Mechanical Engineering Major

7131
Bachelor of Science
Classroom
No
Undergraduate
Main Campus - Melbourne
Major Code: 7131 Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Science
Age Restriction: N Admission Status: undergraduate
Delivery Mode/s: classroom only 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)
Complete:
  • ASC 1000 University Experience
    Credit Hours: 1
    Helps first-year students adjust to the university and acquire essential academic survival skills (classroom behavior, academic honesty, study skills, etc.) that enhance academic and social integration into college.
  • CHM 1101 General Chemistry 1
    Credit Hours: 4
    Covers fundamental principles of modern chemistry, including stoichiometry, properties of gases, liquids and solids, thermochemistry, atomic structure, properties of solutions and equilibrium. Includes lab component.
  • COM 1101 Composition and Rhetoric
    Credit Hours: 3
    The first of two courses in college-level writing skills. Focuses on writing essays using various rhetorical modes: persuasion, description, comparison and analysis. Presents basic methods of library research, as well as the MLA documentation system. Students write one research paper and several essays.
    Requirement(s):
    Passing grade on placement exam or prerequisite course
  • MAE 1024 Introduction to Mechanical Engineering
    Credit Hours: 3
    Provides an overview of the engineering profession and the mechanical engineering discipline. Introduces students to engineering problem-solving methodologies and design theory and methodology. A competitive design project motivates the study of engineering graphics, computer-aided design, manufacturing techniques and software tools.
  • MTH 1001 Calculus 1
    Credit Hours: 4
    Functions and graphs, limits and continuity, derivatives of algebraic and trigonometric functions, chain rule; applications to maxima and minima, and to related rates. Exponential logarithmic, circular and hyperbolic functions: their inverses, derivatives and integrals.
    Requirement(s):
    High school algebra and trigonometry, and a passing score on the placement test, or prerequisite course
  • Social Science Elective Credit Hours: 3
Spring (15 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • COM 1102 Writing About Literature
    Credit Hours: 3
    The second of two courses in college-level writing skills. Focuses on reading and analyzing poems, plays and short works of fiction. Students write several essays and one research paper on literary topics.
  • MTH 1002 Calculus 2
    Credit Hours: 4
    Integration and applications of integration, further techniques of integration, improper integrals, limits, l'Hospital's rule, sequences and series, numerical methods, polar coordinates and introductory differential equations.
  • PHY 1001 Physics 1
    Credit Hours: 4
    Includes vectors; mechanics of particles; Newton's laws of motion; work, energy and power; impulse and momentum; conservation laws; mechanics of rigid bodies, rotation, equilibrium; fluids, heat and thermodynamics; and periodic motion.
  • PHY 2091 Physics Laboratory 1
    Credit Hours: 1
    Experiments to elucidate concepts and relationships presented in , to develop understanding of the inductive approach and the significance of a physical measurement, and to provide some practice in experimental techniques and methods.
Select one course:
  • CSE 1502 Introduction to Software Development With C++
    Credit Hours: 3
    Focuses on the stages of software development and practice in using C++. Includes requirement analysis, design and implementation methods, testing procedures and an introduction to certifying program correctness.
    Requirement(s):
    For majors other than computer science. CS majors may only use as Free Elective.
  • CSE 1503 Introduction to Software Development With FORTRAN
    Credit Hours: 3
    Focuses on the stages of software development and practice in using Fortran. Includes requirement analysis, design and implementation methods, testing procedures and an introduction to certifying program correctness.
    Requirement(s):
    For majors other than computer science. CS majors may only use as Free Elective.
Sophomore Year
Fall (18 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • CHE 3260 Materials Science and Engineering
    Credit Hours: 3
    Studies the relationships between materials processing, composition and structure, properties and performance. Includes electrical, mechanical and chemical properties of metals, ceramics, polymers, electronic materials and composites, as well as coating and protection materials.
  • CHE 3265 Materials Laboratory
    Credit Hours: 1
    Complements . Illustrates materials processing, measurement and analysis of materials properties.
  • COM 2223 Scientific and Technical Communication
    Credit Hours: 3
    Practice in the technical and scientific writing style and format, including gathering and using data to prepare reports. Includes abstracts, reports, letters, technical descriptions, proposals and at least two oral presentations.
  • MAE 2081 Applied Mechanics: Statics
    Credit Hours: 3
    Includes the elements of statics in co-planar and three-dimensional systems; equilibrium of particles and rigid bodies; simple structures, centroids and center of gravity; beam shear and bending moment; friction; and virtual work.
  • MTH 2001 Calculus 3
    Credit Hours: 4
    Cylindrical and spherical coordinates, vectors, functions of several variables, partial derivatives and extrema, multiple integral, vector integral calculus.
  • PHY 2002 Physics 2
    Credit Hours: 4
    Includes electricity and magnetism, Coulomb's law, electric fields, potential capacitance, resistance, DC circuits, magnetic fields, fields due to currents, induction, magnetic properties; and wave motion, vibration and sound, interference and diffraction.
Spring (17 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • MAE 2024 Solids Modeling and 3D Mechanical Design Principles
    Credit Hours: 3
    Students create geometries in isometric and perspective views, free-form solids and sectioned solids to produce layouts for dimensioning/tolerancing. Computer analysis focuses on determining inertial properties and interference checking.
  • MAE 2082 Applied Mechanics: Dynamics
    Credit Hours: 3
    Analyzes kinematics and kinetics of particles, systems of particles, and rigid bodies. Discusses absolute and relative motion approaches. Employs force-mass-acceleration, work-energy and impulse-momentum methods.
  • MAE 3083 Mechanics of Materials
    Credit Hours: 3
    Stress and strain; mechanical properties of materials; Hooke's law; axial, torsion, pure bending and transverse loading of members; transformations of stress and strain; failure criteria; strain measurements; thin-walled pressure vessels; design for strength; energy methods; design for impact; column buckling and stability.
  • MAE 3191 Engineering Thermodynamics 1
    Credit Hours: 3
    Studies the conservation of energy and mass in closed- and open-flow systems. Includes the physical properties and equations of state for pure substances; the first and second laws of thermodynamics; and reversible processes and Carnot cycle.
  • MTH 2201 Differential Equations/Linear Algebra
    Credit Hours: 4
    First-order differential equations, linear differential equations with constant coefficients, first-order systems of differential equations with constant coefficients, numerical methods, Laplace transforms, series solutions, algebraic systems of equations, matrices, determinants, vector spaces, eigenvalues and eigenvectors.
  • PHY 2092 Physics Laboratory 2
    Credit Hours: 1
    Continues . Includes experiments pertaining to .
Junior Year
Fall (15 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • HUM 2051 Civilization 1: Ancient Through Medieval
    Credit Hours: 3
    Introduces civilization from its early development to the European Renaissance. Emphasizes the interpretation of primary texts that reflect the intellectual and historical changes in society. The first of two interdisciplinary courses.
  • MAE 3090 Design of Machine Elements
    Credit Hours: 3
    Covers the design of basic machine elements with an emphasis on failure prevention. Elements include screws, fasteners, connections, welded/brazed joints, springs, bearings, gears, clutches, brakes, couplings, flywheels, flexible mechanical elements and shafts.
  • MAE 3161 Fluid Mechanics
    Credit Hours: 3
    Introduces fluid variables; fluid statics; flow kinematics; equations of mass, momentum and energy conservation in both integral and differential formulations; similitude and dimensional analysis; the stress tensor; inviscid and viscous flows; flow in pipes; laminar and turbulent flows.
  • MAE 3192 Engineering Thermodynamics 2
    Credit Hours: 3
    Practical problems involving power and refrigeration cycles and chemical thermodynamics, the combustion process and compressible flows as examined in applications involving nozzles and blade passages.
  • MTH 3210 Introduction to Partial Differential Equations and Applications
    Credit Hours: 3
    Includes heat, wave and Laplace equations, initial and boundary value problems of mathematical physics and Fourier series. Also covers Dirichlet problem and potential theory, Dalambert's solutions for wave equation, Fourier and Laplace transforms, and Poisson integral formula. Also includes PDEs in higher dimensions and special functions of mathematical physics.
Spring (17 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • MAE 3024 Computer-Aided Engineering
    Credit Hours: 3
    Students generate finite element models from solid geometries, defining load, boundary and constraint conditions, characterizing material properties and optimizing performance. Uses computer models to perform stress, stability and dynamic analysis of mechanical components and assemblies.
  • MAE 3064 Fluid Mechanics Laboratory
    Credit Hours: 1
    Provides a working familiarity with the physical principles, measurement and flow visualization techniques in fluid mechanics.
  • MAE 3091 Theory of Machines
    Credit Hours: 3
    Kinematics and dynamics of mechanisms, including structural and mobility considerations; graphical, analytical and computer methods for velocities and accelerations in constrained motion; cams and gears; analysis of combined static and dynamic forces arising from uniform and accelerated motion; and dynamic balancing.
  • MAE 4171 Principles of Heat Transfer
    Credit Hours: 3
    Steady state and transient heat conduction for one- and multidimensional systems; free and forced convection in both internal and external flows for both laminar and turbulent conditions; boiling and condensation. Introduces radiation properties, blackbody radiation and surface emission.
  • MAE 4190 Design Methodologies and Practice
    Credit Hours: 1
    Covers engineering ethics and design methodologies with case studies. Presents relevant design projects and case studies by faculty and invited engineers representing local industry. Requires development of a proposal for
  • Humanities Core Course Credit Hours: 3
  • Technical Elective Credit Hours: 3
Senior Year
Fall (16 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • ECE 4991 Electric and Electronic Circuits
    Credit Hours: 3
    Studies circuit theory for nonelectrical engineering students; transient and steady-state behavior of passive linear-lumped-parameter electric circuits; and AC circuit theory, network equations, network theorems; transfer functions and equivalent circuits.
  • MAE 4024 Mechanical Vibrations
    Credit Hours: 3
    Focuses on both discrete and continuous systems. Includes free and forced vibration of single and multiple degrees of freedom systems, and vibration control techniques.
  • MAE 4071 Thermal Systems Design
    Credit Hours: 3
    Radiative heat transfer applications in thermal systems. Elementary methods of optimization for design. Application of thermodynamics, fluid mechanics and heat transfer. Equipment fundamentals with emphasis on heat exchanger design and analysis. Design projects involving use of software and laboratory experiments.
  • MAE 4074 Heat Transfer Laboratory
    Credit Hours: 1
    Reinforces the activities associated with  and . Investigates the physics of heat transfer (conduction, convection, radiation) through the use of modern experimental techniques.
  • MAE 4193 Mechanical Engineering Design 1
    Credit Hours: 3
    Student teams work on engineering projects proposed in  or by the faculty, as well as projects sponsored by industry. These projects are selected from a broad range of technical areas including mechanical design, thermal and fluid system analyses, instrumentation and control, energy system analysis.
  • Technical Elective Credit Hours: 3
Spring (16 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • MAE 4014 Control Systems
    Credit Hours: 3
    Stresses both classical and modern control methodologies. Includes frequency and time-domain representation of linear systems, stability analysis and design techniques.
  • MAE 4175 Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning
    Credit Hours: 3
    Air-vapor mixture properties and psychometrics, solar radiation in heating and air conditioning applications, heating/cooling load calculations, annual energy consumption, heat generation and cooling processes.
  • MAE 4194 Mechanical Engineering Design 2
    Credit Hours: 4
    Student teams complete their design projects. Details of engineering analyses and prototype construction and testing results including sensitivity, optimization and cost analyses are presented and outlined in a written final report. Oral presentations are made to faculty and engineers from participating industry.
  • Free Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Humanities Elective Credit Hours: 3
Total Credits Required: 132