For someone whose strengths lie in math and science with special interests in materials, design, robotics, high performance vehicles, manufacturing, and mechanical operations, a career in mechanical engineering may be a good fit. The Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering at Embry-Riddle prepares graduates for a wide variety of engineering careers in fields such as aerospace, robotics, energy, automotive, biomedical, and manufacturing. There will always be a demand for those who can maintain, improve, adapt and redesign mechanical systems, which makes this the broadest field in engineering.
Because mechanical engineering is the broadest of engineering professions, a degree in this discipline opens a world of opportunity. The demand for mechanical engineers is high and demand typically remains stable — despite fluctuations in the global economy.
Pursuing a Mechanical Engineering degree at ERAU provides access to state-of-the-art labs solely for use in undergraduate education and student-centered research. Plus, students are part of a program that has become one of the top-ranked in the nation in just a few years.
The B.S. in Mechanical Engineering builds on the success of ERAU’s highly acclaimed Aerospace Engineering program, so students benefit from the same resources and professional networking opportunities.
Students will integrate their knowledge into a robotics, propulsion, or energy capstone design project — or choose an aircraft or spacecraft design project in cooperation with colleagues in the Aerospace Engineering major.
At ERAU, students have the opportunity to participate in engineering competitions, locally, nationally, and even globally through a number of different professional organizations represented on campus. These include the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. There are also organizations and clubs that are dedicated to specific projects, research and engineering related recreational pursuits.
The Mechanical Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.
The Department of Mechanical Engineering offers an accelerated program that allows well-qualified students the chance to begin their graduate work for the Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering (MSME) while finishing their Bachelor of Science in Engineering at Embry-Riddle.
Part of the Department of Mechanical Engineering of the College of Engineering, the B.S. in Mechanical Engineering program at ERAU’s Daytona Beach Campus provides a strong foundation in all of the fundamental areas of mechanical engineering. With access to state-of-the-art engineering analysis, design and research, and extensive practical experience to supplement and enhance the theoretical foundation, students graduate with the tools they need to succeed as engineers and innovators in one of the most in-demand career fields.
Mechanical engineers work in almost every technical area and are employed in a wide variety of industries and organizations, including areas of rapid employment growth such as high-performance vehicles, robotics, bio-mechanical systems, and clean energy systems.
The Mechanical Engineering program offers four areas of emphasis, or tracks:
The curriculum includes a base of Engineering, Math, and Sciences, and culminates with a two-semester design project involving Mechanical Engineering, working in a team environment.
Mechanical Engineering is a well-established engineering discipline that involves state-of-the-art engineering analysis, design, and research. Mechanical engineers have been in demand for literally hundreds of years and remain one of the more sought-after degree holders.
The common freshman engineering year one is the first year of the Mechanical Engineering program. The second year is the same as Aerospace Engineering, which gives the student great flexibility when deciding on a major field of study.
The Mechanical Engineering program offers four areas of emphasis, or tracks: Biomedical Systems, Energy Systems, High Performance Vehicles, and Robotic Systems (with an emphasis in Unmanned and Autonomous Vehicle Systems), which add to the breadth of topics in Mechanical Engineering, such as machine design, heat transfer, and vibrations. The Robotic Systems track prepares students for the rapidly expanding robotics field, including applications to the aerospace industry. Attention is paid to the systems nature of robotics to include the integration of mechanics and electronics. The High Performance Vehicles track prepares students for employment in vehicle design and manufacturing, from competition vehicles to fuel-efficient and environmentally friendly vehicles. Subjects include aerodynamics, structures, and safety. The Energy Systems track prepares students for careers in the growing field of renewable energy with specific emphasis on kinetic energy systems (e.g., wind/water turbines) and thermal energy systems (e.g., solar thermal, combustion). The Biomedical Systems track prepares students to become knowledgeable and skilled mechanical engineers with an understanding of the fundamental principles that lead to scientific discovery and technology innovation in the bioengineering and biomedical fields.
The Program Educational Objectives of the Mechanical Engineering program as offered at the Daytona Beach campus are that, in a few years of graduation, our graduates:
Are established as engineers in the aerospace, aviation, automotive, biomedical, energy, robotics, or related fields or engaged in advanced studies
Have demonstrated their ability to work effectively and responsibly as practical problem solvers, innovators and as members of diverse professional teams
The Mechanical Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.
The curriculum is designed to accomplish these objectives with a base of engineering, math, and sciences that includes probability and statistics or numerical methods; engineering economics; advanced mathematics; electrical engineering; and engineering design. The culmination of the program is a two-semester design project that prepares the students for working in a team environment on projects involving mechanical engineering.
The Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering requires the successful completion of a minimum of 129 credit hours. A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 is needed for all required ME, EE, EGR, and ES courses, including technical electives.
Students should be aware that several courses in each academic year may have prerequisites and/or corequisites. Please check the course descriptions at the back of this catalog before registering for classes to ensure requisite sequencing.
See the Common Year One outline in the Engineering Fundamentals Program Introduction.
|See the Common Year One outline in the College of Engineering introduction.||32|
|COM 221||Technical Report Writing||3|
or EGR 120
|ES 202||Solid Mechanics||3|
|ME 208||Manufacturing Laboratory||1|
|MA 243||Calculus and Analytical Geometry III||4|
|MA 345||Differential Equations and Matrix Methods||4|
|CHM 110||General Chemistry I||3|
|CHM 110L||General Chemistry I Laboratory||1|
|PS 250||Physics for Engineers III||3|
|PS 253||Physics Laboratory for Engineers||1|
|EE 327||Electrical Engineering Fundamentals||3|
|ES 309||Fluid Dynamics||3|
|ES 320||Engineering Materials Science||2|
|ES 321||Engineering Materials Science Laboratory||1|
|ES 403||Heat Transfer||3|
|MA 348||Numerical Analysis I||3|
or MA 412
|Probability and Statistics|
or MA 441
|Mathematical Methods for Engineering and Physics I|
or ME 501
|Modeling Methods in Mechanical Engineering|
|ME 304||Introduction to Machine Design||3|
|ME 313||Instrumentation and Data Acquisition||2|
|ME 314||Instrumentation and Data Acquisition Laboratory||1|
|ME 400||Vibration and Acoustics||3|
|Professional Development Elective **||3|
|EC 225||Engineering Economics||3|
|ME 436||Advanced Machine Design||3|
|ME 438||Model-Based Control System Design||2|
|ME 438L||Model-Based Control System Design Laboratory||1|
|Upper-Level Humanities or Social Science Elective||3|
|Technical Elective AE/CEC/CIV/CS/EE/EGR/EP/ME/SE/SYS or Track specific electives ***||6|
|Preliminary Design Course (ME 413 or ME 407 or ME 414 or ME 448)||4|
|Senior Design Course (ME 433 or ME 437 or ME 434 or ME 458)||4|
CEME 396 or AF 402/MSL 402/NSC 402 will satisfy this requirement.
AF/NSC/MSL UL may fulfill 3 credits of technical electives.
|ME 442||Biofluid Mechanics||3|
|ME 460||Biosolid Mechanics||3|
|ME 448||Preliminary Design for Bio-Mechanical Systems with Laboratory||4|
|ME 458||Senior Design for Bio-Mechanical Systems with Laboratory||4|
Students may also select from the following courses as upper level technical electives: HF 312, HF 326, HF 440, BIO 340 or BIO 440
|ME 316||Thermodynamics II||3|
|ME 443||Heating, Ventilation, and Air-Conditioning||3|
|ME 445||Sustainable Design||3|
|ME 414||Preliminary Design for Energy Systems||4|
|ME 434||Senior Design for Energy Systems||4|
|ME 303||Vehicle Dynamics||3|
|ME 405||Vehicle Power Systems||3|
|ME 409||Vehicle Aerodynamics||3|
|ME 413||Preliminary Design for High Performance Vehicles with Laboratory||4|
|ME 433||Senior Design for High Performance Vehicles with Laboratory||4|
|ME 311||Robotics Technologies for Unmanned Systems||3|
|ME 402||Robotic Arms||3|
|ME 407||Preliminary Design for Robotic Systems with Laboratory||4|
|ME 437||Senior Design for Robotic Systems with Laboratory||4|
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