Mechanical engineering is, perhaps, the most diverse, versatile and general of all engineering fields. Mechanical engineers plan, design, and direct the building of everything from paper clips to space shuttles. They design power sources, yet also tackle problems that affect the environment. If a project involves energy production and utilization, mechanical engineers will be involved. Among other examples, they work on engines, power plants, electricity generation, heating, ventilation, and air conditioning. They can be found in all types of companies, including those involved in manufacturing, transportation, health care, and insurance. No other field of engineering provides a better professional base for interdisciplinary endeavor.
Mechanical engineering is principally about designing and building machines that benefit humankind. Life-saving, micro-scale medical equipment, ships that can drill for crude oil in water depths approaching two miles, and huge rockets that travel outside our solar system are just some of the amazing machines that are built by mechanical engineers. Virtually every modern convenience could not have been built without mechanical engineers. Typical industries that employ mechanical engineers are manufacturing, automotive, aerospace, healthcare, power generation, agricultural, telecommunications, and insurance. No other field of engineering is more diverse.
At Trine University, you will be immersed in the fundamental tools of modern mechanical engineering: advanced mathematics, physics, laboratory testing, and computer simulation. Practical designs are the result of any engineering effort and beginning as a freshman, you will be exposed to project work that emphasizes engineering design. As a senior, you will work in a small group of students on a year-long design project. Project work is designed to emphasize both teamwork and personal responsibility.
At Trine University you will have the opportunity to take advanced coursework that leads to a minor in one of the following technical disciplines:
Minor in Aeronautical Engineering
The minor is designed to prepare students for professional engineering careers in the aerospace industry or for graduate studies in the aeronautical engineering field. In addition to the standard Mechanical Engineering curriculum, students take advanced courses in aerodynamics, vehicle structures, gas turbines and aircraft stability and control. Students also develop specialized laboratory skills utilizing Trine ’s subsonic and supersonic wind tunnels.
Minor in Biomedical Engineering
A minor is offered in biomedical engineering within the mechanical engineering department. This minor encompasses: an introduction to the concepts of biomedical engineering, human anatomy , physiology, biomaterials and biomechanics. Students interested in this minor should start their course selection very early in their program of studies.
Minor in Metallurgical Engineering
The minor is designed to prepare students for professional engineering careers that require specialized training in metallurgy or for graduate studies in the metallurgical engineering field. In addition to the standard Mechanical Engineering curriculum, students take advanced courses covering the topics of engineering metallurgy, metallurgical transport, metallurgical thermodynamics, physical metallurgy, and metal casting. Students also develop specialized laboratory skills utilizing Trine ’s scanning electron microscope, foundry laboratory, and metallurgy laboratory. Our cast metals program is accredited by the Foundry Educational Foundation and is considered by the accreditation agency to be one of the top two programs in the United States and Canada.
Minor in Robotics
The field of robotics has constantly grown for the last several decades. With industries struggling to keep costs down by implementing more automation, there is a strong desire to hire students with a background in robotics. The minor is designed to prepare students for professional engineering careers that require specialized training in robotics or for graduate studies in robotics. Students take specialized courses in computer programming, electrical science, digital circuits, mechatronics, and engineering mechanics. Students also develop specialized electrical engineering laboratory skills.
Although the mechanical engineering program is exceptionally challenging, our small class environment and readily accessible faculty will provide you with the education needed to excel in any career path of your choosing.
Five-Year Bachelor/Master Degree Program
Trine University is one of only a few engineering schools that offers students the opportunity to complete both a Bachelor of Science degree and an engineering master’s degree simultaneously. This program requires five academic years with one summer of study. Upon completion of the program, students receive both the Bachelor of Science and the Master of Engineering degrees. Graduates of the five-year program have the engineering design skills needed to lead the design of a complex engineering system. The program provides an excellent foundation for registration as a Professional Engineer.
Trine University’s bachelor degree program in mechanical engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET ,111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012, telephone (410) 347-7700