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Program Accreditation, Mission and Educational Objectives

Program Accreditation

The undergraduate Mechanical Engineering Program at UMaine is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. (www.abet.org)

Mission

The mission of the Department of Mechanical Engineering is to prepare students and graduates for the future by providing a quality mechanical engineering education

Goals

  1. To provide high quality education in mechanical engineering at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.
  2. To conduct basic and applied research in mechanical engineering and related areas.
  3. To provide service to the profession, to the State of Maine, the United States and the world.

Program Educational Objectives

The Mechanical Engineering (ME) Program at the University of Maine is designed to provide a broad and rigorous spectrum of engineering educations that equip its graduates with the fundamental knowledge of mechanical engineering needed to engage in the implementation of traditional, emerging and modern mechanical engineering practices. The UMaine ME program aims at preparing its graduates for successful careers in their chosen professions.

The graduates of the UMaine Mechanical Engineering Program, within a few years after graduation, are expected to:

  1. Be working as mechanical engineers or equivalent and practice their profession in a competent and ethical manner.
  2. Demonstrate career development by pursuing advanced credentials such as advanced degrees, professional registration or professional management program (PMP®) certification.
  3. Be active professionally, seeking continuous improvement of skills and professional growth.
  4. Be active as volunteers and respected members of their community
  5. Be offered and accept increasing job responsibility

Student Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program the student will have:

  • An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering.
  • An ability to design and conduct experiments, and to critically 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
  • An ability to function in mufti-disciplinary teams.
  • An ability to identify, formulate and solve engineering problems.
  • An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
  • An ability to communicate effectively.
  • The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context.
  • A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning.
  • A knowledge of contemporary issues.
  • An ability to use the techniques, skills and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

Annual Student Enrollment and Graduation Data

  • The UMaine Mechanical Engineering Program currently grants 60-70 BS degrees in Mechanical Engineering each year.
  • Our present undergraduate enrollment is approximately 390 students.
  • For more detailed, current statistics by major and college, please go to http://umaine.edu/oir/