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Bachelor of Science in 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 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. The Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Committee of ABET,

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 manufacturing, machine design, nuclear systems, or thermal systems.

For a detailed policy regarding transfer credit for the Mechanical Engineering programs, please see the Department of Mechanical Engineering page. 

It is highly recommended that all freshmen engineering students starting fall 2017 purchase laptop computers. Laptop computer specifications are at:


The matrix below is a sample plan for all coursework required for this program.

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.             6Seniors admitted to the Accelerated BSME to Masters of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering Program are able take up to 12 credit hours at the 5000-level that can count as 4000-level courses. The following courses may be used to fulfill the engineering and technical elective requirements in the BSME program: MCEG 5043 Physical Metallurgy, MCEG 5053 Corrosion Principles, MCEG 5323 Power Plant Systems, MCEG 5343 Internal Combustion Engines, MCEG 5413 Finite Element Analysis, MCEG 5463 Heating, Ventilating, and Air-Conditioning Design, MCEG 5473 Mechanical Vibrations, MCEG 5503 Nuclear Power Plants I, and MCEG 5993 Special Problems in Engineering I.