About the Program
In order to prepare our students for real-world challenges, the mechanical engineering department at WVU Tech offers a practice-oriented education with a strong emphasis on hands-on experience. Our ABET accredited program is structured to develop these skills by offering foundation courses in mechanical engineering such as thermodynamics, machine design, heat transfer, mechanical vibrations, control systems and materials science.
Courses such as English, mathematics, physics, computer science, the humanities and general engineering science supplement the mechanical engineering curriculum and technical electives are offered in energy and mechanical systems, enabling students to pursue advanced studies in their areas of interest.
Engineers are builders and need to develop strong analytical and design skills. Our curriculum is structured so that meaningful design experience is included in several of the required and elective courses. Mechanical engineering students develop these skills systematically by successfully completing a series of sequential courses in statics, dynamics, mechanics of materials, fluid mechanics, dynamics of machinery, machine design and mechanical engineering systems design.
Open-ended problems and multiple-solution design concepts are incorporated across the curriculum involving design assignments in thermal and mechanical systems. This process starts with the Mechanics of Materials course in the sophomore year and culminates with the capstone design courses (ME Systems Design I and II) at the end of the senior year. The capstone design courses provide students with an opportunity to apply previously acquired knowledge in areas that include mathematics, science, engineering, humanities, communications, ethics and economics.
Our faculty also recognize the dynamic nature of modern technology in which changes are inevitable and the need for our graduates to be well-prepared to meet these challenges. The mechanical engineering curriculum is under constant review and modifications are introduced continuously in response to the changing needs of the industry and the job market.