Bachelor of Science in Engineering; Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical engineering is a diverse and flexible engineering discipline. Mechanical engineers work in number of fields including design of machinery, controls, vibrations and acoustics, power generation, renewable energy, energy conservation, fluid flow and heat transfer applications, and air-conditioning. The program synthesizes math, science, engineering science, and engineering design. The program provides electives in several general areas, including thermal-sciences, mechanical design and manufacturing, robotics and automation, mechanical and environmental systems, nuclear engineering, aerospace engineering, and bioengineering. Students begin the practice of design in their freshman year and integrate it throughout their programs which culminate in a team-oriented capstone design project in the senior year. The program is geared to prepare students for the lifelong practice of mechanical engineering and for immediate entry to positions in industry or further studies in graduate schools. The department also offers the Integrated B.S.-M.S. program for qualified undergraduate students.

Learning Objectives

The Bachelor of Science in Engineering — Mechanical Engineering program has several objectives:

  1. Our graduates will apply acquired technical capabilities when solving engineering problems or in their graduate studies in mechanical engineering or other fields.
  2. Our graduates will use acquired professional skills to work effectively with colleagues and others in the workplace.
  3. Our graduates will demonstrate a sense of responsibility as a professional member of society.

Program Goals

The goals of the Bachelor of Science in Engineering — Mechanical Engineering program are to:

  • Prepare graduates for the lifelong learning of mechanical engineering.
  • Provide graduates with solid academic preparation for professional positions and/or graduate study.

Program Outcomes

  1. Our graduates will apply acquired technical capabilities when solving engineering problems or in their graduate studies in mechanical engineering or other fields. The objective outcomes are:
    1. Fundamental knowledge of state-of-the-art and evolving areas associated with the mechanical engineering field.
    2. Ability to design and conduct experiments, analyze data, and utilize statistical methods.
    3. Ability to solve open-ended design problems.
    4. Ability to use modern computational techniques to solve engineering problems.
    5. Ability to mathematically model and analyze engineering systems.
  2. Our graduates will use acquired professional skills to work effectively with colleagues and others in the workplace. The objective outcomes are:
    1. Oral and written presentation of technical information.
    2. Introductory knowledge of economics.
    3. Working on a multi-disciplinary team with peers.
    4. Motivation to pursue lifelong learning.
  3. Our graduates will demonstrate a sense of responsibility as a professional member of society. The objective outcomes are:
    1. Commitment to professional and ethical behavior in the workplace.
    2. Awareness of world affairs and cultures.
    3. Recognition of the impact of engineering on local and global societies.
    4. Seeking professional licensure.

Career Possibilities

Mechanical engineering graduates from UNLV have gone on to rewarding careers with industry, utility companies, consulting engineers and local, state and federal agencies. Many students decide to continue their education in graduate school at UNLV or at other fine universities. The long-term outlook for employment of mechanical engineers appears to be excellent both regionally and throughout the country. Salaries and advancement prospects compare favorably with many other professions. The median expected salary for a beginning mechanical engineer in U.S. can be found from the website of the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Accreditation

Accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET Inc.,
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Program Educational Objectives

The Bachelor of Science in Engineering - Mechanical Engineering Program has the following program educational objectives:

  • Graduates will meet or exceed the expectations of employers of Mechanical Engineers
  • Qualified graduates will pursue advanced study if desired
  • Graduates will pursue leadership positions in their profession and/or communities

Student Outcomes

The Mechanical Engineering Faculty has adopted the engineering criteria (a) through (k) student outcomes, namely:

  1. an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
  2. an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  3. 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
  4. an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
  5. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  6. an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  7. an ability to communicate effectively
  8. the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
  9. a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
  10. a knowledge of contemporary issues
  11. an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

Program Enrollment and Degree Data

Academic Year Total Fall Enrollment Academic Year Degrees Conferred
2015/16 567 63
2014/15 505 59
2013/14 416 48
2012/13 396 49
2011/12 345 37