Wilkes University

Department of Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Management

Mechanical Engineering

The Department of Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Management offers a four-year Bachelor of Science degree program in Mechanical Engineering. The four-year Bachelor of Science degree program in Mechanical Engineering (ME) is dedicated to the principle of preparing its students for industry and graduate study with the expectation of eventual leadership responsibilities. To that end, its faculty and facilities focus on an emphasis of design and industrial experience, student-faculty-industry cooperative projects, teamwork, the adoption of new technologies and the hands-on student utilization of laboratories and computing systems. The Mechanical Engineering program maintains professional accreditation by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET (ABET, 415 North Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21201; Telephone: (410) 347-7700).

The ME program is designed to achieve a balance among the major areas of Machine Design, Electro-Mechanical Systems, and Thermal Systems. Descriptions of program objectives and outcomes are publicly posted in the Department and on the Department's webpages.

The Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering (MSME) is also available. This degree program is described in the Graduate Bulletin.

Mechanical Engineering B.S. Degree - Required Courses and Recommended Course Sequence

First Semester

MTH-111 Calculus I

4

CHM-117 Chemistry Lab for Engineers

1

CHM-118 Chemistry for Engineers

3

ME-180 CADD Lab

1

ENG-101 Composition

4

FYF-101 First-Year Foundations

3

 

16

Second Semester

MTH-112 Calculus II

4

PHY-201 General Physics I

3

PHY-204 General Physics I Lab

1

ME-140 Scientific Programming

3

EGR-200 Materials Science

3

Distribution Requirement

3

 

17

Third Semester

MTH-211 Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations

4

PHY-202 General Physics II

3

PHY-205 General Physics II Lab

1

EE-211 Electrical Circuits and Devices

3

EE-283 Electrical Engineering Lab

1

ME-231 Statics 

3

Distribution Requirement

 3

 

18

Fourth Semester

EGR-222 Mechatronics

3

ME-232 Strength of Materials

3

ME-234 Dynamics

3

ME-322 Thermodynamics

3

MTH-212 Multivariable Calculus

4

ME-175 Machining

1

 

17

Fifth Semester

ME-321 Fluid Mechanics

3

ME-215 Manufacturing Processes

3

ME-335 Finite Element Methods

4

ME-333 Machine Design

3

Distribution Requirement

3

 

16

Sixth Semester

ME-399 Cooperative Education* OR ME Technical Elective**

3

EGR-201 Professionalism and Ethics

1

ME-323 Fluid Mechanics Lab

1

ME-324 Heat Transfer

3

ME-332 Vibrations

3

ME-330 Vibrations Laboratory

1

EGM-320 Engineering Project Management

3

Distribution Requirement

3

 

18

Seventh Semester

ME-326 Heat Transfer Laboratory

1

Science Elective***

3

ME-384 Mechanical Design Laboratory

3

ME-391 Senior Projects I

1

ME-317 Robotics

3

Distribution Requirement

3

 

14

Eighth Semester

ME Technical Elective**

3

ME-392 Senior Projects II

2

Technical Elective**

3

Free Elective****

3

Distribution Requirement

3

 

14

*Consult with the Cooperative Education Coordinator to determine availability and proper scheduling of the Cooperative Education experience.
**Technical electives:  Two (2) courses must be advisor-approved ME courses at the 200 level or above. One (1) course may be chosen from any advisor-approved math, science, or engineering course numbered 200 or above.
***Science elective from approved list.
****Free elective may be chosen from any course numbered 101 or above.

Mechanical Engineering

ME-140. Scientific Programming

Credits: 3

This course presents an introduction to computer programming with an emphasis on the techniques needed for data analysis and numerical problem solving for scientific and engineering applications.  Basic programming idioms are presented including control structures, data types, methods for handling input and output as well as numerical methods such as array computing and vectorization.  Emphasis is placed on proper software engineering practice as well as data analysis and presentation.


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Co-Requisites
MTH-111 concurrent or before

ME-175. Machining

Credits: 1

Familiarizing with traditional machining processes and measuring equipment used in manufacturing. Hands-on experience with traditional and numerical control (NC) machines; various manufacturing processes and fundamentals of metrology. 

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ME-180. CADD Lab

Credits: 1

An introduction to the symbolic and visual languages used in the various engineering fields. The use of the computer in design and drafting and familiarization with various software packages in the CADD (Computer Aided Design and Drafting) laboratory. Blueprint reading and printed circuit layouts. Emphasis will also be placed on the representation and interpretation of data in graphical form as well as the fundamentals of 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional graphic formats. 
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ME-215. Manufacturing Processes

Credits: 3

An introduction to manufacturing which examines traditional processes such as metal forming and casting and advanced manufacturing processes associated with thin film deposition, microfabrication and piezoelectric devices. Quality assurance and quality control issues in manufacturing.

Pre-Requisites

ME-231. Statics

Credits: 3

Statics of particles, including resolution of forces into components, vector sums, and concurrent force systems. Statics of rigid bodies and the study of moments. Equilibrium of bodies in two- and three-dimensions and determination of reactions. Analysis of trusses and frames. Determination of centroids and moments of inertia.

Pre-Requisites
Co-Requisites
MTH-112 concurrent or before
ME-180 concurrent or before

ME-232. Strength of Materials

Credits: 3

Analysis of statically determinate and indeterminate structural systems; computation of reactions, shears, moments, and deflections of beams, trusses, and frames. Bending and torsion of slender bars; buckling and plastic behavior.

Pre-Requisites

ME-234. Dynamics

Credits: 3

This course continues the development of Newtonian mechanics with application to the motion of free bodies and mechanisms. Topics include rectilinear motion, vector calculus, particle motion, inertial and rotating reference frames, rigid body motion, rotational dynamics, linear and rotational momentum, work and kinetic energy, virtual work and collision.

Pre-Requisites

ME-298. Topics in Mechanical Engineering

Credits: 1-3

Selected topics in the field of mechanical engineering.

Pre-Requisites
Sophomore standing and permission of the instructor.

ME-312. Manufacturing System Engineering

Credits: 3

Fundamentals of manufacturing processes and systems. Analytical models of manufacturing processes including metal removal rate, tool wear, setup and tool change times. Analysis and optimization of manufacturing productivity and throughput. Automation and computer control of manufacturing processes.

Pre-Requisites
Junior standing in mechanical engineering.

ME-314. Inverse Problems in Mechanics

Credits: 3

Inverse problems are very common in engineering where the outputs are known but the inputs are unknown. This course will show how to properly setup a well-posed inverse problem, how to solve matrix inverses, and conduct hands on experiments by creating strain gage based force transducers.

Pre-Requisites

ME-317. Robotics

Credits: 3

The analysis and design of robots. Class covers the mechanical principles governing the kinematics of robotics. Course topics include forward kinematics and the determination of the closed form kinematic inversion, as well as workspace and trajectory generation. Class also covers the formation and computation of the manipulator Jacobian matrix.

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Pre-Requisites
Co-Requisites
MTH-212 concurrent or before

ME-321. Fluid Mechanics

Credits: 3

Thermodynamics and dynamic principles applied to fluid behavior and to ideal, viscous and compressible fluids under internal and external flow conditions.

Pre-Requisites
Co-Requisites
ME-322 concurrent or before

ME-322. Thermodynamics

Credits: 3

The fundamental concepts and laws of thermodynamics, thermodynamic properties of perfect and real gases, vapors, solids, and liquids. Applications of thermodynamics to power and refrigeration cycles and flow processes. Development of thermodynamic relationships and equations of state. Review of the first and second laws of physics. Reversibility and irreversibility.

Pre-Requisites

ME-323. Fluid Mechanics Laboratory

Credits: 1

Experiments with and analysis of basic fluid phenomena, hydrostatic pressure, Bernoulli theorem, laminar and turbulent flow, pipe friction, and drag coefficient.

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Co-Requisites
ME-321 concurrent or before
ME-322 concurrent or before

ME-324. Heat Transfer

Credits: 3

Fundamental principles of heat transmission by conduction, convection, and radiation; application of the laws of thermodynamics; application of these principles to the solution of engineering problems.

Pre-Requisites

ME-325. Energy Systems

Credits: 3

Fundamental principles of energy transmission and energy conversion. Comprehension of the physical systems in which the conversion of energy is accomplished. Primary factors necessary in the design and performance analysis of energy systems.

Pre-Requisites

ME-326. Heat Transfer Laboratory

Credits: 1

Basic heat transfer modes are demonstrated experimentally. This includes conduction, convection, and radiation of heat as well as fin and heat exchanger. 
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Pre-Requisites
Co-Requisites
ME-324 concurrent or before

ME-328. Combustion Engines

Credits: 3

Investigation and analysis of internal and external combustion engines with respect to automotive applications. Consideration of fuels, carburetion, combustion, detonation, design factors, exhaust emissions and alternative power plants.

Pre-Requisites

ME-330. Vibrations Laboratory

Credits: 1
Fees: 115
Experiments that complement vibration theories in ME 332, including spring and damper elements, underdamped vibration, torsional pendulum, resonance, transient and steady-state behaviors, base excitation, rotating unbalance, impulse response, and modal testing.

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Pre-Requisites
Co-Requisites
ME-332 concurrent or before

ME-332. Vibrations

Credits: 3

An introductory course in mechanical vibration dealing with free and forced vibration of single and multi-degrees of freedom for linear and nonlinear systems. 

Pre-Requisites

ME-333. Machine Design

Credits: 3

The first course of a two-course sequence in design of machine elements dealing with theories of deformation and failure, strength and endurance limit, fluctuating stresses, and design under axial, bending, torsional, and combined stresses. A study of column buckling, fasteners, and gears.

Pre-Requisites

ME-335. Finite Element Methods

Credits: 4

Introduction to finite element method for static and dynamic modeling and analysis of engineering systems. Finite element formulation and computer modeling techniques for stress, plane strain, beams, axisymmetric solids, heat conduction, and fluid flow problems. Solution of finite element equation and post processing of results for further use in the design problem. 

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Pre-Requisites
Co-Requisites
MTH-211 concurrent or before

ME-336. Solid Mechanics

Credits: 3

This course is an introduction to continuum mechanics, variational methods, including vectors and tensors, state of stress and compatibility equation, plain stress and strain. Energy Principles and virtual work will be discussed.

Pre-Requisites

ME-337. Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems Engineering

Credits: 3

This course explores the principles of MEMS by understanding materials properties, micro-machining, sensor and actuator principles. The student will learn that MEMS are integrated micro-devices combining mechanical and electrical systems, which convert physical properties to electrical signals and, consequently, detection. This course provides the theoretical and exercises the hands-on experience by fabricating a micro-pressure sensor. 
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Pre-Requisites
Junior standing in engineering

ME-338. Advanced Machine Design

Credits: 3

An advanced course in machine design topics that expands upon the concepts of Machine Design (ME-333). This course goes into more detail of the basic machine fundamentals introduced previously such as levers, belts, pulleys, gears, cams and power screws. Emphasis is also placed on 3D printing and the future of additive manufacturing.

Pre-Requisites

ME-340. Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning

Credits: 3

Introduction of fundamentals of HVAC design and construction. Study of the psychometric process and fundamental calculations and layout of HVAC systems. Calculations of heat loss and heat gain in commercial and residential structures.

Pre-Requisites

ME-343. Additive Manufacturing

Credits: 3

An introduction to additive manufacturing, also known as 3-D printing, which is a process of building 3-D objects from a digital file. Emphasis will be placed on both existing and emerging additive manufacturing processes in the context of design, modeling, materials, processing, and applications. This course provides hands-on experience and implements active learning strategies.

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Pre-Requisites

ME-380. Advanced CADD

Credits: 3
An advanced course in Computer-Aided Drafting and Design (CADD) using SolidWorks. This course will introduce topics such as advanced modeling, advanced assemblies, Finite Element Analysis (FEA), and sheet metal.
Pre-Requisites

ME-384. Mechanical Design Laboratory

Credits: 3

A laboratory for the development of open-ended problems in mechanical systems. Emphasis on experimental performance, data collection, evaluations, analysis, and design. This course provides hands-on experience with strain gauge application, measurement techniques, and analysis of topics in mechanical engineering.
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Pre-Requisites

ME-391. Senior Projects I

Credits: 1

Design and development of selected projects in the field of mechanical engineering under the direction of a staff member. Technical as well as economic factors will be considered in the design. A detailed progress report is required.

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Pre-Requisites
Senior standing in Mechanical Engineering or departmental permission.

ME-392. Senior Projects II

Credits: 2

Design and development of selected projects in the various fields of mechanical engineering under the direction of a staff member. Technical as well as economic factors will be considered in the design. A professional paper and detailed progress reports are required. This is a continuation of ME-391. An open-forum presentation and discussion of the professional paper are required.

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Pre-Requisites

ME-395. Independent Research

Credits: 1 - 3

Independent study and research for advanced students in the field of mechanical engineering under the direction of a staff member. A research paper at a level significantly beyond a term paper is required.

Pre-Requisites
Senior standing in mechanical engineering and approval of the department chairperson is required.

ME-396. Independent Research

Credits: 1 - 3

Independent study and research for advanced students in the field of mechanical engineering under the direction of a staff member. A research paper at a level significantly beyond a term paper is required.

Pre-Requisites
Senior standing in mechanical engineering and approval of the department chairperson is required.

ME-397. Seminar

Credits: 1-3

Presentations and discussions of selected topics.

Pre-Requisites
Junior or Senior standing in mechanical engineering or special departmental permission.

ME-398. Topics in Mechanical Engineering

Credits: 1-3

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Pre-Requisites
Junior or senior standing in mechanical engineering.

ME-399. Cooperative Education

Credits: 0-6

Professional cooperative education placement in a private or public organization related to the student’s academic objectives and career goals. In addition to their work experiences, students are required to submit weekly reaction papers and an academic project to a Faculty Coordinator in the student’s discipline. See the Cooperative Education section of this bulletin for placement procedures.  Requirements: minimum junior standing in Engineering; 2.0 cumulative GPA; consent of the academic advisor; and approval of placement by the department chairperson.  The co-op option for credit can only be taken one time for either 3 or 6 credits.


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