Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering
Mechanical engineering is the broadest of the engineering professions. Because of this breadth, mechanical engineers work in almost every technical area and are employed in a wide variety of industries and organizations. Mechanical engineering is also among the most enduring professional careers, offering stable job opportunities during difficult economic periods.
The Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (BSME) program at Embry-Riddle provides a strong foundation in all of the fundamental areas of Mechanical Engineering. The program has focused tracks of study in areas of rapid employment growth, including clean energy, high-performance vehicles and robotics. The program is dedicated to giving students the tools to be successful in their careers as engineers and innovators, through hands-on projects and undergraduate research in cutting-edge technology.
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Mechanical Engineering is a well-established, stable engineering discipline. The demand for Mechanical Engineers remains high. Based on a 2008 National Association of Colleges & Employers (NACE) Survey of job offers and starting salary, Yahoo ranked Mechanical Engineering as the most in-demand bachelor’s degree. The Mechanical Engineering degree program at Embry-Riddle involves state-of-the-art engineering analysis, design and research, and extensive practical experience to supplement and enhance the theoretical foundation.
Extensive hands-on project opportunities are offered across all areas of study, starting as early as the freshman year. Students may elect to participate in any of a large number of projects in clean energy, robotics, unmanned vehicle systems, high performance vehicles and clean energy systems.
The Robotic Systems track prepares students for the rapidly expanding career opportunities in robotics, with emphasis on unmanned and autonomous vehicle systems, including the integration of mechanics and electronics. The Mechanical Engineering Department at Embry-Riddle leads the nation in hands-on student robotics projects. Current projects include fixed and rotary wing autonomous aerial vehicles, autonomous surface vessels, autonomous underwater vehicle and autonomous ground vehicles.
The High Performance Vehicle track prepares students for employment in vehicle design and manufacturing, from competition vehicles to the next generation of fuel-efficient, environmentally friendly vehicles. Subjects include aerodynamics, power trains, structures and safety. Student projects include the SAE Mini Baja competition, SAE formula hybrid competition and the prestigious EcoCAR competitions.
The Clean Energy Systems track — the newest of the three tracks offered — prepares students for employment and entrepreneurial opportunities in the fast growing renewable energy industry. Students who are involved in the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) P3 Competition research and develop technologies focused on sustainability. Projects have included self-sustainable water purification system backpacks for disaster relief, and small-scale solar thermal energy storage. Other clean energy projects include NREL wind turbine research, marine turbine research, bio-diesel production, development of a Desktop Rankine Cycle for educational purposes and application of solar power technologies.
View requirements for the B.S. in Mechanical Engineering degree on the Catalog site.