By the Numbers
The percentage of our graduates who are either working or in a secondary education program six months after graduation (2016 Graduates from Quinnipiac Survey)
Employment of mechanical engineers is projected to grow 9 percent, adding 25,300 new jobs from 2016 to 2026. (Bureau of Labor, 2017)
Companies rely on mechanical engineers to design, develop, maintain, test and improve their most important systems, equipment and machinery. In our program, you’ll develop the analytical and technological skills necessary for careers in diverse fields, from transportation and robotics to alternative energy and nanotechnology.
With years of experience in the field, our engineering faculty members teach you the principles of fluid mechanics, thermodynamics and heat transfer, control theory, engineering design and more. Whether you see yourself rebuilding automotive engines, designing transport systems or manufacturing industrial equipment, you’ll get the foundation and skills necessary to succeed in your area of interest.
More than a dozen state-of-the-art labs and classrooms—including a circuits and controls lab, a hydraulics lab and a fabrications lab—provide you with an experiential and collaborative learning experience. In a multidisciplinary environment, you acquire the expertise to design and conduct experiments, perform materials testing and build prototypes and models of your own design. Powerful software tools and 3D printers allow you to bring those designs to life.
Our mechanical engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, meaning it meets the highest standards of engineering education. Its innovative combination of modern theory, interdisciplinary field projects and powerful internships builds the foundation necessary to launch a rewarding career.
Building a Sustainable World
Eco-bricks made simpler
Mechanical engineering alumnus Christopher Monferrato ’17 could honestly say that his senior capstone project will one day help build eco-friendly schools for rural communities in Guatemala.
Called “bottle schools,” the structures eschew the use of cinder blocks for plastic bottles filled with non-organic trash called “eco bricks.” Eco-bricks are cheap to make and help solve Guatemala’s garbage problem, but take a long time to produce. Monferrato’s purpose was clear: build a machine capable of filling multiple bottles at once that is time-efficient, durable and cost-effective.
Monferrato and his peers successfully designed and built a prototype that could load, pack and compress up to five bottles in five minutes. They hope the final device will be simple enough to be operated by both children and adults.
“In order for this to work, the entire community has to get involved,” said Monferrato. “It’s very empowering for them.”Read the full story
Leadership through example
When Grant Crawford joined Quinnipiac in 2014 as a professor of mechanical engineering, he brought with him nearly 30 years of practical leadership experience. As a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army, Crawford had led teams of diverse individuals all over the world, from Germany to Iraq to South Korea, and later mentored in the engineering facility at the National Military Academy of Afghanistan, in Kabul.
Given his achievements as a leader, practicing engineer and educator, his nomination for president-elect of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) came as no surprise to peers and students.
"Engagement with the ASEE perfectly aligns with my two passions; teaching engineering and serving others," he said.
Crawford is no stranger to the ASEE. In his sixth year on the board of directors, he founded the organization's Military and Veteran's Division. He also has led the Innovation Strategic Doing Team and serves on the Diversity, Public Policy and Long Range Planning committees. Crawford remains guided by the same sense of duty that was drilled into him long ago as a student at West Point, which he tries to instill in his students at Quinnipiac.
"As we continue to engage in national and global challenges, it is even more critical as engineering educators to promote our ability to make positive impacts in the lives and communities of those we serve," Crawford said.
Hard Hat Ceremony
Students receive their hard hats and awards at our annual Hard Hat Ceremony
Faculty dedicated to student success
Quinnipiac’s School of Engineering professors are committed to the personal and professional success of every student. While passionate scholars and accomplished in their own fields, teaching is their number one priority. Small class sizes, accessible professors and a close-knit community create the kind of supporting, enriching environment that is rare. We are personally invested in seeking ways to help our students develop into strong, certified, leading professionals.
Curriculum and Requirements
BS in Mechanical Engineering Curriculum
The program requires 131 credits as outlined here:
|Foundations of Inquiry:|
|FYS 101 First-Year Seminar||3|
|EN 101 Intro to Academic Reading & Writing||3|
|EN 102 Academic Writing & Research||3|
|MA 285||Applied Statistics||3|
|General Chemistry I|
and General Chemistry I Lab
|EC 111||Principles of Microeconomics||3|
|General Chemistry II|
and General Chemistry II Lab
|or BIO 101|
| General Biology I|
and General Biology I Lab
|MA 151||Calculus I||4|
|MA 152||Calculus II||4|
|Humanities, Social Science, Fine Arts (three classes; must be from two different areas)||9|
|Foundational Courses for Mechanical Engineering|
|MA 251||Calculus III||4|
|MA 265||Linear Algebra and Differential Equations||4|
|PHY 121||University Physics||4|
|PHY 122||University Physics II||4|
|Programming and Problem Solving|
and Programming and Problem Solving Lab
|Common Engineering Curriculum|
|ENR 110||The World of an Engineer||3|
|ENR 210||Engineering Economics and Project Management||3|
|ENR 395||Professional Development Seminar||1|
|Mechanical Engineering Courses|
|Fundamentals of Engineering Mechanics and Design|
and Fundamentals of Engineering Mechanics and Design Lab
|Mechanics of Materials|
and Mechanics of Materials Lab
and Engineering Materials Lab
|MER 250||Computer Aided Design||3|
|MER 310||Thermal-Fluid Systems I||3|
|MER 320||Thermal-Fluid Systems II||3|
|Introduction to Circuits|
and Circuits Lab
|Manufacturing/Machine Component Design|
and Manufacturing/Machine Component Design Lab
|MER 350||Mechanical Engineering Design||3|
|MER 360||Heat Transfer||3|
|Dynamic Modeling and Control|
and Dynamic Modeling and Controls Lab
|MER 490||Engineering Professional Experience||1|
|MER 498||ME Major Design Experience||3|
|Mechanical Engineering Electives|
|Select two of the following MER technical electives:||6|
|Introduction to Applied Aerodynamics|
|Environmentally Conscious Design and Manufacturing|
|Energy Conversion Systems|
|Aircraft Performance/Static Stability|
|Advanced Study in Mechanical Engineering|
|Select one of the following:||3|
One additional MER technical elective from above
|Physical Human Factors and the Workplace|
|Industrial Control Systems|
|Statistical Process Control|
Other 200-level or higher CER, IER or SER course with program coordinator approval
Additional course details
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Educational Objectives and Student Outcomes
Within four to seven years after graduation, mechanical engineering majors are expected to attain:
- Position(s) of responsibility in which they:
- work effectively in teams
- manage resources
- solve complex problems
- communicate information
- influence decisions
- act ethically
- balance constraints
- Self-development through formal and informal learning opportunities.
- Sustained employment and/or further education in a technical/professional field.
- Capacity to engage independently in meaningful creative endeavors.
Students graduating with a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering will 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 multidisciplinary 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 an ability to engage in life-long learning
- A knowledge of contemporary issues
- An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice
Enrollment and Graduation Data
- 2017-18: 104
- 2016-17: 101
- 2015-16: 82
- 2014-15: 59
- 2013-14: 34
- 2012-13: 8
Number of Mechanical Engineering Program Graduates
- 2016-17: 9
- 2015-16: 12, Inaugural Class