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Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Program Description

The curriculum of the Bachelor of Science is Mechanical Engineering is designed to graduate engineers who can apply fundamental principles of Mechanical Engineering with competence and sensitivity to meeting the needs of society and to continue a lifelong process of learning and growth in the profession.  To achieve these goals, the program begins with a heavy concentration in mathematics, physics and chemistry.  These courses form the foundation upon which the engineering curriculum is built.  In addition the student is introduced to computational tools and to basic engineering practice.  Subsequently, there is an emphasis on engineering science and design courses where the principles of mathematics, physics, and chemistry are applied and expanded upon in the context of engineering analysis, design, and practice.  Students are exposed to experimental methods for testing and evaluation of materials, thermal/fluid processes, and equipment.  The senior year offers an introduction to the multiplicity of technical areas with which mechanical engineers are concerned. Through technical electives and the capstone design experience the student can explore various specialties according to their interest.  

Requirements of the Major

Learning Outcomes

At graduation, students of the BSE Mechanical Engineering program at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell should:

  1. Be able to apply the principles of advanced engineering math, physics, and chemistry to the solution of problems in engineering science.  These problems should be in the fields of mechanics, fluid flow, heat transfer, materials engineering, and vibrations.

  2. Be able to design, perform, and analyze experiments.

  3. Be able to design, build, and test a system, component, or process to meet specified requirements. 

  4. Be able to seamlessly integrate the use of computers into engineering projects.  This must include 3D computer aided design, spreadsheets, and a programming language. 

  5. Be able to communicate technical information.  This must include oral presentations, written reports, and an ability to work on and communicate with multi-disciplinary team members.
  6. Understand the need to assess the impact of engineering designs on society.  This should include factors such as economics, ergonomics, the environment, and sustainability.

  7. Understand the concept of the engineering profession through an exposure to professional societies, professional registration, the need for lifelong learning, and professional ethics.