Jun 22, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog Archived Catalog

Mechanical Engineering, B.S.M.E.

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Professor James Newman, Head

Program Mission:

UTC’s Mechanical Program strives to prepare graduates who are actively engaging in their communities as well-informed citizens pursuing new knowledge and translating acquired knowledge to evolving technologies. We are committed to an adaptable, creative, and robust curriculum that generates successful engineering professionals and leaders in industry and academia. 

Program Educational Objectives:

In support of this mission, UTC’s mechanical engineering program educational objectives produce graduates who:

  • Apply their mechanical engineering education to solve problems of local, regional, national, and global needs.
  • Apply design process and critical thinking to solve large and small problems in a team environment.
  • Perform and communicate effectively in individual and team-based environments.
  • Continue to develop academically, professionally, and personally to positively impact the engineering profession.
Program Student Outcomes:

In support of the program education objectives, each mechanical engineering graduate from UTC will have demonstrated prior to graduation:

  1. An ability to identify, formulate and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
  2. 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
  3. An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
  7. An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies

The mechanical engineering program curriculum offers two options: Energy Systems and Mechanical Systems. The Energy Systems option emphasizes applications of thermodynamics, fluid mechanics and heat transfer. The Mechanical Systems option emphasizes applications in the analysis and design of machine elements and mechanisms. Two courses differentiate the two options.

The mechanical engineering program faculty have degrees in various emphasis areas of mechanical engineering and are committed to delivering a mechanical engineering curriculum that has strong emphasis on engineering analysis tools, utilization of modern, electronic instrumentation culminating with a mechanical engineering and interdisciplinary design experience.

Degree and Accreditation:

Mechanical Engineering program graduates obtain a B.S.M.E. degree. This program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

General Education (36 hours)

(see General Education  for list of approved courses) 

The Bachelor of Science in Engineering only require 2 courses/6 hours of Humanities and Fine Arts.

Program and Related Courses

Additional Information and Notes

Minimum 127 earned hours (138 for co-op graduates).

Minimum 39 hours at the 3000-4000 level.

2.0 GPA in all required major and related courses.

See Degree and Graduation Requirements  for additional requirements.

Joint Undergraduate to Masters Program (JUMP)

Undergraduate students at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga who are classified as seniors and are within 30 hours of completion of their first bachelor’s degree with an overall GPA of at least 3.25 are eligible to participate in a joint undergraduate to masters program. Please refer to the specific JUMP program requirements as some GPA requirements are higher. This Joint Undergraduate to Masters Program allows a student to take graduate classes early and potentially complete a graduate program in less time and for less cost than the traditional graduate program which is completed after the undergraduate degree is awarded. 

Find more information in Academic Regulations .

Specific JUMP Requirements

Undergraduate students at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC) who are within 30 hours of completion of their first bachelor’s degree and have an overall GPA of at least 3.4 are eligible to participate in the combined undergraduate to graduate programs. A combined undergraduate to graduate program allows a student to gain early admission to and potentially complete a graduate program in less time and for less money than required of traditional graduate students.  Application to the combined undergraduate to graduate program and the Graduate School, including all program specific requirements, may be submitted for review during a student’s junior year.  With the approval of the program coordinator, department head, the dean of the college housing the graduate program, and the dean of the Graduate School, the student will be admitted to the program as a rising senior, after completion of 90 credit hours.  With the permission of the program coordinator and department head, a student may enroll in up to a total of 9 hours of graduate course work.  Programs may limit the number of graduate credit hours taken; refer to specific information in the program section of this catalog.  Undergraduate students must complete all undergraduate major requirements. All graduate courses for which a grade of B or better is earned may be applied to both the undergraduate and graduate degree programs, provided the academic program completes and submits a course substitution for the graduate hours. Subsequent admission to the graduate program as a regular graduate student will require completion of the undergraduate degree, an application to Graduate School, and approval of the program coordinator, department head and dean of the Graduate School.

Graduate courses eligible to apply to both degree programs:

ENME 5010 - Intro to CFD
ENME 5030 - Principles of Turbomachinery
ENME 5032 - Mechanics of Composite Materials
ENME 5033 - Fracture Mechanics
ENME 5034 - Advanced Dynamics
ENME 5035 - Analysis of Advanced Power Plants
ENME 5037 - Modeling, Simulation and Optimization of Thermal Systems
ENME 5055 - Advanced Energy Systems
ENME 5100 - Computational Fluid Dynamics I
ENME 5130 - Introduction to Theory and Formulation of Finite Elements
ENME 5300 - Introduction to Continuum Mechanics
ENME 5320 - Advanced Thermodynamics
ENME 5350 - Viscous Flow Theory
ENME 5380 - Heat Conduction and Radiation
ENME 5449 - Engineering Analysis of Renewable Energy Resources

ClearPath for Advising

The ClearPath for Advising provides students with an opportunity to see program requirements defined in a semester-by-semester format. The ClearPath for Advising guides also provide students with important tips, pointers, and suggestions for staying on track with progress toward the degree.  Your ClearPath is available through the Advisement website.

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