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Home - Campus Academics - Programs - Undergraduate Degree Programs: School of Engineering and Computer Sciences - Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical engineering is one of the broadest engineering disciplines. Daniel Webster College's nationally accredited* mechanical engineering program focuses on the design, analysis, development, and manufacture of mechanical and thermo-fluid devices and systems. The curriculum prepares students for entry level positions in areas including advanced materials, robotics, thermal-fluid systems, power/energy systems, propulsion systems, and manufacturing.

The mechanical engineering curriculum includes a five-semester design sequence within which students work in teams applying theories learned in the classroom to develop projects from concept to operation.** This can help students to gain confidence and competence in solving engineering design problems and to learn effective teamwork skills. Students apply creative and strategic thinking to economic and technical issues involved in typical engineering projects. They also learn to generate briefings and reports and present them to their peers and faculty. These two central aspects of the program — working in teams and developing communications skills — help students prepare for the engineering profession.

The mechanical engineering program provides students experience with electro-mechanical systems, programming and control systems, robotics and machine vision, thermo-fluid systems, power/energy systems, lean manufacturing, and advanced materials. The program can help students develop confidence and essential skills including how to think systemically at all levels of design, development, and manufacturing.

The engineering faculty serves as mentors to DWC students both inside and outside the classroom, providing opportunities to put engineering theories into practice. In addition, senior mechanical engineering students have the chance to collaborate with their aeronautical engineering and electrical and computer engineering colleagues in a senior capstone project which exposes students to the perspectives of multiple disciplines. This valuable experience mirrors the multidisciplinary team approach commonly practiced in industry. In addition, Daniel Webster College offers mechanical engineering students the opportunity to work with aeronautical engineering students in conducting flight tests to gather and analyze flight data.

Student chapters of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) are active at DWC. Students participate in the annual AIAA Design Build and Fly and in the ASME Human Powered Vehicle competitions. In addition, each year DWC students attend AIAA and American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) conferences where they present design projects and papers, several of which have won awards.

*The Mechanical Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,

**Daniel Webster College is a collaborator in the international CDIO initiative, "an innovative educational framework for producing the next generation of engineers [that stresses] engineering fundamentals set in the context of Conceiving, Designing, Implementing, and Operating real-world systems and products."

Program Objectives:

Graduates of the Mechanical Engineering Program at Daniel Webster College should be able to:

  • Use the knowledge and problem solving skills developed as mechanical engineering majors to undertake professional careers in Mechanical Engineering or other disciplines;
  • Approach engineering decisions with an informed consideration of global and societal contexts and consequences;
  • Continue to expand their professional, personal, and interpersonal skills and engage in lifelong learning, including post-graduate education for some graduates;
  • Contribute to industry and society through involvement with professional and other service activities;
  • Assume increasing responsibility as they advance in their careers;
  • Be regarded by their managers and peers as an effective and valued member of their work team.

Program Learning Outcomes:

Graduates of the Mechanical Engineering Program at Daniel Webster College should have:

  • An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering;
  • An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data;
  • An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability;
  • An ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams;
  • An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems;
  • An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility;
  • An ability to communicate effectively;
  • The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context;
  • A recognition of the need for, and the ability to engage in life-long learning;
  • A knowledge of contemporary issues;
  • An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools needed for engineering practice;
  • An ability to apply principles of engineering, basic science, and mathematics (including multivariate calculus and differential equations) to model, analyze, design, and realize physical systems, components or processes;
  • An ability to work professionally in both thermal and mechanical systems areas.

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