Mechanical Engineering

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

Career outlook

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.

Career options

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

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.

(Click on the course name or number for a complete course description.)

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 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 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: 69 semester hours
Required Courses
(60 hours)
EGR 120
Introduction to Engineering
Digital Circuits
EGR 251
Engineering Statics
EGR 253
Engineering Dynamics
EGR 255
Strength of Materials
EGR 290
Circuit Analysis I
EGR 300
Engineering Economic Analysis
EGR 355
Engineering Materials
EGR 356
Thermodynamics I
EGR 358
Fluid Mechanics
EGR 359
Machine Design I
EGR 360
Solid Mechanics Laboratory
EGR 456
Thermodynamics II & Heat Transfer
EGR 458
Measurement and Instrumentation Laboratory
EGR 459
Machine Design II
EGR 460
Thermal Fluids Laboratory
EGR 477
Finite Element Analysis
EGR 489
Senior Design I
EGR 499
Senior Design II
IET 154
Engineering Design Graphics
(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
EGR 298
Microelectronic Circuits I
EGR 371
Robotics & Automation
EGR 397
Special Topics in Engineering
EGR 437
Directed Research in Engineering
EGR 479
Fracture and Fatigue Analysis
EGR 553
Mechanical Vibrations
EGR 554
Mechanical Controls
EGR 576
Mechanics of Composite Materials
EGR 578
Advanced Mechanics of Materials

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