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Arkansas Tech University         2002-2003 Undergraduate Course Catalog

Department of Mechanical Engineering

Dr. John L. Krohn, Head
CES, Room 104
(479) 9640877
John.Krohn@mail.atu.edu

Professors: Culp
Associate Professors: Goswami, Helmer, Krohn
Assistant Professors: Fithen
Instructors: S. Apple

The Department of Mechanical Engineering offers four-year degree programs leading to the degrees in Bachelor of Science in Engineering (BSEg) and Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (BSME) and a two-year degree program in Nuclear Technology. Within the BSEg program, students may choose to concentrate their studies in either the electrical or the mechanical area. The programs leading to the Bachelor of Science in Engineering (BSEg) and the Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (BSME) degrees are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology (ABET).

The mission of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Arkansas Tech University is to develop and maintain accredited programs leading to the Bachelor of Science degree. The department is committed to providing its students with a positive atmosphere in which to learn the fundamentals of engineering practice including engineering science and design. In order to meets its mission, the department has established educational objectives for its programs.

The educational objectives of the engineering programs of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Arkansas Tech University are to:

1. Produce graduates prepared for successful careers and lifelong learning.

2. Produce graduates trained in methods of engineering analysis including the mathematical and computational skills appropriate for solving engineering problems.

3. Produce graduates with skills pertinent to the design process including the ability to formulate problems, to think creatively, to communicate effectively, to synthesize information and to work collaboratively.

4. Produce graduates able to use current experimental and data analysis techniques for application to engineering problems.

5. Instill in its graduates an understanding of their professional and ethical responsibilities.

Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical engineering is the profession which designs, develops, and manufactures machines that produce, transmit, or use power. Mechanical engineers are involved in the design, development, and production of virtually every product one can imagine. The range of possibilities for jobs for mechanical engineers, both in location and function, is limitless. The mechanical engineering program at Arkansas Tech is designed to give the students a solid grounding in the machine design and thermal systems areas and to help satisfy the engineering manpower needs of industry in Arkansas and the mid-south region. The required courses provide a basis foundation in mechanical engineering with a strong cross-disciplinary component and an emphasis on engineering design.

The first two years of the curriculum contain the needed mathematics, science, and engineering science basics to prepare the student for the upper-level mechanical engineering courses. The junior and senior years include 12 hours of engineering electives which allows the student to concentrate in one of the available areas of specialization which include machine design, nuclear systems, or thermal systems.

Pre-professional curriculum

Prior to enrolling in any 3000 or 4000-level engineering course, students must successfully complete a pre-professional curriculum containing preparatory courses normally taken during the first three semesters. The pre-professional curriculum is composed of the following courses:

ENGL 1013 and 1023 (or equivalent)

MATH 2914 and 2924

CHEM 2124

PHYS 2114

Satisfactory completion of the pre-professional curriculum is defined as a grade of "C" or better in each course or, alternatively, a grade point average of 2.20 or greater for the courses comprising the pre-professional curriculum. Students should meet with their advisor during the semester in which they anticipate completing the pre-professional curriculum to complete the procedure for admittance to upper-level engineering classes. By that time, the student is expected to declare a major within engineering (BSEg, BSEE, BSME).

Most graduates of the engineering programs go directly into the work force as practicing engineers. Many are employed by the numerous small manufacturers in the Arkansas River Valley area. Others have obtained positions with larger companies such as Texas Instruments, Motorola, or Entergy. A number of graduates have elected to attend one of many different graduate schools specializing in disciplines such as engineering (electrical, mechanical, industrial, or nuclear), mathematics, physics, or business.

The following curriculum represents the program of study and a suggested sequence for the Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering degree. The student should be aware that not all courses are offered each semester and that the ordering of courses is subject to change. Students should consult with their academic advisor when entering their junior year in order to minimize scheduling difficulties.

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Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (BSME)

Freshman Year

Fall

Spring

Engineering Graphics (ENGR 1002)

2

Intro to Engineering (ENGR 1012)

2

Biological Science1

4

Physical Activity1

1

English Composition I, II (ENGL 1013, 1023)1

3

3

Calculus I, II (MATH 2914, 2924)

4

4

Social Science1

3

General Chemistry (CHEM 2124)

4

Programming in C (COMS 2803)

3

Total

16

17

Sophomore Year

Calculus III (MATH 2934)

4

Statics (ENGR 2013)

3

Engineering Materials (ENGR 2023)

3

Principles of Economics I (ECON 2003)

3

Physics I, II (PHYS 2114, 2124)

4

4

Mechanics of Materials (ENGR 3013)

3

Electric Circuits I (ENGR 2103)

3

Dynamics (ENGR 2033)

3

Differential Equations (MATH 3243)

3

Total

17

16

Junior Year

Electric Circuits II (ENGR 2113)

3

Electric Circuits Lab (ENGR 2111)

1

Mechanical Lab I (ENGR 3442)

2

Physical Activity1

1

Social Science1

3

Applied Statistics (MATH 3153)

3

Engineering Electives3

3

3

Fine Arts/Humanities1

6

Thermodynamics I (ENGR 3313)

3

Engineering Modeling & Design (ENGR 3003)

3

Engineering Lab Elective2

1

Total

16

16

Senior Year

Engineering Design (ENGR 4202)

2

Heat Transfer (ENGR 4443)

3

Thermodynamics II (ENGR 4433)

3

Mechanics of Fluids and Hydraulics (ENGR 4403)

3

Fundamentals of Mechanical Design (ENGR 3413)

3

Engineering Electives3

3

3

Control Systems I (ENGR 4303)

3

Social Science1

3

Machine Component Design (ENGR 4423)

3

Mechanical Lab II (ENGR 4442)

2

Design Project (ENGR 4493)

3

Total

17

17

1See "General Education Requirements" on page82.

23000-level or above ENGR laboratory class

33000-level or above ENGR course with minimum of six (6) hours at the 4000-level and approval of advisor.

Engineering

The program leading to the Bachelor of Science in Engineering (BSEg) is designed to produce graduates with a solid grounding in both electrical and mechanical engineering while allowing a concentration in one or more specializations. The cross-disciplinary component is strengthened in the BSEg program while the number and variety of electives allow for more customization of the last two years of the program. The engineering program contains the same pre-professional program as the mechanical engineering program. The first two years of the program are very similar to the mechanical engineering program while the last two years contain 19 hours of engineering electives which are traditionally chosen from either the electrical or mechanical engineering elective blocks.

The following curriculum represents the program of study and a suggested sequence for the Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree. The student should be aware that not all courses are offered each semester and that the ordering of courses is subject to change. Students should consult with their academic advisor when entering their junior year in order to minimize scheduling difficulties.

Bachelor of Science in Engineering (BSEg)

Freshman Year

Fall

Spring

Engineering Graphics (ENGR 1002)

2

Intro to Engineering (ENGR 1012)

2

Biological Science1

4

Physical Activity1

1

English Composition I, II (ENGL 1013, 1023)1

3

3

Calculus I, II (MATH 2914, 2924)

4

4

General Chemistry (CHEM 2124)

4

Social Science1

3

Foundations of Computer Programming I (COMS 2103)

3

Total

16

17

Sophomore Year

Calculus III (MATH 2934)

4

Statics (ENGR 2013)

3

Engineering Materials (ENGR 2023)

3

Digital Logic Design (ENGR 2134)

4

Physics I, II (PHYS 2114, 2124)

4

4

Mechanics of Materials (ENGR 3013)

3

Electric Circuits I (ENGR 2103)

3

Dynamics (ENGR 2033)

3

Differential Equations (MATH 3243)

3

Total

18

16

Junior Year

Electric Circuits II (ENGR 2113)

3

Electric Circuits Lab (ENGR 2111)

1

Mechanical Lab I (ENGR 3442)

2

Thermodynamics I (ENGR 3313)

3

Applied Statistics (MATH 3153)

3

Physical Activity1

1

Engineering Electives2

3

3

Principles of Economics I (ECON 2003)

3

Engineering Modeling & Design (ENGR 3003)

3

Electronics I (ENGR 3103)

3

Electrical Machines (ENGR 3153)

3

Engineering Laboratory Electives2

2

Total

16

17

Senior Year

Engineering Design (ENGR 4202)

2

Mechanics of Fluids and Hydraulics (ENGR 4403)

3

Fine Arts/Humanities1

3

3

Engineering Electives2

6

3

Social Science1

3

3

Control Systems I (ENGR 4303)

3

Engineering Lab Elective2

2

Design Project (ENGR 4193 or 4493)

3

Total

17

17

1See "General Education Requirements" on page82.

2See engineering elective requirements below.

Engineering Electives

Each student completing the Bachelor of Science in Engineering (BSEg) degree program must complete a minimum of 19 hours of engineering electives with a minimum of 10 semester hours of 4000-level engineering courses. In selecting courses to fulfill the engineering elective hours, students will work with their advisor to develop a cohesive set of courses within one of the available concentration areas. Choice of engineering electives is subject to the approval of the student's advisor and the department head.

Transfer of Credit

Students wishing to transfer into one of the programs offered by the Department of Mechanical Engineering are urged to contact the Department Head as soon as possible to reduce the possibility of taking non-transferable courses. Course work taken at another institution must meet the requirements of the Arkansas Tech University transfer policies and, in addition, are subject to the department's current transfer policy. Contact the Department of Mechanical Engineering for the latest course transfer information and policy.

Students planning to transfer to another university can, in most cases, complete the first two years of work at Arkansas Tech University. Students who plan to transfer should consult with the school to which they plan to transfer to coordinate details.

Nuclear Technology

The department also offers a two-year program leading to the Associate of Science in Nuclear Technology (ANT) degree. This degree is designed to allow the student to obtain the knowledge base and training necessary to work in one of the many areas in the nuclear field. While many technology degrees, especially at the associate's level, are seen as less rigorous paths, the ANT program at Arkansas Tech University includes most of the same courses as the first two years of the engineering programs.

Graduates of the program leading to the Associate of Science Degree in Nuclear Technology may find employment on many areas of the nuclear industry. Many past ANT graduates have continues their studies to obtain bachelors degrees in engineering or the physical sciences either at Arkansas Tech University or at other institutions.
Associate of Science in Nuclear Technology (ASNT)

Freshman Year

Fall

Spring

Introduction To Engineering (ENGR 1012)

2

Engineering Graphics (ENGR 1002)

2

Social Sciences1

3

General Chemistry (CHEM 2124)

4

English Composition I, II (ENGL 1013, 1023)1

3

3

Calculus I, II (MATH 2914, 2924)

4

4

Engineering Materials (ENGR 2023)

3

Technical Elective2

6

Physical Activity1

1

Total

18

17

Sophomore Year

Statics (ENGR 2013)

3

Calculus III (MATH 2934)

4

Basic Nuclear Engineering (ENGR 3503)

3

Thermodynamics I (ENGR 3313)

3

General Physics I, II (PHYS 2114, 2124)

4

4

Dynamics (ENGR 2033)

3

Radiation Detection Laboratory (ENGR 3512)

2

Electric Circuits I (ENGR 2103)

3

Radiation Health Physics (ENGR 3523)

3

Physical Activity1

1

Total

17

16

1See "General Education Requirements" on page82.

2Mathematics, science, or engineering elective must be approved by an engineering advisor and the Mechanical Engineering Department Head.



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