Engineering Students working on their final products in the Machine Shop.

BS in Mechanical Engineering

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Overview

You have a passion for problem-solving, for learning how things work and improving them. As a mechanical engineer, your passion makes you indispensable on the front lines of design and manufacturing for companies all over the world, such as Boeing, Amtrak, General Motors and GE.

Program Overview

A student taking a close look at machinery while making calculations.

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A student during a soil testing workshop in the School of Engineering

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.”

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A student wearing safety glasses working on a machine prototype.

Community service

Christopher Monferrato works on a machine prototype that will assist workers in Guatemala who use bottles filled with shredded trash to make eco-bricks, which are used to build schools and houses. He worked in the machine shop at the Center for Communications and Engineering on March 24, 2017.

Faculty Spotlight

Portrait of Grant Crawford, Professor of Mechanical Engineering.

Renowned leader

Grant Crawford, a mechanical engineering professor at Quinnipiac since 2014, served in the U.S. Army and leads teams all over the world.

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

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Close-up of a gauge on a machine used by mechanical engineering students.

Facilities

The tools to create, collaborate and succeed

From the lathes and drill presses found in the Machine Shop, to the Laser Cutter Workshop's high-powered Vytek 200W, our program's teaching equipment is immaculate and state-of-the-art. Each piece of technology emphasizes principals in action, such as the air conditioning system trainer in our Thermal Heat and Transfer Lab, which illustrates the inner-workings of a large A/C unit and what it takes to overload it.

Beyond metals, machinery and energy transfer, a large part of our curriculum focuses on design, fabrication and precision. Our 3D Printing Room is equipped with MakerBots and other 3D printers necessary to bring your ideas to fruition. In our Circuts Lab, you'll cover more of the finer skills required of mechanical engineers. Here, you will work with the same detailed circuitry that powers a range of everyday consumer items, from motors and computers to guitar amplifiers and electric toothbrushes.

Classrooms and labs will also expose you to one thing you'll undoubtedly experience during internships and as you begin your career – interdisciplinary collaboration. You'll have the chance to participate in interdepartmental projects, not just with your peers in other engineering programs, but with students from a wide range of backgrounds, including health sciences to game design.

Curriculum and Requirements

BS in Mechanical Engineering Curriculum

The Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering program requires 128 credits.

University Curriculum
Foundations of Inquiry:
FYS 101First-Year Seminar3
EN 101Introduction to Academic Reading and Writing3
EN 102Academic Writing and Research3
Quantitative Literacy:
MA 285Applied Statistics3
Disciplinary Inquiry:
CHE 110
& 110L
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Lab
4
EC 111Principles of Microeconomics3
Humanities3
Fine Arts3
Personal Inquiry:
Choose one of the following:4
BIO 101
& 101L
General Biology I
and General Biology I Lab
CHE 111
& 111L
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry II Lab
MA 151Calculus I4
MA 152Calculus II4
Humanities, Social Science, Fine Arts (2 classes; must be from two different areas)6
Integrative Capstone:
University Capstone3
Total Credits46

In addition to the University Curriculum, students majoring in Mechanical Engineering must complete the following requirements:

Foundational Courses for Mechanical Engineering
MA 251Calculus III4
MA 265Linear Algebra and Differential Equations4
PHY 121University Physics4
PHY 122University Physics II4
CSC 110
& 110L
Programming and Problem Solving
and Programming and Problem Solving Lab
4
Common Engineering Curriculum
ENR 110The World of an Engineer3
ENR 210Engineering Economics and Project Management3
ENR 395Professional Development Seminar1
Mechanical Engineering Courses
MER 210
& 210L
Fundamentals of Engineering Mechanics and Design
and Fundamentals of Engineering Mechanics and Design Lab
4
MER 220
& 220L
Mechanics of Materials
and Mechanics of Materials Lab
4
MER 221Dynamics3
MER 230
& 230L
Engineering Materials
and Engineering Materials Lab
4
MER 250Computer Aided Design3
MER 310Fluid Mechanics3
MER 320Thermodynamics3
MER 330
& 330L
Introduction to Circuits
and Introduction to Circuits Lab
4
MER 340
& 340L
Manufacturing/Machine Component Design
and Manufacturing/Machine Component Design Lab
4
MER 350Mechanical Engineering Design3
MER 360Heat Transfer3
MER 470
& 470L
Dynamic Modeling and Control
and Dynamic Modeling and Controls Lab
4
MER 490Engineering Professional Experience1
MER 498ME Major Design Experience3
Mechanical Engineering Electives
Select two of the following MER technical electives:6
MER 387
Introduction to Applied Aerodynamics
MER 388
Helicopter Aeronautics
MER 450
Environmentally Conscious Design and Manufacturing
MER 460
Mechanical Measurement and Data Acquisition
MER 472
Energy Conversion Systems
MER 475
Mechatronics
MER 481
Aircraft Performance/Static Stability
MER 486
Vibration Engineering
MER 489
Advanced Study in Mechanical Engineering
MER 491
Biomedical Engineering
Technical elective
Select one of the following:3
One additional MER technical elective from above
CER 310
Structural Analysis
IER 320
Production Systems
IER 420
Industrial Control Systems
IER 430
Statistical Process Control
Other 200-level or higher CER, IER or SER course with program director approval
Total Credits82

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Enrollment and Graduation Data

Student Enrollment

  • 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