Mechanical Engineering

Degree Awarded

  • Associate of Arts

Nature of Program

Mechanical engineering is a broad technical discipline.  It integrates knowledge of the physical sciences and mathematics for the design, construction, and manufacture, testing, analysis, use, and operation of a device, structure, a machine, a process, or a system in service to humanity.  Its development parallels the growth of industry.  Modern society needs mechanical engineers who have broad and deep training in the fundamentals of engineering and related sciences and who have developed versatility in analyzing and solving complex problems.  Mechanical engineers must not only possess a high level of professional expertise but also have an appreciation for the impact of engineering solutions in a societal context, including ethical and economic considerations.

The associate degree program provides the foundation to complete a bachelor program in mechanical engineering at West Virginia University. Students planning to enter a bachelor program at another institution should determine the transfer equivalencies for the courses offered at Potomac State College of WVU and the institution they plan to attend following completion of the associate degree program

Career Opportunities

Mechanical engineers can find employment in a wide range of industries, government agencies, and educational institutions where they are concerned with many functions.  Mechanical engineers can be employed to determine economical conversions of energy from natural sources into useful energy for power, light, heating, cooling, and transportation; design and production of machines to lighten the burden of human work. Others plan and develop systems for using energy machines and resources. Mechanical engineers can also be hired to process materials into products useful to mankind and to educate and train specialists who deal with mechanical systems.

General Education FOUNDATIONS

Please use this link to view a list of courses that meet each GEF requirement.

NOTE: Some major requirements will fulfill specific GEF requirements. Please see the curriculum requirements listed below for details on which GEFs you will need to select.

General Education Foundations
F1 - Composition & Rhetoric3-6
Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric
and Composition, Rhetoric, and Research
Accelerated Academic Writing
F2A/F2B - Science & Technology4-6
F3 - Math & Quantitative Skills3-4
F4 - Society & Connections3
F5 - Human Inquiry & the Past3
F6 - The Arts & Creativity3
F7 - Global Studies & Diversity3
F8 - Focus (may be satisfied by completion of a minor, double major, or dual degree)9
Total Hours31-37

Please note that not all of the GEF courses are offered at all campuses. Students should consult with their advisor or academic department regarding the GEF course offerings available at their campus.

Curriculum Requirements

ENGL 101
ENGL 102
Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric
and Composition, Rhetoric, and Research (GEF 1)
MATH 155Calculus 1 (GEF 3 - minimum grade of C-)4
MATH 156Calculus 2 (GEF 8 - minimum grade of C-)4
MATH 251Multivariable Calculus (minimum grade of C-)4
MATH 261Elementary Differential Equations (minimum grade of C-)4
PHYS 111General Physics (GEF 8 - minimum grade of C-)4
PHYS 112General Physics (GEF 8)4
CHEM 115Fundamentals of Chemistry (GEF 2)4
ECON 201Principles of Microeconomics (GEF 4)3
EE 221
EE 222
Introduction to Electrical Engineering
and Introduction to Electrical Engineering Laboratory
ENGR 101Engineering Problem Solving 12
ENGR 102Engineering Problem-Solving 23
ENGR 199Orientation to Engineering1
A minimum GPA of 2.0 is required for the following courses:
MAE 241Statics3
MAE 242Dynamics3
MAE 243Mechanics of Materials3
MAE 320Thermodynamics3
Total Hours60

Suggested Plan of Study

First Year
ENGL 101 (GEF 1)3ENGL 102 (GEF 1)3
MATH 155 (GEF 3)4MATH 156 (GEF 8)4
CHEM 115 (GEF 2)4PHYS 111 (GEF 8)4
ENGR 1012ENGR 1023
ENGR 1991 
 15 14
Second Year
MATH 2514ECON 201 (GEF 4)3
PHYS 112 (GEF 8)4MATH 2614
EE 221
EE 222
4MAE 2423
MAE 2413MAE 2433
 MAE 3203
 15 16
Total credit hours: 60

Major Learning Goals

mechanical engineering

Upon completion of the associates in mechanical engineering program, students will be able to:

  1. Explain the basics concepts of electrical engineering, statics, dynamics, mechanics or materials and thermodynamics.
  2. Use mathematical, chemical and physical concepts to solve engineering-related  problems.
  3. Transfer into a bachelor degree program in mechanical engineering.



  • Vicki Huffman - Ph.D. Biomedical Science

Associate professor

  • Deepak Mehra - Ph.D Civil Engineering


  • Mohammad Saidi - M.S. Electrical Engineering
    M.S. Industrial Engineering