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Components, Power and Information

MECHANICAL ENGINEERING

Cadet working in DFME lab

Mechanical engineering is, more than anything else, the engineering of systems—the interactions of components, power and information. There are incredible mechanical engineering systems in aerospace and automotive hardware, power generation facilities and manufacturing. Because systems bring together the engineering of mechanics and motion, thermodynamics and fluids, materials and structures, and control, mechanical engineering is a broad discipline of design and analysis.

Not sure what engineering discipline to pursue and want to keep your options open? This broad-based foundational major is flexible, allowing a focus in many important disciplines, such as fatigue/fracture mechanics and failure analysis. If understanding, building and using state-of-the-art materials such as composites and ceramics intrigues, or if designing and analyzing structures is your desired focus, this challenging major may be the right one.

The Mechanical Engineering major is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

POTENTIAL JOB ASSIGNMENTS
Within the Air Force
  • 62EX – Developmental Engineer
  • 11EX – Test Pilot
  • 12EX – Flight Test Combat Systems Officer
  • 62EXF – Flight Test Engineer
  • 13MX – Airfield Operation
  • 61AX – Operations Research Analyst
  • 21AX – Aircraft Maintenance
  • 21RX – Logistics Readiness
  • 32EX- Civil Engineering
Outside the Air Force
  • Mechanical Engineer Industries – Aerospace, automotive, chemical, construction, defense, electronics, materials and metals, pharmaceuticals, and more.

For top performers, graduate school can be an option as a first Air Force assignment, either by winning a prestigious national scholarship like the Guggenheim, Hertz or Rhodes scholarships. Top cadets can also attend medical school programs or become future Academy faculty!

SAMPLE COURSES
  • Energy Conversion
  • Sustainable Energy
  • Automotive Systems Analysis for the Engineer
  • Aerospace Composite Materials
SUGGESTED COURSE SEQUENCE
4th CLASS YEAR (FRESHMAN) 3RD CLASS YEAR (SOPHOMORE) 2ND CLASS YEAR (JUNIOR) 1ST CLASS YEAR (SENIOR)
For Lang 1
Beh Sci 110
English 111
Math 141
Comp Sci 110
For Lang 2
Chem 100
History 100
Math 142
Physics 110
Leadership 100
Comp Sci 206
Math 243
English 211
Engr Mech 220
Econ 201
Physics 215
Mech Engr 330
Math 245
Pol Sci 211
MSS 251
ECE 315
Leadership 200
Mech Engr 305
Mech Engr 320
Mech Engr 312
Adv Math Option
Aero Engr 315
Soc Sci 311
Mech Engr 325
Mech Engr 341
Mech Engr Option I
Law 220
Adv SocioCultural Opt
Math 356
Leadership 300
Mech Engr 491
Mech Engr 350
Mech Engr 460
Mech Engr Option II
Mech Engr Option III
Astro Engr 310
Mech Engr 492
Mech Engr 370
Mech Engr Option IV
History 300
Philos 310
Leadership 400

For full program requirements and course descriptions, download the current Curriculum Handbook.

VALIDATION AND TRANSFER CREDITS

EM 220, EM 320, EM 330

FREQUENTLY USED FORMS & TOOLS

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ACCREDITATION INFORMATION

The Mechanical Engineering degree is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

To ensure the success of our graduates, we prepare them to achieve the following Program Educational Objectives within two to five years after graduation:

  • Recognition as successful Air Force officers through demonstration of their ability to:
    • Rapidly acquire required knowledge
    • Lead others effectively
    • Apply ethical and moral standards
    • Improve unit performance by application of organizational skills
    • Make sound decisions based on critical thinking
    • Communicate effectively
  • Selection for career training on, or ahead of, schedule, and for a progression of assignments of increasing responsibility
  • Demonstrated ability to solve Air Force technical problems
  • Success in continuing education

These objectives are assessed through Student Outcomes—the skills, knowledge and behaviors students should acquire before graduation. The outcomes for this program are:

  • An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
  • An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors
  • An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  • An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
  • An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
  • An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
  • An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.
Mechanical Engineering Enrollment and Graduation Data
Year Total Undergrad Degrees Conferred
2014/15 21 20 41 30 112 30
2015/16 24 32 23 41 120 41
2016/17 36 21 27 22 106 22
2017/18 37 36 21 27 121 27
2018/19 33 37 36 21 127 21
2019/20* 33 37 36 106

*Current academic year numbers as of August 2019

CONTACT US

Lt Col James Westfall
Advisor-in-Charge
james.westfall@usafa.edu
(719) 333-4035

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