Bachelor of Science

Mechanical Engineering

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What is Mechanical Engineering?

Mechanical engineering blends scientific principles, engineering problem-solving techniques, and design principles to research, design, develop, build and test mechanical systems from the Nano-scale to the huge. Applications span the breadth of human activity and are at the core of innovation and change.

What the Program Offers

In addition to foundational engineering science and design, the program offers the opportunity to participate in project-based learning experiences that support students’ interests in a range of focus areas. Students develop team and leadership skills, practical problem-solving, and engage in hands-on projects throughout the curriculum. This program is offered by the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

Concentrations

As a mechanical engineering major, you will apply the principles of design, analysis, and manufacturing to create and test mechanical systems ranging from massive to microscopic in size. Students may opt for a broad degree-program experience by selecting 4 courses (12 credits) from any of the Mechanical Engineering electives for a concentration in Advanced Topics, or they may wish to concentrate in one of the following areas:

Nanotechnology

Nanotechnology, also known as “the science of small,” focuses on manipulating matter at the level of atoms, molecules and supramolecular structures. This revolutionary discipline impacts many fields, from medicine to manufacturing. Students with a concentration in nanotechnology will study nanoscale materials, practices and applications in order to develop high-performance, cutting-edge products.

Operations Research

Operations research focuses on modeling and solving operation efficiency challenges, and predicting and demonstrating value-added gains like cost savings. Professionals with expertise in this field are often found in environments with complex operations like ports and shipyards, where they are responsible for managing and improving traffic flow. If you like solving workflow problems and designing efficient systems, then this is the concentration for you.

Materials and Advanced Manufacturing

The field of materials and advanced manufacturing focuses on engineering composite materials with unique capabilities that improve safety, efficiency and versatility. The design of new smart materials and systems has major implications for the defense, aerospace, energy and semiconductor industries. This concentration will give you a strong foundation in the fabrication, characterization, modeling and prototyping of such materials.

Mechanical Engineering Stats

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percent:

The increase in engineering jobs between 2010 and 2020.
$210

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in recent investments in multifunctional materials.
$76

billion

the nanotechnology market is expected to reach $80 billion by 2020.

Faculty

Chair: Mary Vollaro

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Matt Bohm

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Christopher Coughlin

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Richard Matyi

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Edwar Romero-Ramirez

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Timothy Shedd

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Younggil Park

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Christina Drake

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Melissa Morris

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Seyed Soltani

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Program Educational Objectives

Through its rigorous curriculum, the mechanical engineering program expects that graduates will attain the following within a few years of graduation:

  1. Apply the fundamental concepts of math, science, technology, and mechanical engineering to solve real-life problems of societal, global, environmental, and economic consequence.
  2. Achieve professional success cultivating collaboration with multidisciplinary teams and constituencies through their technical knowledge, communication abilities, and leadership skills.
  3. Demonstrate on-going career development as adaptive and independent professionals pursuing opportunities in continuing professional education ranging from industry related training to advanced degrees, with an entrepreneurial spirit, and an ethical responsibility to self and society.

Student Outcomes

Graduates of the Mechanical Engineering program will demonstrate the following:

  1. An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering
  2. An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  3. An ability 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
  4. An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
  5. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  6. An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  7. An ability to communicate effectively
  8. The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
  9. A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in, life-long learning
  10. A knowledge of contemporary issues
  11. An ability to use the techniques, skills and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice

Student Data at-a-Glance

Annual Enrollment

 

YearEnrolled
2018281
2017238

Graduation data

TermGraduates
Spring 201847

 

MECHANICAL ENGINEERING FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  • WHAT IS THE FIELD OF MECHANICAL ENGINEERING?

    Mechanical engineering focuses on applying the principles of design, analysis and manufacturing in order to maintain, produce and test mechanical systems.

  • WHAT DO MECHANICAL ENGINEERS DO?

    Mechanical engineers do more than work with tools and machines. Mechanical engineers design, develop, build and test mechanical devices, from small individual parts to massive complex systems.

  • WHAT MAKES FLORIDA POLYTECHNIC UNIVERSITY’S MECHANICAL ENGINEERING DEGREE PROGRAM UNIQUE?

    Students who major in mechanical engineering will gain hands-on learning through applied research and the opportunity to collaborate with industry partners. Students work at Florida Poly’s innovation labs that house a supercomputer, 3D printing systems and robotics systems. Students are able to work individually and on teams using the latest advanced technologies.

  • WHAT IS THE OUTLOOK FOR MECHANICAL ENGINEERING DEGREE GRADUATES?

    Engineers with a mechanical engineering degree are in demand in a variety of industries that include government, health care, transportation, defense, medicine and construction. Graduates can expect employment through any of these industries. Florida Poly graduates will have the necessary skills to fulfill jobs in these industries where entry level salaries range from $45,000 to $70,000.