West Texas A&M University

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Mechanical Engineering Program

Mechanical Engineering

Available On Campus

 

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

  • Aerospace and Defense
  • Energy Fields - terminal, renewable, and efficiency
  • Oil and Gas
  • Engineering Design and Analysis
  • Manufacturing and Processing
  • Bioengineering

PLAN OF STUDY

Mechanical Engineering (B.S.)

Program Educational Objectives

The West Texas A&M University Mechanical Engineering Program has the following objectives. During the first few years after graduation, engineers from the program will:

  • Be able to formulate and solve complex practical and theoretical engineering problems, while at the same time understanding business objectives and appreciating the social, economic and ethical issues encountered in a modern global society;
  • Think critically and creatively, work effectively on interdisciplinary teams, and communicate clearly in both technical and non-technical forums;
  • Be professionally employed, serving the rapidly changing needs of industry or governmental organizations regionally or throughout the state and nation; and
  • Continue to grow professionally through activities such as pursuing formal graduate study, research or continuing education; achieving professional licensure; and participating in professional societies.

Student Outcomes

Faculty members use the program educational outcomes to develop the topics covered and assignments in each course. By the time of graduation, mechanical engineering students will demonstrate competence in:

a. ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering;
b. ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data;
c. 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;
d. ability to function on multidisciplinary teams;
e. ability to identify, formulate and solve engineering problems;
f. ability to understand professional and ethical responsibility;
g. ability to communicate effectively;
h. ability to attain broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental and societal context;
i. ability to recognize the need for and engagement in life-long learning;
j. ability to gain knowledge of contemporary issues;
k. ability to use techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

DEGREE OPTIONS/FUTURE ACADEMIC PATHS

Graduates are awarded a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering.  WTAMU offers a Master's in Engineering Technology.

Graduate Students may also find similar academic interests in:

  • Mathematics
  • Engineering Technology
  • Business Administration

PREREQUISITES

  • Mathematics to solve problems.
  • Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work-related documents.
  • Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

CAREER CLOSE-UP

Mechanical Engineers

Median wage (TX) - $102,230
Median wage (US) - $88,190

Commercial and Industrial Designers

Median wage (TX) - $72,770
Median wage (US) - $69,820

Source:  Myplan.com, LLC; Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor.

PROGRAM COSTS

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Annual Enrollment

Academic Year

Annual Enrollment*

2010-2011

18

2011-2012

22

2012-2013

40

2013-2014

69

2014-2015

91

2015-2016

112

2016-2017

 

 

118

*Enrollment numbers do not include pre-engineering.

Graduation Data

Academic Year

Number of Graduates

2010-2011

27

2011-2012

31

2012-2013

24

2013-2014

36

2014-2015

33

2015-2016

51

2016-2017

45

 

Accreditation

ABET Engineering Accreditation Commission

accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.