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Mechanical Engineering

Major Requirements

As a mechanical engineering major, you will gain a deeper knowledge of engineering, chemistry, physics, computer science and mathematics.

Equipped with specialized skills, tools and techniques, you’ll be well-prepared for a career in a range of industries including aerospace, automotive, bioengineering and communications. Bonus? The engineering department is home to two 3-D printers you can use to rapidly prototype models, gears and more.

Meet Your Major

In the mechanical engineering program, you will:

  • Learn how 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.
  • Discover how to identify, formulate and solve complex mechanical engineering problems.
  • Explore critical mechanical engineering concepts. including machine design, materials science, and heat and mass transfer.
  • Gain a firm mathematics foundation by studying calculus, statistics and differential equations.
  • Improve your critical-thinking, logical-reasoning, and problem-solving skills.

Hands-On Learning

You’ll have the opportunity to take part in internships and co-ops. It’s your chance to get real-world experience at industry leaders like Raytheon, Phillips Medical and the MIT Lincoln Laboratory.

Career Options

Upon successful completion of the mechanical engineering program, you’ll be well-equipped to pursue an advanced degree or a career in mechanical engineering. Positions may include:

  • Aerospace engineer
  • Automotive engineer
  • Maintenance engineer
  • Mechanical engineers
  • Mining engineer
  • Nuclear engineer

What You’ll Take

All mechanical engineering majors take a combination of required and elective courses to satisfy the XX-credit and minimum-of-XX course requirement.

Required Courses

Mathematics

MTH 1217

Calculus I

MTH 1218

Calculus II

MTH 1505*

Applied Statistics

MTH 2219

Calculus III

MTH 2220  

Differential Equations

 *MTH 2527 may be substituted for MTH 1505.

Basic Sciences

PHY 2211

Physics I

PHY 2212

Physics II

MEN 3030

Thermodynamics I

CHM 1110

General Chemistry 

Computation

Choose one of the following:

  • CSC 1610 Computer Science
  • MEN 2050 Engineering Computation and CAD 
Engineering Communications

GEN 1001

 Introduction to Engineering

Engineering Science

GEN 2010

Mechanics I

GEN 2012

Mechanics II

GEN 3040

Fluid Mechanics

MEN 3032

Thermodynamics II 

Mechanical Engineering

MEN 3010

Machine Design

MEN 3014       

Dynamics/Vibrations

MEN 3020

Materials Science

MEN 3034

Heat and Mass Transfer

MEN 5010

Advanced Mechanics/FEM

MEN 5030

Energy Systems

MEN 4910

Design Project I

MEN 4920

Design Project II

Senior Seminar
MEN 4900 Senior Seminar 

Elective Courses

Depth Electives

Select a minimum of eight credit hours of “depth electives” from the list below. Depth electives are 4000- or 5000-level mechanical engineering courses beyond those requires in the major. Department-approved civil engineering courses may be counted as depth electives. See your adviser for a list of approved courses.

MEN 5012

Instrumentation/Robotics

MEN 5020

Mechanical Behavior of Polymers

MEN 5040

Advanced Fluid Mechanics

MEN 4810

Finite Element Analysis

MEN 5050

Processing and Manufacturing

MEN 5060               

Advanced Materials

Technical Electives

Select a minimum of four credit hours in an area that supports your technical or communication skills. Your chosen course must be approved by your adviser.

NOTE: Students must register for and take the Fundamentals of Engineering examination, administered by the National Council of Engineering Examiners, in order to graduate.

More Info

Franco Capaldi

Assoc. Professor and Chair
Mechanical Engineering

978-837-5325
capaldif@merrimack.edu