Frequently Asked Questions

What is Engineering?

The Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) defines engineering as:

"Engineering is the profession in which a knowledge of the mathematical and natural sciences, gained by study, experience, and practice, is applied with the judgment to develop ways to utilize, economically, the materials and forces of nature for the benefit of mankind."

All of the engineering programs at St. Cloud State University are committed to provide state-of-the-art ABET accredited programs that serve the educational needs of students, the profession, and employers through a responsive curriculum, a professionally qualified staff, an industrial advisory council, and appropriate research and support activities. The Manufacturing Engineering program is accredited by ABET, which is the only nationally recognized accreditation agency for engineering programs in the United States.

Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical engineering is one of the largest and broadest of the engineering disciplines. Fundamentally, mechanical engineering is concerned with machines, mechanical devices, and their lubrication or thermal condition. Mechanical engineers are involved with the design, development, production, control, operation, and service of these devices. Mechanical engineers work in the areas of manufacturing, automation and robotics, power systems, biomedical, engines, aerospace, electronic packaging, heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning, product design, and research and development. The BS ME program emphasizes mechanical design, thermal sciences, manufacturing processes, material sciences, Computer-Aided Design, automation, controls, robotics, and optics/lasers.

Bachelor of Science in Manufacturing Engineering

Manufacturing engineering is concerned with the entire production process involved in making a product, optimizing the product by reducing cost and production time, and by increasing quality and reliability. Manufacturing engineers are involved with plant layout, production management, tool design and specification, manufacturing process design, automation and robotics. Manufacturing engineers work in production facilities that produce everything from computers to automobiles to freezers using modern manufacturing methods to provide high quality products at the lowest possible price in a world of limited natural resources, product design, research and development. The BS MfgE program emphasizes manufacturing, processor production management, material sciences, Computer-Aided Design automation controls, robotics, facilities design, quality engineering, and optics/lasers.

Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering

The Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering is designed to provide engineers an opportunity to obtain a better understanding in the key issues of the field including thermal sciences, mechanical design, manufacturing processes, and material sciences. The program offers day and evening courses and remote site offerings for practicing engineers who wish to pursue an advanced engineering degree while they work. Further, the courses satisfy the continuing education requirements of the Minnesota Professional Engineering Board.

Master of Engineering Management

The Master of Engineering Management is a special program that prepares engineers for taking on managerial roles. The course content is suitable for engineers from a wide spectrum of disciplines including but not limited to Mechanical, Civil, Manufacturing, Industrial, Electrical, Computer and Software Engineering as well as chemistry, mathematics, physics, and related fields. The course draws on faculty expertise in the areas of quality, project and production management as well as economics and administration.

Program Objectives

The undergraduate program in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering at St. Cloud State University provides education and training to equip its graduate to:

  1. Apply a broad, fundamental-based knowledge, and up-to-date skills required in performing professional work in mechanical and manufacturing engineering and related disciplines.
  2. Complete comprehensive design work pertaining to mechanical and manufacturing engineering, incorporating the use of design standards, realistic constraints, and consideration of the economic, environmental, and social impact of the design.
  3. Identify, analyze, and solve mechanical and manufacturing engineering problems as a continuous process to gain competitive advantages in industry.
  4. 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.
  5. Enter graduate programs in mechanical and manufacturing engineering and related disciplines and to pursue lifelong learning and professional licensure.

Key Features of the Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering Program at SCSU

Many senior design project are funded by and completed in industry. Some projects have resulted in patents and/or professional presentations. Many students get job offers from companies they do their projects with. Faculty members with PhDs and extensive industrial experience teach the courses. Many faculty members have an open door policy and are licensed professional engineers. The MME program is very active with local industry. Major classes are small and many provide extensive lab experience.

Preparing for a Career in Engineering

Because engineering involves application of science and mathematics to practical problems, student should have strong abilities in these areas. The following is recommended: one year of physics, one year of chemistry, and mathematics through trigonometry and advanced algebra in high school. Remedial courses are available for students without this preparation, but credits in remedial courses will not count toward completion of the major. Most engineering courses have a lab component so some lab or shop type courses in high school are also helpful. Theory, computer simulation, and laboratory work are emphasized so a programming course in high school would be helpful but is not require. Owning your own computer may be helpful but is not required. The software used in the engineering programs is expensive and will be readily available on university computers.

For Further Information Contact

Department of Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering
101 Engineering and Computing Center
St. Cloud State University
720 Fourth Avenue South
St. Cloud, MN 56301-4498
Phone: (320) 308-5654
Fax: (320) 308-5653
Toll free: (888) 664-3277
email: mme@stcloudstate.edu

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