Undergraduate Program Overview
Welcome to the Undergraduate Student Information page. Here you can find information in regards to Mechanical Engineering, UTPA, our Student Organizations, our Degree Programs, advisement and the latest news in our department. To the left you will find links to the Degree Plan, Engineering Course Descriptions, and Technical Elective Descriptions.
Additionally, the following is provided to explain the Departments mission, educational objectives, and educational outcomes:
The Mechanical Engineering Department will provide students a quality education to prepare them for the practice of engineering, with sufficient depth to continue their education beyond the baccalaureate degree. The curriculum will provide skills that enhance the understanding of the applications of engineering sciences. In order to provide an awareness of current and emerging industrial practice, the department will provide the students the opportunity to participate in professional organizations, industrial internships or co-op experiences, and scholarly activities including supervised research. The faculty will be readily accessible and will continuously strive to improve their instructional materials and the methods of dissemination. The faculty will also practice life long learning by keeping abreast of and participating in the latest developments in their chosen areas of expertise and interacting across disciplines. The opportunity for student success in the undergraduate programs will be enhanced by liberal access to the computational facilities and laboratories.
The Educational Objectives of the Mechanical Engineering Program at The University of Texas-Pan American are to produce graduates who:
- have the knowledge and technical skills required to be and to remain productive in the field of Mechanical Engineering;
- have an understanding of the importance of professionalism, ethics, safety and socioeconomic concerns in resolving technical problems; and
- are capable of functioning in diverse local and global environments in industry, government, and academia.
It will be demonstrated that the student:
- is able to use knowledge of mathematics, basic sciences and engineering to analyze (identify, formulate, and solve) problems in mechanical engineering;
- is able to design and conduct experiments and interpret the results;
- is able to design mechanical devices, systems or processes that meet given specifications;
- is able to function in multi-disciplinary teams;
- is able to communicate ideas effectively in graphical, oral and in written media;
- understands the professional responsibility of an engineer and how engineering solutions impact safety, economics, ethics, politics, societal, cultural and contemporary issues;
- understands the need for life long learning to keep abreast of current practice; and
- is able to use state of the art computational hardware and software for analysis, design and documentation (techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice).
It will be demonstrated that the student
- has knowledge of chemistry and calculus-based physics with depth in at least one;
- has the ability to apply advanced mathematics to problems involving thermal and mechanical systems; and
- has the ability to apply statistics and linear algebra to problems involving thermal and mechanical systems.
It will be demonstrated that the student
- has the ability to create and annotate two-dimensional drawings, and generate three-dimensional computer based solid models of mechanical components,
- has the ability to design and analyze components and systems for mechanical and energy performance,
- has the ability to specify and evaluate materials and manufacturing steps for mechanical components,
- has the ability to conceive and conduct experiments to measure the performance of materials, components and systems and to communicate the results, and
- has the ability to acquire new skills and specialized knowledge from published sources.