Program Educational Objectives:
The Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering (MME) is committed to providing state-of-the-art programs that serve the educational needs of students, the profession and employers through responsive curricula, a professionally qualified staff, an industrial advisory council and appropriate research and support activities. It has two undergraduate programs in Mechanical Engineering (ME) and Manufacturing Engineering (MfgE). Both are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org. The mission statement of the MME Department below applies to both programs.
The ME and MfgE Programs have a set of Program Educational Objectives which states:
The undergraduate programs in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering at St. Cloud State University provide education and training to equip its graduates to:
- apply a broad, fundamental-based knowledge, and up-to-date skills required in performing professional work in manufacturing engineering and related disciplines;
- complete comprehensive design work pertaining to manufacturing engineering, incorporating the use of design standards, realistic constraints, and consideration of the economic, environmental, and social impact of the design;
- identify, analyze, and solve manufacturing engineering problems as a continuous process to gain competitive advantages in industry
- pursue a productive career in an industrial or governmental organization as a leader and as a member of multi-disciplinary and cross-functional teams, with an appreciation for the value of ethic and cultural diversity and an understanding of contemporary issues
- enter graduate programs in manufacturing engineering and related disciplines and to pursue lifelong learning and professional licensure
The ME and MfgE Programs Educational Objectives are achieved in a work environment governed by the following Operational Guidelines:
- Make improving the quality of the ME and MfgE Programs, primarily in teaching and research, an ongoing process
- Maintain a good balance between general and specialized education in the curriculum
- Affirm academic freedom and welcome a diversity of opinions and ideas for students, faculty, and staff of all culture
- Facilitate part-time and full-time, traditional and nontraditional students
- Work with local and regional schools to promote engineering as a profession * Serve the community as an engineering and technology recourse center of the region
- Provide opportunities for faculty and staff development
- Allocate and acquire resources to strengthen the ME and MfgE programs in a cost-effective manner
The Program Educational Objectives are posted on the web site of the Department of Manufacturing Engineering. They are distributed to students in the major, members of the Industry Advisory Counsel, Alumni, employers, and a broad base of manufacturing companies in the region, among others.
The Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering curricula provide the traditional background preparatory coursework in areas of mathematics (calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, multivariable calculus, and statistics), physics, chemistry, and programming (C). Then, in the sophomore year, fundamental engineering courses are taken (statics, dynamics, circuits, CAD, materials, and thermal sciences.) The students are required to apply to the major after their third semester courses are completed. The junior year includes mechanical design, manufacturing processes, engineering economics, sensors, and controls. The Manufacturing Engineering senior year has core courses in quality engineering, tool design, process design, and facilities design and material handling. The Mechanical Engineering senior year has a core course in machine design. Two technical electives are also taken during the senior year in areas of optics/lasers, robotics/automation, materials/finite element, materials processing (new electives), manufacturing control/systems and thermal sciences.
In the senior year two senior design courses are taken (6 credits total). The courses are intended to provide our students the opportunity to apply their education to real design projects which encompass multiple courses, involve real world constraints (dates, cost, returns, etc.), and require design trade offs of multiple possible solutions.
The mechanical and manufacturing engineering students also take core general education courses in the areas of English, speech, philosophy, economics, and wellness. Elective general education courses consist of two courses in the Humanities and Fine Arts (Area A) and two courses in the Social and Behavior Sciences (Area B). Of these four elective courses, three must be in the area of Multicultural, Gender, and Minority Studies (MGM) courses. One of the MGM courses must be a Racial Issues course. These general education courses provide a valuable background for engineering in a worldwide marketplace.