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Components, Power and Information

MECHANICAL ENGINEERING

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, www.abet.org.

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
Outside the Air Force
  • Mechanical EngineerIndustries – 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)
Beh Sci 110

Chem 100

Com Sci 110

English 111

Engr 101

For Lang 1

For Lang 2

History 100

Math 141

Math 142

Physics 110

Chem 200

ECE 231

Econ 201

English 211

Engr Mech 220

Engr Mech 330

Law 220

Math 243

Math 245

MSS 200

Physics 215

Pol Sci 211

Aero Engr 315

Beh Sci 310

Biology 315

Engr Mech 305

Engr Mech 320

History 300

Math 346

Math 356

Mech Engr 312

Mech Engr 325

Mech Engr 341

Mech Engr Opt

Philos 310

Astro Engr 310

English 411

Engr Mech 460

Mech Engr 370

Mech Engr 491

Mech Engr 492

Mech Engr Emphasis

Mech Engr Emphasis

Mech Engr Emphasis

Mech Engr Opt

MSS 415/416

Soc Sci 412

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

Department of Engineering Mechanics SharePoint
Academy Registrar SharePoint

ACCREDITATION INFORMATION

The Mechanical Engineering degree is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org.

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:

  • Apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
  • Design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  • 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
  • Lead and function on multidisciplinary teams
  • Identify, formulate and solve engineering problems
  • Understand professional and ethical responsibility
  • Communicate effectively, both written and orally
  • Understand the impact of engineering solutions in a military, global, economic, environmental and societal context
  • Recognize the need for and ability to engage in life-long learning
  • Know contemporary issues
  • Use techniques, skills and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice
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 1 25 25 21 72

CONTACT US

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

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