Mechanical Engineering

Home Department: Mechanical Engineering

Department Head:

Bassem Ramadan, Ph.D
Room 2-103 MC, 810-762-7992
me@kettering.edu

Program Overview

The Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (ME) prepares students for a broad range of careers associated with the design and implementation of mechanical systems involving the conversion, transmission, and utilization of energy.  Mechanical engineering courses that provide breadth in the discipline include design, dynamics, engineering materials, thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, heat transfer, vibrations, systems analysis, and associated laboratories. Large and well-equipped laboratories in experimental mechanics, heat transfer, fluid mechanics, engines, vibrations, hydraulics, instrumentation, and automotive emissions support the mechanical engineering program.

Mechanical Engineering students may elect to customize their degree by taking a set of elective courses in a specific area; either by pursuing a Specialty within the Mechanical Engineering program or by pursuing a Minor with non-Mechanical Engineering programs.  For more details see Mechanical Engineering Program Specialties or Minors.

Mechanical Engineering students may elect to customize their degree by taking a set of elective courses in a specific area; either by pursuing a Specialty within the ME program or by pursuing a Minor with non-ME programs.  For more details see “Mechanical Engineering Program Specialties” or “Minors”.

The program in Mechanical Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET

Program Educational Objectives

With their Kettering education as a foundation, within a few years of graduation, graduates will attain:

  • A reputation for working effectively and ethically in diverse professional environments.
  • Leadership in their profession while actively pursuing lifelong learning and contributing to progress within their field.
  • The ability to practice responsible decision making and apply best practices to their professional endeavors.

Program Curriculum Requirements

First Year Experience
FYE-101First Year Foundations1
Credit Hours Subtotal: 1
General Education
COMM-101Written & Oral Communication I4
COMM-301Written & Oral Communication II4
ECON-201Economic Principles4
HUMN-201Introduction to Humanities4
LS-489Senior Seminar: Leadership, Ethics, and Contemporary Issues4
SSCI-201Introduction to the Social Sciences4
Advanced Humanities Elective4
Advanced Social Science Elective4
Credit Hours Subtotal: 32
Basic Sciences
CHEM-135
CHEM-136
Principles of Chemistry
and Principles of Chemistry Lab
4
PHYS-114
PHYS-115
Newtonian Mechanics
and Newtonian Mechanics Laboratory
4
PHYS-224
PHYS-225
Electricity and Magnetism
and Electricity and Magnetism Laboratory
4
Math/Science Elective 44
Credit Hours Subtotal: 16
Mathematics
MATH-101Calculus I4
or MATH-101X Calculus I
Select one of the following:4
Calculus II
Calculus II
Calculus II - Honors
MATH-203Multivariate Calculus4
or MATH-203H Multivariate Calculus - Honors
MATH-204Differential Equations & Laplace Transforms4
or MATH-204H Differential Equations and Laplace Transforms - Honors
MATH-305Numerical Methods and Matrices4
MATH-408Probability and Statistics4
Credit Hours Subtotal: 24
Mechanical Engineering Requried Courses
EE-212Applied Electrical Circuits3
MECH-231LSignals for Mechanical Systems Lab 11
IME-100Interdisciplinary Design and Manufacturing4
Select one of the following:4
IME-301Engineering Materials (EP-342 only if dual degree ME/EP)4
or EP-342 Materials Science and Nanotechnology
MECH-100Engineering Graphical Communication4
MECH-210Statics4
MECH-212Mechanics of Materials4
MECH-300Computer Aided Engineering4
MECH-310Dynamics4
MECH-311Introduction to Mechanical System Design4
MECH-312Mechanical Component Design I4
MECH-320Thermodynamics4
MECH-322Fluid Mechanics4
MECH-330Dynamic Systems with Vibrations4
MECH-420Heat Transfer4
MECH-422Energy Systems Laboratory4
MECH-430Dynamic Systems with Controls4
Credit Hours Subtotal: 68
Electives
Two Free Electives 38
Two Mechanical Engineering Electives 28
Mechanical Engineering Senior Design Project4
Credit Hours Subtotal: 20
Culminating Undergraduate Experience
Culminating Undergraduate Experience Introductory Course (No credit, Pass/Fail)
Select one of the following:4
Co-op Thesis
Intra/Entre/Social E-ship Thesis
Professional Practice Thesis
Research Thesis
Credit Hours Subtotal: 4
Total Credit Hours165

(Minimum) Total Credits Required for the Program: 161

1

Students pursuing an Electrical Engineering minor take EE-210/EE-211 in lieu of MECH-231L/EE-212.                                 

2

 ME electives are described as: Any 300-599 level BIOL, CE, CHEM, CHME, CS, ECE, EE, EP, IME, ISYS, MATH (except pre-calc and college math), MECH, or PHYS that is not used to complete core degree requirements.  In addition, BUSN-372/BUSN-303, BUSN-373/BUSN-304, KETT-540, and MGMT-546/BUSN-411 also qualify as M.E. Electives. 

3

Free electives are described as:  Any Kettering University course except any course that consists of an elementary nature when advanced topics have been mastered, and any course that consists of topics, which are very similar to topics which have been mastered. 

4

Math/Science elective is described as: Any level BIOL, CHEM, MATH or PHYS that is not used to complete core degree requirements.

Mechanical Engineering Program Specialties

Students majoring in Mechanical Engineering may select a specialty consisting of 20 credit hours of courses focused in a particular area. Specialties may include both required and elective courses. First Six Semesters are common to all Mechanical Engineering Students.  Senior I through Senior III representative programs are given for each specialty.

A Mechanical Engineering specialty provides students a depth of study in preparation for a career within an industrial sector and/or as a foundation for graduate study. However, the student’s degree is Mechanical Engineering and the selected specialty does not prevent students from working within any industry. The primary advantage is to provide a “jump start” over mechanical engineering graduates from other schools with traditional degree programs. Courses are subject to cancellation due to low enrollment.

Alternative Energy Specialty

MECH-526Fuel Cell Science & Engineering4
MECH-527Energy and the Environment4
MECH-528Bio and Renewable Energy Lab4
MECH-545Hybrid Electric Vehicle Propulsion4
MECH-521Energy and Environmental Systems Design4

Automotive Engineering Design Specialty

MECH-548Vehicle Design Project4
Select three of the following:12
Introduction to Finite Element Analysis with Structural Applications
Introduction to Internal Combustion Engines and Automotive Power Systems
Advanced Automotive Power Systems
Chassis System Design
Introduction to Automotive Powertrains
Hybrid Electric Vehicle Propulsion
Vehicle Systems Dynamics
Select one of the following:4
Any course previously listed
Failure Analysis
Environmentally Conscious Design
Analysis and Design of Machines and Mechanical Assemblies
Failure and Material Considerations in Design
Fuel Cell Science & Engineering
Automotive Bioengineering: Occupant Protection and Safety
Vehicular Crash Dynamics and Accident Reconstruction
Other courses with the approval of the automotive faculty

Bioengineering Application Specialty

Required Courses
MECH-350Introduction to Bioengineering Applications4
MECH-554Bioengineering Applications Project4
Electives
Select three of the following:12
General Biology
and General Biology Lab
Human Biology
and Human Biology Lab
Anatomy and Physiology
Automotive Bioengineering: Occupant Protection and Safety
Vehicular Crash Dynamics and Accident Reconstruction
Medical Physics Principles

Machine Design & Advanced Materials Specialty

MECH-516Introduction to Finite Element Analysis with Structural Applications4
MECH-582Mechanics and Design Simulation of Fiber-Reinforced Composite Materials4
MECH-512Mechanical Systems Design Project4
or MECH-572 CAD/CAM and Rapid Prototyping Project
Two MDAM Specialty Related Electives8
Plan of Study Grid
Freshman ICredit Hours
FYE-101 First Year Foundations 1
CHEM-135 Principles of Chemistry 3
CHEM-136 Principles of Chemistry Lab 1
COMM-101 Written & Oral Communication I 4
MATH-101 Calculus I 4
MECH-100 Engineering Graphical Communication 1 4
 Credit Hours17
Freshman II
IME-100 Interdisciplinary Design and Manufacturing 1 4
MATH-102 Calculus II 4
PHYS-114 Newtonian Mechanics 3
PHYS-115 Newtonian Mechanics Laboratory 1
HUMN-201
Introduction to Humanities
or Introduction to the Social Sciences
4
 Credit Hours16
Sophomore I
ECON-201 Economic Principles 4
MATH-203 Multivariate Calculus 4
MECH-210 Statics 4
PHYS-224 Electricity and Magnetism 3
PHYS-225 Electricity and Magnetism Laboratory 1
 Credit Hours16
Sophomore II
EE-212 Applied Electrical Circuits 3
MECH-231L Signals for Mechanical Systems Lab 1
MATH-204 Differential Equations & Laplace Transforms 4
MECH-212 Mechanics of Materials 4
Math/Science Elective 4
 Credit Hours16
Junior I
CUE-495 Culminating Undergraduate Experience Introductory Course 0
Select one of the following: 4
Engineering Materials (EP-342 only if dual degree ME/EP)
or Materials Science and Nanotechnology
 
MATH-305 Numerical Methods and Matrices 4
MECH-312 Mechanical Component Design I 4
MECH-311 Introduction to Mechanical System Design 4
HUMN-201
Introduction to Humanities
or Introduction to the Social Sciences
4
 Credit Hours20
Junior II
COMM-301 Written & Oral Communication II 4
MATH-408 Probability and Statistics 4
MECH-300 Computer Aided Engineering 2 4
MECH-310 Dynamics 4
MECH-320 Thermodynamics 4
 Credit Hours20
Senior I
MECH-322 Fluid Mechanics 4
MECH-330 Dynamic Systems with Vibrations 4
Advanced Humanities or Advanced Social Science Elective 4
Free Elective 4
ME Elective 3 4
 Credit Hours20
Senior II
MECH-420 Heat Transfer 4
MECH-430 Dynamic Systems with Controls 4
Advanced Humanities or Advanced Social Science Elective 4
ME Elective 3 4
 Credit Hours16
Senior III
LS-489 Senior Seminar: Leadership, Ethics, and Contemporary Issues 4
MECH-422 Energy Systems Laboratory 4
Free Elective 4
ME Senior Design Project 4 4
 Credit Hours16
Any Term
CUE -495C/E/P/R Culminating Undergraduate Experience 4
 Credit Hours4
 Total Credit Hours161
1

Approximately one-half of the students take MECH-100 Freshman I and  IME-100 Freshman II, the other one-half take IME-100 Freshman I and MECH-100 Freshman II.

2

Approximately one-half of students take  MECH-300 Junior II and  MECH-311 Junior I, the other one-half take MECH-311 Junior II and MECH-300 Senior I.

3

Elective courses may vary in lecture and/or laboratory credits and terms from those shown.  Math/Science electives are any level MATH, BIOL, CHEM, or PHYS course that is not used to complete core degree requirements.

4

ME Senior Design Projects may vary in lecture and/or laboratory credits and terms from those shown.

Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering Curriculum by Specialty

Alternative Energy Specialty

Freshman I through Junior II Representative Program Credit Total:  105

Plan of Study Grid
Senior ICredit Hours
MECH-322 Fluid Mechanics 4
MECH-330 Dynamic Systems with Vibrations 4
MECH-420 Heat Transfer 4
Advanced Humanities or Advanced Social Science Elective 4
 Credit Hours16
Senior II
MECH-430 Dynamic Systems with Controls 4
MECH-527 Energy and the Environment 4
MECH-528 Bio and Renewable Energy Lab 4
MECH-545 Hybrid Electric Vehicle Propulsion 4
Advanced Humanities or Advanced Social Science Elective 4
 Credit Hours20
Senior III
LS-489 Senior Seminar: Leadership, Ethics, and Contemporary Issues 4
MECH-422 Energy Systems Laboratory 4
MECH-526 Fuel Cell Science & Engineering 4
MECH-521 Energy and Environmental Systems Design 4
 Credit Hours16
Any Term
CUE -495C/E/P/R Culminating Undergraduate Experience 4
 Credit Hours4
 Total Credit Hours56

(Minimum) Total Credits Required for Program: 161

Automotive Engineering Design Specialty

Freshman I through Junior II Rep. Program Credit Total:  105

Plan of Study Grid
Senior ICredit Hours
MECH-322 Fluid Mechanics 4
MECH-330 Dynamic Systems with Vibrations 4
Advanced Humanities or Advanced Social Science Elective 4
Automotive Specialty Electives 1,2 8
 Credit Hours20
Senior II
MECH-420 Heat Transfer 4
MECH-430 Dynamic Systems with Controls 4
Advanced Humanities or Advanced Social Science Elective 4
Automotive Specialty Elective 4
 Credit Hours16
Senior III
LS-489 Senior Seminar: Leadership, Ethics, and Contemporary Issues 4
MECH-422 Energy Systems Laboratory 4
MECH-548 Vehicle Design Project 4
Automotive Specialty Elective 4
 Credit Hours16
Any Term
CUE -495C/E/P/R Culminating Undergraduate Experience 4
 Credit Hours4
 Total Credit Hours56

(Minimum) Total Credits Required for Program: 161

1

Elective courses may vary in lecture and/or laboratory credits and terms from those shown.

2

Students select a Specialty Related Elective or Specialty Related ME Elective with approval of their ME Specialty Advisor.

Bioengineering Application Specialty

Freshman I through Junior I Representative Program Credit Total:  85

Plan of Study Grid
Junior IICredit Hours
COMM-301 Written & Oral Communication II 4
MECH-300 Computer Aided Engineering 4
MECH-310 Dynamics 4
MECH-320 Thermodynamics 4
MECH-350 Introduction to Bioengineering Applications 4
 Credit Hours20
Senior I
MATH-408 Probability and Statistics 4
MECH-322 Fluid Mechanics 4
MECH-330 Dynamic Systems with Vibrations 4
Advanced Humanities or Advanced Social Science Elective 4
Bioengineering Specialty Related Elective 1,2 4
 Credit Hours20
Senior II
MECH-420 Heat Transfer 4
MECH-430 Dynamic Systems with Controls 4
Advanced Humanities or Advanced Social Science Elective 4
Bioengineering Specialty Related Elective 1,2 4
 Credit Hours16
Senior III
LS-489 Senior Seminar: Leadership, Ethics, and Contemporary Issues 4
MECH-422 Energy Systems Laboratory 4
MECH-554 Bioengineering Applications Project 4
Bioengineering Specialty Related Elective 1,2 4
 Credit Hours16
Any Term
CUE -495C/E/P/R Culminating Undergraduate Experience 4
 Credit Hours4
 Total Credit Hours76

(Minimum) Total Credits Required for Program: 161

1

Elective courses may vary in lecture and/or laboratory credits and terms from those shown.

2

Students select a Specialty Related Elective or Specialty Related ME Elective with approval of their ME Specialty Advisor.

Machine Design & Advanced Materials Specialty

Freshman I through Junior II Representative Program Credit Total:  105

Plan of Study Grid
Senior ICredit Hours
MECH-322 Fluid Mechanics 4
MECH-330 Dynamic Systems with Vibrations 4
MECH-516 Introduction to Finite Element Analysis with Structural Applications 4
MECH-582 Mechanics and Design Simulation of Fiber-Reinforced Composite Materials 4
Advanced Humanities or Advanced Social Science Elective 4
 Credit Hours20
Senior II
MECH-420 Heat Transfer 4
MECH-430 Dynamic Systems with Controls 4
Advanced Humanities or Advanced Social Science Elective 4
Machine Design Specialty Elective 1,2 4
 Credit Hours16
Senior III
LS-489 Senior Seminar: Leadership, Ethics, and Contemporary Issues 4
MECH-422 Energy Systems Laboratory 4
Select one of the following:  
MECH-512
Mechanical Systems Design Project
or CAD/CAM and Rapid Prototyping Project
4
Machine Design Specialty Elective 1,2 4
 Credit Hours16
Any Term
CUE -495C/E/P/R Culminating Undergraduate Experience 4
 Credit Hours4
 Total Credit Hours56

(Minimum) Total Credits Required for Program: 161

1

Elective courses may vary in lecture and/or laboratory credits and terms from those shown.

2

Students select a Specialty Related Elective or Specialty Related ME Elective with approval of their ME Specialty Advisor.