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BS in Mechanical Engineering

The mechanical engineering degree builds on concepts studied in physics, math and the sciences. Its aim is to prepare students to be knowledgeable in their fields and effective problem solvers. The first two years of study focus mainly on math and physics with some introductory engineering courses. During the second two years students are introduced to more complex and more specific mechanical engineering concepts through a multitude of courses. The senior capstone project allows students to combine theory and practice in order to solve a specific engineering problem.

ME Course Catalog: updated October 2016

ME Course Catalog

ME Advising Package for the Cheney Campus

Academic Year 2011-12


The EWU Mechanical Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET,

Enrollment & Graduates


2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
Majors 165 215 225 303 282 176
Pre-Majors         62 124
Graduates 23 23 47 53 65 71

Program Educational Objectives and Student Outcomes

Student outcomes (SOs) describe what students are expected to know and be able to do by the time of graduation. The Eastern Washington University Mechanical Engineering Student Outcomes are:

a.     An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering

b.     An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data

c.     An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability

d.     An ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams

e.     An ability to identify, formulate and solve engineering problems

f.      An understanding of professional and ethical responsibilities

g.     An ability to communicate effectively

h.     The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context

i.      A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in, life-long learning

j.      A knowledge of contemporary issues

k.     An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice

Program Educational Objectives (PEOs) are broad statements that describe what graduates of the program are expected to have attained within a few years of graduation. For the EWU Mechanical Engineering program the following PEOs have been defined:

Objective 1: Students will have the ability to apply mathematics, science, engineering concepts, techniques and modern tools necessary in the field of mechanical engineering.

Objective 2: Students will have social and leadership skills such as effective communication skills, team work skills and independent learning ability. 

Objective 3: Students will understand the impact of professionalism, ethical responsibility, and social, economic, technical and global implications of their engineering contributions. 

Objective 4: Students will fulfill the diverse and changing mechanical engineering needs in the Northwest Region.

What will I study?

Robotics and Automation

In this course, you will learn how to program and develop experiments for Robix Robotic kits, SCARA type industrial Adept Robots, FANUC articulated Robots and PLC program problems using Allen Bradley PLC's and ladder logic programming. This includes the design and manufacturing of any necessary tools or attachments.

Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer

The laws and concepts of thermodynamics are examined. Learn about turbines, internal combustion engines, heat pumps and air conditioners in the classroom as well as the laboratory. Learn the concepts of heat transfer and analyze them first hand in the lab.


Learn about the concepts of fluid flow and how they affect the behavior of liquids and gas. Examine and analyze fluid behavior under different conditions in the many laboratories this course offers.

Solid Mechanics and FEA

Solid mechanics is the science of analyzing the behavior of solid materials under loads. Learn how some materials behave under some conditions while using Finite Element Analysis to simulate some of these problems.


You will achieve a thorough understanding of engineering materials, their properties, responses and applications. The laboratory work includes destructive and non destructive testing and image analysis of microscopic structure of different industrial materials.

Emphases / Concentrations:

  • Robotics and Automation
  • Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer
  • Fluids
  • Solid Mechanics and FEA
  • Materials

What could I do with my degree?

  • Mechanical engineering is one of the broadest disciplines in engineering. A graduate with a BSME can expect a wide range of options. Mechanical engineers are in high demand in the bio-mechanical field, aeronautics, structural applications, energy transfer, to name only a few. Many of our graduates have started their careers with some of the major companies around the Northwest, such as Boeing.
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