Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering Goals and Objectives
After consultation with program constituencies the Faculty of the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science have established the following goals for the students completing its BS degree program in Mechanical Engineering.
- The graduate will be well prepared to successfully practice as an engineering professional. In addition to being in demand by leading companies, as a result of their engineering training, this goal means that the graduate recognizes the importance of becoming a licensed professional engineer. Such registration is important, and is required by law if they are to: a) own their own engineering firm, b) teach engineering, c) hold a position in industry that is responsible for "sealing" the engineering design certification for products produced by a company for use by the public. Seniors are strongly encouraged to take the Texas Fundamentals of Engineering Exam that is offered on campus each April. It is the first step in becoming licensed.
- The graduate will be well prepared to synthesize various technical fields so as to produce engineering designs and to effectively communicate aspects of those designs to others. This goal recognizes that written, oral and graphical communications and presentations are important in producing safe and effective designs, and for working in groups. Those processes are increasingly common in design projects.
- The graduate will be well prepared to successfully obtain a graduate degree at a top rated school. This goal reflects the consensus that while obtaining a BS degree is an important and significant step, formal education beyond the BS degree is important to all our students. Many professional societies support the view that a graduate degree represents the first professional degree.
Students receiving the Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering degree will have an ability to rationally formulate and solve mechanical engineering problems. This includes the ability to:
- Apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and computing through the use of analytic techniques, experiments, computer simulations, and other modern engineering tools.
- Design and conduct physical experiments, analyze, and interpret data.
- Develop and assess design criteria forming the basis for a safe and effective final design or product.
- Design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs.
- Function on multi-disciplinary teams.
- Communicate engineering and related concepts effectively in written, graphical, and oral form.
In addition they will have:
- An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
- A broad-based education that extends beyond math, science, and engineering and prepares the student with knowledge of contemporary global and societal issues that affect engineering practice and the impact that engineering has on these issues.
- A recognition of the need for and an ability to engage in life-long learning.
- An education that prepares them for successful graduate study in a masters degree or a doctoral program.
Finally, the seniors should take and pass both sections of the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam.
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