The mechanical engineering undergraduate program consists of a strong and rigorous curriculum that prepares students for engineering practice. The entire curriculum covers mathematics and science, engineering topics, and general education coursework. Mathematics and science courses are concentrated primarily in the first two years of the curriculum. The engineering lecture and laboratory courses are integrated throughout the curriculum and culminate in a year-long practicum experience. The general education coursework (referred to as the University Core) is distributed throughout the four-year curriculum.
Engineering design is one of the key tasks of an engineer. It is the process of creatively conceiving a system, component, or process to meet a specified societal need within certain constraints. The mechanical engineering faculty have adopted a methodology of design which guides the student through the design process. The steps of this methodology are studied and practiced in the mechanical engineering curriculum. Engineering design is integrated throughout the curriculum, culminating in a year-long practicum experience.
Mechanical Engineering is very broad in scope and is pertinent to a variety of engineering activities and products, such as transportation vehicles, energy generation, machine mechanisms, manufacturing systems, structures, and processing plants. The Mechanical Engineering program provides a solid foundation for work in all of these fields. The flexible and modern curriculum covers contemporary technology as well as the fundamentals for future technologies. It is designed to prepare students for graduate school as well as for employment in industry.
The mechanical engineering graduate program at Loyola Marymount University serves engineers desiring to advance their careers by providing a modern, professionally rigorous and conveniently administered educational program. The Loyola Marymount University mechanical engineering graduate program degrees include:
- The Master of Science in Engineering (M.S.) degree in Mechanical Engineering
- A combined Bachelor of Science (B.S.) and Master of Science in Engineering (M.S.) degrees in Mechanical Engineering (available only for seniors mechanical engineering undergraduates students at Loyola Marymount University).
The mechanical engineering undergraduate program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.
The mechanical engineering undergraduate program has established the following program educational objectives that are consistent with the University's mission and the department's program outcomes. During the first 3-5 years after graduation, mechanical engineering graduates will:
- Advance in their professional careers and pursue graduate studies and continuous learning in areas relevant to their long-term goals;
- Demonstrate leadership and competency in professional activities such as research, experimental studies, and industrial projects;
- Be capable of working effectively in cross-functional teams, communicating effectively, and participating in the practice of mechanical engineering design; and
- Contribute to professional societies and demonstrate ethical conduct.
These program educational objectives are accomplished through the major requirements, the core curriculum, design competition experiences, internships, research opportunities, professional society involvement and extracurricular activities.
The mechanical engineering undergraduate program has established the following 11 student outcomes:
(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 the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.