signed engineering major; cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher. 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; permission of E&T advisor.
Measurement and Instrumentation Laboratory
Theory and application of mechanical measurements, instrumentation, and computer-based data acquisition. Prerequisites: EGR 290, 355; EGR 360 or CHM 349; STA 392; permission of E&T advisor.
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, 355, 359; permission of E&T advisor.
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; permission of E&T advisor. 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; permission of E&T advisor.
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. Writing Intensive. Labs to be arranged. Prerequisites: Senior standing with a passing grade in all required 200 and 300 level EGR courses in a declared engineering major; permission of E&T advisor.
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. Writing Intensive. Must be taken in the semester immediately following EGR 489. Labs to be arranged. Prerequisites: EGR 489; permission of E&T advisor.
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 responses, Fourier series, Fourier transforms, and three-phase circuits. Prerequisite: EGR 290 with a grade of C- or better, permission of E&T advisor; cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher. Pre/Co-requisite: MTH 232 or MTH 334.
Microelectronic Circuits I
Introduction to diode, bipolar and MOS transistors and their circuit models; analysis and design of bipolar, CMOS and Op-Amp based amplifier circuits. Prerequisites: EGR 290 with a grade of C- or better; permission of E&T advisor; signed engineering major; cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.
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 or EGR 200; EGR 251, 290; MTH 232 or MTH 223, 334; permission of E&T advisor; cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.
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; cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.
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.
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; permission of E&T advisor.
Modeling, design, and analysis of mechanical vibrations: natural frequency, damping, excitation, higher order systems, modal analysis, experimental testing, and continuous systems. Prerequisites: EGR 253; MTH 232; CPS 180; or EGR 200; permission of E&T advisor; or Graduate Student in Engineering.
Design and analysis of control for mechanical systems, including modeling, transient and steady-state, root locus, frequency response, PID control, and state space. Prerequisites: EGR 253; MTH 232; CPS 180 or EGR 200; permission of E&T advisor; or Graduate Student in Engineering.
Mechanics of Composite Materials
Covers composite material mechanics with emphasis on selection, analysis, and use. Stiffness and strength theories Treats composite beams and plates for static and dynamic loads. Prerequisites: EGR 255, 355; MTH 232; or Graduate Student in Engineering; permission of E&T advisor.
Advanced Mechanics of Materials
Stress and strain in three dimensions, constitutive laws, failure theories. Advanced beam theories, curved beams, shear deformation, beams on elastic foundations, plates and shells, energy methods. Prerequisites: EGR 255, 355; MTH 233; or Graduate Student in Engineering; permission of E&T advisor.