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; and 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 Outcomes

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

  1. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
  2. an ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors
  3. an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  4. an ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
  5. an ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
  6. an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
  7. an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.
Freshman
FallHoursSpringHours
CH 101 or 1174MATH 126 or 1454
OR CH 100
 PH 105 or 1254
MATH 125 or 1454ENGR 161 or 1711
Humanities (HU), literature (L), or fine arts (FA) elective or history (HI) and/or social behavioral sciences (SB) elective3ENGR 103 or 1233
ME 121 or ENGR 1111EN 102 or 1033
EN 101 or 1033 
 15 15
Sophomore
FallHoursSpringHours
AEM 2013AEM 2643
MATH 227 or 2474AEM 3113
ME 2153MATH 2383
PH 106 or 1264ME 3053
Approved science elective24MTE 2713
 18 15
Junior
FallHoursSpringHours
AEM 2503ME 3504
AEM 2511ME 3603
ECE 3203ME 3723
ME 3093ME 3833
ME 3493Approved mechanical engineering elective33
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, 43
ME 4893Approved mechanical engineering elective33
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

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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