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Department of Engineering

Engineering (Mechanical)

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Why pursue a mechanical engineering degree at North Central College?

Our focus is on automation and robotics. Our themes are sustainability, access and enhancing the quality of life for all. Technology has the potential to address many societal issues. Engineers influence how new technology is created and applied. Mechanical engineering students get hands-on learning from day one in the engineering method, using the latest engineering design and simulation software, making parts on 3D printers and programming in Python. You’ll dive into the details of materials, manufacturing processes, sensors and actuators, embedded processors, and robot control systems. Rather than concentrating on textbook examples and memorization, you’ll practice the same skills that you’ll use in your career: solving problems, working in teams, writing reports and making presentations. Activities include intercollegiate competitions, community engagement or independent studies.

You can also:

  • Complete internships at nearby research labs such as Argonne National Laboratory or Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory.
  • Study in the Dr. Myron Wentz Science Center, a state-of-the-art facility equipped to accommodate the most sophisticated hardware, software and other sustainable technology.
  • Pursue your research interests anywhere in the world by applying for a Richter Grant.
  • Travel, study and work internationally through our study abroad program.
  • Present your original research findings at local, regional and national conferences, such as the National Conferences on Undergraduate Research or North Central’s own Rall Symposium for Undergraduate Research.

Learn more on The 21st Century Engineer blog

Coursework in this area includes:

  • Calculus
  • Differential equations & linear algebra
  • Chemistry
  • Python
  • Classical physics
  • Basic electronics
  • Engineering statistics
  • Classical dynamics
  • Engineering design
  • Technical writing
  • Materials science
  • Professional ethics
  • Mechanical design
  • Engineering finance
  • Embedded processors
  • Manufacturing processes
  • Mechanical simulations
  • Robotics
  • Applied statistics
  • Failure analysis
  • Independent projects

Mechanical Engineering, B.S.

Mechanical Engineering offers a mix of mechanical design, simulations, robotics and manufacturing processes. Our graduates are prepared to be employed in a wide range of companies and research laboratories.

For additional programs and courses in this department, see Computer Science and Engineering.

Major Requirements

Core Courses

  • CSCE 160 - Introduction to Computer Programming

    CSCE 160 - Introduction to Computer Programming

    4.00 credit hours

    An introduction to computer science and programming, emphasizing the development of algorithms and problem solving skills using both procedural and object-oriented approaches. Topics include data types; I/O; arithmetic, relational and logical operators; control structures; functions; simple data structures; different computing environments such as the Linux operating system are also explored. Integrated laboratory.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ELEC 150 - Introduction to Electrical Engineering

    ELEC 150 - Introduction to Electrical Engineering

    4.00 credit hours

    Fundamental concepts of electrical circuits, components and measurement techniques. Lecture/Laboratory.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ELEC 280 - Microcontrollers

    ELEC 280 - Microcontrollers

    2.00 credit hours

    Fundamentals of microcontroller design and operation. Lecture/Laboratory.

    Prerequisite(s)

    ELEC 150.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ELEC 300 - Electromechanics I

    ELEC 300 - Electromechanics I

    4.00 credit hours

    Introduction to electromechanical systems, design criteria, failure analysis, electrical and mechanical interfaces. Lecture/Laboratory.

    Prerequisite(s)

    ELEC 251 or MECH 220.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ENGR 100 - Introduction to Engineering

    ENGR 100 - Introduction to Engineering

    1.00 credit hours

    An overview of specific engineering majors, lab safety, competitions, internships, research, post-graduate opportunities and employment options. Examines the relevancy of a liberal arts foundation and how it relates to the field of engineering.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ENGR 110 - The Engineering Method

    ENGR 110 - The Engineering Method

    2.00 credit hours

    Methods and practices employed to develop, commercialize and distribute products and services dependent on engineering will be presented. Includes descriptions of the four major career paths available to engineers. Lecture/Laboratory.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ENGR 120 - Engineering Calculations

    ENGR 120 - Engineering Calculations

    2.00 credit hours

    Develops the student's ability to use MATLAB to solve various engineering problems. Lecture/Laboratory.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ENGR 450 - Capstone I

    ENGR 450 - Capstone I

    4.00 credit hours

    Independent research or design project.

    Prerequisite(s)

    Senior standing.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ENGR 451 - Capstone II

    ENGR 451 - Capstone II

    4.00 credit hours

    Independent research or design project.

    Prerequisite(s)

    ENGR 450.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ENGR 480 - Failure Analysis

    ENGR 480 - Failure Analysis

    4.00 credit hours

    Case studies are analyzed to determine root cause for failed engineering materials and components.

    Prerequisite(s)

    PHYS 263 or MECH 210.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MECH 210 - Materials Science I

    MECH 210 - Materials Science I

    4.00 credit hours

    Basic principles of structure-property relationships in the context of chemical, mechanical and physical properties of materials. Lecture/Laboratory.

    Prerequisite(s)

    PHYS 161.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MECH 220 - Mechanical Design I

    MECH 220 - Mechanical Design I

    4.00 credit hours

    Engineering drawing, computer aided design and drafting (CAD), engineering drawing control, product design life-cycle, designing for sustainability, system design, product performance metrics, accelerated life testing, mechanism and linkage design. Lecture/Laboratory.

    Prerequisite(s)

    MECH 210.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MECH 320 - Mechanical Design II

    MECH 320 - Mechanical Design II

    2.00 credit hours

    Analysis of stress and strain, torsion, bending, beams, springs, pressure vessels contact stress, stability, stress concentration, fatigue. Lecture/Laboratory.

    Prerequisite(s)

    MATH 152, PHYS 211 and MECH 220.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MECH 410 - Control Systems

    MECH 410 - Control Systems

    4.00 credit hours

    Analysis of system response to inputs and initial conditions, feedback, design of control systems. Lecture/Laboratory.

    Prerequisite(s)

    MATH 255.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MECH 420 - Manufacturing Processes

    MECH 420 - Manufacturing Processes

    2.00 credit hours

    Introduction to machines and methods of rapid prototyping and production, extrusion, injection molding, plating, casting, milling, turning, abrasive jet, stamping, forging and rolling. Lecture/Laboratory.

    Prerequisite(s)

    MECH 320.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MECH 430 - Mechanical Simulation

    MECH 430 - Mechanical Simulation

    4.00 credit hours

    Finite element analysis and design optimization, solid modeling, mesh generation, thermal, linear, non-linear, and event simulation. Lecture/Laboratory.

    Prerequisite(s)

    MECH 320.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MECH 440 - Robotics I

    MECH 440 - Robotics I

    4.00 credit hours

    Inverse kinematics, end effectors, dynamics, position control. Lecture/Laboratory.

    Prerequisite(s)

    PHYS 300.

    Schedule Of Classes

Required Support Courses

  • MATH 253 - Calculus III

    MATH 253 - Calculus III

    4.00 credit hours

    A continuation of calculus with an emphasis on vectors, vector-valued and multiple-variable functions, partial derivatives, line and multiple integrals, vector analysis, Green's, divergence and Stokes' theorems.

    Prerequisite(s)

    MATH 152.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Quantitative Analysis.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MATH 255 - Linear Algebra and Differential Equation

    MATH 255 - Linear Algebra and Differential Equation

    4.00 credit hours

    First and second order differential equations, systems of differential equations, matrix and vector algebra, systems of linear equations, eigenvalues and eigenvectors. Students may not receive credit for both MATH 255 and either MATH 300 or MATH 315.

    Prerequisite(s)

    MATH 253.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PHYS 161 - Physics I: Mechanics and Heat

    PHYS 161 - Physics I: Mechanics and Heat

    4.00 credit hours

    Newton's Laws of motion, energy conservation, rotational motion, thermodynamics. Laboratory required, includes experimental physics and an introduction to computational modeling. Credit may be earned for only one of PHYS 131 and PHYS 161.

    Prerequisite(s)

    CSCE 160; MATH 151 or concurrent enrollment.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Science.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PHYS 162 - Physics II: Electromagnetism, Waves and Optics

    PHYS 162 - Physics II: Electromagnetism, Waves and Optics

    4.00 credit hours

    Oscillations, waves, electricity, magnetism, optics. Laboratory required, includes experimental physics and computational modeling. Credit may be earned for only one of PHYS 132 and PHYS 162.

    Prerequisite(s)

    CSCE 160, MATH 151 and PHYS 161.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PHYS 211 - Engineering Statics

    PHYS 211 - Engineering Statics

    4.00 credit hours

    Classical mechanics with application to engineering problems. Topics include equivalent systems of forces, centroids, analysis of trusses and frames, machines and forces due to friction, virtual work, hydrostatic pressure.

    Prerequisite(s)

    PHYS 161 and MATH 152; MATH 253 or concurrent enrollment.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PHYS 300 - Computational Mechanics

    PHYS 300 - Computational Mechanics

    4.00 credit hours

    Newton's Laws, projectile and charged particle kinematics, conservation laws and oscillations. Advanced methods in mechanics. Mathematical methods introduced as needed. Laboratory required, focuses on computation and modeling.

    Prerequisite(s)

    PHYS 162 and MATH 253.

    Schedule Of Classes

    • Statistics course (minimum two credit hours)

Additional Requirements for the B.S. Degree

  • MATH 151 - Calculus I

    MATH 151 - Calculus I

    4.00 credit hours

    An exploration of the fundamental concepts of single-variable calculus including limits, continuity, differentiation and integration with applications.

    Prerequisite(s)

    MATH 140 or placement; Four years of math including algebra, geometry and trigonometry recommended.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Quantitative Analysis.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MATH 152 - Calculus II

    MATH 152 - Calculus II

    4.00 credit hours

    A continuation of single-variable calculus with emphasis on advanced integration techniques and applications, parametric equations, polar coordinates, and infinite series.

    Prerequisite(s)

    MATH 151.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Quantitative Analysis.

    Schedule Of Classes

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