Learning Outcomes for the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Educational Objectives

The educational objectives for the Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and the Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering are to produce graduates who:

  • Competently apply engineering methods to solve professional problems associated with the design, development, manufacture and maintenance of mechanical systems.
  • Understand the social, ethical and environmental context of their work.
  • Communicate clearly with diverse and international communities, collaborate competently in cross-functional teams and assume leadership roles while meeting the expectations of their employers.
  • Habitually engage in professional development.

Student Outcomes

In order to prepare our graduates to attain these objectives, we have adopted the following student outcomes that we expect our graduates to achieve:

  • An ability to identify, formulate and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering science and mathematics.
  • An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental and economic factors.
  • An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
  • An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental and societal contexts.
  • An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks and meet objectives.
  • An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.
  • An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

The mechanical engineering program expects students to graduate with the ability to apply principles of engineering, basic science and mathematics (including multivariate calculus and differential equations) to model, analyze, design and realize physical systems, components or processes and work professionally in both thermal and mechanical systems.

The aerospace engineering program expects graduates to have a knowledge of aerodynamics, aerospace, structures, propulsion, flight mechanics and stability and control. It is also expected that graduates have design competence that includes integration of various disciplines within aerospace engineering.

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