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B.S. in Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering became a degree offering in Fall 2007. When designing this degree program our faculty wanted to ensure that we created a Mechanical Engineering degree that embraced Embry-Riddle’s mission and recognized expertise in aerospace. Aerospace platforms, whether atmosphere or space based, require skills from a team of engineers that include Aerospace, Electrical, Computer, and, of course, Mechanical Engineering. Given this, our ME degree stays within that focus of the aerospace platform with the three primary options of robotics, propulsion and energy.

The freshman year in Mechanical Engineering is common to the Aerospace Engineering degree program. The second year in Mechanical Engineering builds fundamental skills in math and physics while introducing students to Engineering Mechanics and the Thermal Sciences. During the second semester of their sophomore year, Mechanical Engineering students in Embry-Riddle’s program in Prescott will start taking courses aligned within the focus areas of robotics, propulsion or energy. The robotics option emphasizes the design and analysis of autonomous vehicles that include uninhabited aerial vehicles (UAVs), autonomous space vehicles, and planetary rovers. The propulsion option emphasizes the thermal sciences and design and analysis of turbomachinery. Jet aircraft engines are the primary area of depth but piston and rocket propulsion are also studied. The energy option emphasizes the design of renewable energy systems. During the senior year, students will gain additional depth in their options and take capstone courses in designing an aerospace platform.

Aerospace platforms are designed in teams and with that we provide interdisciplinary opportunities centered around our ME students. Senior ME students have the opportunity to choose between five capstone sequences as a culminating event focused on teams, integration, and synthesis of four years of education. Mechanical engineers can choose capstones sequences that include:

  • Propulsion sequence centered on jet aircraft and rocket engines.
  • Robotics sequence centered on robotic arms and autonomous vehicles
  • Energy sequence centered on alternative energy systems
  • Astronautics sequence centered on spacecraft
  • Aeronautics sequence centered on aircraft

The overall objective of the Mechanical Engineering program at Prescott is to produce graduates who will be successful practitioners of mechanical engineering. The program objectives to measure our accomplishment of this goal are engineers who:

  • Demonstrate achievements in their chosen profession
  • Contribute to the profession and the university
  • Demonstrate professional preparation
  • Exhibit professional ethics and integrity

The Mechanical Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

Degree Requirements

The Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering program requires successful completion of a minimum of 129 credit hours. The program may be completed in eight semesters assuming appropriate background and full-time enrollment. A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.00 is needed for all required AE, EGR, ES, and ME courses, excluding technical electives. The courses necessary to earn this degree are listed below.

Students should be aware that many courses have prerequisites and/or co-requisites. Students must have a C or better in all pre-requisites for all required AE, EGR, EP, ES, ME, and SYS courses.

Suggested Program of Study

Freshman Year
Credits
CEC 220 Digital Circuit Design 3
CEC 222 Digital Circuit Design Laboratory 1
COM 122 English Composition 3
EC 225 Engineering Economics 3
EGR 101 Introduction to Engineering 2
HU/SS Lower-Level Humanities OR Social Sciences * 3
HU 14X Lower-Level Humanities 3
MA 241 Calculus and Analytical Geometry I 4
MA 242 Calculus and Analytical Geometry II 4
PS 150 Physics for Engineers I 3
PS 160 Physics for Engineers II 3
UNIV 101 College Success **(1)
 Credits Subtotal32.0
Sophomore Year
Select one of the options below. 34.0
 Credits Subtotal34.0
Junior Year
Select one of the options below. 33-34
 Credits Subtotal33.0-34.0
Senior Year
Select one of the options below. 29-30
 Credits Subtotal29.0-30.0
 Credits Total: 129

Propulsion Option

Sophomore Year
Credits
COM 221 Technical Report Writing 3
EGR 115 Introduction to Computing for Engineers 3
EGR 200 Computer Aided Conceptual Design of Aerospace Systems 3
ES 201 Statics 3
ES 202 Solid Mechanics 3
ES 206 Fluid Mechanics 3
ES 305 Thermodynamics 3
MA 243 Calculus and Analytical Geometry III 4
MA 345 Differential Equations and Matrix Methods 4
ME 200 Machine Shop Laboratory 1
PS 250 Physics for Engineers III 3
PS 253 Physics Laboratory for Engineers 1
 Credits Subtotal34.0
Junior Year
AE 430 Control System Analysis and Design 3
CHM 105 General Chemistry I 4
EE 335 Electrical Engineering I ***2
EE 336 Electrical Engineering I Laboratory ***1
ES 204 Dynamics 3
ES 320 Engineering Materials Science 2
ES 321 Engineering Materials Science Laboratory 1
ES 403 Heat Transfer 3
ME 309 Airbreathing and Rocket Propulsion 3
ME 313 Instrumentation and Data Acquisition 2
ME 314 Instrumentation and Data Acquisition Laboratory 1
ME 417 Advanced Propulsion 3
ME 446 Thermal-Fluid Science and Energy Measurement 1
ME 446L Thermal-Fluid Science and Energy Measurement Laboratory 1
Technical Elective 3
 Credits Subtotal33.0
Senior Year
Upper-level Humanities OR Social Sciences * 3
COM 420 Advanced Technical Communication I 1
COM 430 Advanced Technical Communication II 2
MA 412 Probability and Statistics 3
ME 304 Introduction to Machine Design 3
ME 305 Machine Design Laboratory 1
ME 400 Vibration and Acoustics 3
ME 403 Thermal Power Systems 3
Technical Electives 3
Preliminary Design 4
Detail Design 4
 Credits Subtotal30.0
 Credits Total: 97.0

Robotics Option

Sophomore Year
Credits
COM 221 Technical Report Writing 3
CS 125 Computer Science I 4
EE 335 Electrical Engineering I 2
EE 336 Electrical Engineering I Laboratory 1
EGR 115 Introduction to Computing for Engineers 3
ES 201 Statics 3
ES 204 Dynamics 3
MA 243 Calculus and Analytical Geometry III 4
MA 335 Introduction to Linear and Abstract Algebra 3
MA 345 Differential Equations and Matrix Methods 4
PS 250 Physics for Engineers III 3
PS 253 Physics Laboratory for Engineers 1
 Credits Subtotal34.0
Junior Year
Upper-level Humanities OR Social Sciences * 3
AE 430 Control System Analysis and Design 3
CHM 105 General Chemistry I 4
EGR 200 Computer Aided Conceptual Design of Aerospace Systems 3
ES 202 Solid Mechanics 3
ES 206 Fluid Mechanics 3
ES 305 Thermodynamics 3
ME 302 Introduction to Robotics I 3
ME 404 Mechatronics 3
ME 404L Mechatronics Laboratory 1
ME 406 Robotics II 3
ME 406L Robotics II Laboratory 1
 Credits Subtotal33.0
Senior Year
COM 420 Advanced Technical Communication I 1
COM 430 Advanced Technical Communication II 2
ES 320 Engineering Materials Science 2
ES 321 Engineering Materials Science Laboratory 1
ES 403 Heat Transfer 3
ME 304 Introduction to Machine Design 3
ME 305 Machine Design Laboratory 1
ME 400 Vibration and Acoustics 3
Technical Electives 6
Preliminary Design 4
Detail Design 4
 Credits Subtotal30.0
 Credits Total: 97.0

Energy Option

Sophomore Year
Credits
COM 221 Technical Report Writing 3
EGR 115 Introduction to Computing for Engineers 3
EGR 200 Computer Aided Conceptual Design of Aerospace Systems 3
ES 201 Statics 3
ES 202 Solid Mechanics 3
ES 206 Fluid Mechanics 3
ES 305 Thermodynamics 3
MA 243 Calculus and Analytical Geometry III 4
MA 345 Differential Equations and Matrix Methods 4
ME 200 Machine Shop Laboratory 1
PS 250 Physics for Engineers III 3
PS 253 Physics Laboratory for Engineers 1
 Credits Subtotal34.0
Junior Year
AE 430 Control System Analysis and Design 3
CHM 105 General Chemistry I 4
EE 335 Electrical Engineering I ***2
EE 336 Electrical Engineering I Laboratory ***1
ES 204 Dynamics 3
ES 320 Engineering Materials Science 2
ES 321 Engineering Materials Science Laboratory 1
ES 403 Heat Transfer 3
ME 312 Alternative Energy 3
ME 313 Instrumentation and Data Acquisition 2
ME 314 Instrumentation and Data Acquisition Laboratory 1
ME 403 Thermal Power Systems 3
ME 432 Advanced Alternative Energy 3
ME 446 Thermal-Fluid Science and Energy Measurement 1
ME 446L Thermal-Fluid Science and Energy Measurement Laboratory 1
 Credits Subtotal33.0
Senior Year
Upper-level Humanities OR Social Sciences * 3
COM 420 Advanced Technical Communication I 1
COM 430 Advanced Technical Communication II 2
MA 412 Probability and Statistics 3
ME 304 Introduction to Machine Design 3
ME 305 Machine Design Laboratory 1
ME 400 Vibration and Acoustics 3
Technical Electives 6
Preliminary Design 4
Detail Design 4
 Credits Subtotal30.0
 Credits Total: 97.0

Capstone Design Sequence, Preliminary and Detail Design

ME students have five possible sequences for their capstone sequence:

Aeronautics

Students taking the Aircraft capstone sequence are required to take:

AE 420Aircraft Preliminary Design4
AE 421Aircraft Detail Design4

Astronautics

Students taking the Spacecraft capstone sequence are required to take:

AE 427Spacecraft Preliminary Design4
AE 445Spacecraft Detail Design4

Energy

Students taking the Energy capstone sequence are required to take:

ME 435Energy Engineering Preliminary Design4
ME 440Energy Engineering Detail Design4

Propulsion

Students taking the Propulsion capstone sequence are required to take:

ME 429Propulsion System Preliminary Design4
ME 431Propulsion System Detail Design4

Robotics

Students taking the Robotics capstone sequence are required to take:

ME 407Preliminary Design of Robotic Systems with Laboratory4
ME 420Detail Design of Robotic Systems with Laboratory4

Technical Electives

Three credit hours of technical elective credit must be taken from available upper-level College of Engineering courses not specifically listed in the student’s degree requirements. The remaining three credit hours must be selected from the list below or an upper-level ROTC course may be substituted.

AE
Upper-level, except AE 399, AE 499 ****
Cooperative Education courses
With prior approval of the Aerospace Engineering dept. See Career Advisor for more information
CEC
Upper level, except CEC 399, CEC 499 ****
CS
Programming in ADA
Operating Systems
EE
Upper level , except EE 399, EE 499 ****
EGR
Upper level
EP
Upper level, except EP 399, EP 499 ****
ES
Upper level, except ES 399, ES 499 ****
MA
Numerical Analysis I
Linear Algebra
Mathematical Methods for Engineering and Physics I
Mathematical Methods for Engineering and Physics II
Complex Variables
ME
Upper-level, except ME 399, ME 499 ****
PS
Modern Physics
Classical Mechanics I
Classical Mechanics II
Quantum Mechanics I
Planetary Science
Remote Sensing
SE
Software Engineering Practices

Footnotes

*

See General Education Electives section below

**

UNIV 101 is taken in excess of degree requirements or meets open elective credit 

***

EE 223/EE 224 may be substituted for EE 335/EE 336 

****

Must be approved by the Aerospace Engineering Department before taking this course.

General Education Electives

Embry-Riddle courses in the general education categories of Humanities, Mathematics, and Social Sciences may be chosen as specified below, assuming prerequisite and corequisite requirements are met.  Courses from other institutions are acceptable if they fall into these broad categories and are at the level specified above in the Aerospace Engineering vertical outline.

Prior approval by the Mechanical Engineering Department chair is required for any substitutions for general education electives.

Humanities
Lower-Level
Any HU/L course under 300 level
Upper-Level
Select one of the following:
Values and Ethics
HU/SS399 Study Abroad only
Social Sciences
Lower-Level
Any EC/SS/PSY/RS course under 300 level