Mechanical Engineering

Degree Awarded

  • Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering

Nature of Program

Mechanical engineering is one of the largest technical professions with a history of significant contributions to industrial development since the dawn of human civilization. The history of technology is replete with stories of successful applications of ideas and concepts from mechanical engineering that have brought tremendous prosperity to industrialized nations starting with the industrial revolution. Mechanical engineers also play a vital role in maintaining leadership in technology to insure the survival and growth of an industrialized society.

In order to prepare students for the challenges awaiting them in the real world, the Mechanical Engineering Department at WVU Tech offers a practice-oriented education with strong emphasis on hands-on experience at all levels of its BSME program. The curriculum is designed to develop the skills necessary to succeed in a field that is both challenging and rewarding. The Mechanical Engineering Program includes sequential courses in several areas, such as English, mathematics, chemistry, physics, humanities, computer science, general engineering science and foundation courses in mechanical engineering such as thermodynamics, machine design, heat transfer, mechanical vibrations, control systems and materials science. Technical electives in thermal and mechanical systems are included in the program to enable graduates to pursue special areas of interest.

Practicing mechanical engineers consider these courses as essential for a sound mechanical engineering curriculum. They are also mandated by the ABET, the national organization that accredits engineering programs in the United States. The Mechanical Engineering curriculum is designed to include meaningful design experience in several of the required and elective courses. Students develop analytical and design skills systematically by successfully completing sequential courses such as Statics, Dynamics, Mechanics of Materials, Dynamics of Machines, Machine Design and Systems Design I and II. Open - ended, multiple - solution design concept is incorporated across the curriculum starting with Mechanics of Materials in their sophomore year and ending with two capstone design courses during their senior year. In the capstone design courses, students learn how to apply the previously acquired knowledge in science, technology, humanities, communications, ethics, economics, etc.

The Mechanical Engineering faculty also recognize s the dynamic nature of modern technology in which advances are inevitable and the need for our students to be prepared to meet these challenges. The curriculum is therefore under constant review, and changes are introduced in response to the changing needs of industry and the job market.

Departmental Mission

The mission of the Mechanical Engineering Department at WVU Tech is to produce high quality mechanical engineers with the best possible education that will enable them to become competent members of the profession able to handle the most challenging jobs. The Mechanical Engineering Department intends to fulfill this mission by maintaining high academic quality that insures continued ABET accreditation.

Departmental Goals

The Mechanical Engineering faculty is committed to the following goals:

  • Provide an atmosphere of dedicated teaching and support services to the students with the best possible classroom instructions, counseling, academic planning, career guidance and personal attention to facilitate growth and success in academic and professional work.
  • Provide quality learning tools and an academic environment that produces technically competent mechanical engineers who are able to meet the needs of employers from government, industry and business.
  • Encourage and nurture students’ interest in engineering as a profession.
  • Help students develop self-motivation, good work habits, personal discipline, and the skills needed to be a professionally successful member of society.

Educational Objectives

The following Educational Objectives have been adopted by the faculty of the Mechanical Engineering Department. Graduates of the WVU Tech Mechanical Engineering program:

  • Are successful in the practice of mechanical engineering.
  • Advance to positions of technical and/or managerial leadership.
  • Are successful in graduate studies, if they choose to pursue advanced education.
  • Are able to obtain professional registration, if they choose to, after appropriate professional experience.
  • Are dedicated to life-long learning in their professional career.


The Mechanical Engineering Program at WVU Tech has a multi-faceted assessment process in place which includes: students’ classwork and portfolios such as design projects; course evaluations; faculty evaluations; exit surveys of graduating seniors; alumni surveys; advisory board surveys; employer surveys; placement data of graduates; and the results of the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Examination. The feedback from these sources is continuously used by the Mechanical Engineering faculty to update the curriculum and to make the changes necessary to maintain or enhance the quality of the program.

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

WVUE 191First Year Seminar1
DRET 120Drafting 12
GEF Elective Requirements (5, 6, and 7)9
ENGL 101
ENGL 102
Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric
and Composition, Rhetoric, and Research (GEF 1)
ENGL 305Technical Writing3
MATH 155Calculus 1 (GEF 3)4
MATH 156Calculus 2 (GEF 8)4
MATH 251Multivariable Calculus4
MATH 261Elementary Differential Equations4
CHEM 115Fundamentals of Chemistry (GEF 8)4
PHYS 111General Physics (GEF 2)4
PHYS 112General Physics (GEF 8)4
ECON 401Managerial Economics (GEF 4)3
EE 221
EE 222
Introduction to Electrical Engineering
and Introduction to Electrical Engineering Laboratory
ENGR 111Software Tools for Engineers3
ENGR 401Senior Engineering Seminar1
MAE 201Applied Engineering Analysis3
MAE 240Manufacturing Processes3
MAE 241Statics3
MAE 242Dynamics3
MAE 243Mechanics of Materials3
MAE 320Thermodynamics3
MAE 321Applied Thermodynamics3
MAE 331Fluid Mechanics3
MAE 332Experimental Methods1
MAE 333Mechanical Measurements1
MAE 340Vibrations3
MAE 342Dynamics of Machines3
MAE 405Senior Mechanical Engineering Lab1
MAE 410Materials Science (GEF 2)4
MAE 419Heat Transfer Lab1
MAE 423Heat Transfer3
MAE 454Machine Design and Manufacturing3
MAE 455Computer Aided Drafting and Design3
MAE 456Computer-Aided Design and Finite Element Analysis3
MAE 460Automatic Controls3
MAE 480System Design 13
MAE 481Systems Design 23
Technical Electives (see below)6
Total Hours125

Technical Electives

Mechanical, Structural, and Energy Oriented
MAE 407Power Plant Engineering3
MAE 425Internal Combustion Engines3
MAE 427Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning3
MAE 428Aerodynamics3
MAE 429Theory of Turbomachines3
MAE 440Industrial Hydraulics:Components and Circuits Design3
MAE 463Advanced Machine Design3
MAE 493Special Topics (Applied Computational Fluid Dynamics)1-6
CE 361Structural Analysis 14
CE 421Hydraulic Engineering4
EE 427Introduction to Robotics3
EE 335
EE 336
Electromechanical Energy Conversion and Systems
and Electromechanical Energy Conversion and Systems Lab
Digital Hardware and Software Oriented
ENGR 493Special Topics (Microprocessors for Non-Electrical Engineers/Comp. Engineers)1-6
CPE 271
CPE 272
Introduction to Digital Logic Design
and Digital Logic Laboratory
CS 112Computer Science - Engineers 13
GNET 410C++ Programming for Technology3
ISYS 102Introduction to Information Systems 23
CS 121
CS 122
Computer Science 1
and Computer Science 2
Manufacturing Oriented
DRET 314Computer Graphics3
ELET 436Programmable Logic Controllers4
INDT 302Industrial Safety3
INDT 308Automated Manufacturing3
INDT 410Plant Equipment and Maintenance3
Math Oriented
MATH 378Discrete Mathematics3
MATH 441Applied Linear Algebra3
MATH 448Probability and Statistics3
Biomechanics Oriented
BIOL 230Human Anatomy and Physiology 14
BIOL 440Comparative Anatomy4

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 8)4ENGR 1113
DRET 1202MAE 2413
WVUE 1911GEF 53
 14 16
Second Year
MATH 2514MATH 2614
PHYS 111 (GEF 2)4PHYS 112 (GEF 8)4
MAE 2403MAE 2013
MAE 2423MAE 3203
MAE 2433MAE 3313
 17 17
Third Year
EE 221
EE 222
4ENGL 3053
MAE 3213ECON 401 (GEF 4)3
MAE 3331MAE 3321
MAE 3423MAE 3403
MAE 4803MAE 4191
 MAE 4233
 MAE 4603
 14 17
Fourth Year
MAE 4051ENGR 4011
MAE 4553MAE 410 (GEF 2)4
MAE 4803MAE 4563
Technical Elective3MAE 4813
GEF 63Technical Elective3
GEF 73 
 16 14
Total credit hours: 125

Major Learning Goals

mechanical engineering

Consistent with the mission of WVU Tech and in compliance with the ABET criteria, the Program emphasizes the development of a well-rounded mechanical engineer. Upon graduation they will be able to demonstrate:

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