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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)

The matrix below represents both coursework required for this degree program and a sample degree plan
Freshman
Fall Spring
ENGL 1013 Composition I1,T 3 ENGL 1023 Composition II1,T 3
Social Sciences1,T 3 PHYS 2114 General Physics IT 4
MATH 2914 Calculus IT 4 MATH 2924 Calculus IIT 4
CHEM 2124 General Chemistry IT 4 MCEG 1002 Engineering GraphicsT 2
MCEG 1012 Introduction to Mechanical Engineering 2 MCEG 2203 Computational Methods in Engineering 3
Total Hours 16 Total Hours 16
 
Sophomore
Fall Spring
CHEM 2134 General Chemistry II or PHYS 2124 General Physics IIT 4 Fine Arts & Humanities1,T 3
MATH 2934 Calculus IIIT 4 ELEG 2103 Electric Circuits I 3
MCEG 2013 Statics 3 MATH 3243 Differential Equations I 3
MCEG 2023 Engineering Materials 3 MCEG 2033 Dynamics 3
MCEG 3013 Mechanics of Materials 3
Total Hours 14 Total Hours 15
 
Junior
Fall Spring
ELEG 2113 Electric Circuits II 3 Fine Arts & Humanities1,T 3
MCEG 3313 Thermodynamics I 3 MATH Elective5,T 3
MCEG 3413 Fundamentals of Mechanical Design 3 MCEG 4403 Mechanics of Fluids and Hydraulics 3
MCEG 3442 Mechanical Laboratory I 2 MCEG 4423 Machine Component Design 3
ENGR Electives3 3 ENGR Electives3 3
Total Hours 14 Total Hours 15
 
Senior
Fall Spring
U.S. History/Government1,T 3 ELEG 4303 Control Systems 3
MCEG 3003/ELEG 3003 Engineering Modeling and Design 3 MCEG 4442 Mechanical Laboratory II 2
MCEG 4202/ELEG 4202 Engineering Design 2 MCEG 4443 Heat Transfer 3
MCEG 4433 Thermodynamics II 3 MCEG 4493 Mechanical Design Project 3
Technical Elective4 3 ENGR Lab Elective2 2
  ENGR Electives3 3
Total Hours 14 Total Hours 16
 
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)

The matrix below represents both coursework required for this degree program and a sample degree plan
Freshman
Fall Spring
ENGL 1013 Composition I1 3 ENGL 1023 Composition II1 3
Social Sciences1 3 PHYS 2114 General Physics I 4
MATH 2914 Calculus I 4 MATH 2924 Calculus II 4
CHEM 2124 General Chemistry I 4 MCEG 2023 Engineering Materials 3
MCEG 1012 Introduction to Mechanical Engineering or ELEG 1012 Introduction to Electrical Engineering 2
Total Hours 16 Total Hours 14
 
Sophomore
Fall Spring
Social Sciences/Fine Arts/Humanities/Speech1 3 Fine Arts & Humanities1 3
Fine Arts & Humanities1 3 Social Sciences1 3
U.S. History/Government1 3 MCEG 3313 Thermodynamics I 3
MCEG 2013 Statics 3 MCEG 3512 Radiation Detection Laboratory 2
MCEG 3503 Basic Nuclear Engineering 3 MCEG 3523 Radiation Health Physics 3
Elective 1
Total Hours 15 Total Hours 15
 
1See appropriate alternatives or substitutions in "General Education Requirements".