The mission of the Mechanical Engineering Program is to provide each graduate with a foundation of knowledge and training upon which to build a successful career in mechanical engineering or related fields. Graduates of the program are well grounded in scientific, mathematical, and mechanical engineering knowledge through curricular activities that reflect technological advances. Students learn to analyze, synthesize, and design mechanical engineering systems, communicate information, and understand and appreciate the need for life-long learning.
Program Education Objectives
The Midwestern State University mechanical engineering graduates will
- display a high level of engineering knowledge and expertise; therefore, graduates will be competitive with their peers in local and global markets;
- exhibit critical thinking skills necessary to practice engineering design and analysis in a disciplined process;
- function at a high level of responsibility, individually and in teams, while exhibiting excellent oral, written, and visual communication skills;
- possess the skills and knowledge to pursue advanced studies and/or assume leadership roles along diverse career paths; and
- demonstrate a strong appreciation for and commitment to ethical, societal, environmental, and professional responsibilities.
The outcomes of the Mechanical Engineering Program include those established by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org. Upon completion of the baccalaureate degree in mechanical engineering, each graduate will have
- an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying the principles of engineering, science, and mathematics;
- an ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors;
- an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences;
- an ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts;
- an ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives;
- an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions; and
- an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.
In the engineering industry, engineering students are expected to have experience and an understanding of how the industry works. This can take many forms, both formally or informally, including paid or unpaid employment or internships, research or other means of exposure to the professional engineering environment.