Program Educational Objectives

The Brigham Young University Department of Mechanical Engineering undergraduate bachelor of science program pursues the following objectives:

  1. Teach the fundamental concepts of math, science, and mechanical engineering to produce graduates who demonstrate technical excellence and provide service to their profession, community, family, and church.
  2. Instill a desire and ability to learn continuously, both through study and faith, to enable graduates to meet the changing demands of their profession and personal life.
  3. Provide practical and open-ended engineering experiences to develop graduates who think independently and demonstrate leadership and creativity.
  4. Engage students in activities to produce graduates who communicate and work effectively and ethically with people of diverse backgrounds.

Student Outcomes

To assure that these objectives are reached, the department has articulated twelve outcomes of the B.S. program. Each student graduating from this program is expected to have:

  1. A basic understanding of fundamental physical phenomena and governing principles.
  2. The ability to develop and solve mathematical models of fundamental physical phenomena and apply them to predict the behavior of engineering systems.
  3. The ability to use engineering principles to design an innovative system, component, or process to meet desired needs.
  4. The expertise to plan and conduct an experimental program and evaluate the results.
  5. The ability to use modern engineering tools and techniques in engineering practice.
  6. An understanding of manufacturing processes and planning.
  7. Effective oral and written communication skills.
  8. The ability to work with and lead others to accomplish goals.
  9. An appreciation of history, philosophy, literature, science, and the fine arts and how they influence the culture and behavior of societies.
  10. Personal behavior demonstrating and practicing high moral and ethical standards.
  11. The ability to practice engineering in a global environment.
  12. A desire for and commitment to lifelong learning and service.

All courses in the curriculum are designed to help achieve these outcomes.

The curriculum in mechanical engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc. (ABET).