Mechanical engineering focuses on the use of mechanical and thermal energy to design and produce devices for the improvement of human life.  Applications of mechanical engineering principles are wide and varied: aircraft design, biomechanics, control of satellite orbits, manufacturing, robotics, robot-aided medical procedures, automotive systems, jet engines, construction equipment, heating/cooling systems, just to name a few.

Requirements

23.5 courses, (94 credits) distributed as follows:

  • 4 Foundations of Science:
    • Foundations of Science 1: Energy and Matter (SCIEN-UH 1101:1103);
    • Foundations of Science 2: Forces and Interactions (SCIEN-UH 1201:1203);
    • Foundations of Science 3: Systems in Flux (SCIEN-UH 1301:1304);
    • Foundations of Science 4: Form and Function (SCIEN-UH 1401:1404)
        
  • 4 Mathematics courses:
    • ENGR-UH 2025 Fundamentals of Discrete Math (half course);
    • ENGR-UH 2010 Probability and Statistics for Engineers (half course);
    • MATH-UH 1012 Calculus with Applications: Science and Engineering;
    • MATH-UH 1020 Multivariable Calculus: Science and Engineering;
    • MATH-UH 1023 Fundamentals of Linear Algebra (half course);
    • MATH-UH 1024 Fundamentals of Ordinary Differential Equations (half course)

  • 4 Engineering Common Courses:
    • ENGR-UH 1000 Computer Programming for Engineers;
    • ENGR-UH 1021J Design and Innovation (half course);
    • ENGR-UH 2011 Engineering Statics (half course);
    • ENGR-UH 2012 Conservation Laws in Engineering (half course);
    • ENGR-UH 2013 Digital Logic (half course);
    • ENGR-UH 2017 Numerical Methods (half course);
    • ENGR-UH 2019 Circuits Fundamentals (half course)
         
  • 9.5 Discipline-specific required and elective courses (38 credits)

  • 2 Capstone
    • ENGR-UH 4010 (half course),  4010 (half course), and 400 Capstone Seminar and Design Project

This field of engineering involves the study of mechanics, kinematics, thermodynamics, material science, computer-aided design, and computational methods among other topics. A solid basis in mathematics is essential in this major, along with a strong background in the basic sciences: physics, chemistry, and biology. A well-developed work ethic and dedication are also required for success in engineering.

Mechanical engineers enjoy consistently high salaries, and reliable employment. Emerging topics in mechanical engineering include advanced composite materials, micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS), nanotechnology, biomechanics, and biomedical engineering.