Mechanical Engineering Major

A bachelor of science in mechanical engineering prepares students for a career in the widest and largest branch of engineering working with design and manufacturing of mechanical systems.

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A Strong Foundation

The mechanical engineering program at Parks College provides you with a strong foundation of course work in engineering graphics, computer aided design, statics, dynamics, mechanics of solids, fluid dynamics, thermal sciences, vibrations, controls, mechatronics and design. The knowledge gained in these courses enables you to specialize in either energy, mechanical, electrical or integrated systems. 

Technical electives provide an opportunity to expand the horizon of students’ program major or in areas related to program major. Students are encouraged to take courses at 400 level in the area of program major or at 300 level or above in allied disciplines. Allied disciplines include courses in engineering other than student’s major, mathematics, business (Management, Decision Science etc.), entrepreneurship, pre-law, physics, chemistry, and biology. The student may also do a project or research as independent study with a faculty member and it is considered as equivalent to technical elective. The courses or independent study in these areas are beyond the required courses within the curriculum and they augment the learning experience of a student.

Design and Create

Engineers design and create. You will learn this process early as a sophomore in the course in introduction to design and manufacturing. The concept of design has been carefully integrated at all levels of engineering courses. This culminates with a sequence of two capstone design courses during your senior year that provide greater depth in design. You will learn the importance of design decisions on a product or machine as well as on society.

Each Mechanical Engineering student’s sequence of courses will vary according to credits taken in high school, ability level, individual preference and career goals. For more information on our mechanical engineering major, download the profile.

Program Mission

To educate students as a whole person with academic knowledge, contemporary skills and Jesuit values for careers in the field of Mechanical Engineering or allied disciplines.

Program Educational Objectives

  • To practice the principles of engineering in mechanical or allied organizations.
  • To engage with further learning in mechanical engineering or in allied disciplines.
  • To function as effective engineers with professional knowledge, skills, and values.

Student Outcomes for Mechanical Engineering

Student outcomes describe what students are expected to know and be able to do by the time of graduation.  These outcomes prepare graduates to attain the program educational objectives.  They are listed below:

  • An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering.
  • An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.
  • 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.
  • An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams.
  • An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.
  • An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
  • An ability to communicate effectively.
  • The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context.
  • A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning.
  • A knowledge of contemporary issues.
  • An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

Program Criteria

The Mechanical Engineering program prepares students to apply principles of engineering, basic science, and mathematics (including multivariate calculus and differential equations); to model, analyze, design, and realize physical systems, components or processes; and to work professionally in both thermal and mechanical system areas.

After Graduation

A graduate with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering is well prepared to pursue an advanced degree or to seek employment in industry. Since Mechanical Engineering spans a wide area of application, engineering graduates with their strong educational background from Parks College have unlimited opportunities in finding employment in both government and private industries. Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Pratt-Whitney, General Electric, Emerson Electric as well as NASA, US Air Force, Navy, and Army research centers are but a few of the corporations and agencies where successful Parks College alumni can be found.