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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.

With minor exceptions, 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, as well as a variety of terrestrial robotic systems. 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 mechanical system aligned with their selected track.

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 capstone 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 128 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.

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

Propulsion Option

Freshman Year
Credits
CHM 113 General Chemistry for Engineering 3
COM 122 English Composition 3
EC 225 Engineering Economics 3
EGR 101 Introduction to Engineering 2
EGR 115 Introduction to Computing for Engineers 3
EGR 201 Computer Aided Conceptual Design of Mechanical Systems 3
Humanities or Social Sciences Lower-Level Elective * 3
MA 241 Calculus and Analytical Geometry I 4
MA 242 Calculus and Analytical Geometry II 4
ME 200 Machine Shop Laboratory 1
PS 161 Physics I & II for Engineers 4
UNIV 101 College Success **(1)
 Credits Subtotal33.0
Sophomore Year
COM 221 Technical Report Writing 3
EE 335  2
EE 336  1
ES 201 Statics 3
ES 202 Solid Mechanics 3
ES 205 Thermodynamics 3
ES 206  3
Humanities Lower-Level Elective * 3
MA 243 Calculus and Analytical Geometry III 4
MA 345 Differential Equations and Matrix Methods 4
PS 250 Physics for Engineers III 3
PS 253 Physics Laboratory for Engineers 1
 Credits Subtotal33.0
Junior Year
AE 430  3
EE 334 Electrical Engineering for Mechanical Engineers 3
ES 204 Dynamics 3
ES 320 Engineering Materials Science 2
ES 321 Engineering Materials Science Laboratory 1
ES 324 Measurements and Instrumentation 2
ES 325 Measurements and Instrumentation Lab 1
ES 403 Heat Transfer 3
ME 309 Airbreathing and Rocket Propulsion 3
ME 403 Thermal Power Systems 3
ME 446 Thermal-Fluid Science and Energy Measurement 1
ME 446L Thermal-Fluid Science and Energy Measurement Laboratory 1
Propulsion Elective 3
Upper Level Math or Science Elective 3
 Credits Subtotal32.0
Senior Year
COM 420 Advanced Technical Communication I 1
COM 430 Advanced Technical Communication II 2
Detail Design 4
Humanities or Social Sciences Upper-Level Elective * 3
ME 304 Introduction to Machine Design 3
ME 305  1
ME 400 Vibration and Acoustics 3
Preliminary Design 4
Propulsion Elective 3
Technical Electives 6
 Credits Subtotal30.0
 Credits Total: 128.0

Robotics Option

Freshman Year
Credits
CEC 220 Digital Circuit Design 3
CEC 222 Digital Circuit Design Laboratory 1
CHM 113 General Chemistry for Engineering 3
COM 122 English Composition 3
EGR 101 Introduction to Engineering 2
EGR 201 Computer Aided Conceptual Design of Mechanical Systems 3
Humanities or Social Sciences Lower-Level Elective * 3
MA 241 Calculus and Analytical Geometry I 4
MA 242 Calculus and Analytical Geometry II 4
ME 200 Machine Shop Laboratory 1
PS 161 Physics I & II for Engineers 4
UNIV 101 College Success **(1)
 Credits Subtotal31.0
Sophomore Year
COM 221 Technical Report Writing 3
EE 335  2
EE 336  1
EGR 115 Introduction to Computing for Engineers 3
ES 201 Statics 3
ES 204 Dynamics 3
ES 205 Thermodynamics 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 Subtotal33.0
Junior Year
AE 430  3
CS 125 Computer Science I 4
EC 225 Engineering Economics 3
ES 202 Solid Mechanics 3
ES 206  3
ES 403 Heat Transfer 3
Humanities Lower-Level Elective * 3
ME 302  3
ME 302L Introduction to Robotics I Laboratory 1
ME 404 Mechatronics 3
ME 404L Mechatronics Laboratory 1
ME 406  3
ME 406L Robotics II Laboratory 1
 Credits Subtotal34.0
Senior Year
COM 420 Advanced Technical Communication I 1
COM 430 Advanced Technical Communication II 2
Detail Design 4
ES 320 Engineering Materials Science 2
ES 321 Engineering Materials Science Laboratory 1
Humanities Upper-Level Elective 3
ME 304 Introduction to Machine Design 3
ME 305  1
ME 400 Vibration and Acoustics 3
Preliminary Design 4
Technical Electives 6
 Credits Subtotal30.0
 Credits Total: 128.0

Energy Option

Freshman Year
Credits
CHM 113 General Chemistry for Engineering 3
COM 122 English Composition 3
EC 225 Engineering Economics 3
EGR 101 Introduction to Engineering 2
EGR 115 Introduction to Computing for Engineers 3
EGR 201 Computer Aided Conceptual Design of Mechanical Systems 3
Humanities or Social Sciences Lower-Level Elective * 3
MA 241 Calculus and Analytical Geometry I 4
MA 242 Calculus and Analytical Geometry II 4
ME 200 Machine Shop Laboratory 1
PS 161 Physics I & II for Engineers 4
UNIV 101 College Success **(1)
 Credits Subtotal33.0
Sophomore Year
COM 221 Technical Report Writing 3
EE 335  2
EE 336  1
ES 201 Statics 3
ES 202 Solid Mechanics 3
ES 205 Thermodynamics 3
ES 206  3
MA 243 Calculus and Analytical Geometry III 4
MA 345 Differential Equations and Matrix Methods 4
PS 250 Physics for Engineers III 3
PS 253 Physics Laboratory for Engineers 1
Humanities Lower-Level Elective * 3
 Credits Subtotal33.0
Junior Year
AE 430  3
EE 334 Electrical Engineering for Mechanical Engineers 3
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 I 3
ES 324 Measurements and Instrumentation 2
ES 325 Measurements and Instrumentation Lab 1
ME 403 Thermal Power Systems 3
ME 446 Thermal-Fluid Science and Energy Measurement 1
ME 446L Thermal-Fluid Science and Energy Measurement Laboratory 1
Energy Elective 3
Upper-Level Math or Science Elective 3
 Credits Subtotal32.0
Senior Year
COM 420 Advanced Technical Communication I 1
COM 430 Advanced Technical Communication II 2
Detail Design 4
Humanities or Social Sciences Upper-Level Elective * 3
ME 304 Introduction to Machine Design 3
ME 305  1
ME 400 Vibration and Acoustics 3
Preliminary Design 4
Technical Electives 6
Energy Elective 3
 Credits Subtotal30.0
 Credits Total: 128.0

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 for Robotic Systems with Laboratory4
ME 420Detail Design of Robotic Systems with Laboratory4

Propulsion Electives

AE 437Advanced Space Propulsion3
ES 414High Temperature Turbine Materials3
ME 4173

Energy Electives

ME 418Environment Control Systems3
ME 432Alternative Energy II3

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
SYS
Introduction to Systems Engineering
Trade Studies, Risk and Decision Analysis
Systems Engineering Practices: Specialty Engineering

Footnotes

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 course under 300 level
Any Language course 300 level or above
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