The mechanical engineer deals with the broad areas of heat, energy, force and motion, and their effects on a multitude of products. Mechanical engineers may be involved in the design of large industrial machinery, power plants, automobiles and aircraft, robots, biomedical devices and equipment, precision measurement and data acquisition equipment, nanotechnology and new materials, among others. Within these areas, the mechanical engineer enjoys considerable professional flexibility.
The demand for mechanical engineers with a good technical education has been high for many years. The Department of Mechanical Engineering at North Dakota State University offers an education that enables its graduates to take their places in all facets of the profession. The department has graduated more than 3,200 mechanical engineers who are working throughout the United States and many other parts of the world.
The standard curriculum allows students flexibility in choosing courses that reflect their interests within the broad areas of mechanical engineering. These include mechanics, materials and nanotechnology, biomedical engineering, fuel cell and alternate energy sources, among others.
In cooperation with the Department of Coatings and Polymeric Materials, the Department of Mechanical Engineering has developed a specialized curriculum leading to a minor in coatings and polymeric materials. This program is designed to prepare students for careers that require specialized chemistry and polymers training, such as the manufacture of coatings to enhance and preserve vehicles, structures and machines. This program is a good option for students wishing to prepare for a career as a mechanical engineer in the polymers and coatings industry or in a manufacturing industry as a mechanical engineer with a good coatings/polymers background. NDSU's Department of Coatings and Polymeric Materials is internationally renowned and the oldest of only three other such departments in the world.
The Faculty and Facilities
The Department of Mechanical Engineering is housed in Dolve Hall, which is part of an eight-building engineering and architecture complex. Laboratories and classrooms are well-suited and equipped for teaching and research. Students have access to PC computer clusters and facilities located in Dolve Hall to assist them in their laboratory and class work. The faculty offers a variety of expertise and extensive experience in teaching and research.
High School Preparation
To enroll in the mechanical engineering curriculum for the freshman year, students should have two years of high school algebra and one year of trigonometry, as well as a year in chemistry and physics. Students without these courses may take them at NDSU to better prepare academically for a specific engineering curriculum.
The Department of Mechanical Engineering has minimum admission requirements for new freshmen and transfer students.
New freshmen must rank in the top one-third of their high school class or have a minimum math ACT of 26.
Transfer students must have a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.8. All new students are initially admitted to the basic program in mechanical engineering. After completing 52 credits of specified courses with a minimum GPA of 2.8 and no grade below a C, they are eligible for admission to the professional program.
Recent graduates have found employment in companies throughout the United States. The average starting salary is approximately $49,000. A sampling of companies hiring NDSU graduates includes: American Crystal Sugars, Angus Palm, Applied Engineering, Bobcat, Cargill, CNH, Emerson, Integrity Windows, John Deere, Nova-Tech Engineering, Parker-Hannifin, Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Rosemount Inc., United States Air Force, Vermeer and Xcel Energy.
Cooperative Education Program
Students in mechanical engineering are encouraged to participate in the Cooperative Education Program at NDSU. It consists of one or more four-month sessions of work experience after completion of the sophomore year. This optional industrial experience provides students with hands-on opportunities that are not available in the classroom, and makes students more marketable to employers after graduation.
General Education RequirementsCredits
|First Year Experience |
|ME/Univ. 189 - Skills for Academic Success
| Comm. 110 - Fundamentals of Public Speaking
|Engl. 110, 120 - College Composition I, II
|| 3, 3
|Engl. 321 - Writing in the Technical Profession
|Math. 165 - Calculus I
|Science & Technology |
|Chem. 121, 122 - General Chemistry I and II
|| 3, 3|
|Phys. 252, 252L - University Physics II and Lab
|| 4, 1 |
|Humanities & Fine Arts
|| 6 |
|Social and Behavioral Sciences
|| 2 |
| Cultural Diversity
|| - |
|| - |
Major Requirements Credits
|ECE 301 - Electrical Engineering I
|ECE 303 - Electrical Engineering II
|ECE 306 - Electrical Engineering 1 Lab
|Engr. 402 - Engineering Ethics and Social Responsibilities
|IME 330 - Manufacturing Processes I
|Math. 129 - Basic Linear Algebra
|Math. 166 - Calculus II
|Math. 259 - Multivariate Calculus
|Math. 266 - Introduction Differential Equations
|ME 212 - Fundamentals of Visual Communication
|ME 213 - Modeling of Engineering Systems
|ME 221 - Engineering Mechanics I
|ME 222 - Engineering Mechanics II
|ME 223 - Mechanics of Materials
|ME 331 - Engineering Materials I
|ME 351 - Thermodynamics I
|ME 352 - Fluid Dynamics
|ME 361 - Introduction to ME Profession
|ME 412 - Engineering Measurements
|ME 421 - Theory of Vibrations
|ME 442 - Machine Design I
|ME 443 - Machine Design II
|ME 454 - Heat and Mass Transfer
|ME 457 - Thermal Systems Lab
|ME 461 - Design Project I
|ME 462 - Design Project II
Additional Requirements (Standard ME Major)Credits
(ME Major with CPM Minor)Credits
|Chem. 341, 341L - Organic Chemistry I and Lab
|| 3, 1|
|Chem. 342 - Organic Chemistry II and Lab
|| 3, 1|
|CPM 451 - Laboratory, Chemical, Radiation and Biological Safety
|CPM 472 - Environment and Chemical Industries
|*CPM 473 - Polymers Synthesis
|*CPM 474 - Coatings I
|| 3, 2|
|*CPM 475 - Coatings II
|CPM 484 - Coatings I Lab
|CPM 485 - Coatings II Lab
|*CPM 486 - Corrosion and Materials
|CPM 487 - Corrosion and Materials Lab
|CPM 497 - Individual Study
*Two of these courses may also count as technical electives in the ME major requirements.
This sample curriculum is not intended to serve as a curriculum guide for current students, but rather an example of course offerings for prospective students. For the curriculum requirements in effect at the time of entrance into a program, consult with an academic advisor or with the Office of Registration and Records.
Department of Mechanical Engineering
North Dakota State University
Dolve Hall 111
Fargo, ND 58108-6050
Tel: (701) 231-8671
Fax: (701) 231-8913
Office of Admission
North Dakota State University
Dept 5230, PO Box 6050
Fargo, ND 58108-6050
Tel: (701) 231-8643
Fax: (701) 231-8802