ABET Objectives

The Mission Statement of the mechanical engineering program aims to:

Produce graduates with a broad-based foundation in fundamental engineering principles and liberal arts together with the depth of disciplinary knowledge needed to succeed in a career in mechanical engineering or related field including a wide variety of advanced technological and management careers.

Program Educational Objectives

The Mechanical Engineering Program Educational Objectives (PEOs) are related to the expected accomplishments of graduates a few years after graduation. The objectives were developed by the Department faculty, in coordination with and feedback from the School of Engineering Education and Assessment Committee(SEAC), the External Advisory Board, and the alumni. More accreditation information can be obtained on the SEAC Web site and the SoE Web site. These objectives are:

  • Graduates identify and solve problems in mechanical engineering and related fields using their broad-based knowledge of fundamental engineering principles and state-of-the-art tools and techniques.
  • Graduates develop mechanical and thermal devices and systems to meet the needs of society.
  • Graduates excel in working within and leading multi-disciplinary teams.
  • Graduates conduct themselves in a socially responsible manner and adapt to technological change.
Student Outcomes

The Mechanical Engineering Student Outcomes are listed in the table below which also includes the relationship between the Student Outcomes and ABET Criterion 3 (a-k). The Student Outcomes have been determined based on the following criteria:

  • Achievement of the mission and educational objectives of the Mechanical Engineering Program,
  • Consistency with the mission, objectives and curriculum outcomes of the Charles V. Schaefer, Jr. School of Engineering and Science, and
  • Fulfillment of all of the ABET Criterion 3 (a-k) and related ABET program criteria. 

The Mechanical Engineering undergraduate program is accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). For enrollment and graduation data, click here.

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Graduates receiving the Bachelor of Engineering degree in Mechanical Engineering are expected to achieve the Student Outcomes listed in the following table:

Student Outcomes
Upon graduation, graduates receiving the Bachelor of Engineering degree in Mechanical Engineering are expected to have:
ABET Criterion 3
I. Broad-Based Technical Expertise
Outcome 1 ( Scientific foundations ) the ability to use applied scientific knowledge to solve problems in mechanical engineering and related fields.
Outcome 2 ( Engineering foundations ) the ability to use fundamental engineering knowledge to solve problems in mechanical engineering and related fields.
Outcome 3 ( Experimentation ) the ability to design and conduct experiments, and analyze experimental data for mechanical engineering and related applications.
Outcome 4 ( Technical design ) the technical ability to design both mechanical and thermal engineering devices or systems to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability.
Outcome 5 ( Design assessment ) the ability to develop and assess alternative designs of both mechanical and thermal systems based on technical and non-technical criteria including their impact in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context.
Outcome 6 ( Tools ) the ability to use the relevant tools necessary for practice in mechanical engineering and related fields.
II. Professional Advancement and Communications
Outcome 7 ( Professionalism ) the ability to recognize and achieve high levels of professionalism in their work.
Outcome 8 ( Leadership ) the ability to assume leadership roles.
Outcome 9 ( Teamwork ) the ability to function on teams.
Outcome 10 ( Communication ) the ability to communicate effectively and persuasively.
III. World View and Personal Development
Outcome 11 ( Ethics) a critical understanding of ethical responsibility.
Outcome 12 ( Contemporary Issues ) a knowledge of contemporary issues.
Outcome 13 ( Lifelong learning ) a recognition of the need for and an ability to engage in lifelong learning and development.
Outcome 14 ( Entrepreneurship ) a fundamental knowledge and an appreciation of the technology and business processes necessary to nurture new technologies from concept to commercialization.