Design the Future
The B.S. in Mechanical Engineering combines quantitative, design and technical knowledge with hands-on skill in preparation for one of the world’s most versatile and in-demand professions. From nano-scaled innovations in medicine to the future of space flight, mechanical engineers design the future.
Why Engineering + Design?
Great mechanical engineering — especially in a world of so many potential solutions and choices — marries products with the user experience of owning, operating and leveraging the product. That’s why Florida Poly brings design into all four years of the student experience.
The Department of Mechanical Engineering offers a comprehensive curriculum (grounded in foundational mathematics and physics) that prepares you for professional work or further graduate study. Design is integrated throughout the curriculum. You will gain experience with engineering computer software and a range of laboratory tools as you progress toward upper level coursework and a yearlong senior capstone project.
Students can design their own four-course concentration within the major based on their personal academic and professional pursuits. This unique combination of courses works in concert with other co- and extra-curricular activities, including research experiences, internships, and a wide variety of opportunities in our student organizations. Advanced Topics offers the student the flexibility in curriculum choices to grow with their changing interests as they look forward to graduation, graduate school, and their professional endeavors.
Aerospace focuses on industries in which engineers design or build aircraft, missiles, and systems for national defense, or spacecraft. Complementing your general mechanical engineering principles, you study subjects such as propulsion, stability and control, structures, mechanics, and aerodynamics, which is the study of how air interacts with moving objects. As you look forward, this provides you with additional courses to pursue career options at aerospace companies like NASA, Lockheed Martin, Northrup Grumman, Draken, etc., and may spark an interest in undergraduate research and advanced study in graduate school
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 and Thermal Systems
Central Florida (as well as the broader state) is home to several companies and firms that the support agriculture processing, mining, power-production, and green/eco-construction industries. Common themes or threads within these industries is the need for large machinery to transmit large mechanical forces, operate under high pressures within a thermodynamic cycle, convert energy, and or heat or cool areas in extreme/semi-extreme environments. The student will build on their mechanical engineering core courses with a focus on more specific topics in the traditional areas of mechanical engineering including Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning (HVAC), Computer Manufacturing and Control, Energy Conversion and Sustainability, and Principles of Turbomachinery.
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 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.
Capstone: Where it Comes Together
Each Florida Poly senior joins a Capstone Design team of (three to five students) of a single discipline (mechanical engineering) or mixed disciplines (engineering, computer science, data science, etc.) to complete a year-long, industry sponsored project. Capstone culminates with a year-end gathering of sponsors and project teams, and the presentation of final ‘beta’ level prototypes. Past Capstone Design projects have led to job offers from sponsoring companies.
A team of computer science, computer engineering, and mechanical engineering students are helping to solve the problem of how best to monitor and engage drivers at risk of fatigue. Working with Florida product design firm Ardent and Bold, the Driver Alertness Intervention capstone investigates both hardware (fatigue recognition device) and software (mobile app) solutions that connect tired drivers with Wake-Up Buddies who will chat with the driver and keep them awake until they can get to their destination or get off the road.
Florida Poly invites you to develop both people and technology skills through a variety of undergraduate research opportunities and student organizations: student chapters of professional groups (American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Society of Women Engineers, and National Society for Black Engineers); academic clubs (Math Club, Modeling and Simulation Club; and social groups (Latin American Student Association, Variety Gaming Tournament Club).
As a student in the B.S. in Mechanical Engineering program, you will have the chance to work alongside mentors, professors and peers in our well-equipped research labs. They include:
- IST 1021: Materials Characterization Lab
- IST 1036: Senior Capstone Lab
- IST 1063: Mechanical Design Lab
Florida’s All-STEM University
Choose from among six undergraduate degrees with 18 distinct concentrations. Business Analytics. Computer Engineering. Computer Science. Data Science. Electrical Engineering. Mechanical Engineering.
Florida Poly’s Purple Fire Robotics Club (45 members strong) took home the Judges Award at the 2018 VEX Robotics World Championship, and will next compete in the 2019 SoutheastCon “First 50…Next 50” Hardware Competition in Huntsville, Alabama.
Nearly every change in business, science and engineering involves mechanical engineers. The job is highly individualistic and flexible because it is so broad. That means job security and professional challenge for those willing to keep their knowledge and skills fresh and relevant.
The U.S. Department of Labor anticipates that employment of mechanical engineers will grow 9 percent from 2016 to 2026. Higher growth is expected in such areas as:
- Internet of Things
- Automotive Engineering Design
- Bioengineering Applications
- Machine Design & Advanced Materials
- Alternative Energy
Mechanical engineering is listed as one of the top 50 occupations with the most openings that requires a bachelor’s degree.
Mechanical Engineering Stats
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She believes that your future as an engineer will require you to communicate and work well in teams. She wants you to understand your personality and character tendencies, along with calculus and physics. Dr. Vollaro has worked in industry as a materials expert, and holds a registered US patent.
He wants to know if the ideas that fuel a hybrid car — namely energy harvesting — can be applied to something like a cardiac pacemaker. He’s studying how human movement — walking, lifting — might power small electromagnetic generators and feed rechargeable batteries inside a pacemaker and other surgically implanted medical devices.
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Your future as a trusted engineering professional and confident problem solver begins with some essential skills. Your general education courses give you:
- Critical Thinking Skills… so that you can both make and follow a reasoned argument, and develop habits of organized thinking and rational analysis.
- Communication Skills… so that you can translate thoughts into words (spoken and written) and make the complex simple.
- Exposure to Arts/Humanities and Social/Behavioral Sciences … so that you see all problems in their larger human context.
- Mathematical Reasoning … so that you find and follow the quantitative thread connecting all scientific inquiry.
- Scientific Reasoning … so that you can apply the scientific method to phenomenon big and small.
Your B.S. in Mechanical Engineering requires 120 credits — typically 15 credits across eight semesters. You will complete 12 general education credits (Arts/Humanities and Social Science).
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Professional Education Objectives
Our rigorous mechanical engineering curriculum allows Florida Poly graduates to:
- Apply fundamental concepts of math, science, technology, and mechanical engineering to solve real-life problems of societal, global, environmental, and economic consequence.
- Achieve professional success working in collaboration with multidisciplinary teams/constituencies using technical knowledge, communication abilities, and leadership skills.
- Become adaptive and independent professionals who advance their professional education through industry related training and advanced degrees, with an entrepreneurial spirit, and an ethical responsibility to self and society.