West Texas A&M University

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Mechanical Engineering Program Information

Department of Engineering and Computer Science

Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Degree

Major in Mechanical Engineering (Major Code: 129)

A student must complete a minimum of 126 semester credit hours to include at least 36 advanced hours.

University Core Curriculum Requirements

Refer to the “University Core Curriculum” section of the catalog. Students must take MATH 2413 (Calculus I) from mathematics and PHYS 2425, 2426 (Engineering Physics I and II) from natural sciences.

Mechanical Engineering Requirements

  • ENGR 1301, 1302, 1304, 1375, 2301, 2302, 3302; MENG 3320, 3340, 3350, 3360, 4304, 4350, 4352, 4360, 4362, 4380.
  • CHEM 1411, ET 2371 or 2372, MATH 2414, 3340, 3342, 4361.
  • Two MENG electives (6 SCH). Two upper-level MATH/PHYS electives (6 SCH). One elective in ENGR, ET or MENG (3 SCH).

Program Educational Objectives

The West Texas A&M University Mechanical Engineering Program has the following objectives. During the first few years after graduation, engineers from the program will:
  • Be able to formulate and solve complex practical and theoretical engineering problems, while at the same time understanding business objectives and appreciating the social, economic and ethical issues encountered in a modern global society;
  • Think critically and creatively, work effectively on interdisciplinary teams, and communicate clearly in both technical and non-technical forums;
  • Be professionally employed, serving the rapidly changing technological needs of industry or governmental organizations regionally or throughout the state and nation; and
  • Continue to grow professionally through activities such as pursuing formal graduate study, research or continuing education; achieving professional licensure; and participating in technical societies.

Student Outcomes

Faculty members use the program educational outcomes to develop the topics covered and assignments in each course. By the time of graduation, mechanical engineering students will be able to demonstrate:

a.   The ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
b.   The ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
c.   The ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
d.   The ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
e.   The ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
f.    The understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
g.   The ability to communicate effectively
h.   The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
i.   The recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
j.    A knowledge of contemporary issues
k.   The ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

Admission Requirements for Pre-Engineering and Mechanical Engineering

All mechanical engineering students must meet West Texas A&M University’s admission standards as outlined in the catalog. Upon admission to the University, all WTAMU students would be eligible to engage in and complete the first two years of the Engineering Program. In the semester during which the student would complete the pre-engineering sequence (cited below), the student may petition for admittance into the Mechanical Engineering Program. Every student enrolled in mechanical engineering courses must first be admitted into the Mechanical Engineering Program or receive special permission from the department head.

Criteria for admission into the Mechanical Engineering Program:

  • Overall GPA of at least 2.25.
  • Completion of the pre-engineering sequence— MATH 2413, 2414, PHYS 2425, 2426, ENGR 1301, 1302, 2301, 2302, with a GPA of at least 2.75.
  • Successfully complete the entrance interview with adviser.

Students pursuing a mechanical engineering degree who do not meet the aforementioned criteria are to be listed as pre-engineering (Major Code 128) students.

Students may appeal the Engineering Admissions Committee decisions, first to the committee and then to the Engineering Program coordinator. Exceptions, resulting in conditional admission, will be considered on an individual basis by the program coordinator.