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Lake Superior State University

Mechanical Engineering: Bachelor of Science

Program Description


Mechanical engineering is a broad-based program that prepares you for a rewarding career in mechanical and related engineering fields. Course work for this EAC of ABET-accredited* program includes 72 credits in Engineering subjects, 32 credits in math and sciences and 25 credits in general education for a total of 129-131 credits in the bachelor of science degree. You will work with mechanical systems in the laboratories and receive an excellent mix of theory and application.

Program Highlights:

  • Emphasis is on preparing you to solve real-world engineering problems.
  • You will participate in multidisciplinary, industrial or research-based senior engineering design projects which emphasize teamwork, communications, project management, customer relations and ethics.
  • You will learn numerous software packages for CAD, CAM, fluid dynamics, finite element analysis, and other applications.
  • Cooperative education opportunities are available.
  • Degree Concentrations — You must choose from among three concentrations: robotics and automation, vehicle systems, or general mechanical while studying mechanical engineering.
  • Emphasis on fundamentals of engineering, applications of theory, traceability to first principles, and generous laboratory content to complement and reinforce theoretical understanding.

The robotics and automation concentration will give you skills through courses in machine vision, system integration, automated manufacturing, robotics, and programmable logic controllers.

The vehicle systems concentration addresses the performance of surface vehicles of all types (automotive, rail, terrain, watercraft, etc.) through a series of courses in vehicle dynamics, geometric dimensioning and tolerancing, vehicle testing, and vibration and noise control.  The emphasis is on projecting performance through analytical skills and computer simulation, and testing using modern instrumentation.

The general concentration enables students to select courses from the concentrations described above as well as other Engineering subjects.

Cooperative Education:

Opportunities are available as part of this program for students who are academically qualified. A certificate that documents this practical training is available.

Program Learning Outcomes:


Identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics

Apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors

Communicate effectively with a range of audiences

Recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts

Function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives

Develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions

Acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies



Degree Requirements


Departmental Requirements:

Mathematics

Sciences

  • CHEM115 General Chemistry I 5
  • PHYS231 Applied Physics for Engineers and Scientists I 4
  • PHYS232 Applied Physics for Engineers and Scientists II 4

Engineering

Senior Sequence (Complete one of the following sequences):

Industrial Project

  • EGNR491 Engineering Design Project I 3
  • EGNR495 Engineering Design Project II 3

Co-op Project

  • EGNR450 Cooperative Education Project I 4
  • EGNR451 Cooperative Education Project II 3
  • EGNR491 Engineering Design Project I 3

Research Project

  • EGNR260 Engineering Research Methods 2
  • EGNR460 Engineering Research Project I 4
  • EGNR461 Engineering Research Project II 2

Technical Electives (Complete one of the following concentrations):

Vehicle Systems Concentration (C or better grade required for all classes)

  • EGEE280 Introduction to Signal Processing 4
  • EGME240 Assembly Modeling and GD&T 3
  • EGME310 Vehicle Development & Testing 2
  • EGME415 Vehicle Dynamics 2
  • EGME425 Vibrations and Noise Control 4

Select one of the following:

  • EGME442 Finite Element Analysis 3
  • EGRS461 Design of Control Systems 4

Robotics and Automation Concentration (C or better grade required for all classes)

  • EGRS365 Programmable Logic Controllers 3
  • EGRS385 Robotics Engineering 3
  • EGRS430 Systems Integration and Machine Vision 4
  • EGRS435 Automated Manufacturing Systems 4

Select one of the following:

  • EGME240 Assembly Modeling and GD&T 3
  • EGMT216 CAM with CNC Applicatons 3
  • EGNR310 Advanced Quality Engineering
  • EGEE280 Introduction to Signal Processing 4

General Concentration

  • EGME240 Assembly Modeling and GD&T 3

Select 14 credits from the list below with at least 5 credits at the 400 level.

  • EGEE280 Introduction of Signal Processing 4
  • EGME310 Vehicle Development & Testing 2
  • EGME415 Vehicle Dynamics 2
  • EGME425 Vibrations and Noise Control 4
  • EGMT216 CAM with CNC Applications 3
  • EGNR261 Energy Systems and Sustainability 3
  • EGNR361 Energy Systems and Sustainability Lab 1
  • EGNR362 Vehicle Energy Systems 3
  • EGNR310 Advanced Quality Engineering 3
  • EGRS365 Programmable Logic Controllers 3  (if not used above)
  • EGRS385 Robotics Engineering 3
  • EGRS430 Systems Integration and Machine Vision 4
  • EGRS435 Automated Manufacturing Systems 4

32 credits from Mathematics (including EGNR340) and Natural Sciences is required.

General Education: All LSSU bachelor's degree candidates must complete the LSSU General Education Requirements.

A minimum of 124 credits (at the 100 level or higher) must be earned for graduation with a cumulative gpa of 2.00 or higher.  A gpa of 2.00 or higher is also required in your Major, as well as in your General Education Requirements.


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