The Mechanical Engineering Program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org. The first two years of the program concentrate primarily on math, science, general education, and general engineering. During the last remaining years, students concentrate more on Mechanical Engineering topics. Several courses include a laboratory component, and a variety of equipment is available such as vibration and noise instruments, robots & mechatronic systems, a wind tunnel, furnaces, solar collectors, HVAC test equipment, a complete machine shop, data acquisition systems, computer aided design software, materials testing machines, and analytical devices including optical and electron microscopes.
- What is Mechanical Engineering
Mechanical engineering is the study of the principles of force, energy, and motion. Mechanical engineers play a dominant role in enhancing general safety, economic vitality, and overall quality of living. Every aspect of life is touched by Mechanical Engineering. If something moves or uses energy, a Mechanical Engineer was probably involved in its design or production. They design, analyze, and manufacture the machines and systems used by modern society. Here is a short list of some products, devices and systems that Mechanical Engineers have helped to develop: automobiles, aircraft, robots, power plants, heating and cooling systems, solar energy devices, computer hardware and software, space vehicles, home appliances, micromachines, specialized industrial machinery and artificial limbs!
- Careers in Mechanical Engineering
Mechanical Engineering is a very broad discipline. Consequently, Mechanical engineers are typically found engaged in a diverse range of activities including machine design and analysis, product development, plant design, basic and applied research, environmental control, manufacturing, robotics, and technical sales. Mechanical engineers are employed by virtually every industry that uses engineers such as public utilities, aerospace, consumer products, computers, bioengineering, food processing, automotive, or materials to name some examples. Some people earn a mechanical engineering degree, and then use their broad technical background to pursue graduate studies and careers in other fields such as business, law, or medicine.
- Degree Program Although many specialties exist within Mechanical Engineering, two major areas are often described: 1. Energy Systems or Thermal Sciences 2. Mechanical Systems or Applied Mechanics. The student manjoring in mechical engineering receives basic preparation in both of these areas, yet it is possible through several electives to emphasize Energy Systems or Mechanical Systems. ELective courses in the program are fulfilled by Engineering Electives chosen by the student, and in their Senior year the student performs a project in the Senior Design courses.
Cooperative Education Curriculum Component
Cooperative education (Co-op) is an integral part of civil engineering education at University of the Pacific. All students who are U.S. Citizens are required to complete 32 units of co-op, which entails a seven month work period. Consequently, earning a B.S. degree in civil engineering may take longer than four years. Experience gained during co-op gives Pacific civil engineering graduates a significant advantage when they seek permanent employment. Co-op coordinators work with students to arrange relevant full-time, paid jobs with engineering employers.
Your future as a Mechanical Engineer
A degree in Mechanical Engineering allows majors in mechanical systems or energy systems to prepare for positions in product development, plant design, machine design, basic and applied research, environmental control, materials and manufacturing, robotics or technical sales.
Graduates of this program have the knowledge essential for entry into this dynamic field of engineering or can continue their education through graduate studies. The School of Engineering & Computer Science offers a Masters of Science in Engineering Science with a concentration in Mechanical Engineering. Through our Blended Program a student can begin graduate course work during his/her senior year at Pacific and complete both a B.S. and M.S. degree in a total of five years!