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Department of Mechanical Engineering

Dr. Patricia Buford, Associate Dean
Corley, Room 262
(479) 968-0338
pbuford@atu.edu

Professors:
Helmer, Krohn
Associate Professors:
Fithen, Frasier, Steuber
Assistant Professor:
M. Smith
Instructor:
Apple

The Department of Mechanical Engineering offers a four-year degree program leading to the Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (BSME) and a two-year degree program in Nuclear Technology. The program leading to the Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (BSME) degree is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of the Accreditation Board for 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 program.

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

  1. To produce graduates who use the engineering skills and technical ability gained through the program to embark upon successful careers in mechanical engineering.
  2. To produce graduates who engage in life-long learning.
  3. To produce graduates who employ engineering analysis, experimental methods, and design techniques to solve engineering problems.
  4. To produce graduates who demonstrate 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.
  5. To produce graduates who understand 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 job possibilities for mechanical engineers, both in location and function, is limitless. The mechanical engineering program at Arkansas Tech is designed to give its 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 basic foundation in mechanical engineering with a strong cross-disciplinary component and an emphasis on engineering design.

Most graduates of the engineering program go directly into the work force as practicing engineers. Many are employed by manufacturing companies in the Arkansas River Valley area, while others have obtained positions with large national and multinational corporations. 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 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.

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.

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. In order to minimize scheduling difficulties, each student should schedule a special session with their advisor at the beginning of their junior year to plan the remaining coursework.

Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (BSME)

Degree Completion Plan Beginning in Fall Semester
Freshman Sophomore
Fall Spring Fall Spring
ENGL 10131,T 3 ENGL 10231,T 3 CHEM 2134 or PHYS 2124T 4 Fine Arts & Humanities1,T 3
Social Sciences1,T 3 PHYS 2114T 4 MATH 2934T 4 ELEG 2103 3
MATH 2914T 4 MATH 2924T 4 MCEG 2013 3 MATH 3243 3
CHEM 2124T 4 MCEG 1002T 2 MCEG 2023 3 MCEG 2033 3
MCEG 1012 2 MCEG 2203 3 MCEG 3013 3
Total Hours 16 Total Hours 16 Total Hours 14 Total Hours 15
Junior Senior
Fall Spring Fall Spring
ELEG 2113 3 Fine Arts & Humanities1,T 3 U.S. History/Government1,T 3 ELEG 4303 3
MCEG 3313 3 MATH Elective5,T 3 MCEG 3003/ELEG 3003 3 MCEG 4442 2
MCEG 3413 3 MCEG 4403 3 MCEG 4202/ELEG 4202 2 MCEG 4443 3
MCEG 3442 2 MCEG 4423 3 MCEG 4433 3 MCEG 4493 3
ENGR Electives3 3 ENGR Electives3 3 Technical Elective4 3 ENGR Lab Elective2 2
      ENGR Electives3 3
Total Hours 14 Total Hours 15 Total Hours 14 Total Hours 16
Degree Completion Plan Beginning in Spring Semester
Freshman Sophomore
Spring Fall Spring Fall
ENGL 10131,T 3 ENGL 10231,T 3 CHEM 2134 or PHYS 2124T 4 U.S. History/Government1,T 3
Social Sciences1,T 3 PHYS 2114T 4 MATH 2934T 4 ELEG 2103 3
MATH 2914T 4 MATH 2924T 4 MCEG 2013 3 MATH 3243 3
CHEM 2124T 4 MCEG 1002T 2 MCEG 2023 3 MCEG 2033 3
MCEG 10121,T 2 MCEG 2203 3 MCEG 3013 3
Total Hours 16 Total Hours 16 Total Hours 14 Total Hours 15
Junior Senior
Spring Fall Spring Fall
MATH Elective5,T 3 MCEG 3003/ELEG 3003 3 Fine Arts & Humanities1,T 3 Fine Arts & Humanities1,T 3
ELEG 2113 3 MCEG 3442 2 MCEG 4202/ELEG 4202 2 ELEG 4303 3
MCEG 3313 3 MCEG 4403 3 MCEG 4443 3 MCEG 4433 3
MCEG 3413 3 MCEG 4423 3 MCEG 4442 2 MCEG 4493 3
ENGR Electives3 3 Technical Elective4 3 ENGR Electives3 3 ENGR Electives3 3
ENGR Lab Elective2 2
Total Hours 15 Total Hours 14 Total Hours 15 Total Hours 15
1See appropriate alternatives or substitutions in "General Education Requirements".
23000-level or above ELEG or MCEG laboratory class.
33000-level or above ELEG or MCEG course with minimum of three (3) hours at the 4000-level and approval of advisor.
4Technical elective course to be chosen with approval of advisor from list of eligible courses maintained in the departmental office.
5Mathematics elective course to be chosen with approval of advisor from list of eligible courses maintained in the departmental office.
TDesignates a block of courses that would provide for a seamless transfer into this program if equivalent courses are taken at another college or university.

Nuclear Technology

The department also offers a two-year program leading to the Associate of Science in Nuclear Technology (ASNT) 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 ASNT 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 in many areas of the nuclear industry. Many past ASNT graduates have continued 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)

Suggested Sequence of Courses
Freshman Sophomore
Fall Spring Fall Spring
ENGL 10131 3 ENGL 10231 3 Social Sciences/Fine Arts/Humanities/Speech1 3 Fine Arts & Humanities1 3
Social Sciences1 3 PHYS 2114 4 Fine Arts & Humanities1 3 Social Sciences1 3
MATH 2914 4 MATH 2924 4 U.S. History/Government1 3 MCEG 3313 3
CHEM 2124 4 MCEG 2023 3 MCEG 2013 3 MCEG 3512 2
MCEG 1012 or ELEG 1012 2 MCEG 3503 3 MCEG 3523 3
Elective 1
Total Hours 16 Total Hours 14 Total Hours 15 Total Hours 15
1See appropriate alternatives or substitutions in "General Education Requirements".