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BS in Mechanical Engineering

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Overview

Mechanical engineers harness math, science and technology to solve real-world problems every day. Whether you see yourself working on a next-generation jet engine, designing life-saving medical devices or manufacturing tools that promote safety, efficiency and reliability on jobsites, we’ll provide you with the foundation and skills necessary to thrive in any specialty and professional environment.

Program Overview

Engineering students watch their bottle rocket take off.

Lift off

Every fall, first-year engineering students devise and launch water bottle rockets for the mechanical portion of their World of Engineering class. This is a full semester class that provides an introduction to the engineering disciplines to assist students in declaring a major.

Join society’s designers, builders and problem solvers

Companies all over the world rely on mechanical engineers to design, build, test and improve their most important mechanical systems and devices. In our program, you’ll develop the design and analytical skills necessary for careers in many diverse fields, from aerospace, robotics and automotive, to power and energy, manufacturing, and biomedical.  

Teaching is our faculty’s top priority, and our professors are committed to developing every student into strong mechanical engineers ready for their careers and on the path to licensure. Passionate scholars and accomplished in their fields, they’ll bring the principles of fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, heat transfer, control theory and engineering design to life for you in a supportive environment characterized by small class sizes and a close-knit community.

Our labs and classrooms are designed to provide you with a hands-on, collaborative and multidisciplinary learning experience. From the lathes and mills in the machine shop, to the air conditioning system trainer in our thermal heat and transfer lab, our teaching equipment emphasizes dynamic mechanical engineering principles in action. A large portion of our curriculum focuses on design and fabrication, giving you ample opportunities to bring prototypes and models of your own design to life with powerful software tools, 3D printers and more. 

Courses and lab work also provide early opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration, giving you an edge as you begin internships and, later, your career. 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, from health sciences to entrepreneurship.

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.

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Facilities

The tools to create, collaborate and succeed

From the lathes and mills found in the machine shop, to the laser cutter workshop's high-powered Vytek 200W CO2 laser, our program's teaching equipment is immaculate and state of the art. Each piece of technology emphasizes principles 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 FDM and PolyJet printers necessary to bring your ideas to life. In our Circuits 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.

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Curriculum and Requirements

BS in Mechanical Engineering Curriculum

The Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering program requires 127 credits.

Within the policies of the School of Engineering, the Mechanical Engineering program enforces credit limits during the academic terms. Exceeding 18 credits in the Fall or Spring semester, 4 credits in the January term, or 10 credits in each Summer term requires the approval of the Dean's Office.

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 1:
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
Humanities, Social Science, Fine Arts (2 classes; must be from two different areas)6
Personal Inquiry 2:
ENR 110The World of an Engineer3
MA 151Calculus I4
PHY 121University Physics4
Integrative Capstone:
University Capstone3
In addition to the University Curriculum, students majoring in Mechanical Engineering must complete the following requirements:
Foundational Courses for Mechanical Engineering
CSC 106Introduction to Programming for Engineers3
MA 153Calculus II: Part A2
MA 154Calculus II: Part B2
MA 251Calculus III4
MA 265Linear Algebra and Differential Equations4
PHY 122University Physics II4
Common Engineering Curriculum
ENR 210Engineering Economics and Project Management3
ENR 395Professional Development Seminar1
Mechanical Engineering Courses
MER 210Fundamentals of Engineering Mechanics and Design3
MER 240Introduction to Mechanical Engineering Design1
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 490
Engineering Professional Experience
MER 498ME Major Design Experience3
Mechanical Engineering Electives
Select two MER technical electives:6
Technical elective
Select one of the following:3
One additional MER technical elective from above
Other 200-level or higher CER, IER or SER course with program director approval
Total Credits126

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Enrollment and Graduation Data

Student enrollment:

  • 2018-19: 117
  • 2017-18: 104
  • 2016-17: 101
  • 2015-16: 82
  • 2014-15: 59
  • 2013-14: 34
  • 2012-13: 8

Number of mechanical engineering program graduates:

  • 2017-18: 20
  • 2016-17: 9
  • 2015-16: 12 (inaugural class)