The answers to questions frequently asked by current mechanical engineering students can be found below.
What is Mechanical Engineering?
Mechanical Engineering (ME) is the largest discipline of engineering based on student enrollment in the United States. It focuses on the application of the principles of mechanics and energy to design machines and devices. Many consider ME as the broadest of the engineering degrees and provides the most career opportunities.
What can I do with this degree when I graduate?
Graduates have the qualifications to enter careers in areas such as, but not limited to, aerospace industry, power generation and distribution, automotive design, machine design, manufacturing, HVAC design, alternative energy, robotics, and automation. Typical job titles for graduates may include Project Engineer, Planner, Project Supervisor, Manufacturing Engineer, Consulting Engineer, and Design Engineer. The BSME is also a good foundation for graduate school in Engineering, Business (MBA), Law, or Medicine.
Is this a difficult degree?
Yes. Mechanical Engineering requires rigorous training in basic engineering principles along with the development of skills in the areas of planning and management of design projects and the associated systems and resources. Graduates in the area of Mechanical Engineering will be required to master technical elements and to demonstrate particular competence in the areas of communication, fiscal management, and project management. The broad-based background is tailored to develop professionals who will be able to move between the technical and managerial aspects of Mechanical Engineering projects and to serve in key leadership positions within the engineering profession.
What is the curriculum like?
The Mechanical Engineering (ME) curriculum offers a balance of coursework in engineering analysis and engineering design as well as, engineering practice. Students must be strong in math or have perseverance in order to be successful in engineering analysis coursework, and to provide a deep understanding on how things work. A creative desire to design new parts/mechanisms/machines/products/systems is also important. Please review the Program Educational Objectives, Student Outcomes and latest Curriculum on the program page.
View the latest program flowchart.
Which Mechanical Engineering curriculum do I have to take?
Fall 2011, the Mechanical Engineering (ME) curriculum was evaluated by the ME faculty, and a new curriculum was developed and approved by KSU. Students who start or transfer into ME in the 2011-12 academic year and beyond must follow the new curriculum. Those students who were ME students before Fall 2011 may choose either curriculum, but are encouraged to follow the newer curriculum, unless it will delay your graduation. Keep in mind that some courses have been substituted in the older curriculum that have equivalent learning outcomes. See the curricula on this ME website.
How do I fill the Engineering Standing Application?
The Engineering Standing form can be found here. Fill the form based on the instructions written below. Get it signed by your advisor. Make sure your advisor submits it to the chair or the assistant chair.
- Complete the following information on the form: Today's Date, Student Information (Student Name, Address, City, State, Zip Code), Student Academic Information (KSU Student ID Number, etc).
- Enter grades for all classes that have been completed.
- Grades for courses completed at Kennesaw State should be entered in Column D and grades for courses completed elsewhere should be entered in Column I.
- Credit hours should be written just for the courses that you have taken. Otherwise leave the cells empty.
- If you have K grades, just write them down with no credit hours in front of them.
- If CSE 1301E has been completed, enter a 4 in cell E41. If ME 1311 has been completed, enter a 3 in cell E45.
- If you are currently enrolled in course(s) required for engineering standing, list course(s) under “A. Courses To Be Completed Prior to 1st Semester in Engr Standing.” (cell F20)
- If other courses need to be taken: List course(s) under “B. Deficiency Courses To Be Completed in 1st Semester of Engr Standing.” (cell F26).
- Save form and email to faculty advisor.
Faculty Advisor should do the following. So make sure they are done correctly based on the courses you take each semester.
- Enter your information in the “Faculty Advisor Contact Information” box.
- Indicate the appropriate term in the “Engineering Standing Effective Term” box.
- In Degree Works, verify grades entered by student.
- If a student is currently enrolled in course(s) required for engineering standing, list course(s) under “A. Courses To Be Completed Prior to 1st Semester in Engr Standing.” (cell F20)
- If other courses need to be taken:
- Advise the student that they must take the course(s) next semester
- List course(s) under “B. Deficiency Courses To Be Completed in 1st Semester of Engr Standing.” (cell F26)
- Next to each class that has not been taken, replace the number of credit hours in column E with a 0.
- Verify that the student's GPA is above 2.7. If not, advise the student accordingly. Otherwise if the student meets requirement or you have no concerns that the student will achieve standing once all courses are completed, sign the form. If you have any concerns, note in the comment box, and sign form.
- Give student a copy of the form.
- Submit the original to Cindy or place it in the Assistant Chair mailbox.
Is this an Engineering degree or an Engineering Technology degree?
It is an Engineering degree, designed according to the accreditation requirements of the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET, the accreditation agency for engineering programs in the United States.
Is this degree accredited by ABET?
The Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.
How does that affect Professional Licensing in Georgia?
Georgia, like other states, requires applicants to graduate from an ABET-accredited program, or equivalent. Our curriculum is designed to prepare students for the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam (FE), and we encourage our students to take it during their last semester or shortly after graduation. One should not take this exam lightly, and should devote weeks to review and prepare for it.
So, does that mean that when I graduate from the Mechanical Engineering program I should only have to wait 4 years to take the PE exam?
Assuming your experience satisfies the licensing board and you've met all other licensing criteria in place at the time you apply, then yes. After you pass the PE exam, you can then be officially licensed as a Professional Engineer in Mechanical Engineering (ME), in a particular state (such as Georgia). Although many ME jobs do not require a PE, some do.
I'm already enrolled as a student at Kennesaw State University. How do I change majors?
To change your major:
- Log onto Owl Express.
- Select the Student Records tab
- Select the Declare or Change Major/Minor option.
- This will open a form which will allow you to make changes to your major/minor
- Please allow 5-10 business days for processing your change. You can return to this site at any time to check the status of your request.
Please be aware that some courses may not transfer into the ME program. See your advisor if you have questions.
What if I already have an ET degree from Kennesaw State University and want an Engineering degree?
Former students can return and take the prescribed requisite courses to satisfy the degree. Please consult with the Mechanical Engineering Department Chair.
What if I've graduated from Kennesaw State University with a Mechanical Engineering Technology degree and want to come back and get the Mechanical Engineering degree?
Former students can return and take the requisite courses to satisfy the degree. If you graduated from Kennesaw State's Mechanical Engineering Technology program AND have passed the Fundamentals of Engineering exam (E.I.T.) then you only have to take those courses which are unique to the degree. That's about 30--40 semester hours of courses.
Can I take Calculus I without taking MATH 1112 or MATH 1113?
No, unless you are placed into Calculus I through the MAPT test, you will have to take MATH 1112 (Trigonometry) or MATH 1113 (Precalculus). After successful completion of MATH 1112 or 1113 you can register for MATH 1190 (Calculus I).
I would like to get a Minor in Mathematics. Where can I find some information?
For more information visit, the Department of Mathematics. If you would like more information on the Mathematics course offerings, visit the Department of Mathematics Undergraduate Course Offerings
Can I take a class with its prerequisite in the same semester?
This is up to the Professor teaching the class and whether they can allow you to register although you still have not taken the prerequisite class. Email the Professor. In most cases this is not possible, but in some cases it can be done.
How can I raise the limit of my Credit Hours (take more classes)?
In Owl Express under HOPE Eligibility, it says I am "Below Required GPA" and currently would not get HOPE for the coming semester. Whom do I have to contact about this issue? I know I am eligible.
Generally, financial aid checks after every Spring term in addition to every 30, 60 and 90 credit hours. You can contact Mr. Greg Osborne at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
Is there anything about inclusion, acceptance, and support to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals?
For more information please visit, the Safe Space Initiative website.
Is there any smart phone App that I can use to have a direct connection to campus police?
For more information please visit, the LiveSafe website.