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Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

College of Engineering

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Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering - Undergraduate Programs

MECHANICAL ENGINEERING PROGRAM

BSME Program Educational Objectives 

The goal of the undergraduate program in mechanical engineering is to produce well-rounded engineers prepared for careers in mechanical engineering or related disciplines, utilizing an excellent education in the fundamentals of engineering mathematics, sciences, and design in order to:

  • • Create innovative solutions responsive to customer needs and meeting societal challenges;
  • • Apply their knowledge to communicating and translating ideas and plans into working engineering systems;
  • • Effectively function as a team member and/or leader in global, multi-disciplinary technical environments.

Student Learning Outcomes

The following student learning outcomes have been developed: knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering; design and conduct experiments and analyze and interpret data; design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints; function on multi-disciplinary teams; identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems; understanding of professional and ethical responsibilities; communicate effectively; understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context; knowledge of contemporary issues.

Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (code MAE_BS01) (134 units)

The opportunity to explore a particular area of interest is provided by additional elective courses in the senior year. Several industry and professional society sponsored scholarships and internships are available to upper division mechanical engineering students. Further information is available in the department office.

Requirements

Minimum of 134 units including University General Education requirements. A grade of "C" or better must be achieved in all prerequisites for all required courses listed below.

Lower Division:

  • Take all of the following courses:
    • CHEM 111A General Chemistry (5)
    • CE 205 Analytical Mechanics I (Statics) (3)
    • EE 211 Electric Circuits I (3)
    • EE 211L Electric Circuits Laboratory (1)
    • MATH 122 Calculus I (4)
    • MATH 123 Calculus II (4)
    • MATH 224 Calculus III (4)
    • ENGR 101 Introduction to Engineering Profession (1)
    • ENGR 102 Academic Success Skills (1)
    • MAE 101B Introduction ot Mechanical Engineering (1)
    • MAE 172 Engineering Design Graphics I (3)
    • MAE 205 Computer Methods in ME (2)
    • MAE 272 Introduction to Manufacturing Processes (2)
    • PHYS 151 Mechanics and Heat (4)
    • PHYS 152 Electricity and Magnetism (4)

Upper Division:

  • Take all of the following courses:
    • CE 335 Fluid Mechanics (3)
    • CE 336 Fluid Mechanics Laboratory (1)
    • CE 406 Engineering Economy and Administration (3)
    • ECON 300 Fundamentals of Economics (3)
    • MATH 370A Applied Mathematics I (3)
    • MAE 300 Engr Instrumentation and Measurement (2)
    • MAE 305 Numerical Methods in ME (3)
    • MAE 322 Engrg Materials and Materials Processes (3)
    • MAE 330 Engineering Thermodynamics I (3)
    • MAE 336 Power Plant Design (3)
    • MAE 337 Thermal Engineering Laboratory (2)
    • MAE 361 Materials and Properties Lab (1)
    • MAE 371 Analytical Mechanics II (Dynamics) (3)
    • MAE 373 Mechanics of Deformable Bodies (3)
    • MAE 375 Kinematics and Dynamics of Mechanisms (3)
    • MAE 376 Modeling & Analysis of Dynamic Systems (3)
    • MAE 409 Modern Computational Aspects in M E (3)
    • MAE 431 Heat Transfer Systems Design (3)
    • MAE 459 Professional Practice Seminar (1)
    • MAE 471 Analysis & Design Machine Components (3)
    • MAE 472 Design of ME Systems (3)
    • MAE 476 Mechanical Control Systems I (3)
    • MAE 490 Special Topics (3)

AEROSPACE ENGINEERING PROGRAM

BSAE Program Educational Objectives 

The goal of the undergraduate program in aerospace engineering is to produce well-rounded engineers prepared for careers in aerospace engineering or related disciplines, utilizing an excellent education in the fundamentals of engineering mathematics, sciences, and design in order to:

  • 1. Create innovative solutions responsive to customer needs and meeting societal challenges;
  • 2. Apply their knowledge to communicating and translating ideas and plans into working engineering systems;
  • 3. Effectively function as a team member and/or leader in global, multi-disciplinary technical environments.

Student Learning Outcomes

The following student learning outcomes have been developed: skills in mathematics, physics and chemistry; analyze problems and propose appropriate solutions; analysis and design of components; work in teams on simplified design problems or to design complex systems from a preliminary design point of view; design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data; understand professional and ethical responsibility; good oral, written, and graphical communication skills; awareness of environmental concerns in the engineering profession; knowledge of contemporary issues.

Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering (code MAE_BS02) (134 units)

The curriculum is designed to supplement mathematics, science and basic engineering courses in order to give students the specialization needed in different areas of aerospace engineering. In addition to acquiring technical knowledge, graduates will have completed appropriate courses in communications and in humanistic social studies.

Requirements

A grade of "C" or better must be achieved in all required courses listed below. A minimum of 134 units is required.

Lower Division:

  • Take all of the following:
    • CE 205 Analytical Mechanics I (Statics) (3)
    • CHEM 111A General Chemistry (5)
    • ENGR 101 Intro to Engineering Profession (1)
    • ENGR 102 Academic Success Skills (1)
    • MAE 101A Introduction to Aerospace Engr (1)
    • MAE 172 Engineering Design Graphics (3)
    • MAE 205 Comp Meth in Mech/Aerospace Engr (2)
    • MATH 122 Calculus I (4)
    • MATH 123 Calculus II (4)
    • MATH 224 Calculus III (4)
    • PHYS 151 Mechanics and Heat (4)
  • Take one of the following choices:
    • PHYS 152 Electricity and Magnetism (4)
    • or
    • EE 210 Electro-Magnetic Foundations in EE (3)
    • and
    • EE 210L Electro-Magnetic Foundations in EE Lab (1)

Upper Division:

  • Take all of the following:
    • ECON 300 Fundamentals of Economics (3)
    • MATH 370A Applied Mathematics I (3)
    • MAE 300 Engr Instrumentation and Measure (2)
    • MAE 305 Num Meth in Mech/Aerospace Engr (3)
    • MAE 330 Engineering Thermodynamics I (3)
    • MAE 333 Engineering Fluid Dynamics (3)
    • MAE 334 Aerodynamics I (3)
    • MAE 350 Flight Mechanics (3)
    • MAE 365 Aerospace Structures I (3)
    • MAE 371 Analytical Mechanics II (Dynamics) (3)
    • MAE 373 Mechanics of Deformable Bodies (3)
    • MAE 374 Mech Properties of Materials Lab (1)
    • MAE 381 Fundamentals of Space Dynamics (3)
    • MAE 390 Aerospace Engineering Seminar (1)
    • MAE 434 Aerodynamics II (3)
    • MAE 440 Aerodynamics Laboratory (1)
    • MAE 452 Propulsion (3)
    • MAE 453 Stability & Control of Aerospace Vehicles (3)
    • MAE 465 Aerospace Structures II (3)
    • MAE 478 Aerospace Systems Design I (3)
    • MAE 479 Aerospace Systems Design II (2)
    • MAE 481 Space Systems Engineering (3)
    • MAE 483 Space Flight and Orbital Mechanics (3)
  • Take 6 units of electives from the following:
    • MAE 408, 422, 435, 451, 454 and 490A.

Bachelor of Science in Engineering

Option in Materials Engineering (code MAE_BS03) (135 units)

Modern engineering applications in all fields require new materials with properties well beyond those obtainable with the alloys available years ago. New materials, such as composites, ceramics, polymers, semiconductors and their manufacturing processes, are needed for such diverse applications as air transports, undersea deep submergence vessels, magnetic and semiconducting devices. Scientific knowledge in this area has expanded recently at a rate comparable to that experienced by the field of electronics. The materials option is offered to meet the demand for materials oriented engineers.

Course work is directed towards the understanding of the properties of materials in terms of their atomic structure, and emphasis is placed on the behavior of materials in engineering applications. The laboratories have equipment for studies in this field and include facilities for the determination of crystal structure, microscopic and X-ray diffraction, and scanning electron microscope examination of solids, thermal and mechanical treatment and the determination of properties at low and high temperatures.

Requirements

Minimum 135 units including University General Education requirements.

Lower Division:

  • Take all of the following courses:
    • CE 205 Analytical Mechanics I (Statics) (3)
    • CH E 200 Chemical Engineering Fundamentals (3)
    • CHEM 111A General Chemistry (5)
    • CHEM 111B General Chemistry (5)
    • EE 211 Electric Circuits I (3)
    • EE 211L Electric Circuits Laboratory (1)
    • ENGR 101 Introduction to Engineering Profession (1)
    • MAE 172 Engineering Design Graphics I (3)
    • MAE 205 Computer Methods in Mechanical Engr (2)
    • MAE 272 Introduction to Manufacturing Processes (2)
    • MATH 122 Calculus I (4)
    • MATH 123 Calculus II (4)
    • MATH 224 Calculus III (4)
    • PHYS 151 Mechanics and Heat (4)
    • PHYS 152 Electricity and Magnetism (4)

Upper Division:

  • Take all of the following courses:
    • CE 406 Engineering Economy and Administration (3)
    • CH E 415 Occupational and Environ Safety Engineeering and Managment (3)
    • ECON 300 Fundamentals of Economics (3)
    • EE 420 Solid State Electronic Devices (3)
    • MAE 322 Engineering Materials & Materials Processes (3)
    • MAE 330 Engineering Thermodynamics I (3)
    • MAE 361 Materials and Properties Lab (1)
    • MAE 371 Analytical Mechanics II (Dynamics) (3)
    • MAE 373 Mechanics of Deformable Bodies (3)
    • MAE 374 Mechanical Properties of Materials (1)
    • MAE 375 Kinematics and Dynamics of Mechanisms (3)
    • MAE 409 Modern Computational Aspects in ME (3)
    • MAE 459 Professional Practice Seminar (1)
    • MAE 490 Special Topics (3)
    • MATH 370A Applied Mathematics I (3)
  • Take approved engineering elective courses.

For more information on admission to this program, please contact Dr. Jalal Torabzadeh, Undergraduate Advisor, Mechanical Engineering Program.

Option in Industrial Management Engineering (code MAE_BS04) (135 units)

An interdisciplinary degree in which both the College of Business Administration and the College of Engineering provide courses enable students to have a technical engineering background plus a good foundation in business and management practices. The option consists of core engineering courses through the junior year with an addition of business courses in accounting, business law, management, inventory practices and operations research. Elective structure is such that the student may specialize in either engineering, or a combination of both engineering and business.

Requirements

Lower Division:

  • Take all of the following courses:
    • ACCT 201 Elementary Financial Accounting (3)
    • BLAW 220 Intro to Law and Business Transactions (3)
    • CE 205 Analytical Mechanics I (Statics) (3)
    • CHEM 111A General Chemistry (5)
    • EE 211 Electric Circuits I (3)
    • EE 211L Electric Circuits Laboratory (1)
    • ENGR 101 Introduction to Engineering Profession (1)
    • MAE 172 Engineering Design Graphics I (3)
    • MAE 205 Computer Methods in Mech Engineering (2)
    • MATH 122 Calculus I (4)
    • MATH 123 Calculus II (4)
    • MATH 224 Calculus III (4)
    • PHYS 151 Mechanics and Heat (4)
    • PHYS 152 Electricity and Magnetism (4)

Upper Division:

  • Take all of the following courses:
    • BLAW 320 Legal & Regulatory Environment Business (3)
    • CE 406 Engineering Economy and Administration (3)
    • ECON 300 Fundamentals of Economics (3)
    • IS 310 Business Statistics (3)
    • MAE 305 Numerical Methods in ME (3)
    • MAE 310 Safety & Reliability in Systems Design I (3)
    • MAE 322 Engineering Materials/Materials Processes (3)
    • MAE 330 Engineering Thermodynamics I (3)
    • MAE 371 Analytical Mechanics II (Dynamics) (3)
    • MAE 373 Mechanics of Deformable Bodies (3)
    • MAE 376 Modeling & Analysis of Dynamic Systems (3)
    • MAE 459 Professional Practice Seminar (1)
    • MAE 476 Mechanical Control Systems I (3)
    • MATH 370A Applied Mathematics I (3)
    • MGMT 300 Principles of Management (3)
  • Choose one of the following courses:
    • MGMT 411 Production Planning (3)
    • MGMT 412 Production Control (3)
    • MGMT 413 Managing Quality for Productivity (3)
  • Take approved electives to total at least 135 units.

For more information on admission to this program, please contact Dr. Jalal Torabzadeh, Undergraduate Advisor, Mechanical Engineering Program.

Bachelor of Science in Manufacturing Engineering Technology (code MAE_BS06) (133 units)

The BSMET is designed to provide a solid technical foundation for its graduates, which will enable them to perform well in a variety of employment situations. The program focuses on the applications of current manufacturing and quality assurance technologies to solve real-world problems by offering a broad curriculum which covers current trends in industry.

The BSMET degree will prepare students for career positions as: manufacturing engineering technologist, manufacturing management, manufacturing process engineering technologist, line supervisor, research and development technologist, industrial/technical representative, industrial/technical sales, production technologist, or quality assurance technologist. Students have the opportunity to prepare for mid-management or supervisory positions, as well as technical positions, sales, service or research.

BSMET students are offered a wide range of training opportunities in topics such as: materials, manufacturing processes, quality control, and different production environments. Moreover, the program emphasizes written and oral communication skills as well as modern methods of industrial administration and supervision. The program is designed to meet ABET criteria for accredited programs in engineering technology.

The BSMET program has been developed to accommodate students who may wish to transfer credits earned at other colleges or approved technical or military schools. It is recommended that prior to submitting an application for admission, prospective students should contact the BSMET Advisor to discuss admission requirements.

There are two emphases in the BSMET Program: (1) Manufacturing Processes and (2) Quality Assurance.

Core Requirements

Lower Division:

  • Take all of the following courses:
    • CHEM 111A General Chemistry (5)
    • MATH 122 Calculus I (4)
    • ENGR 101 Introduction to Engineering Profession (1)
    • ENGR 102 Academic Success Skills (1)
    • ENGR 203 Engineering Problems and Analysis (3)
    • ENGR 203L Engineering Problems & Analysis Lab (1)
    • PHYS 100A General Physics (4)
    • PHYS 100B General Physics (4)
    • ET 101 Introduction to Engineering Technology (1)
    • ET 170 Engineering Drafting and Design (3)
    • ET 202 Probability and Statistics for Technology (3)
    • ET 202L Probability & Statistics for Technology Lab (1)
    • ET 204 Applied Mechanics-Statics (3)
    • ET 205 Computer Systems and Programming (1)
    • ET 205L Computer Systems & Programming Lab (1)
    • ET 244 Machine Tools (1)
    • ET 244L Machine Tools Laboratory (1)
    • ET 250 Circuit Analysis (2)
    • ET 250L Circuit Analysis Laboratory (1)
    • ET 264 Industrial Tooling (1)
    • ET 264L Industrial Tooling Laboratory (1)

Upper Division:

  • Take all of the following courses:
    • ECON 300 Fundamentals of Economics (3)
    • ET 301 Engineering Materials (2)
    • ET 301L Engineering Materials Laboratory (1)
    • ET 304 Applied Mechanics Strength of Materials (3)
    • ET 307 Industrial Safety (2)
    • ET 309 Industrial Communications and Leadership (3)
    • ET 311 Quality Engineering Technology (3)
    • ET 312 Statistical Quality Control (3)
    • ET 313 QA, Inspection Measurement and Testing (2)
    • ET 313L QA, Inspection Measurement & Testing Lab (1)
    • ET 335 Engineering Materials and Processes I (3)
    • ET 335L Engineering Materials Processes I Lab (1)
    • ET 390 Applied Computer-Aided Design/Manufacturing (2)
    • ET 390L Applied Computer-Aided Design and Manufacturing Laboratory (1)
    • ET 410 Cost Engineering and Analysis (3)
    • ET 418 Production Methods & Process Improvement (3)
    • ET 435 Engineering Materials and Processes II (3)
    • ET 435L Engineering Materials & Processes II Lab (1)
    • ET 461 Management of Manufacturing Operations (3)
    • ET 498 Manufacturing Engr Tech Capstone Project (3)

Emphasis in Manufacturing Processes

This emphasis offers students a wide range of training in topics such as materials, manufacturing processes and different production environments. Written and oral communication skills and modern methods of industrial administration and supervision are emphasized. Program is designed to meet ABET criteria for accredited programs in engineering technology.

Requirements

Upper Division:

  • Take all of the following courses:
    • ET 363 Kinematics of Mechanisms (3)
    • ET 365 Fluid Power and Control (2)
    • ET 365L Fluid Power and Control Laborator (1)
  • Take 4 unit of electives from the following courses:
    • ET 409C, 387, 387L

Emphasis in Quality Assurance

This objective of this emphasis is placed on specific job skills required of entry level professionals in the manufacturing industries including oral and written communication, and management principles. The program is applications-oriented. Designed to meet ABET criteria for accredited programs in engineering technology.

Requirements

Upper Division:

  • Take the following course:
    • ET 419 Design of Experiments (3)
  • Take 2 units of electives from the following courses:
    • ET 409D, BLAW 220

Fieldwork Requirements

Fieldwork experience is required for the BS in Manufacturing Engineering Technology, consisting of no less than three months of full-time (40 hours/week or equivalent part-time) employment in an approved industry or governmental agency. The student must hold a position equivalent to a technician or higher which affords the opportunity to exercise responsibility usually given to those who have completed at least two years of college. The fieldwork must be completed prior to graduation, then certified and approved by the program advisor.

Certificate in Aerospace Manufacturing (code MAE_CT01)

Director: Hamid Hefazi

This 19-units certificate is designed to give students and working engineers an educational opportunity to focus on the complex and dynamic issues related to aerospace manufacturing.

Requirements

  • 1. Consent of the Program Director.
  • 2. Preparation of a Program Planner.
  • 3. Satisfactory completion of the required courses as listed below.
  • 4. Fulfillment of the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR).
  • 5. Completion of a Bachelor of Science degree in an approved major. The Certificate may be awarded concurrently with or subsequent to a baccalaureate degree.

Required Courses

The Certificate Program requires a minimum of 19 units:

  • MAE 408 Systems Engineering and Integration (3)
  • MAE 455 Aerospace Manufacturing Laboratory (1)
  • MAE 456 Production Methods for Aerospace Manufacturing (3)
  • MAE 457 Lean Manufacturing (3)
  • MAE 458 World Class Manufacturing Engineering Concepts (3)
  • ENGR 511 Quality Assurance in Manufacturing (3)
  • ENGR 574 Adv Manufacturing Technology and Processes (3)

Students should consult with the program director to assess any needed prerequisites.

Certificate in Heating, Ventilating, and Air-Conditioning Engineering (code MAE_CT03)

Director: Hamid Rahai

This 21-unit certificate is designed to prepare engineering and science students to design various HVAC systems. Students may also earn this certificate in conjunction with a bachelor's degree. Contact the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering for more information.

Requirements

  • 1. Consultation with the Program Director and preparation of a Program Planner;
  • 2. Satisfactory completion of the required courses, as listed below;
  • 3. Approval of a special project and its satisfactory completion (MAE 491);
  • 4. Completion of a Bachelor of Science degree in an approved major. The Certificate may be awarded concurrently with or subsequent to the baccalaureate degree.

Required Courses

The HVAC Certificate Program requires a minimum of 21 semester units, as indicated below:

  • Take all of the following:
    • MAE 300 Engineering Instrumentation and Mgmt (2)
    • MAE 330 Engineering Thermodynamics I (3)
    • MAE 431 Heat Transfer Systems Design (3)
    • MAE 438 Heating, Ventilating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration (3)
    • MAE 490E Special Topics: HVAC Systems Design and Equipment (3)
    • MAE 491 Special Problems (3)
    • CE 336 Fluid Mechanics Laboratory (1)
  • Take one of the following:
    • MAE 333 Engineering Fluid Dynamics (3)
    • CE 335 Fluid Mechanics (3)

Certificate in Industrial Plastics Processing and Design (code MAE_CT02)

Director: Min-Ten Jahn

This certificate is an interdisciplinary program sponsored by the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and Chemical Engineering Departments. Study includes industrial production processes, material testing procedures, economics of the polymerics industry and degradation of polymerics. Students complete an individual project, consisting of the design of an item, choice of proper polymeric material for the particular application, choice of the processing operation and construction of the necessary molding tools and testing of the completed device. Contact the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.

Requirements

  • 1. A bachelor's degree in engineering. The certificate may be awarded concurrently with the degree.
  • 2. Satisfactory completion of 22 units minimum from the courses listed below:
    • Polymeric Processing:
      • Take all the following courses:
        • CHE 200 Chemical Engineering Fundamentals (3)
        • MAE 471 Analysis & Design of Machine Components (3)
      • Take one of the following courses:
        • MAE 472 Design of Mechanical Engineering Systems (3)
        • MAE 476 Mechanical Control Systems I (3)
      • Take a minimum of 3 units in either of the following:
        • CHE 490 Special Problems (1-3)
        • MAE 491 Special Problems (1-3)
    • Properties of Polymers:
      • MAE 373 Mechanics of Deformable Bodies (3)
      • MAE 374 Mechanical Properties of Materials Lab (1)
  • 3. Approval of the certificate committee for admission to the certificate program. An advisor will be appointed to you at that time.
  • 4. The advisor's approval of your completion of the special project.

Certificate in Energy Conversion and Power Systems Engineering (code MAE_CT04)

Director: Jalal Torabzadeh

The 27-unit certificate program is an undergraduate program designed to prepare students to become proficient in the analysis and design of power generating systems, such as direct conversion, coal burning, hydraulic, nuclear, solar, wind, and various other types of power plants.

Requirements

  • 1. Consultation with program advisors in Electrical or Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Departments and preparation of a program planner;
  • 2. Completion of the following core courses:
    • CE 335 Fluid Mechanics (3)
    • EE 350 Energy Conversion Principles (3)
    • EE 452 Computer Applications in Power Systems (3)
    • MAE 330 Engineering Thermodynamics I (3)
    • MAE 336 Power Plant Design (3)
    • MAE 431 Heat Transfer Systems Design (3)
  • 3. Completion of 9 units from the following list of electives:
    • EE 453, 455, 458, 460, 550, 551, 552, 553; MAE 490, 538;
  • 4. Completion of a Bachelor of Science degree in an approved major. This certificate may be awarded concurrently with or subsequently to baccalaureate degree.