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2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Mechanical Engineering

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Minimum number of credits required to graduate: 130

Minimum Cumulative GPA required to graduate: 2.0

Minimum Grade requirements for courses to count toward major: None.

Other GPA requirements to graduate: 2.0 GPA in all MEE courses

Required Course(s) for fulfilling Capstone Experience: MEE 487 and MEE 488

Contact Information:  Dr. Masoud Rais-Rohani, Mechanical Engineering Chair, 219 Boardman Hall, Tel: 581-4120.

The mission of the Department of Mechanical Engineering is to educate students for success in the field of mechanical engineering by providing academic programs that promote engineering principles, experiential learning, critical thinking, creative problem-solving, teamwork, leadership and outreach, and to pursue innovative research and scholarly achievement for advancing the State and developing technology solutions to societal needs.

Mechanical engineers work in industry, consulting practices, universities and governmental agencies. Many mechanical engineers are employed by equipment manufacturers, aerospace companies, shipbuilding firms, material processing plants, utilities, transportation companies, energy companies, and a host of other firms. Mechanical engineers conduct research on solar energy, advanced composite materials, radioactive waste removal, magnetic-levitation trains, jet and rocket propulsion, among many other topics.

The undergraduate program has been developed in order to prepare the student for the initiation of a professional career in mechanical engineering or for the continuation of studies in graduate school. Additional information can be found online at https://umaine.edu/mecheng/.

Program Educational Objectives

Within a few years after graduation, those holding a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from UMaine are expected to:

  1. Successfully practice mechanical engineering in roles of increasing responsibility to serve state, local, national, and international industries and government agencies.
  2. Demonstrate a spirit of lifelong learning by pursuing professional licensure, graduate education, short courses or other training programs in engineering or related fields.
  3. Demonstrate professional and ethical responsibilities towards peers, employers, and society and follow these precepts in their daily lives.
  4. Participate in their community and in so doing advocate for the profession.

Student Outcomes

By the end of their undergraduate degree program in mechanical engineering, students will have:

(a) An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering

(b) An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data

(c) An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environment, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability

(d) An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams

(e) An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems

(f) An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility

(g) An ability to communicate effectively

(h) The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context

(i) A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning

(j) A knowledge of contemporary issues

(k) An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

Program Description

The undergraduate mechanical engineering program develops the student’s creative potential to meet the increasingly complex needs of industry, government and graduate education. It provides a foundation of knowledge in mathematics, basic physical sciences, thermal sciences, dynamic systems, materials science, fluid and solid mechanics and design of systems.

Since engineers must address problems requiring awareness of economical, ethical, political, social and legal issues, the curriculum includes an introduction to the humanities and social sciences as well as mathematics, science and engineering fundamentals.

In consultation with an academic advisor, the student plans a program based on the following recommended curriculum. The format can be modified within the constraints of all the departmental, college, and university requirements and course prerequisites to satisfy scheduling needs or student preferences.

The curriculum has ten electives among the 44 courses (130 credits) required for the bachelor’s degree. Of the ten electives required, one must be a basic science elective, and six must satisfy the Human Values and Social Context (HVSC) areas of the general education requirements. Students must also complete a course placing substantial emphasis on the discussion of ethics, if not part of the 18 credits in HVSC electives. By careful use of this flexibility in electives, students may pursue in some depth their particular interests in both technical and non-technical subjects.

In addition to meeting all university academic requirements, a mechanical engineering student must also have a minimum GPA of 2.0 in all mechanical engineering (MEE designator) courses. The bachelor’s degree program in Mechanical Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

Required Courses in Suggested Sequence for the B.S. Degree in Mechanical Engineering

The recommended sequence of the four-year curriculum is shown below and can be accessed online at https://umaine.edu/mecheng/ugcurriculum/. This program can be adapted to a student’s special scheduling needs in consultation with an academic advisor.


First Year - First Semester

First Year - Second Semester

Second Year - Second Semester

Third Year - First Semester

Fourth Year - First Semester

Fourth Year - Second Semester

Special Requirements and Footnotes:

1General education requirements mandate English 101 and two writing intensive courses. ECP 341, ECP 487, and ECP 488 are designated as writing intensive courses within the MEE major. NOTE: MEE 341 must be taken concurrently with ECP 341, MEE 487 must be taken concurrently with ECP 487, and MEE 488 must be taken concurrently with ECP 488.

2Students are assisted by faculty advisors in developing an elective program to meet their individual needs within the University’s general education requirements. While most of the general education requirements are automatically met with a mechanical engineering degree, a student is required to select an additional 18 credit hours of electives to meet the “Human Values and Social Context” requirement (including ethics).

3Either one of the following courses are acceptable:
COS 220 - Introduction to C++ Programming, Credits: 3
ECE 177 - Introduction to Programming for Engineers, Credits: 4

4Courses that will satisfy the Approved Science Elective are but are not limited to: AST 109/110 (General Astronomy I with Lab), AST 215 & Lab (General Astronomy I with Lab), BIO 100 (Basic Biology), BIO 208 (Anatomy and Physiology), BIO 326 (General Entomology), BMB300 & 305 (General Microbiology with Lab), CHY 122 & 124 (The Molecular basis Of Chemical Change), ERS 101 (Intro to Geology), ERS 102 (Environmental Geology of Maine), ERS 210 & 211 (Geology Applied to Engineering with Lab), ERS 240 (The Atmosphere) and PHY 223 & PHY 236 (Special Relativity/Introductory Quantum Physics).

5Acceptable MEE Technical Electives include but are not limited to:  MEE 433 (Solar-Thermal Engineering), MEE 434 (Thermodynamic Design of Engines), MEE 444 (Robot Dynamics and Control), MEE 445 (Aeronautics), MEE 446 (Astronautics), MEE 448 (Fixed Wing Aircraft Design), MEE 450 (Intro to Mechanics of Composite Materials), MEE 453 (Experimental Mechanics), MEE 455 (Advanced Strength of Materials), MEE 459 (Engineering Optimization), MEE 462 (Fluid Mechanics II), MEE 475 (Fuel Cell Science and Technology), MEE 480 (Wind Engineering), MEE 483 (Turbomachine Design), MEE 484 (Power Plant Design and Engineering), MEE 486 (Refrigeration and Air Conditioning System Design) and MEE 489 (Offshore Floating System Design).

Students may use the elective courses to broaden their knowledge base or to specialize in areas like engineering design, dynamic systems control, smart materials and structures, computer software, CAD/CAM and robotics, biomedical engineering, computer graphics, energy, cultural diversity, ethics and artistic and creative works.

A grade of “C” or better is required in MEE 150, MEE 230, MEE 251, and MEE 270 for those courses to be used as prerequisites for other courses.

Aerospace Engineering Concentration

Students may pursue an Aerospace Engineering Concentration by taking three appropriate MEE Technical Electives. Details may be found online at https://umaine.edu/mecheng/aerospace/.

The department has several scholarships available on a competitive basis for students majoring in mechanical engineering. Outstanding incoming students should apply for college and departmental scholarships with details provided online at https://umaine.edu/mecheng/scholarships/.

Internship and Coop Opportunities

Students are encouraged to pursue internship or coop opportunities to gain practical experience while pursuing their mechanical engineering degree program. CareerLink (https://umaine.edu/career/careerlink/), managed by the Career Center, may be used to identify the available opportunities.

Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Examination

Students are recommended (but not required) to take the FE examination in their senior year before graduation. For more information, visit https://umaine.edu/mecheng/fepe/.


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