Aug 24, 2019  
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Mechanical Engineering, B.S.

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  1. The Mechanical Engineering major is the broadest of all of the engineering disciplines and spans nearly every sector of our economy including energy systems, advanced materials, biomedical devices, environmental products and enhancements, manufacturing and automation machines and processes, and the solutions to an endless array of technical problems.  The mechanical engineering program places strong emphasis on hands-on experience and the art of engineering design. The curriculum provides for both breadth and depth through required major courses and elective engineering courses. The Mechanical Engineering major is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,

A wide array of career options are available for graduates from the Mechanical Engineering major including applied engineers in industry, design engineers, research, consulting, and graduate study leading to advanced degrees.

Program Educational Objectives

The mechanical engineering program at York College is designed to prepare its graduates for productive careers and/or graduate study.  Within a few years following graduation, our alumni will have:

  1. Made significant contributions to their employer and/or graduate program through (for example) pursuit of advanced degrees and/or professional licensure, successful completion of engineering assignments, or publications
  2. Consistently demonstrated ethical and professional behavior in the workplace
  3. Continued their education by acquiring new, specialized skills through life-long learning opportunities, such as additional training, graduate studies, and/or self-study
  4. Displayed effective communication and teamwork skills while executing their assigned responsibilities

Student Outcomes

The York College Mechanical Engineering program is structured to give students the knowledge, skills and experience needed to be successful as an entry level engineer upon graduation. To accomplish this, students will have achieved the following key student outcomes by the time they graduate:

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 multidisciplinary teams

E) An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems

F) An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility

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

Engineering Cooperative Work Experience (Co-op)

Students are required to complete three semesters of co-op (six credits) prior to graduation. Through this program, students gain practical hands-on experience in industry and other engineering-related enterprises. After their first two years of study, students alternate academic semesters with semesters of full-time paid professional engineering experience in industry. One or more co-ops may be waived for students with a history of qualified engineering work.

To be eligible for a mechanical engineering co-op, a student must have:

  • A cumulative GPA of at least 2.5
  • Completed (with a grade of 2 or better) ME 250 (Statics) and MAT 272 (Differential Equations)
  • Completed (with a grade of 2 or better) or be currently enrolled in ME 264 (Strength of Materials) and ME 320 (Thermodynamics)

Student Policy Manual

The requirements, policies, procedures and other important details concerning the Mechanical Engineering major can be located in the Student Policy Manual.

Requirements for Graduation:

To be eligible for graduation, students majoring in Mechanical Engineering must complete a minimum of 137 credits, achieve a cumulative grade point average of 2.0, satisfy the College’s residency requirements, and complete the General Education Requirements of the College. A minimum grade of 2.0 is required for First Year Seminar and all courses taken as part of Foundations. Courses used to complete General Education Requirements may not be taken on a pass/fail basis.  A minimum grade of 2.0 is required for all major courses and engineering electives.

The General Education Requirements of the college require students to successfully complete a First Year Seminar, Foundations, Disciplinary Perspectives, and a Constellation. Students who enter the college with 30 credit hours completed will not take a First Year Seminar course and therefore must take an additional 3 credits for graduation. Transfer students that are awarded 60 or more credits upon acceptance to York College will not be required to complete a Constellation.

General Education Requirement

First Year Seminar

Foundations Requirement

Disciplinary Perspectives Requirement

Constellation Requirement

The Constellation requirement is met when a student completes four courses from a minimum of three disciplines within the Constellation requirements.  Transfer students that are awarded 60 or more credits upon acceptance to York College will not be required to complete a Constellation except for Education majors.

Required Major Courses:

Suggested Course Sequence:

Freshman Year

Fall (16 credits)

Sophomore Year

Fall (18 credits)

Junior Year

Fall (18 credits)

Summer (14 credits)

Senior Year

Spring (18 credits)

Summer (15 credits)


Students must take both Finite Element Analysis and Automatic Control

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