Mechanical Engineering Major

7131
Bachelor of Science
Classroom
No
Undergraduate
Main Campus - Melbourne
Major Code: 7131 Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Science
Delivery Mode(s): Classroom Age Restriction: No
Admission Status: Undergraduate Location(s): Main Campus

Mechanical engineers are deeply involved in activities that are essential to our modern civilization. These activities include the research, development, design and testing of materials, structures and machines for the generation of power, transportation and the production of electricity by the conversion of energy from various sources including chemical, nuclear, solar and geothermal; conception and design of all types of machines that serve humans and their many needs; construction and operation of production machinery for the manufacture of materials and consumer products; robotics and biomedical devices; and instrumentation, control and regulation of these and other types of mechanical systems.

The undergraduate curriculum of the mechanical engineering major at Florida Tech presents the fundamentals underlying modern mechanical engineering and prepares the student for a lifetime of continued learning. During the freshman and sophomore years, the emphasis is placed on mathematics and physics. An introduction to engineering in the freshman year previews the field and gives the students their first experience in engineering design. The sophomore and junior years direct the student toward the engineering sciences, including mechanics of solids, thermodynamics and fluid mechanics. During the junior and senior years, the study becomes progressively centered on the specific issues facing practicing mechanical engineers. The mechanical engineering major uses the basic tools imparted during the first two years and applies them in studies of machine systems, instrumentation, automatic controls, thermal systems and design projects. Other courses taken during the last two years expand the student's knowledge in the fields of thermal energy systems, heat transfer, electronics, vibrations and mathematics. Technical electives taken during the senior year allow the student to direct the program toward specific areas of personal interest.

Laboratory experiences are essential to the education of engineers, and these are provided in chemistry, physics, computer-aided design, materials, fluids and heat transfer. The capstone of the educational process is the senior mechanical engineering design project, which synthesizes and focuses elements from the various disciplines into a design activity of current mechanical engineering interest. The faculty serve jointly in the supervision and consultation for these projects.

The nuclear technology area of emphasis curriculum consists of four courses, available as free and/or technical electives. The objective is to train students from a broad spectrum of engineering disciplines (i.e., mechanical, electrical, civil and chemical) that will be needed to construct, operate, maintain and regulate nuclear power plants and associated facilities. The nuclear technology curriculum is interdisciplinary.

After graduation, the mechanical engineering major is prepared to pursue a career either in industry or government as a practicing engineer, or to enter graduate work in engineering, applied mechanics or mathematics. In some cases, mechanical engineering graduates also enter professional schools of medicine, law or business.

Mechanical engineering majors are encouraged to define career objectives early in the program (preferably during the sophomore year) so that in consultation with faculty advisers, electives can be selected that are best suited to the achievement of specific goals.

Educational Objectives

The broad educational objectives of the mechanical engineering major at Florida Tech are:

Academic fundamentals: Graduates have successfully applied and integrated their knowledge of fundamental principles in their chosen career.

Engineering practice: Graduates have used their engineering skills in the successful completion of an engineering project.

Teamwork and communication: Graduates have demonstrated the ability to communicate their ideas and technical results verbally, in writing and via presentations, and are effective team members.

Professional development: Graduates have advanced their knowledge and contributed to the profession and society.

Degree Requirements

Candidates for a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering must complete the minimum course requirements as outlined in the following curriculum.

For definitions of electives for engineering programs, see the Academic Overview section. A list of recommended Technical Electives and HU/SS electives is available from the department office or website.

Freshman Year
Fall (18 credit hours)
  • CHM 1101 General Chemistry 1
    Credit Hours: 0
  • COM 1101 Composition and Rhetoric
    Credit Hours: 0
  • FYE 1000 University Experience
    Credit Hours: 0
  • MAE 1024 Introduction to Mechanical Engineering
    Credit Hours: 0
  • MTH 1001 Calculus 1
    Credit Hours: 0
  • Social Science Elective Credit Hours: 3
Spring (15 credit hours)
  • COM 1102 Writing About Literature
    Credit Hours: 0
  • MTH 1002 Calculus 2
    Credit Hours: 0
  • PHY 1001 Physics 1
    Credit Hours: 0
  • PHY 2091 Physics Laboratory 1
    Credit Hours: 0
Select one course:
  • CSE 1502 Introduction to Software Development With C++
    Credit Hours: 0
  • CSE 1503 Introduction to Software Development With FORTRAN
    Credit Hours: 0
Sophomore Year
Fall (18 credit hours)
  • CHE 3260 Materials Science and Engineering
    Credit Hours: 0
  • CHE 3265 Materials Laboratory
    Credit Hours: 0
  • COM 2223 Scientific and Technical Communication
    Credit Hours: 0
  • MAE 2081 Applied Mechanics: Statics
    Credit Hours: 0
  • MTH 2001 Calculus 3
    Credit Hours: 0
  • PHY 2002 Physics 2
    Credit Hours: 0
Spring (17 credit hours)
  • MAE 2024 Solids Modeling and 3D Mechanical Design Principles
    Credit Hours: 0
  • MAE 2082 Applied Mechanics: Dynamics
    Credit Hours: 0
  • MAE 3083 Mechanics of Materials
    Credit Hours: 0
  • MAE 3191 Engineering Thermodynamics 1
    Credit Hours: 0
  • MTH 2201 Differential Equations/Linear Algebra
    Credit Hours: 0
  • PHY 2092 Physics Laboratory 2
    Credit Hours: 0
Junior Year
Fall (15 credit hours)
  • HUM 2051 Civilization 1: Ancient Through Medieval
    Credit Hours: 0
  • MAE 3090 Design of Machine Elements
    Credit Hours: 0
  • MAE 3161 Fluid Mechanics
    Credit Hours: 0
  • MAE 3192 Engineering Thermodynamics 2
    Credit Hours: 0
  • MTH 3210 Introduction to Partial Differential Equations and Applications
    Credit Hours: 0
Spring (17 credit hours)
  • MAE 3024 Computer-Aided Engineering
    Credit Hours: 0
  • MAE 3064 Fluid Mechanics Laboratory
    Credit Hours: 0
  • MAE 3091 Theory of Machines
    Credit Hours: 0
  • MAE 4171 Principles of Heat Transfer
    Credit Hours: 0
  • MAE 4190 Design Methodologies and Practice
    Credit Hours: 0
  • Humanities Core Course Credit Hours: 3
  • Technical Elective Credit Hours: 3
Senior Year
Fall (16 credit hours)
  • ECE 4991 Electric and Electronic Circuits
    Credit Hours: 0
  • MAE 4024 Mechanical Vibrations
    Credit Hours: 0
  • MAE 4071 Thermal Systems Design
    Credit Hours: 0
  • MAE 4074 Heat Transfer Laboratory
    Credit Hours: 0
  • MAE 4193 Mechanical Engineering Design 1
    Credit Hours: 0
  • Technical Elective Credit Hours: 3
Spring (16 credit hours)
  • MAE 4014 Control Systems
    Credit Hours: 0
  • MAE 4175 Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning
    Credit Hours: 0
  • MAE 4194 Mechanical Engineering Design 2
    Credit Hours: 0
  • Free Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Humanities Elective Credit Hours: 3
Total Credits Required: 132