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School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering Undergraduate

Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical engineering, in combining a variety of disciplines like physics and materials science, is concerned with the development, application and management of machines. With the planning and development of machines themselves, mechanical engineers often work on issues related to energy, which include low-cost energy conversion from natural resources and managing energy systems, machines, and resources. Outside of energy, mechanical engineers also deal with the design and production of automated machines, as well as the processing of materials into the commercial and industrial products of tomorrow.

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Accreditation

The program leading to the Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering (BSME) is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org.

Learn more about ABET accreditation.

Careers

As a graduate, you will be equipped with the skills necessary for successful professional practice or advanced studies. Many students are offered employment by industry leaders even before they graduate.

Employment opportunities exist in a multitude of areas including:

  • Mechanical and Systems design
  • Manufacturing
  • CAD/CAM
  • Production Management

Preparation

  • Four years of high school math, including trigonometry and preferably introductory calculus
  • One year each of high school physics and chemistry
  • Effective communication skills

Curriculum

The curriculum emphasizes both analysis and design, and accompanying laboratory courses provide you with hands-on experience. You will complete courses in the integrated design of mechanical and thermal systems, take a capstone laboratory course, and have the opportunity to participate in engineering internship programs during your academic career. The WSU Catalog has specific requirements and current four-year schedule of studies for Mechanical Engineering.

ME Course Matrix: Maps out Mechanical Engineering Curriculum.

Course Syllabi

Download the most recent syllabi for the core courses in the Mechanical Engineering program (PDF files).

  • ME 116 Engineering Computer-Aided Design and Visualization
  • ME 212 Dynamics
  • ME 216 Integrated CAD Design
  • ME 220 Materials Laboratory
  • ME 301 Fundamentals of Thermodynamics
  • ME 303 Fluid Mechanics
  • ME 304 Heat Transfer
  • ME 306 Thermal and Fluids Laboratory
  • ME 312 Manufacturing Engineering
  • ME 313 Engineering Analysis
  • ME 316 Mechanical Component Analysis and Design
  • ME 348 Dynamics Systems
  • ME 401 Mechatronics
  • ME 405 Thermal Systems Design
  • ME 406 Experimental Design
  • ME 407 Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • ME 413 Mechanics of Solids
  • ME 415 Engineering Design
  • ME 416 Mechanical Systems Design
  • ME 419 Air Conditioning
  • ME 431 Design of Solar Thermal Systems
  • ME 436 Combustion Engines
  • ME 439 Applied Aerodynamics
  • ME 449 Mechanical Vibration
  • ME 461 Introduction to Nuclear Engineering
  • ME 466 Fundamentals of Engineering Examination Review
  • ME 472 Finite Element Methods in Design
  • ME 474 Design for Manufacture and Modern Manufacturing Strategies
  • ME 475 Manufacturing Enterprise Systems – Automation and Product Realization
  • ME 481 Control Systems

Financial Support

Scholarships and other opportunities are available to help students finance their college education. Learn more.

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Pullman Program Contacts

Megan Comstock
Undergraduate Academic Coordinator
Sloan 205
509-335-8582
meganc@wsu.edu

Alicia Case
Undergraduate Academic Coordinator
alicia.case@wsu.edu
509-335-4546
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Alena Hume
Undergraduate Academic Coordinator
alena.hume@wsu.edu
509-335-7386
Sloan 207, Pullman

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