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About the Department

Mission

The mission of the mechanical engineering program is to provide students with a world-class, accredited mechanical engineering education within a liberal arts environment. Social responsibility and pursuit of excellence are central to the program mission. In addition to maintaining high standards of academic achievement, professional behavior and ethical conduct, the program provides students with a broad mechanical engineering foundation and depth in selected areas of their choice. 
 
Goals
 

The mechanical engineering program at AUC prepares students for entry-level professional practice in the mechanical engineering discipline, both locally and internationally. The program instills in students the desire for lifelong learning that enhances professional growth throughout their careers.

Objectives

The mechanical engineering program at AUC graduates a mechanical engineer who, within a few years of graduation, fulfills societal needs with consideration to ethical and environmental issues in one or more of the following roles:

  1. A professional team member in a multidisciplinary environment, local or global
  2. A leader in mechanical engineering through promotion, or professional development and certification
  3. A successful member of an advanced academic or research organization
  4. A successful entrepreneur

The program outcomes are graduate students having: 

  1. The ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering
  2. The ability to identify, formulate and solve mechanical engineering problems
  3. The ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  4. An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  5. The ability to use the techniques, skills and modern engineering tools necessary for mechanical engineering practice
  6. The ability to analyze and design dynamic and thermo fluid systems, mechanical components, and processes to meet desired needs within realistic constraints
  7. The ability to select suitable materials and manufacturing processes for various applications
  8. The ability to perform engineering economic analysis and apply quality tools
  9. The ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
  10. The ability to analyze simple electric and electronic circuits
  11. The ability to communicate effectively using graphical modeling, technical writing and oral presentation in English
  12. The ability to acquire new knowledge and skills independently
  13. The ability to identify safety, environmental and ethical issues in an engineering problem
  14. The ability to identify social, economic, globalization and other contemporary issues in an engineering problem
  15. An appreciation for literature, arts and humanities as well as an awareness of contemporary issues
  16. An appreciation of local culture, heritage and language

In addition, students must acquire one or more of the following outcomes through the various concentrations:

- Graduates of the design concentration have further abilities to model, analyze and design mechanical components and systems.

- Graduates of the industrial concentration have further abilities to analyze, design, integrate and manage industrial systems with the optimum utilization of available resources.

- Graduates of the materials and manufacturing concentration have further abilities to control material composition, treatment and manufacturing in order to meet design requirements, and achieve desired levels of performance.

- Graduates of the mechatronics concentration have further abilities to analyze, design, control and automate electromechanical systems with sensors and basic electronic circuits.

- Graduates of the power concentration have further abilities to optimize use of energy resources, calculate energy loads, design, select and integrate conventional and non-conventional energy systems and components.