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California State University, Long Beach

Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering (MAE)

*490. Special Topics (3)

  • Prerequisites: Senior standing in engineering and consent of instructor.
  • Selected topics from recent advances in mechanical and aerospace engineering. Content may vary from semester to semester.
  • May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units with different topics. (Lecture-problems 3 hours) Letter grade only (A-F).


  • Fundamentals of computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM). Creating, reading, and understanding databases for solid models. Assemblies and sub-assemblies. Design and analysis of mechanisms with linkages, gears, springs, dampers. Finite Element Modeling of parts, assemblies, and mechanisms. CAM, 3-axis milling, APT. Design optimization.
  • Not open for credit to students with credit in ME 405A. Letter grade only (A-F).
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Mechanical Engineering (MAE)

Engineering Technology (ET)

Engineering (ENGR)

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*Note: although every effort is made to keep this Web site up to date, you should also consult the printed catalog for official information and program requirements, which may vary depending on the year you enter(ed) the program.

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MAE Upper Division