The training of the mechanical engineer is the broadest among the several fields of engineering. The mechanical engineer uses the techniques of mathematics combined with a specialized knowledge of the thermal and energy sciences, solid and fluid mechanics, and the properties of materials. This information is supplemented by an understanding of manufacturing processes, the design and control of systems, and the economics of the technological community.
Our graduates will be able to apply knowledge of mathematics, science and mechanical engineering to the solution of problems, particularly in the areas of thermodynamics and energy systems; heat transfer; fluid mechanics; mechanical systems and controls; mechanical design; finite element methods and computer-aided graphics; manufacturing; instrumentation; and experimental method.
Consistent with the Vision and Mission statements of the University of Kentucky and the College of Engineering, the undergraduate program in mechanical engineering will prepare our graduates for successful practice or academic pursuits in mechanical engineering. We expect our graduates to attain the following Program Educational Objectives within a few years of graduation:
Our graduates will be employed in mechanical engineering or a variety of related fields as professionals, or attend graduate and professional schools in their career paths.
Our graduates will continue their education and professional growth by supporting or participating in professional societies, licensure programs, short courses, or other professional development activities.
*A minimum of 6 credit hours (two courses) must have an ME prefix or be cross-listed as an ME course. A maximum of 3 credit hours (one course) may be chosen from technical electives with prefixes other than ME. Exceptions only with the approval of the Director of Undergraduate Studies.