Mechanical Engineering is that branch of engineering that encompasses the study of forces, motion, energy, materials, manufacturing, and design in order to apply them to the creation of mechanical devices and systems that serve society (e.g., engines, refrigerators, machines, tools, etc). This is accomplished through a process of problem description, creative idea generation, design, analysis, judgment, planning, and production that typically involves a host of professionals who may all have been educated as mechanical engineers. For example, mechanical engineers may be involved in product design, analysis, and testing, in developing manufacturing processes, in defining product requirements and trouble-shooting customer problems, in project management, and in research and education.
The profession serves many diverse fields and industries such as the aerospace, pharmaceutical, automotive, and power generation industries, to name just a few. In fact, any device or system that involves energy or movement probably involved one or more mechanical engineers in its creation. Some exciting, rapidly developing fields and emerging technologies of interest to mechanical engineers include fuel cells (the use of chemical fuel and an oxidant to directly produce electricity), rapid prototyping (the use of computer-controlled machines to fabricate complete objects in one step directly from computer models), mechatronics (the integration of mechanical systems and electronic sensing and control), biomedical engineering (the application of engineering to problems in medicine and biology), nanoengineering (the creation of materials and devices at the nanometer level, i.e., at the atomic, molecular, or supramolecular levels), and MEMS (Microelectromechanical Systems-the integration of mechanical, chemical, and/or electronic systems at the chip level).
The Department of Mechanical Engineering at Gonzaga University develops men and women who are both competent engineers and educated, responsible human beings. The development of these two characteristics in students is affected by course work from both the liberal arts and the profession. Thus, these two aspects are interwoven, being a single, integrated fabric having many threads contributed by many curricula. This synthesis is expressed by the engineering program educational objectives that are listed in the School of Engineering and Applied Science section of this catalogue, and by the Gonzaga University Mission Statement that may be found at the beginning of the catalogue.
Diversity of opportunity and professional breadth are hallmarks of the mechanical engineering profession. This translates into a need for a thorough grounding in a variety of mathematical, scientific, and engineering fundamentals. Thus, the Mechanical Engineering Program at Gonzaga University prepares the student in the areas of mathematics, chemistry, physics, mechanics, thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, heat transfer, materials, manufacturing, design, control theory, experimentation, and economics. These fundamentals are enhanced with exposure to important engineering tools such as: mathematical techniques; computer programming; computer applications tools including computer aided design (CAD), computer aided manufacturing (CAM), finite element analysis (FEA), and computational fluid dynamics (CFD); and the use of equipment, instruments, and software typically found in manufacturing and laboratory situations. Since teamwork is an essential aspect of the modern practice of mechanical engineering, the Mechanical Engineering Program gives considerable attention to building personal communication skills through team design projects, reports, and presentations, as well as through communication skills courses in the University Core Curriculum. Furthermore, as a critical component of the program, all students engage in design courses beginning in their Sophomore year and continuing throughout the curriculum, culminating in a two-semester capstone design experience in the Senior year. That experience entails requiring student design teams, led jointly by faculty and practicing engineers, to solve real industrial design problems. Finally, the degree requirements also include the opportunity for breadth as well as concentration in particular engineering applications through a group of technical electives taken in the senior year (the list of allowed technical electives is given below). The department also has a five-year plan available for students wishing to proceed at a slower pace or for those planning to add a minor in business or in a liberal arts subject such as physics, music, or art. Information and suggested course packages are also available for students planning to work in the closely allied but more specialized fields of aerospace or biomedical engineering, and for those planning to enroll in the Gonzaga-in- Florence Engineering Semester program.
The following curriculum details the course requirements for each semester. In addition to these courses, all students must take the Washington State Fundamentals of Engineering Examination prior to graduation (see ENSC 400, “Fundamentals of Engineering Exam” course in the Spring semester of the Senior year). Finally, students who follow a curriculum sequence other than that listed below should meet with their Academic Advisors at their first opportunity in order to resolve any scheduling conflicts that may arise due to off-schedule course availability and/or course pre- and co-requisite structure. In all cases, students must comply with the pre- and co-requisite requirements in order to be granted admission into courses.
B.S. in Mechanical Engineering: 138 credits
|ENSC 100 (1) Engineering Seminar||1 credit|
|MATH 157 Calculus and Analytical Geometry I||4 credits|
|CHEM 101 General Chemistry I
|CHEM 101L General Chemistry I Lab
|CPSC 121 Computer Science I||3 credits|
|ENGL 102-106 Introduction to Literature||3 credits|
|RELI 1XX Scripture elective||3 credits|
|ENSC 205 Statics||3 credits|
|MATH 258 Calculus. and Analytical Geometry II||4 credits|
|PHYS 103 Scientific Physics I||3 credits|
|PHYS 103L/PHYS 103R Scientific Physics I Lab and Recitation||1 credit|
|ENGL 101 English Composition||3 credits|
|COMM 100 Introduction to Speech Communication||2 credits|
|PHIL 101 Introduction to Critical Thinking||2 credits|
|MENG 221 Materials Engineering||3 credits|
|MENG 291 Introduction to Mechanical Engineering Design||2 credits|
|MENG 291L Introduction to Mechanical Engineering Design Lab||1 credit|
|MATH 259 Calculus and Analytical Geometry III||4 credits|
|PHYS 204 Scientific Physics II||3 credits|
|PHYS 204L/PHYS 204R Scientific Physics II Lab and Recitation||1 credit|
|PHIL 201 Philosophy of Human Nature||3 credits|
|ENSC 244 Computer Methods for Engineering||3 credits|
|ENSC 306 Dynamics||3 credits|
|MATH 260 Ordinary Differential Equations||3 credits|
|MATH 321 Statistics for Experiment||3 credits|
|RELI 2XX Religion History/Theology elective||3 credits|
|PHIL 301 Ethics||3 credits|
|MENG 321 Thermodynamics I||3 credits|
|ENSC 300 (2) Engineering Economics||2 credits|
|ENSC 301 Mechanics of Materials I||3 credits|
|EENG 201 Circuit Analysis I||3 credits|
|EENG 201L Circuit Analysis I Lab||1 credit|
|ENSC 371 Advanced Engineering Math||3 credits|
|ENSC 352 Fluid Mechanics||3 credits|
|MENG 301 Manufacturing Processes||2 credits|
|MENG 301L Manufacturing Processes Lab||1 credit|
|MENG 322 Thermodynamics II||3 credits|
|MENG 330 Machine Design||3 credits|
|MENG 341 Heat Transfer||3 credits|
|MENG 391 Mechanical Engineering Design Fundamentals||1 credit|
|MENG 391L Mechanical Engineering Design Fundamentals Lab||1 credit|
|RELI 3XX Applied Theology Elective||3 credits|
|Fourth Year (3)
|MENG 411 Measurements and Instrumentation I||3 credits|
|MENG 411L Measurements and Instrumentation I Lab||1 credit|
|MENG 434 Vibration Engineering||3 credits|
|MENG 461 System Dynamics and Control||3 credits|
|ENSC 491 (4) Senior Design Project I||2 credits|
|- - - - - Technical Elective||3 credits|
|PHIL 4XX Philosophy elective||3 credits|
|MENG 412 Measurements and Instrumentation II||3 credits|
|MENG 412L Measurements and Instrumentation II Lab||1 credit|
|ENSC 492 Senior Design Project II||3 credits|
|- - - - - Technical Elective||3 credits|
|- - - - - Technical Elective||3 credits|
|ENSC 400 (5) Fundamentals of Engineering Exam||1 credit|
(1)ENSC 100 is not required of students transferring from another institution or from another program within the University, nor of students enrolled in the Honors program or the Hogan Entrepreneurial Leadership program.(2)ENSC 300 is waived under the following circumstances:
- Students enrolled in the Hogan Entrepreneurial program: ENSC 300 is waived after completing ENTR 490B.
- Students pursuing the General Business Minor: ENSC 300 is waived after completing both ECON 200 and BFIN 320
- Students Pursuing the B.S. in Engineering and M.B.A. program: ENSC 300 is waived after completing both ECON 200 and BFIN 320.
The above courses are not intended to be options for the ENSC 300 course. Hence, students who are not in one of the above programs are required to take ENSC 300. Also, students who comply with one of the above criteria must complete all of the courses required to waive ENSC 300 prior to enrolling in any course for which ENSC 300 is a prerequisite.
(3)Students must take the Washington State Fundamentals of Engineering examination before they graduate.
(4)Students must show proof of having registered for the Fundamentals of Engineering examination in Washington State as part of the requirements of this course.
(5)Students must show proof of final registration with the State of Washington for the Fundamentals of Engineering examination, or proof of having taken the examination in the State of Washington, as part of the requirements of this course.Technical Electives
The courses used to satisfy the technical elective requirements must normally be selected from the following list. However, students may take other courses for technical elective credits but only with the prior approval of both the student’s academic advisor and the chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering. The actual technical elective courses offered from the list below varies from year to year and the department may on occasion offer one or more pre-approved technical elective courses that are not listed below. Courses other than MENG courses may have pre and/or co- requisites that are outside of the normal mechanical engineering curriculum. Students wishing to take these courses should plan well in advance in order to comply with all admission requirements prior to enrolling in the course.
- MENG 435 Applications in Vibrations
- MENG 442 Advanced Heat Transfer
- MENG 445 Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning
- MENG 446 Mechanical Design and Cooling of Electronic Systems
- MENG 450 Topics in Machine Design
- MENG 456 Design for Manufacturability
- MENG 462 Gas Dynamics
- MENG 463 Simulation and Optimization
- MENG 465 Introduction to Finite Elements
- MENG 467 Designing with Polymers and Composites
- MENG 477 Material Selection for Design
- MENG 480 Advanced Fluid Mechanics
- MENG 484 Manufacturing Systems
- CENG 301 Structural Analysis I
- CENG 390 Structural Analysis II
- ENSC 405 (7) Engineering Project Management
- EENG 412 Digital Control Systems
- ENSC 413 Automation
- OPER 445 (7) Process Management and Improvements
(7)Students may take either ENSC 405 or OPER 445 for credit towards satisfying the technical elective requirements, but not both.