Mechanical Engineering (ME) is essential to a wide range of activities that include the research, design, development, manufacture, management, and control of engineering systems, subsystems, and their components. Mechanical engineers use the fundamentals of engineering mechanics, energy, thermal-fluid sciences, and material sciences to design and analyze mechanical systems that perform useful tasks required by society. For example, mechanical engineers work with the design and function of machines, devices, and structures in the areas of manufacturing, processing, power generation, and transportation (air, land, sea, and space). As a result of rapidly expanding technology in recent years, mechanical engineers have become more versed in computer-aided design; robotics; bioengineering; environmental engineering; solar, wind, and ocean energy sources; and space exploration. The breadth of the field provides the graduate with many possibilities for a satisfying career. Typically, mechanical engineers are employed by the manufacturing, power, aerospace, automotive, computer hardware and software, and processing industries. Careers are also available in design and development organizations as well as in many federal and state agencies. Program Objectives. The mission of the Mechanical Engineering Program at Minnesota State University, Mankato, is to provide a broad-based education that will enable graduates to enter practice in the mechanical engineering profession, serving the needs of the State of Minnesota and the Nation. Within a few years of graduation, graduates of the Mechanical Engineering Program at Minnesota State University, Mankato will be expected to: • Meet or exceed the expectations of employers of mechanical engineers. • Pursue their education with short courses, licensure programs, and/or post-graduate studies. • Pursue leadership positions in their profession and/or communities. The program mission and educational objectives are fully compatible with the mission of Minnesota State University, Mankato and the College of Science, Engineering, and Technology. Program objectives are monitored by the constituencies (the program's Industrial Advisory Board representing employers and alumni, students, and faculty of the program). Other important features of the mechanical engineering program at Minnesota State Mankato include the following: • Students are required to take the Fundamentals of Engineering exam in their senior year - a precursor to professional registration. • Students are encouraged to work in engineering related areas for exposure to industrial practice. Internships are strongly recommended. • Senior students must participate in a full academic year design experience working in a team similar to development teams in industry and government. Industrial sponsored projects are offered when available. Preparation. Recommended high school preparation is one year each of precalculus (or equivalent), physics and chemistry. Without this background it may take longer than four years to earn the degree. Engineering drafting (CAD) and a computer language are also recommended.
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Program Admission. Admission to the Mechanical Engineering Program is granted by the department, and is necessary before enrolling in 300- and 400-level courses. Near the end of the sophomore year, students must submit an application for admission to the mechanical engineering program. Applications to the program may be obtained from the Department of Mechanical and Civil Engineering or downloaded from the department homepage.
Before being admitted to upper division mechanical engineering courses, a student must complete a minimum of 25 credits, for grade, including the following courses applicable to the degree: General Physics (calculus based) 4 credits; Mathematics (Calculus I, Calculus II, Differential Equations) 12 credits; Engineering Mechanics (Statics, Dynamics, and Mechanics of Materials) 9 credits.
To be admitted to the mechanical engineering program, a student must earn a grade of "C" (2.00) or better and a cumulative GPA of 2.50 in the courses listed above. All transfer courses will be counted in this GPA calculation at the equivalent credit value awarded by Minnesota State University Mankato. Students who meet the above requirements but have transferred any of the Engineering Mechanics courses (Statics, Dynamics, or Mechanics) from another institution will be granted Provisional Admission.
All admitted students are required to take a department-administered diagnostic test early in their junior year.
Transfer Students. The department makes a special effort to accommodate transfer students. Transfer students are encouraged to contact the department as soon as possible to facilitate a smooth transition. Generally, no transfer credits are allowed for upper division mechanical engineering courses.
Satisfactory Progress. Once admitted to the mechanical engineering program, a student must demonstrate satisfactory progress by maintaining a cumulative GPA of at least 2.30 in all upper-division mechanical engineering courses as calculated by the Registrar.
P/N Grading Policy. P/N credit is not allowed for any course used to meet mechanical engineering degree requirements.
Probation Policy. An admitted student who does not maintain satisfactory progress as defined above will be placed on program probationary status for a maximum of one semester. During the probationary period, the student must complete at least 8 credits, approved by the department, of upper division engineering courses for grade from the prescribed Mechanical Engineering curriculum. Students may not receive a degree without first conforming to the satisfactory progress criteria. A student who fails to meet satisfactory progress for a second semester (consecutive or non-consecutive) will not be allowed to continue in the program.
Readmission to Program. A student who has failed to meet their Provisional or Probation requirements and who has been removed from the program may reapply to the program. A maximum of two admissions are allowed.
Appeals. A student may appeal any departmental decision in writing. The department will consider such appeals individually.
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Credits: 1This course offers an introduction to the various disciplines of engineering and their relationship to the principles of physics and mathematics. Students are prepared for academic success and the transition into an engineering program.
Goal Areas: GE-12
Credits: 2To prepare students for a career in engineering with emphasis on mechanical; introduce the engineering fundamentals and the skills necessary to have a successful learning experience; and to prepare students for engineering education and profession through interactions with upper-class engineering students and practitioners.
Prerequisites: ACT Math Subscore of 23 or higher.
Credits: 1A continuation of ME 101 covering historical and global perspectives, engineering discipline and functions, professional aspects of engineering, ethical aspects of engineering, creativity and innovation, basics of personal computers-word processing and spreadsheets, introduction to problem solving.
Credits: 1Standards of graphics communication. Orthographic projections, dimensioning, tolerancing, section views. Extensive use of modern software to create engineering drawings. Introduction to solid modeling of parts and assemblies. This course includes laboratory component.
Credits: 2This course has two main parts. Part one covers problem solving and fundamentals of programming including data types, decision making, repetitive loops, and arrays. Engineering applications requiring programming are included. Part two covers engineering design philosophy and methodology, communication skills, and teamwork. A design project is also included. Coreq: ME 103, MATH 121
Prerequisites: ME 101
Credits: 2This course is intended to provide the students with an understanding of the principles and methodologies of geometric dimensioning and tolerancing. Topics include: Datums, Material condition symbols, Tolerances of Form and profile, Tolerances of orientation and runout, locations tolerances, and Virtual condition. This course includes laboratory component. Coreq: ME 103
Prerequisites: ME 103, ME 201
Credits: 3Resultants of force systems, equilibrium, analysis of forces acting on structural and machine elements, friction, second moments, virtual work.
Prerequisites: PHYS 221
Credits: 3This course consists of two components:1) StaticsIntroduction to resultants of force systems, equilibrium, analysis of forces acting on structural and machine elements, friction, second moments.2) DynamicsIntroduction to kinematics and kinetics of particles, systems of particles and rigid bodies, work-energy.
Credits: 3Kinematics and kinetics of particles, systems of particles and rigid bodies, work-energy, linear and angular impulse momentum, vibrations.
Prerequisites: ME 212
Credits: 3Load deformation, stress, strain, stress-strain relationship, buckling, energy concepts, stress analysis of structural and machine elements.
Prerequisites: ME 212
Credits: 1Communicating technical information about building systems including mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) systems. Students will learn to read and interpret mechanical plans as well as piping and instrumentation diagrams (P&ID).
Prerequisites: ME 103 or instructor permission or instructor permission.
Credits: 3Fundamental concepts of thermodynamics. Thermal properties of substances and state equations. Conservation of mass, first and second laws. Examples of applications to different engineering systems.
Prerequisites: PHYS 221
Credits: 2This course is an introduction to numerical analysis. The primary objective of the course is to develop a basic understanding of numerical algorithms and skills to implement algorithms to solve mathematical problems on the computer.
Prerequisites: MATH 122, ME 201
Credits: 3Probability and statistics. Uncertainty, distributions. Numerical solution of algebraic, transcendental and differential equations. Numerical integration and differentiation. Structured programming language required.
Prerequisites: MATH 122, PHYS 221. Select one from EE 107, CIVE 201, ME 201
Credits: 2Basic principles of thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, and heat transfer. First and second laws of thermodynamics and application to engineering systems and their design. Not for mechanical engineering major.
Prerequisites: PHYS 221 with "C-" (1.67) or better
Credits: 3Physical principles of elastic and plastic deformation of materials. Dislocation theory. Fatigue, creep, fracture, hardness, phase diagrams and other mechanical phenomena in materials. Ceramics and composite materials. Residual stresses. Lecture and lab demonstrations.
Prerequisites: ME 223
Credits: 3Introduction to fluid properties, fluid statics, buoyancy, fluid kinematics, Bernoulli's equation, control volume and differential approach to flow conservation equations, dimensional analysis, similitude, viscous flow in pipes, flow over immersed bodies, and pumps. Includes significant design component. Prerequisite: MATH 223, ME 214 Co-requisite: ME 241
Prerequisites: MATH 223, ME 214
Credits: 3Steady and unsteady conduction. Free and forced convection. Heat transfer by radiation. Combined modes of heat transfer. Elements of heat exchangers design. Includes significant design component.
Prerequisites: ME 241, ME 321
Credits: 3Energy analysis and design of thermodynamic systems including power and refrigeration cycles. Thermodynamic relations. Application of thermodynamics to mixtures and solutions. Psychometrics. Introduction to chemical thermodynamics. Third law of thermodynamics. Includes significant design component.
Prerequisites: CHEM 191, ME 241
Credits: 3Introduction to manufacturing, tribology, casting, bulk deformation, sheet metal forming, material removal, joining, polymers, powder metals, ceramics, automation, integrated systems. Design for manufacture. Includes significant design component.
Prerequisites: ME 206, ME 223
Credits: 2Experiments in Mechanical Engineering, load-deformation, load-failure, fatigue, impact, hardness. Introduction to traditional machining and material processing. This course includes laboratory.
Prerequisites: ME 306
Credits: 3Analysis of linear systems in the time and frequency domains. Physical systems modeled and analyzed using time domain techniques. Fourier and Laplace Transforms.
Prerequisites: ME 201, ME 214, PHYS 222, EE 230, PHYS 232, EE 240, ME 281, MATH 321
Credits: 3Probability and statistics and its application to mechanical measurements. Principles of operation of devices and systems to measure various quantities that arise in mechanical engineering. Conditioning and digitization of signals during the measurement process is also discussed.
Prerequisites: ME 203, ME 214, EE 230, EE 240
Credits: 0Curricular Practical Training: Co-Operative Experience is a zero-credit full-time practical training experience for one summer and an adjacent fall or spring term. Special rules apply to preserve full-time student status. Please contact an advisor in your program for complete information.
Prerequisites: ME 201. At least 60 credits earned; in good standing; instructor permission; co-op contract; other Prerequisites may also apply.
Credits: 3Minimum design loads for buildings using ASCE 7 guidelines and load distribution. Analysis of determinate structural systems including the case of moving loads. Analysis of indeterminate structures using the flexibility and moment distribution methods. Use of software to enhance the analysis.
Prerequisites: ME 223
Credits: 3The application of the principles of thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, and heat transfer to the design and analysis of selected energy systems of current interest, such as nuclear, solar, geothermal, and also conventional systems. Lecture and design projects.
Prerequisites: ME 324, ME 329
Credits: 3Application of principles of mechanics to the design of various machine elements such as gears, bearings, springs, rivets, welding. Stresses in mechanical elements. Design factors, fatigue, manufacturability. Lectures and design projects. Includes significant design content.
Prerequisites: ME 214, ME 223
Credits: 3The application of mechanics to the design and analysis of motion and force transmitting systems. Optimum design. Includes significant design component.
Prerequisites: ME 417
Credits: 3This course provides the students with sound understanding of both solid modeling techniques and finite element analysis. It covers the major features as well as feature manipulation techniques. It also provides a background in deriving, understanding and applying the stiffness matrices and finite element equations for various types of finite elements and systems. Static stress analyses, sensitivity studies and optimization studies are covered. Includes significant design component. Prerequisite: ME 203, ME 324, ME 417 Fall
Prerequisites: ME 203, ME 324, ME 417
Credits: 3Introduce anisotropic mechanics theories, engineering application of various composite materials, mechanical behaviors and fabrication of composites, experimental and theoretical approach for composite designs, contemporary issues such as nano/microcomposites. Includes significant design component.
Prerequisites: ME 223
Credits: 3Analysis of heat and mass flow, design of heat exchangers and accompanying piping system. Methods of heat transfer enhancement, heat pipes. Includes significant design component.
Prerequisites: ME 324
Credits: 3Introduction to the theory of aerosols and particulate systems. Properties, behavior, and physical principles of aerosols; including particle size statistics. Brownian motion and diffusion, and coagulation. Application in areas such as environmental systems, respiratory deposition, bioterrorism, and materials processing.
Credits: 3The first course in a two semester sequence that provides a complete design experience under professional guidance. The course covers: the product realization process, financial analysis, quality, patents, ethics and case studies. The students initiate a design project early in the semester to be completed in ME 438. Prereq: senior standing in ME
Prerequisites: ME 324, ME 329, ME 333, ME 336, ME 341, ME 417
Credits: 3Methods of energy conversion. Topics may include hydroelectric, geothermal, wind and solar power generation, as well as unconventional methods of energy conversion. Term design problems.
Prerequisites: ME 324, ME 329
Credits: 1Exploration of the principles and application of Building Information Modeling (BIM) in the HVAC&R industry. Course will include a practice project in the HVAC field using Autodesk Revit.
Prerequisites: Instructor Permission
Credits: 1This course will focus on the typical HVAC&R systems and components in use today. Basic operation, advantages and disadvantages, as well as system integration will be discussed.
Prerequisites: ME 321, ME 324, ME 329 or instructor permission.
Credits: 3This course introduces the concepts and roles of Design for Manufacturing and Assembly (DFMA) in product specification and standardization, design rules/principles for typical manufacturing and assembly (including manufacturing processes analysis and approach towards robust design and manual and automatic/robotic assembly) processes, methods of material, shape and process selections, design for quality and reliability, design for manual/automatic (robotic) assembly, case studies on design for manufacturing and assembly with/without the aid of software.
Credits: 2Experimental and analytical studies of phenomena and performance of fluid flow, heat transfer, thermodynamics, refrigeration and mechanical power systems. Extensive writing component.
Prerequisites: ME 291, ME 324, ME 329
Credits: 3The second course of a two semester sequence providing a complete design experience and introduction to professional practice. This course includes: completion of the design project, design presentations, and the final design report. Students will prepare for and complete the Fundamentals of Engineering exam.
Prerequisites: ME 428
Credits: 3Refrigeration cycles and equipment, refrigerant properties, heating and cooling loads, psychometric analysis of air conditioning. Distribution of air conditioning medium and air quality as applied to design. Includes significant design component.
Prerequisites: ME 324, ME 329
Credits: 3This course introduces the numerical methods used for solving partial differential and integral equations of the type commonly occurring in fluid mechanics and heat transfer. The course provides a background in geometry and mesh generation, solution processes, and post-processing. Error control and numerical stability will be discussed. Numerical solutions for selected problems in fluid mechanics and heat transfer will be derived. Students will learn to use a commercial CFD software package. Includes significant design component.
Credits: 3Application of principles of mechanics of materials and of material failure theories to the design and analysis of shafts, journal bearings, helical, bevel and worm gears, clutches, brakes, couplings, and flexible mechanical elements. Statistical considerations. Includes significant design content.
Prerequisites: ME 417
Credits: 3Energy and residual methods, 2D and 3D problems in stress analysis. Application of steady and transient heat flow, hydrodynamics, creeping flow. Includes significant design component.
Prerequisites: ME 223 and ME 324 or instructor consent
Credits: 3Analysis of control systems using the methods of Evans, Nyquist and Bode. Improvement of system performance by feedback compensation. Introduction to digital control. Includes significant design component.
Prerequisites: ME 341
Credits: 3Synergistic combination of mechanical engineering, electronics, controls and programming in the design of mechatronic systems. Sensors, actuators and microcontrollers. Survey of the contemporary use of embedded microcontrollers in mechanical systems, case studies. Includes significant design component.
Prerequisites: ME 417, ME 463
Credits: 2Experiments in vibrations: Motion measurement, force measurement, free vibration, frequency response, impact response, noise, signal processing. Experiments in control: system modelling and characterization in the time and frequency domains, feedback and compensation, PID control, control of velocity and position. This course includes laboratory.
Prerequisites: ME 463
Credits: 2Experiments in vibrations: Motion measurement, force measurement, free vibration, frequency response, impact response, noise, signal processing. Experiments in control: system modelling and characterization in the time and frequency domains, feedback and compensation, PID control, control of velocity and position. This course includes laboratory. Extensive writing component.
Prerequisites: ME 344, ME 463
Credits: 3Principles of generation of lift and drag for infinite wing and finite wing are discussed. The linearized equations of motion for atmospheric flight are developed. Longitudinal and lateral motions of the airplane are studied with particular emphasis on the phugoid, short-period, dutch-roll, and spiral motions. Static stability and control requirements for airplane design are considered. Design of autopilots from stability and controls standpoint.
Credits: 1To acquaint students with various engineering careers, various industries, and various societal and ethical problems. Prereq: senior standing in ME
Prerequisites: Senior standing in Mechanical Engineering
Credits: 1This class provides students pursuing a minor in Global Solutions in Engineering and Technology with an opportunity to explore a set of topics related to achieving success in advance of and following an international experience (internship, study abroad, etc.). Speakers will include faculty, graduate students, visiting researchers and industry members as well as student participants. Returning students will be required to participate in mentoring of students preparing for their international experience and provide written and/or oral presentations of various topics during the semester. This course is required both before and after participation in the international experience (min. 2 cr.)