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:

  • Use engineering theory and experience to develop practical solutions for engineering applications that further the business objectives of the company while at the same time understand business objectives and appreciate the social, economic and ethical issues encountered in a modern global society;
  • Demonstrate advanced critical thinking and creativity on engineering projects, begin to take leadership roles on interdisciplinary teams, and communicate clearly in both technical and non-technical forums;
  • Be professionally employed, serving the rapidly changing technological 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 technical 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:

  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.

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

2017-2018

115

2018-2019

114

*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

2017-2018

54

2018-2019

58

 

Accreditation

ABET Engineering Accreditation Commission

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