Mechanical Engineering

At Purdue University Calumet, mechanical engineering is a four-year program of full-time study leading to a degree of Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (BSME). The course of study is preparation for a career in a constantly changing field and provides a basis for lifelong learning. Students may pursue a general program, or may choose a specialization in areas such as Thermal and Fluid Sciences, Solid Mechanics, or Mechatronics (the later leading to a minor). The BSME degree is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012 – telephone: (410) 347-7700.

Why Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University Calumet?

  • Engineering classes are small and are taught by faculty members dedicated to teaching or adjunct faculty who have many years of experience.
  • Most faculty members also engage in research, consulting, or other professional activities, and participate in professional engineering societies.
  • The state of the art laboratory facilities provide a mechanism for students to gain hands-on experience that will aid their understanding of the engineering and scientific theories taught in the lectures.
  • Courses are provided both days and evenings on a publicized schedule to meet the needs of both full-time and part-time students.
  • Incoming students are assigned to an advisor familiar with the problems and special needs of new students.
  • After choosing a major the student receives an experienced engineering faculty advisor.
  • The program prepares graduates for life and for the engineering profession.
  • A capstone, one-year project for all seniors provides the opportunity to work in multi-disciplinary teams to pursue an engineering idea from conception to design, fabrication, and testing. The senior projects provide a transition from university study to the real world of engineering work.
  • Cooperative Education and Professional Experience Programs are available. Both provide students the opportunity to work in the engineering profession while obtaining their degree, and to earn money to pay for their education. The work experience makes the education more meaningful, and makes the students more attractive to employers when they graduate.

Program Objectives

The Mechanical Engineering curriculum provides a broad education in the fundamentals of Mechanical Engineering. Students may pursue a general program or may choose a specialization in areas such as Thermal and Fluid Sciences, solid Mechanics, or Mechatronics.

The educational objectives of this program are to provide each graduate with:

  • Engineering Competence – Graduates are competent and engaged professionals in their field
  • Continuous Learning – Graduates continue developing professionally
  • Professional Skills – Graduates demonstrate teamwork and leadership skills and are contributors in their profession
  • Societal Awareness – Graduates recognize the societal, ethical, and global impacts of their work

The flexibility of the engineering program allows students interested in other engineering disciplines not offered at Purdue University Calumet, such as aerospace, chemical, etc. to complete one to two years of study for transfer to another university. The Interdisciplinary Engineering Option allows student to design their own programs to meet their career needs; it provides excellent preparation for a career in law or medicine.

Degrees Offered

Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering

Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, Minor in Mechatronics

Bachelor of Science in Engineering, Interdisciplinary Engineering Option

Electives for Mechanical Engineering

Suggested Plan of Study for students starting Summer 2006 or later (Excel)

Suggested Plan of Study for students starting prior to Summer 2006

Curriculum

Shown below is the current curriculum for students who started in Summer 2006 or later. Current students should check with the Departmental office for their degree requirements.

Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering

(127 credits)

EAC/ABET Accredited

1. English and Communication (9 credits)
Course Number Course Name
ENGL 104 English Composition I
COM 114 Fundamentals of Speech
COM/ENGL 307 Written and Oral Communication for Engineers
2. Science and Mathematics (32 credits)
Course Number Course Name
CHM 115 General Chemistry
PHYS 152 Mechanics
PHYS 261 Heat, Electricity, and Optics
MA 163 Calculus and Analytic Geometry I
MA 164 Calculus and Analytic Geometry II
MA 261 Multivariate Calculus
MA 264 Differential Equations
MA 265 Linear Algebra
3. Humanities and Social Sciences (12 credits)
Course Number Course Name
PHIL 324 Ethics for the Professions
POL 305 Technology and Society

The balance (6 credits) is selected by the student and advisor to give the student an opportunity to explore areas within the humanities and social sciences.

Subject areas not acceptable are skills courses such as writing and speaking, accounting, industrial management, personal finance, ROTC, and personnel administration. Language courses are acceptable only as part of a six credit sequence. Credit is not allowed for a student’s native language.

4. General Engineering (21 credits)
Course Number Course Name
ENGR 151 Software Tools for Engineers
ENGR 186 Engineering Freshman Seminar
ENGR 190 Elementary Engineering Design
C E 273 Mechanics of Materials
ECE 201 Linear Circuit Analysis I
ECE 207 Electronic Measurement Techniques
M E 115 Engineering Drawing I
M E 116 Engineering Drawing II
M E 311 Engineering Project Management
MSE 200 Materials Science
5. Mechanical Engineering (35 credits)
Course Number Course Name
M E 271 Basic Mechanics I: Statics
M E 275 Basic Mechanics II: Dynamics
M E 305 General Thermodynamics I
M E 312 Fluid Mechanics
M E 313 Fluid Mechanics Laboratory
M E 320 Kinematic Analysis and Design
M E 325 Dynamics of Mechanical Systems
M E 345 Mechanical Engineering Experimentation
M E 416 Heat Transmission
M E 417 Heat Transmission Laboratory
M E 429 Senior Engineering Design I
M E 439 Senior Engineering Design II
M E 461 Machine Design I

6. Mechanical Engineering Electives (12 credits)

Four courses from a list approved by the by the Department of Mechanical Engineering Undergraduate Curriculum Committee.

7. Engineering Elective (3 credits)

One engineering course approved by the Department of Mechanical Engineering Undergraduate Curriculum Committee.

8. Technical Elective (3 credits)

One course in Engineering, Science, Mathematics, Computer Science, Statistics, or Management approved by the Department of Mechanical Engineering Undergraduate Curriculum Committee.

Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering with a Minor in Mechatronics

(128 credits)

EAC/ABET Accredited

The curriculum for the minor in mechatronics consists of all of the required courses in the BSME curriculum, with the mechanical engineering, engineering, and technical electives (18 credits) replaced by:

Required additional courses for minor in Mechatronics (19 credits)
Course Number Course Name
ECE 202 Linear Circuit Analysis II
ECE 218 Linear Circuits Laboratory II
ECE 233 Microcomputers in Engineering
ECE 380 Computers in Engineering Analysis
ENGR 152 Programming for Engineers
M E 485 Introduction to Automatic Control
Mechatronics Elective One course from a list approved by the Department of Mechanical Engineering Undergraduate Curriculum Committee

Bachelor of Science in Engineering, Interdisciplinary Engineering Option

(128 credits)

The interdisciplinary engineering option provides an opportunity for students whose interests and talents, while oriented toward engineering and science, do not coincide with the plans of study of the traditional engineering disciplines and who do not need an ABET-accredited degree. It provides an excellent undergraduate foundation for graduate school in non-engineering fields such as management, medicine, and law, or to begin careers that may lead to administrative or management positions in technological, engineering, or manufacturing operations. The program also prepares students for careers in large non-technological organizations such as financial institutions, which may require skills generally associated with both engineering and business. The program provides opportunities to tailor the large number of technical electives to the students’ particular needs.

The curriculum is available as a PDF.