Department of Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical engineers apply the principles and laws of the basic sciences to the design, modification, operation, construction, and manufacture of machines and systems. Mechanical engineers are engaged in research, analysis, design, construction, development, testing, and sales of many kinds of mechanical devices. Mechanical engineering deals specifically with mechanisms, gears, cams, bearings, power machinery such as reciprocating and rotary engines, steam and jet turbines, compressors and pumps, various means of transportation such as aircraft, magnetic suspension trains, surface effect vehicles, and spacecraft, instrumentation, machine computation, and control/guidance systems.

The department strives to serve the needs of regional industries, especially the petrochemical process, aerospace, and manufacturing industries. A major goal of the department is to provide education for these groups. Various design courses are taught to accommodate this market.

The Department of Mechanical Engineering offers the Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. The UNO Mechanical Engineering curriculum is accredited by ABET, Inc.

The University also offers graduate programs leading to the Masters of Science in Engineering, with a concentration in Mechanical Engineering, a Masters of Science in Engineering Management, as well as a Ph.D. in Engineering and Applied Science.


Educational Objectives of the Mechanical Engineering Program

Consistent with the mission of the University and based on the needs of our constituents, the Department of Mechanical Engineering has adopted the following program educational objectives. 
Graduates of the University of New Orleans Mechanical Engineering Program will:

    1. Advance professionally, either through employment or progress towards an advanced degree, by applying their technical knowledge and abilities.
    2. Attain positions of increasing responsibility through employing effective workplace skills and the professional practice of engineering.

Student Learning Outcomes
Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering

  1. An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.
  2. 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.
  3. An ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams.
  4. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.
  5. An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
  6. An ability to communicate effectively.
  7. The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context.
  8. A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning.
  9. A knowledge of contemporary issues.
  10. An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.
  11. An ability to apply advanced mathematics, including multi-variate calculus and differential equations.
  12. An ability to apply thermal/fluids concepts to mechanical engineering practice.
  13. An ability to apply solid mechanics concepts to mechanical engineering practice.

Curriculum in Mechanical Engineering

Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering

General Education Requirements
Course Name/ # Credit Hours  Course Name/#  Credit Hours
English    PHYS 1062  3
ENGL 1157 3  Humanities  
ENGL 1158 or 11591 3  ENGL 2152  3
Mathematics    ENGL Literature  3
MATH 21143 4  Humanities Elective2  3
MATH 21243 4 Social Sciences  
Science   ECON 2000 3
BIOS 3 Social Science Elective (ANTH, ECON, GEOG, POLI, PSYC, SOC, URBN) 3
PHYS 1061 3 Arts (Fine Arts, Music, FTA except 2650, 2660) 3
    Total 39
Other Requirements
Course Name/ # Credit Hours  Course Name/#  Credit Hours
CHEM 1017 3  ENME 2740  3
CSCI 1201 or 1205 3  ENME 2750  3
ENCE 2311 1  ENME 2785  3
ENCE 2350 3  MATH 2221  3
ENCE 2351 3  MATH 2134  4
ENEE 2550 3  PHIL 2244  1
ENEE 3501 3  PHYS 1063  1
ENEE 3518 1  PHYS 1065  1
ENME 1781 3  ENME 2770  3
ENME 2711 1    
    Total 484
Course Requirements for Major
Course Name/ # Credit Hours  Course Name/#  Credit Hours
ENGR 3090  1  ENME 4733  3
ENME 3020 or MATH 3221  3  ENME 4754  3
ENME 3711  1  ENME 3771  3
ENME 3716  1  ENME 3776  3
ENME 3720  3  ENME 3780 or 4728  3
ENME 4777  3  ENME Electives 3000+  6
ENME 3734  3  ENME 3735  3
     Total 39
Total Credit Hours Required Credit Hours
  126
  1. "C" or better required
  2. Check General Education Courses to confirm what courses fulfill this requirement.
  3. 6 credits of Math satisfy listed in general education. Check General Education Courses to confirm what courses fulfill this requirement.
  4. Includes 2 credits of Math listed in General Education requirements section

Recommended Four-Year Plan of Study
Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering

Four Year Plan of Study
First Year of Enrollment 
First Term  Second Term
Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours
ENGL 1157  3  ENGL 1158 or 1159  3
MATH 2114  4  MATH 2124  4
CHEM 1017  3  PHYS 1062  3
PHYS 1061  3  PHYS 1065  1
PHYS 1063  1  CSCI 1201 or CSCI 1205  3
Social Science Elective  3  ENME 1781  3
UNIV 10011  1    
Total Hours  181 Total Hours 17
Second Year of Enrollment
First Term  Second Term
Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours
ENGL 2152  3  MATH 2134  4
MATH 2221  3  ENCE 2311  1
ENEE 2550  3  ENCE 2351  3
ENCE 2350  3  ENME 2750  3
ENME 2740  3  ENME 2770  3
     ENME 2785  3
     ENME 2711  1
Total Hours  15 Total Hours 18
Third Year of Enrollment
First Term  Second Term
Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours
MATH 3221 or ENME 3020  3  ENME 3771  3
ENME 3720  3  ENME 3780 OR ENME 4728  3
ENME 3776  3  ECON 2000  3
ENME 3716  1  PHIL 2244  1
ENME 3735  3  Biology Elective  3
ENME 3734  3  Humanities Elective  3
Total Hours  16 Total Hours 16
Fourth Year of Enrollment
First Term Second Term
Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours
ENEE 3518  1  ENME 4777  3
ENEE 3501  3  ENME Elective 3000+  3
ENME 3711  1  ENME 4733  3
ENME Elective 3000+  3  Arts Elective  3
ENME 4754  3    
ENGR 3090  1    
Literature Elective  3    
Total Hours  15 Total Hours 12
Total Degree Hours 127
  1. UNIV 1000 is required for all first-time full-time students; it does not carry credit toward the bachelor of science in mechanical engineering degree which requires 126 credit hours.