CEIT

B.S. Mechanical Engineering

Program Overview

The field of Mechanical Engineering encompasses a broad range of careers that include design, manufacturing, operations, maintenance, and sales. These varied careers can be in support of industries as diverse as product design and fabrication, power generation, climate control (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning), transportation (vehicles and infrastructure), and systems control. ME professionals can attempt the challenging process to become licensed Professional Engineers. Mechanical Engineers are applied problem solvers, limited in their professional growth only by their personal motivation and ability. Responsibilities can range from those of an entry level designer to an R&D director, from a project engineer to plant manager, from a sales trainee to a regional manager.

Mechanical Engineering is a 4-yr, Bachelor of Science degree taught by Georgia Southern faculty and completed on the Statesboro campus. In fact, all ME courses are taught exclusively by faculty, teaching assistants are not used. Class-sizes range from 20-45 students, so there is ample access to the faculty during class time.

Mechanical Engineering areas of technical depth at Georgia Southern includes mechanical design and analysis, material science and manufacturing processing, thermal-fluid-energy sciences, computer aided engineering graphics and analysis, and electro-mechanical devices and controls with an emphasis in mechatronics.


Goals
  • emphasize the fundamental applied roots of mechanical engineering with a heavy emphasis on practical/experiential/hands-on learning
  • produce graduates that are experts at integrating technical systems, trouble-shooting problems, bringing intuitive insights to design and research teams
  • produce graduates that are proficient in the use of 21st Century design, analysis, and measurement tools and software
  • produce graduates with the soft-skills of (a) professionalism, (b) communication, (c) team building, (d) societal, global and ethical awareness, and (e) dedication to continuous learning
  • promote an environment of undergraduate design, development and research that will also enable our faculty to grow and flourish professionally
  • provide professional service to the state and region
  • exhibit a willingness to assist others wherever required and contribute as part of a multi-disciplinary team
Advisory Board

The general purpose of the Board is to provide advice, guidance and support for the development of a high quality program in Mechanical Engineering Technology at Georgia Southern University. The Board’s role is advisory to the Department’s Chair and faculty in promoting leadership in the Mechanical Engineering program. The Board provides advice and counsel on all matters to prepare students for successful entrance into professional occupations. This includes advice on curricula, materials, facilities and equipment to keep pace with change and ensure what is taught is relevant to the future needs of the business and industrial community.


Course Sequences

Transfer Credits

Credits for core courses are transferable across all schools within the University System of Georgia.

University Orientation course (FYE 1220) is still required, which is unique to Georgia Southern University, for those students who transfer less than 30 semester credit hours.

Any major-specific requirements will be evaluated by the Admissions Office and /or the major department, and appropriate credit will be assigned.

Students who transfer from outside of the University System of Georgia will be evaluated by the Admission Office and/or the major department, and the appropriate transfer credit will be assigned.


Graduation Requirements
  • The requirements of the core curriculum must be satisfied.
  • The requirements of the ME program must be satisfied.
  • A minimum of 132 hours is required for graduation.
  • At least 30 semester hours of approved mechanical engineering courses must be taken at Georgia Southern University.
  • A minimum of 30 hours of upper-division credits must be earned at Georgia Southern University.
  • The total institution cumulative GPA of all courses applying to the degree must be 2.0.

Program Contact Information

Brian L. Vlcek , Ph.D.
Professor & Chair
Mechanical Engineering
Phone: (912) 478-5721
E-mail: blvlcek@georgiasouthern.edu

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Department of Mechanical Engineering • P.O. Box 8046 • Statesboro, Georgia 30460 • (912) 478-5761