Mechanical Engineering Major Mechanical Engineering Major Mechanical engineering is one of the broadest of all engineering disciplines, traditionally encompassing three primary subfields: energy, mechanisms and machinery, and manufacturing. Although its primary purpose could be summarized as creating and improving machines to benefit mankind, this fundamental task engages the mechanical engineer in a vast array of fascinating specialty areas. 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It deals with devices and systems for energy conversion, for material transport, and for control of motion and forces. Here is a sampling of topics addressed by the discipline: air, ground, and sea vehicles power plants; control systems machinery machine tools conventional and nuclear-powered power production facilities biomedical devices space vehicles pollution control new energy sources energy conversion transportation systems military weapons systems These modern weapons systems are used as vehicles of instruction in many of the courses, making mechanical engineering particularly appropriate for those considering service in most branches of the Army as well as specialties such as engineers, aviation, research and development, project management, and logistics. Mechanical engineers possess excellent reasoning skills and understand their world. These qualities make mechanical engineers competitive for most graduate programs of study in engineering as well as law, business, and medicine. The mechanical engineering major is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. Mechanical engineering majors have a lab requirement component. This major offers an honors track. To learn more about this area of study, visit the Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering. Required Courses MC306 DYNAMICS MC364 MECHANICS OF MATERIALS MC380 ENGINEERING MATERIALS ME201 INTRO TO MECH ENGINEERING ME202 COMPUTER AIDED DESIGN ME400 MECHANICAL ENGINEERING SEMINAR ME403 MANUFACTURING/MACHINE COMP DSN ME480 HEAT TRANSFER MC486 VIBRATION ENGINEERING XE472 DYNAMIC MODELING AND CONTROL Sample Electives MC311 THERMAL-FLUID SYSTEMS I MC312 THERMAL-FLUID SYSTEMS II ME301 THERMODYNAMICS ME362 FLUID MECHANICS CE350 INFRASTRUCTURE ENGINEERING CE403 STRUCTURAL ANALYSIS CH362 MASS & ENERGY BALANCES CH364 CHEMICAL REACTION ENGINEERING EE360 DIGITAL LOGIC W/ EMBEDDED SYS EE377 ELECTRICAL POWER ENGNRNG EM381 ENGINEERING ECONOMY MC486 VIBRATION ENGINEERING ME387 INTRODUCTION TO AERONAUTICS ME388 HELICOPTER AERONAUTICS ME389I NTRO TO ADV STUDY IN MECH ENG ME389A INTRO TO ADV STUDY IN MECH ENG ME472 ENERGY CONVERSION SYSTEMS ME481 AIRCRAFT AERODYNAMICS AND DSGN ME490 TOPICS IN MECHANICAL ENGNRG ME493 WEAPONS ENGINEERING NE300 FUNDAMENTALS OF NUCLEAR ENGR NE355 NUCLEAR REACTOR ENGINEERING XE310 INTRO TO BIOMECH ENGINEERING XE472 DYNAMIC MODELING AND CONTROL XE475 MECHATRONICS This major offers an honors track. To learn more, view the full Mechanical Engineering Major Curriculum. Mechanical engineering majors are able to study abroad including in Egypt, Mexico, China, Russia, and Canada. Cadets in this major have the opportunity to apply for a summer Academic Individual Advanced Development (AIAD) program, USMA-run academic enrichment experience. Cadets will work alongside world-class professional engineers and researchers, gaining invaluable knowledge and insight into the facilities, methods, and procedures used to design, test and improve Army systems. To learn more about enrichment for this area of study, visit the Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering or the Center for Innovation & Engineering.