The goal of the undergraduate program in mechanical engineering is to produce well-rounded engineers prepared for careers in mechanical engineering or related disciplines, utilizing an excellent education in the fundamentals of engineering mathematics, sciences, and design in order to:
The realm of mechanical engineering is so extensive that training must be broad and basic, providing grounding in fundamentals which an engineer requires in order to gain competence in any specialized field. In view of this, the mechanical engineering curriculum includes ample foundation courses in mathematics, physics, chemistry, and design graphics. These are followed by courses in energy conversion, thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, mechanics and strength of materials, metallurgy, design, computer-aided design/ computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM). The opportunity to further explore a particular area of interest is provided by additional elective courses in the senior year.
The laboratories of the department are provided with modern equipment for undergraduate instruction in the following areas: instrumentation and measurements, fuels and lubricants, materials and metallurgy, thermodynamics and heat power, vibration, design, and acoustics, strength of materials, design, CAD/CAM, control systems and manufacturing.
Several industry and professional society sponsored scholarships and internships are available to upper division mechanical engineering students. Further information is available in the department office.
Minimum of 134 units including University General Education requirements. A grade of "C" or better must be achieved in all prerequisites for all required courses listed below.
Lower Division: CHEM 111A; CE 205; EE 211, 211L; MATH 122, 123, 224; ENGR 101, 102; MAE 101B, 172, 205, 272; PHYS 151, 152.
Upper Division: CE 335, 336, 406; ECON 300; MATH 370A; MAE 300, 305, 322, 330, 336, 337, 361, 371, 373, 375, 376, 409, 431, 459, 471, 472, 476, 490.
The goal of the undergraduate program in aerospace engineering is to produce well-rounded engineers prepared for careers in aerospace engineering or related disciplines, utilizing an excellent education in the fundamentals of engineering mathematics, sciences, and design in order to:
1. Create innovative solutions responsive to customer needs and meeting societal challenges;
2. Apply their knowledge to communicating and translating ideas and plans into working engineering systems;
3. Effectively function as a team member and/or leader in global, multi-disciplinary technical environments.
Based on these broad objectives, the following Student Learning Outcomes have been developed:
1. The students graduating in aerospace engineering will possess the skills in mathematics, physics and chemistry required to solve real world problems.
2. The students will have a firm understanding of engineering science fundamentals that will enable them to analyze real world problems and propose an appropriate solution to these problems.
3. The students will have the ability to apply their knowledge in aerospace fundamental disciplines to the analysis and design of components. These aerospace fundamental disciplines include: aerodynamics; aerospace materials and structures; propulsion; space environment and space systems; communications and avionics systems; orbital and flight mechanics; and stability and control.
4. The students will have the ability to work in teams and: (1) carry out simplified design problems from the conceptual level to the realization of a manufacturing plan; or (2) design complex systems such as aircraft or spacecraft, from a preliminary design point of view. Projects address economic and business aspects such as commercial viability.
5. The students will have the ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.
6. The students will have an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
7. The students will have the ability to build on their knowledge and will be trained to be lifelong learners, pursuing and interested in independent study, research, and development.
8. The students will have good oral, written, and graphical communication skills.
9. The students will be trained in the role of the engineer in society and have an awareness of environmental concerns in the engineering profession.
The students will have knowledge of contemporary issues and current projects in aerospace engineering and of technical, design, and business challenges faced by the aerospace industry.
The curriculum is designed to supplement mathematics, science and basic engineering courses in order to give students the specialization needed in different areas of aerospace engineering. In addition to acquiring technical knowledge, graduates will have completed appropriate courses in communications and in humanistic social studies.
A grade of "C" or better must be achieved in all required courses listed below. A minimum of 134 units is required.
Lower Division: CHEM 111A; MATH 122, 123, 224; PHYS 151, 152 (or EE 210 and 210L); CE 205; ENGR 101, 102; MAE 101A, 172, 205.
Upper Division: ECON 300; MATH 370A; MAE 300, 305, 330, 333, 334, 350, 365, 371, 373, 374, 381, 390, 434, 440, 452, 453, 465, 478, 479, 481, 483, and 6 units of electives from the elective list below.
Electives: MAE 408, 422, 435, 451, 454 and 490A.
Modern engineering applications in all fields require new materials with properties well beyond those obtainable with the alloys available years ago. New materials, such as composites, ceramics, polymers, semiconductors and their manufacturing processes, are needed for such diverse applications as air transports, undersea deep submergence vessels, magnetic and semiconducting devices. Scientific knowledge in this area has expanded recently at a rate comparable to that experienced by the field of electronics. The materials option is offered to meet the demand for materials oriented engineers.
Course work is directed towards the understanding of the properties of materials in terms of their atomic structure, and emphasis is placed on the behavior of materials in engineering applications. The laboratories have equipment for studies in this field and include facilities for the determination of crystal structure, microscopic and X-ray diffraction, and scanning electron microscope examination of solids, thermal and mechanical treatment and the determination of properties at low and high temperatures.
Minimum 135 units including University General Education requirements.
Lower Division: CHE 200; CHEM 111A, 111B; CE 205; EE 211, 211L; MATH 122, 123, 224; ENGR 101; MAE 172, 205, 272; PHYS 151, 152.
Upper Division: CHE 415; CE 406; ECON 300; EE 420; MATH 370A; MAE 322, 330, 361, 371, 373, 374, 375, 409, 459, 490, plus approved engineering elective courses.
For more information on admission to this program, please contact Dr. Jalal Torabzadeh, Undergraduate Advisor, Mechanical Engineering Program.
An interdisciplinary degree in which both the College of Business Administration and the College of Engineering provide courses enable students to have a technical engineering background plus a good foundation in business and management practices. The option consists of core engineering courses through the junior year with an addition of business courses in accounting, business law, management, inventory practices and operations research. Elective structure is such that the student may specialize in either engineering, or a combination of both engineering and business.
Lower Division: ACCT 201; CHEM 111A; CE 205; EE 211, 211L; BLAW 220; MATH 122, 123, 224; ENGR 101; MAE 172, 205; PHYS 151, 152.
Upper Division: CE 406; ECON 300; BLAW 320; IS 310; MATH 370A; MGMT 300; MGMT 411 or 412 or 413; MAE 305, 310, 322, 330, 371, 373, 376, 459, 476, and approved electives to total at least 135 units.
For more information on admission to this program, please contact Dr. Jalal Torabzadeh, Undergraduate Advisor, Mechanical Engineering Program.
The BSMET is designed to provide a solid technical foundation for its graduates, which will enable them to perform well in a variety of employment situations. The program focuses on the applications of current manufacturing and quality assurance technologies to solve real-world problems by offering a broad curriculum which covers current trends in industry.
The BSMET degree will prepare students for career positions as: manufacturing engineering technologist, manufacturing management, manufacturing process engineering technologist, line supervisor, research and development technologist, industrial/technical representative, industrial/technical sales, production technologist, or quality assurance technologist. Students have the opportunity to prepare for mid-management or supervisory positions, as well as technical positions, sales, service or research.
BSMET students are offered a wide range of training opportunities in topics such as: materials, manufacturing processes, quality control, and different production environments. Moreover, the program emphasizes written and oral communication skills as well as modern methods of industrial administration and supervision. The program is designed to meet ABET criteria for accredited programs in engineering technology.
The BSMET program has been developed to accommodate students who may wish to transfer credits earned at other colleges or approved technical or military schools. It is recommended that prior to submitting an application for admission, prospective students should contact the BSMET Advisor to discuss admission requirements.
There are two emphases in the BSMET Program: (1) Manufacturing Processes and (2) Quality Assurance.
Lower Division: CHEM 111A; MATH 120; PHYS 100A-B; ENGR 101, 102, 203, 203L; ET 101, 170, 202, 202L, 204, 205, 205L, 244, 244L, 264, 264L.
Upper Division: ECON 300; ET 301, 301L, 302, 302L, 304, 307, 309, 311, 312, 313, 313L, 335, 335L, 390, 390L, 410, 418, 435, 435L, 461, 498.
Emphasis in Manufacturing Processes
The emphasis prepares the student for a position as a manufacturing technologist, in a variety of industries, such as Aerospace, Biomedical, Chemical, Computer, Electronics, Power, etc. Students are offered a wide range of training in topics such as materials, manufacturing processes and different production environments. Moreover, the program emphasizes written and oral communication skills as well as modern methods of industrial administration and supervision. Program is designed to meet ABET criteria for accredited programs in engineering technology.
Upper Division: ET 363, 365, 365L; plus 4 unit of electives from ET 409C, 387, 387L.
Emphasis in Quality Assurance
The primary objective is to prepare graduates to pursue careers related to product manufacturing and quality assurance. Emphasis is placed on specific job skills required of entry level professionals in the manufacturing industries including oral and written communication, and management principles. The program is applications-oriented, and is available to students interested in a career as Quality Assurance technologists. Designed to meet ABET criteria for accredited programs in engineering technology.
Upper Division: ET 419 plus 2 units of electives from ET 409D, BLAW 220.
Fieldwork experience is required for the BS in Manufacturing Engineering Technology, consisting of no less than three months of full-time (40 hours/week or equivalent part-time) employment in an approved industry or governmental agency. The student must hold a position equivalent to a technician or higher which affords the opportunity to exercise responsibility usually given to those who have completed at least two years of college. The fieldwork must be completed prior to graduation, then certified and approved by the program advisor.
Director: Hamid Hefazi
This Certificate Program is designed to give students and working engineers an educational opportunity to focus on the complex and dynamic issues related to aerospace manufacturing. The program consists of 19 semester units, with seven required core courses.
The Certificate Program requires a minimum of 19 semester units (seven core courses): MAE 408, 455, 456, 457, 458; ENGR 511, 574. Students should consult with the program director to assess any needed prerequisites.
Director: Hamid Rahai
The 20-unit HVAC Certificate Program is designed to prepare engineering and science students for designing various HVAC systems and to familiarize them with HVAC equipment and their selection process.
With a proper choice of classes, you may also earn this Certificate in conjunction with your bachelor’s degree. Contact the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering for more information.
The HVAC Certificate Program requires a minimum of 20 semester units, as indicated below: MAE 330, 431, 438/538, 490E, 491, MAE 333 or CE 335; MAE 440 or CE 336
Director: Min-Ten Jahn
The certificate program in Industrial Plastics Processing and Design is an interdisciplinary program sponsored by the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and Chemical Engineering Departments. Polymeric materials rank as second in tonnage use currently of all materials, and indications are that in he near future they may surpass metals in total usage. There is a definite need for personnel familiar with the processing and special design considerations necessary to properly make use of the special properties of this broad class of materials. The program permits a student to study in detail the industrial production processes, material testing procedures, economics of the polymerics industry and degradation of polymerics. All students in the program complete an individual project, consisting of the design of an item, choice of proper polymeric material for the particular application, choice of the processing operation and construction of the necessary molding tools and testing of the completed device. Contact the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.
Director: Jalal Torabzadeh
The 27-unit certificate program is an undergraduate program designed to prepare Electrical and Mechanical Engineering students to become proficient in the analysis and design of power generating systems, such as direct conversion, coal burning, hydraulic, nuclear, solar, wind, and various other types of power plants.