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Mechanical engineering is the branch of the engineering profession that deals with:

  • the conversion and use of energy
  • the design of machines and engines
  • the instrumentation and control of physical processes, systems and environments

The challenge of mechanical engineering is to use the principles of mathematics, along with the physical and thermal sciences, to develop and construct well designed machines and machine systems. Mechanical engineers are concerned with the practical purpose and function of a machine or system, as well as its design for strength, reliability, safety, economy, and appearance.

Program Mission

The mission of the mechanical engineering program is to further the missions and objectives of the University and the College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics by providing an opportunity for a quality education in Mechanical Engineering to the people it serves, particularly those in northeast Ohio and western Pennsylvania. The program also strives to provide professional service to the local and regional industry and to the public. The program is committed to meeting regional and state-wide priorities in higher education by providing its students with a broad, general education and an up-to-date technological curriculum in a four-year undergraduate program, and an application-oriented evening graduate program, offering a Master of Science in Engineering degree to practicing engineers and recent engineering graduates. The program also strives to enhance quality research and scholarly activities to be integrated with teaching and meet the needs of the region by providing area schools, businesses, industries, and government agencies with technical expertise.

Program Educational Objectives

The program educational objectives of the mechanical engineering undergraduate program are to educate graduates who will be professional, productive, and ethical members of society. As they progress professionally after graduation, our alumni will do the following:

  1.  Demonstrate successful application of mechanical engineering knowledge and skills through:
    1. employment in leadership roles in industry, academia, government, or other organizations
    2. engagement in research and development in graduate study or industry
    3. analytical problem solving in less traditional careers such as law, medicine, business, public policy, secondary education, service industries, etc.
    4. mentorship of younger engineers in careers involving management or entrepreneurship
  2. Demonstrate the commitment to lifelong learning through:
    1. active participation in professional development opportunities in their disciplines; such as conferences, short courses, graduate education
    2. development of new knowledge and skills necessary for new areas of expertise or careers
    3. adaption of their fundamental engineering knowledge for effectiveness in changing global markets and workforce trends
  3. Demonstrate active engagement in professional service through:
    1. application of their engineering knowledge to advance society and to help solve technical and societal problems
    2. engagement in activities that promote sustainable economic development that enhances the quality of life
    3. promotion of the engineering profession as a source of societal good
    4. participation in community activities where their engineering knowledge adds significantly to their contributions

These Program Educational Objectives describe long-term accomplishments for which we seek to prepare the graduates of Youngstown State University mechanical engineering program. It is expected that progress toward these objectives is measurable.

Program Outcomes

The YSU mechanical engineering program student outcomes ensure that our graduates have been given the skills to attain the program educational objectives after graduation. Student outcomes for direct assessment are ABET specified outcomes (a) through (k). Our students are expected to graduate with:

  •  (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 multi-disciplinary 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.

Vision Statement

Mechanical engineering and mechanical engineering education, in particular, face dramatic challenges in the future due to rapidly changing technologies and a new pattern of societal and industrial demands. The vision of the program is to meet these challenges and exceed the expectations of its constituents by focusing on the following primary strategies of the  program:

  •  Continuous improvement of an educational environment for outstanding teaching and learning
  •  Development of a productive research program through a strategic focus on technology development in emerging areas such as green energy, computer simulation, and nanotechnology
  •  Successful co-op and internship programs that provides students with on-the-job training opportunities
  •  An assessment program and procedures in order to insure a high quality program focusing on the needs of the program's constituents (the students, alumni, employers, faculty, administrations, community and the general public)
  •  Healthy enrollment that facilitates diversification of curriculum and faculty research and professional development

In order to achieve its educational objectives and to further the missions and objectives of the University and the College, the program provides an educational environment, teeming with opportunities for students to learn and acquire essential knowledge and skills that are defined in the ABET Criteria 2000, through its curriculum and extra-curricular activities. The program maintains undergraduate and graduate curricula that are well balanced in engineering fundamentals, state-of-the-art technology, and real-world engineering applications, in the primary specialty areas of fluid thermal sciences, and mechanics of deformable bodies. The undergraduate curriculum also contains courses that foster:

  • critical and independent thinking
  • decision making
  • development of interpersonal communication and a life-long learning attitude
  • working within a team
  • integration of knowledge, skills, ethics, and personal responsibility

Although the program intends to cultivate the capabilities of its students' problem solving, fundamental and advanced engineering analyses, design, research, and development, it also intends to provide the students with maximum exposure to hands-on, experimental skills to insure the high quality of its graduates. Through courses like stress analysis, thermal fluid applications, and finite element analysis, students will acquire strong tools for design and pertinent knowledge to solve real-world engineering problems. Our emphasis on engineering applications, computer simulation, and hands-on experience are complementary to each other and encourage students to apply analytical methods to engineering problems.

This approach enhances the effectiveness of teaching and also facilitates the students' understanding of abstract and difficult subjects. The ultimate goal of the program is to provide the society and industry with "whole person" mechanical engineers with superior technical capability.

Mechanical Engineering Laboratories

The mechanical engineering program maintains six physical experimental laboratories in Moser Hall. A wide array of modern equipment, instrumentation devices, and department-owned computers are housed in spacious rooms that support academic instruction and research activities in applied thermodynamics, heating and air conditioning, fluid mechanics, heat transfer, stress analysis, vibrations, and material property characterization. Other mechanical engineering laboratories are simulation and computing-related laboratories that include computer-aided design, machine design, kinematic and dynamic systems, and finite-element analysis. The College and the mechanical engineering program maintain modern computing facilities in Moser Hall and constantly upgrade hardware and software. The students and faculty also use the university computing facilities in Meshel Hall and Kilcawley Center.

For more information, visit Mechanical Engineering.

Cooperative Education

The mechanical engineering program strongly encourages its students to actively participate in the optional cooperative education program. The parallel co-op arrangement which combines work and study each semester is recommended. However, full time employment in the summer can also be included. Students must register for a co-op course and submit documentation as specified by professional practice office.


The mechanical engineering program specifies mandatory advisement. Every student in the program is advised every semester before his or her registration. Students cannot finalize their registration without approval of the faculty advisor or chair.

Mechanical Engineering Program
Curriculum Sheet
Course List
Mechanical Engineering Courses
MECH 1560Engineering Communication with CAD2
MECH 2603Thermodynamics 13
MECH 2604Thermodynamics 23
MECH 2606Engineering Materials3
MECH 2641Dynamics3
MECH 3708Dynamic Systems Modeling4
MECH 3720Fluid Dynamics3
MECH 3720LFluid Dynamics Laboratory1
MECH 3725Heat Transfer 13
MECH 3742Kinematics of Machines3
MECH 3751Stress and Strain Analysis 13
MECH 3751LStress and Strain Analysis 1 Laboratory1
MECH 3762Design of Machine Elements3
MECH 3762LDesign of Machine Elements Laboratory1
MECH 4808Mechanical Systems Design 12
MECH 4808LMechanical Systems Design Laboratory1
MECH 4809Mechanical Systems Design 23
MECH 4809LMechanical Systems Design Laboratory 21
MECH 4825LHeat Transfer and Thermodynamics Laboratory1
MECH 5881Mechanical Vibrations3
MECH 5881LMechanical Vibrations Laboratory1
MECH electives (3)9
Other Engineering Courses
ENGR 1500Engineering Orientation1
ENGR 1550Engineering Concepts2
ENGR 1560Engineering Computing2
CEEN 2601Statics3
CEEN 2602Strength of Materials3
CEEN 2602LStrength of Materials Lab1
ECEN 2614Basics of Electrical Engineering3
ISEN 3710Engineering Statistics3
Mathematics courses
MATH 1571Calculus 14
MATH 1572Calculus 24
MATH 2673Calculus 34
MATH 3705Differential Equations3
Chemistry and Physics courses
CHEM 1515General Chemistry 14
PHYS 2610General Physics 14
PHYS 2611General Physics 24
Communication courses
ENGL 1550Writing 13
ENGL 1551Writing 23
CMST 1545Communication Foundations3
General Education Requirement courses
PHIL 2625Introduction to Professional Ethics3
Arts and Humanities elective (1)3
ECON 2610Principles 1: Microeconomics3
Social Studies elective (1)3
Social and Personal Awareness electives (2)6
Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
ENGL 1550 Writing 1 3
MATH 1571 Calculus 1 4
CHEM 1515 General Chemistry 1 4
ENGR 1500 Engineering Orientation 1
ENGR 1550 Engineering Concepts 2
GER Elective (SPA) 3
 Semester Hours17
ENGL 1551 Writing 2 3
MATH 1572 Calculus 2 4
PHYS 2610 General Physics 1 4
CMST 1545 Communication Foundations 3
ENGR 1560 Engineering Computing 2
 Semester Hours16
Year 2
MECH 1560 Engineering Communication with CAD 2
MECH 2606 Engineering Materials 3
MATH 2673 Calculus 3 4
PHYS 2611 General Physics 2 4
CEEN 2601 Statics 3
 Semester Hours16
MECH 2603 Thermodynamics 1 3
MECH 2641 Dynamics 3
MATH 3705 Differential Equations 3
CEEN 2602 Strength of Materials 3
CEEN 2602L Strength of Materials Lab 1
ECEN 2614 Basics of Electrical Engineering 3
 Semester Hours16
Year 3
MECH 3720 Fluid Dynamics 3
MECH 3742 Kinematics of Machines 3
MECH 3751 Stress and Strain Analysis 1 3
MECH 3751L Stress and Strain Analysis 1 Laboratory 1
ISEN 3710 Engineering Statistics 3
ECON 2610 Principles 1: Microeconomics 3
 Semester Hours16
MECH 2604 Thermodynamics 2 3
MECH 3708 Dynamic Systems Modeling 4
MECH 3720L Fluid Dynamics Laboratory 1
MECH 3725 Heat Transfer 1 3
MECH 3762 Design of Machine Elements 3
MECH 3762L Design of Machine Elements Laboratory 1
 Semester Hours15
Year 4
MECH 4808 Mechanical Systems Design 1 2
MECH 4808L Mechanical Systems Design Laboratory 1
MECH 4825L Heat Transfer and Thermodynamics Laboratory 1
MECH 5881 Mechanical Vibrations 3
PHIL 2625 Introduction to Professional Ethics 3
MECH Elective 3
GER Elective (SS) 3
 Semester Hours16
MECH 4809 Mechanical Systems Design 2 3
MECH 4809L Mechanical Systems Design Laboratory 2 1
MECH 5881L Mechanical Vibrations Laboratory 1
MECH Elective 3
MECH Elective 3
GER Elective (AH) 3
GER Elective (SPA) 3
 Semester Hours17
 Total Semester Hours129

Mechanical Engineering Electives

Heat & Fluid Flow
MECH 4800Special Topics3
MECH 4823Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning3
MECH 4835Thermal Fluid Applications3
MECH 5825Heat Transfer 23
MECH 5836Fluid Power and Control3
MECH 5885Computational Fluid Dynamics3
Soild Mechanics
MECH 4800Special Topics3
MECH 5842Kinetics of Machines3
MECH 5852Stress and Strain Analysis 23
MECH 5884Finite Element Analysis3
MECH 5892Control of Mechanical Systems3