Mechanical engineering appeals to students who are interested in applying their solid backgrounds in math and physical sciences to understand, design, test, and build real-world devices and processes for the improvement of society. Many ME students delight in hands-on design, test and building experiences.

Students will develop an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science and general engineering to design and conduct experiments, analyze and interpret data, design systems, components and processes to meet desired needs.

Program Objectives

The University of Alabama department of mechanical engineering has adopted the following objectives to ensure our graduates are equipped to meet known and anticipated technical challenges of our profession. Out of a commitment to continuously improve the undergraduate curriculum for the mechanical engineering program, the department of mechanical engineering's faculty has adopted several educational objectives. The following objectives define the early-career accomplishments that the mechanical engineering program is designed to prepare graduates to pursue:

  • Our graduates will be expected to follow one of two career paths: technical or management. We expect them to have sufficient career and professional accomplishments within 5-10 years of graduation to be considered as either an engineering expert or a leader/manager.
  • Our graduates will continue to grow in expertise and knowledge by participating in activities that enhance professional development in their career path. 
  • Our graduates will contribute to the profession in ways that benefit society.

Student Educational Outcomes

The mechanical engineering program at The University of Alabama will demonstrate that its graduates have:

  • an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
  • an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  • an ability to model, analyze, design, and realize a system, component, or process to meet ethical, health and safety, manufacturability and sustainability
  • an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
  • an ability to identify, formulate and solve engineering problems
  • an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  • an ability to communicate effectively
  • the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global economic, environmental and societal context
  • a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in, life-long learning 
  • a knowledge of contemporary issues
  • an ability to use the techniques, skills and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice
  • an ability to apply advanced mathematics in both thermal and mechanical systems areas
  • the ability to work professionally in both thermal and mechanical systems areas
Freshman
FallHoursSpringHours
CH 1014MATH 1264
MATH 1254PH 1054
Humanities (HU), literature (L), or fine arts (FA) elective or history (HI) and/or social behavioral sciences (SB) elective3ENGR 1611
ME 1211ENGR 1033
EN 1013EN 1023
 15 15
Sophomore
FallHoursSpringHours
AEM 2013AEM 2643
MATH 2274AEM 3113
ME 2153MATH 2383
PH 1064ME 3053
Approved science elective4MTE 2713
 18 15
Junior
FallHoursSpringHours
AEM 2503ME 3504
AEM 2511ME 3603
ECE 3203ME 3723
ME 3093ME 3833
ME 3493Approved mechanical engineering elective3
Humanities (HU), literature (L), or fine arts (FA) elective or history (HI) and/or social behavioral sciences (SB) elective3 
 16 16
Senior
FallHoursSpringHours
ME 4503ME 4903
ME 4604Approved mechanical engineering or technical elective3
ME 4893Approved mechanical engineering elective3
Humanities (HU), literature (L), or fine arts (FA) elective or history (HI) and/or social behavioral sciences (SB) elective6Humanities (HU), literature (L), or fine arts (FA) elective or history (HI) and/or social and behavioral sciences (SB) elective6
 16 15
Total Hours: 126
1

All engineering students are required to take 9 hours of humanities and 9 hours of social and behavioral sciences. At least 6 hours must be from a single program.

2

Approved science electives are taken from an approved list available from the department.

3

Mechanical engineering electives are offered on a regular schedule, but not necessarily every year. The student may select any two mechanical engineering electives to complete the requirements for the BS degree. A list of mechanical engineering electives is available from the department.

4

The technical elective requirement may be fulfilled with a mechanical engineering elective course or an engineering, math, or science course from the approved list or with advanced petition to the mechanical engineering  department. The approved list is available from the department.

Interim Term Courses

Humanities and social science courses taken during the Interim term may be counted toward the requirements for a BS degree in mechanical engineering. However, interim courses can be used to fulfill mechanical engineering or technical elective requirements only if the specific courses have been approved in advance of registration by the department of mechanical engineering.

Our graduates accept positions in aerospace, automotive, energy, railroad, manufacturing, food/forest products, appliances, robotics, electric power, electronics, automation, heating/air-conditioning, construction, mining, defense/ military, business, law and medicine.

Types of Jobs Accepted

Entry level engineering jobs in project engineering, production supervision, product design, process design, maintenance, plant layout, technical marketing/ sales, contract supervision, engineering consulting, graduate education in engineering, business, law, medicine and dentistry.

Jobs of Experienced Alumni

Positions in project leadership, plant management, R&D management, contractors, technical sales/marketing executives, entrepreneurs, consulting "rm executives/ owners, corporate executives/ managers/ owners, business management, physicians, attorneys, dentists, military officers, college faculty, and federal/ industrial researchers.

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