Mechanical Engineering

  • ME

    What is Mechanical Engineering?

    Mechanical engineering is one of the largest disciplines of engineering because it is one of the broadest. It focuses on the application of the principles of mechanics and materials to design machines and devices. In this energy conscious world, a thorough understanding of energy and its uses is essential to the success of a mechanical engineer.
    Mechanical engineers help to design energy efficient devices such as wind-turbines as well as artificial knee joints that help society.

    Mechanical Engineering requires rigorous training in basic science and engineering principles along with the development of skills in the areas of computer-aided design, instrumentation, and planning and management of design projects. Graduates in the area of Mechanical Engineering will be required to master technical elements and to demonstrate particular competence in the areas of communication, fiscal management, and project control. The broad-based background is tailored to develop professionals who will be able to move between the technical and managerial aspects of mechanical engineering projects and to serve in key leadership positions within the engineering profession. As with all engineering degrees, a mechanical engineer becomes very good at solving difficult problems which makes it a good degree for non-engineering careers as well.

    Graduates have the qualifications to enter graduate school, become a licensed professional engineer in any state after sufficient work experience, or directly enter careers in areas such as, but not limited to, manufacturing, aerospace industry, power generation and distribution, automotive design, machine design, alternative energy, robotics, and automation. Typical job titles for graduates may include design engineer, project engineer, process engineer, test engineer, development engineer, program manager, consulting engineer, and field engineer.

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    Admission Requirements


    This program does not have specific admission requirements and only admission to Kennesaw State University is required.

    General Education Core Curriculum Requirements Specific to This Major

    Area A2: Students must take MATH 1190 or higher.

    Area D1: Students must take MATH 2202 or higher.

    Area D2:  Students must take PHYS 2211/L and PHYS 2212/L.

    Related Minors or Certificates Available

    • Aerospace Engineering Minor
    • Biomedical Engineering Minor
    • Energy/HVAC Minor
    • Mechatronics Engineering Minor
    • Nuclear Engineering Minor
    • Renewable Energy Engineering Minor

    Sample Classes

    • Fundamentals of Thermodynamics including the concept of energy and the laws governing the transfers and transformations of energy. Emphasis on thermodynamic properties and the first and second law analysis of systems and control volumes. Integration of these concepts into the analysis of basic power cycles is introduced.

    • Introduction to a unified approach to lumped-element modeling and analysis of mechanical, electrical, hydraulic, and multi-energy domain systems. Topics include: graphical and computer modeling; formulation of state-space equations; analysis of linear systems; determination of time and frequency domain response of such systems to transient and periodic inputs; block diagram representation of dynamic systems using Laplace Transform. Feedback control systems, including PID control, root locus, stability analysis, and computer modeling.

    • The fundamentals of mechanical engineering design to analyze, design and /or select components which are commonly used in the design of complete mechanical systems for structural integrity, reliability, and cost considerations are detailed. The course focuses on static loading and fatigue failure of mechanical elements, including shafts and rolling-element bearings, bolted and permanent connections, springs, brakes, cylinders, gears and flexible elements.

    • This course will provide an introduction to internal combustion engines from Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer viewpoints. Students will learn the classification of internal combustion engines, engine performance parameters, gas power cycles on which the engines work on will be discussed. Various engine components and their functions will be introduced. Engine performance calculation will be taught in detail followed by the discussion on the formation of exhaust emission and various control methods to meet the emission norms.