Mechanical Engineering (MENG), Bachelor of Science

At Dunwoody College of Technology, the Mechanical Engineering bachelor’s degree prepares students to enter the field of engineering ready to be a productive member of an engineering team from day one. Graduates can find employment in a variety of industries, including product design, research and development, heating ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), consulting engineering, medical devices, and manufacturing.

Students learn how to apply engineering principles to the design of mechanical, thermal, and fluid systems. Students also learn to work collaboratively in a team environment and use software tools current in the field. The curriculum is project-integrated so that theoretical engineering principles are reinforced and experienced through hands-on creation and problem-solving.

Arts & Sciences courses help students understand the core mathematical and scientific principles, which are the foundation of engineering theory and provide students with the communication and critical thinking skills required to succeed in the profession.

All students complete a two-semester senior design project.

Credential Earned: BS
Length of Program: 4 years (8 semesters)
Classes Offered: Day
Available Starts: Fall Semester
  • An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.
  • An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors.
  • An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
  • An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts.
  • An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives.
  • An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.
  • An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.
General Requirements
CHEM2110Chemistry with Lab4
ECON1000Introduction to Micro & Macro Economics3
MATH1811Calculus I4
MATH1821Calculus II4
MATH2260Probability & Statistics4
MATH2810Multi-Variable Calculus4
MATH2820Linear Algebra & Differential Equations4
PHYS1800Physics I with Lab4
PHYS1820Physics II with Lab4
WRIT2010Technical Writing3
Humanities Electives3
Social Science Elective3
Technical Requirements
ENGR1110Introduction to Engineering3
ENGR1210Introduction to Programming3
ENGR1221Electrical Circuits & Automation w/ Lab4
ENGR2210Mechatronics with Lab2
ENGR3120Engineering Economics2
ENGR4110Engineering Ethics & Safety2
ENGR4120Principles of Quality, Lean Mfg & DOE3
MENG1110Engineering Drawings & 3D Design4
MENG1210Machining for Engineers Lab2
MENG1220Machining for Engineers2
MENG3111Design for Manufacturability with Lab3
MENG2240Mechanics of Materials3
MENG3140Materials Science3
MENG3230Fluid Mechanics3
MENG3211GD&T & Measurements with Lab4
MENG3240Failure Analysis & Design2
MENG3250Heat Transfer3
MENG4111Control of Dynamic Systems w/ Lab4
MENG4130Finite Element Analysis3
MENG4140Senior Design I4
MENG4211Heat Transfer Applications & HVACR w/Lab4
MENG4240Senior Design II4
Total Credits124

The following sample academic plan demonstrates how a student's schedule might look on a semester-by-semester basis, including elective courses. Your actual degree plan may differ from this sequence, depending on whether you start in the fall or spring semester, what transfer credits you may have (if any), and which General Education courses and electives you take and when you take them.

The sample academic plan is for informational purposes only. To determine your academic plan, please meet with an academic advisor.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
ENGR1110 Introduction to Engineering 3
MENG1110 Engineering Drawings & 3D Design 4
ENGR1210 Introduction to Programming 3
MATH1811 Calculus I 4
 Total Credits14
Plan of Study Grid
First Year
ENGR1221 Electrical Circuits & Automation w/ Lab 4
MENG1210 Machining for Engineers Lab 2
MENG1220 Machining for Engineers 2
MATH1821 Calculus II 4
PHYS1800 Physics I with Lab 4
 Total Credits16
Plan of Study Grid
Second Year
ENGR2210 Mechatronics with Lab 2
ECON1000 Introduction to Micro & Macro Economics 3
MATH2810 Multi-Variable Calculus 4
PHYS1820 Physics II with Lab 4
SPCH1000 Speech 3
 Total Credits16
Plan of Study Grid
Second Year
MENG1230 Statics 3
MENG3111 Design for Manufacturability with Lab 3
CHEM2110 Chemistry with Lab 4
MATH2820 Linear Algebra & Differential Equations 4
 Total Credits14
Plan of Study Grid
Third Year
MENG2230 Dynamics 3
MENG2240 Mechanics of Materials 3
MENG3130 Thermodynamics 4
MATH2260 Probability & Statistics 4
WRIT2010 Technical Writing 3
 Total Credits17
Plan of Study Grid
Third Year
ENGR4110 Engineering Ethics & Safety 2
ENGR3120 Engineering Economics 2
MENG3140 Materials Science 3
MENG3230 Fluid Mechanics 3
MENG4111 Control of Dynamic Systems w/ Lab 4
Social Sciences Elective 3
 Total Credits17
Plan of Study Grid
Fourth Year
MENG3250 Heat Transfer 3
MENG3211 GD&T & Measurements with Lab 4
MENG3240 Failure Analysis & Design 2
MENG4130 Finite Element Analysis 3
MENG4140 Senior Design I 4
 Total Credits16
Plan of Study Grid
Fourth Year
ENGR4120 Principles of Quality, Lean Mfg & DOE 3
MENG4211 Heat Transfer Applications & HVACR w/Lab 4
MENG4240 Senior Design II 4
Humanities Electives 3
 Total Credits14


ENGR1110 | Introduction to Engineering | Lecture (3 Credits)

Explore major topics in Engineering. Provides a pathway to success in the School of Engineering programs, including time management, industry software, study skills, teamwork skills, internship availability and career opportunities. This course must be taken at Dunwoody for the Industrial Engineering Technology Degree.

ENGR1210 | Introduction to Programming | Lecture/Laboratory (3 Credits)

Examine and implement computational problem-solving strategies using computer languages to solve engineering problems. Develop algorithms and translate solutions into computer programs. Distinguish differences in programming languages and software tools with applicability to different types of problem solutions. Apply modular design and clear documentation for efficient problem solving.

ENGR1221 | Electrical Circuits & Automation w/ Lab | Lecture/Laboratory (4 Credits)

Apply PLCs and electronic components to design and troubleshoot automated industrial equipment. Topics include AC and DC motors, programming, sensors, and basic circuit analysis techniques for design, analysis, and programming of control systems.

Prerequisite(s): MATH1821

ENGR2210 | Mechatronics with Lab | Lecture/Laboratory (2 Credits)

Analyze electrical and mechanical systems such as drives, sensors, control systems, data presentation, and communication in the context of mechatronics. Different motive forces are utilized, control systems implemented, and operating environment challenges presented. Course content is applied to real-world projects.

Prerequisite(s): ENGR1221, Or ENGR1220, And PHYS1820

ENGR3120 | Engineering Economics | Lecture (2 Credits)

Economic analysis of engineering decisions under uncertainty. Concepts include time value of money, cash flow estimation, rate of return analysis, net present value estimation, and asset evaluation. Applications include comparing different project alternatives accounting for heterogeneity in cost, revenue, taxation, depreciation, inflation, and risk.

ENGR4110 | Engineering Ethics & Safety | Lecture (2 Credits)

Interpret the connection between personal morality, the role of engineers and engineering in society, and relationship to one's employer. Case studies involving conflicts within these roles are reviewed and evaluated. Interpret safety and accident information to develop a basic understanding of needed safety protocols in a variety of engineering environments.

ENGR4120 | Principles of Quality, Lean Mfg & DOE | Lecture (3 Credits)

Investigate several quality conventions used to reduce waste, improve quality, decrease production times, and improve customer satisfaction. Topics include statistics, queuing models, control charts for variables, acceptance criteria, and acceptance sampling.

Prerequisite(s): MATH2260

MENG1110 | Engineering Drawings & 3D Design | Lecture/Laboratory (4 Credits)

Create 3D solid models and assemblies using SolidWorks. Interpret engineering prints; create detail and assembly drawings according to standards. Use freehand drawing as a graphical communication tool.

MENG1210 | Machining for Engineers Lab | Laboratory (2 Credits)

Employ metalworking techniques using typical shop equipment including mills, lathes, grinders, saws, and drills. Utilize hand tools to prep stock and finish edges.

Corequisite(s): MENG1220

MENG1220 | Machining for Engineers | Lecture (2 Credits)

Use theory and understanding of machining operations to plan work to create parts efficiently.

Prerequisite(s): MENG1110 Or MDES1110

Corequisite(s): MENG1210

MENG1230 | Statics | Lecture (3 Credits)

Identification, recognition and calculations associated with forces acting on rigid bodies at rest. Use vector analysis to analyze concurrent forces, non-concurrent forces, friction forces, centroids and moments.

Prerequisite(s): MATH2810

MENG2230 | Dynamics | Lecture (3 Credits)

Theory and calculations associated with kinematics and kinetics of particles, systems of particles and rigid bodies. Analyze the application of Newton’s laws to the planar motion of rigid bodies.

Prerequisite(s): MENG1230 And MATH2820

MENG3130 | Thermodynamics | Lecture (4 Credits)

Introduction to thermodynamic analysis which provides a foundation for subsequent thermoscience courses, e.g. fluid dynamics, heat transfer, HVACR. Application of the laws of thermodynamics to the analysis of power and refrigeration cycles is a main focus.

Prerequisite(s): PHYS1800 And MATH1821

MENG2240 | Mechanics of Materials | Lecture (3 Credits)

Discover how materials behave under load including deformation under various loading profiles. Apply concepts to design of mechanical members such as a beams, shafts, columns, and other load bearing devices.

Prerequisite(s): MENG1230

MENG3111 | Design for Manufacturability with Lab | Lecture/Laboratory (3 Credits)

Introduction to common manufacturing processes, with emphasis on the principles of design for each process. Processes include: sheet metal forming, casting, welding, and plastic fabrication. Design and create parts using common manufacturing processes, such as casting, injection molding, and sheet metal forming processes.

Prerequisite(s): MENG1210 And MENG1220

MENG3140 | Materials Science | Lecture (3 Credits)

Identify different types of materials, their properties, and appropriate uses. Processes that change material properties include: alloy composition, heat treatment, coatings, and other modifications.

Prerequisite(s): CHEM2110

MENG3230 | Fluid Mechanics | Lecture (3 Credits)

Introduction to fluid statics and mechanics; laminar and turbulent flow with associated calculations. Applications to industry are used in problems.

Prerequisite(s): MATH2810, MATH2820, MENG3130, And MENG2240

MENG3211 | GD&T & Measurements with Lab | Lecture/Laboratory (4 Credits)

Apply principles of physical measurements and error analysis to evaluate mechanical measurements. Create prints that include callouts for standards of accuracy using ASME/ANSI geometric dimensioning and tolerance standards. Use lab metrology equipment to assess the geometric dimensions and tolerances of parts, and to perform other measurements such as temperature, pressure, and flow.

Prerequisite(s): MATH2260

MENG3240 | Failure Analysis & Design | Lecture (2 Credits)

Examine advanced topics in modeling, design and best practices for machines, tooling and system assemblies. Evaluate components for protection against failure from low cycle fatigue, high cycle fatigue, ductile overload, corrosion.

Prerequisite(s): MENG2240

MENG3250 | Heat Transfer | Lecture (3 Credits)

Examine the fundamentals of heat transfer modes, including conduction, convection, and radiation. Calculations for each mode are included.

Prerequisite(s): MATH2820 And MENG3130

MENG4111 | Control of Dynamic Systems w/ Lab | Lecture/Laboratory (4 Credits)

Introduction to the fundamentals of controls, covering foundational controls theory (first and second order system response, transfer functions, and design of control systems). Analyze the response of dynamic systems, and then apply these techniques, using a PID control, to the control of real world engineering systems. Possible applications include fluid power, heat transfer, and mechanical systems.

Prerequisite(s): MENG2230 And MATH2820

MENG4130 | Finite Element Analysis | Lecture (3 Credits)

Finite element modeling using both manual and software simulation analysis. Topics include two- and three-dimensional elements along with applications in solid mechanics, heat transfer and fluid mechanics.

Prerequisite(s): MATH2820 And MENG2240

MENG4140 | Senior Design I | Capstone (4 Credits)

Student design teams execute a two semester design project to solve a real world problem. Application of the design process, underlying science, and application of concepts and tools gained in the curriculum are necessary. Application of project management principles and tools. To be taken within 48 credits of graduation or with instructor approval.

Prerequisite(s): MENG2240 And MENG3111

MENG4211 | Heat Transfer Applications & HVACR w/Lab | Lecture/Laboratory (4 Credits)

Apply heat transfer theory to common industrial devices. Analyze HVACR and other applications. Hands-on testing of heat transfer devices includes heat, ventilation, and air conditioning systems.

Prerequisite(s): MENG3250

MENG4240 | Senior Design II | Capstone (4 Credits)

Continuation of Senior Design I projects. Final deliverables are submitted, project is presented and closed out. Presentations are open to students, faculty, and the public in a symposium format.

Prerequisite(s): MENG4140

ECON1000 | Introduction to Micro & Macro Economics | Lecture (3 Credits)

Fundamental economic issues and theories are explored through discussion and research. Current events, policy perspectives, and case studies are used to process and apply economics to everyday life.

General Education: Social Sciences

MATH1811 | Calculus I | Lecture (4 Credits)

The fundamental tool used by engineers and scientists to determine critical measurements, such as maximums, minimums and allowable rates of change. Utilize multiple methods in the calculation and application of limits, derivatives, transcendental functions, implicit differentiation and related rates.

General Education: Mathematics

MATH1821 | Calculus II | Lecture (4 Credits)

The fundamental tool used by engineers and scientists to determine critical measurements such as the area under curves, the volumes within complex geometries, and for describing functions as an infinite series. Computer software enables the application of the definite integral, the fundamental theorem of calculus, applications of integration, and numerical methods of integration.

Prerequisite(s): MATH1811

General Education: Mathematics

MATH2260 | Probability & Statistics | Lecture (4 Credits)

Introduction to probability and statistics with applications. Topics include: basic combinatorics, random variables, probability distributions, hypothesis testing, confidence intervals, and linear regression.

Prerequisite(s): MATH1810, Or MATH1811, Or MATH1850

General Education: Mathematics

MATH2810 | Multi-Variable Calculus | Lecture (4 Credits)

Differentiate and integrate functions of two and three variables. Apply differentiation and integration techniques to physical sciences and engineering. Explore the theorems of Green and Stokes.

Prerequisite(s): MATH1820 Or MATH1821

General Education: Mathematics

MATH2820 | Linear Algebra & Differential Equations | Lecture (4 Credits)

Introduction to Linear Algebra, including vector spaces and linear mappings between such spaces. Explore solution methods for ordinary differential equations, qualitative techniques; includes matrix methods approach to systems of linear equations and series solutions.

Prerequisite(s): MATH1821 Or MATH1820

General Education: Mathematics

PHYS1800 | Physics I with Lab | Lecture/Laboratory (4 Credits)

Introduction to mechanics using differential calculus as a foundation. Topics include kinematics and dynamics of linear motion, static equilibrium, the conservation of energy and momentum, mechanics of solids and fluids, and thermodynamics. The laboratory portion incorporates experimentation, instrumentation, and graphical tools to verify calculations in motion, mechanics and thermodynamics.

Prerequisite(s): MATH1810, Or MATH1811, Or MATH1850

General Education: Physical Sciences with Lab

PHYS1820 | Physics II with Lab | Lecture/Laboratory (4 Credits)

An introductory calculus-based course in electromagnetic fields and their applications. Topics include: Coulomb's and Gauss' Law, electric fields and potentials, electrical and magnetic properties of matter, Ampere's and Faraday's laws, elementary DC and AC circuits, Maxwell's equations, and electromagnetic waves.

Prerequisite(s): MATH1821, Or MATH1820, And PHYS1800

General Education: Physical Sciences with Lab

SPCH1000 | Speech | Lecture (3 Credits)

Introduction to public speech making; purpose and organization, audience analysis and response, verbal and non-verbal clues.

General Education: Communications

WRIT2010 | Technical Writing | Lecture (3 Credits)

Technical writing applications are studied for format, style, voice, and point of view; considered for purpose, audience, and subject. Critical thinking and developed expertise are employed to analyze, interpret, evaluate, summarize and generate various technical documents, individually and within teams.

General Education: Communications

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General Applicability

While college faculty will provide you with information and advice, it is your responsibility to understand and comply with all policies and to complete satisfactorily all degree requirements within the allotted time frame. This includes the responsibility to track your completion of major, university and campus requirements, as well to comply with residence, minimum progress and scholarship requirements.

For details, you should refer to the college’s academic policies.

Please note that you are subject to current policies and regulations, regardless of your admission date.

Admission to Dunwoody School of Engineering

Your admission into the Dunwoody School of Engineering is also an admission into the engineering program you have selected.  Your completion of this degree requires your compliance with stated degree requirements and academic good standing.

Applicability of Academic Plan

Normally the Academic Plan that you will follow is the plan year that you have entered under.  However with program evolution we reserve the right to move you to a newer academic plan resulting from an evolution of the program.  This change will not delay your graduation or cost you more than your original plan if you remain in academic good standing and take courses when offered. 

In the event that you do not maintain continuous enrollment, your academic plan may be changed to your new admission date.

In the event of part time enrollment, academic plans will be valid for only 6 years.

School of Engineering Student Success Monitoring

The School of Engineering strives to motivate and empower students to complete courses of study leading to degrees in Electrical, Mechanical, Software Engineering and Industrial Engineering Technology.  The program of study in each of these disciplines is cumulative in nature, that is, content is intended to build upon content learned in earlier semesters.

Student academic progress must consider the level to which students have successfully mastered earlier concepts in determining if a student is making adequate progress in their chosen field of study.

Students will be determined to be making adequate progress toward degree completion if they are following the recommended program of study and are achieving grades of C or better in all of their courses each semester.

A student who is following the recommended program of study who receives a grade of less than a C in any technical or School of Engineering course will be required to meet their Academic Coordinator to review their study skills and to develop a plan for enhanced Academic Achievement for the next semester.  This grade of less than C may result in an adjustment of the next semester schedule to support needed prerequisites or remedial measures.

Any student who is following the recommended program of study who receives two or more grades of C or lower in technical or School of Engineering courses will be required to meet with their Academic Coordinator and the School of Engineering Dean to determine appropriate next steps. 

Any student who is not following the program of study defined by the Academic Plan will be required to meet with the Academic Coordinator each semester to ensure that they are registered for the appropriate courses.

Because of the cumulative nature of the Engineering program courses, no more than two passing grades of less than C will be allowed to count toward graduation.  The final design experience(s) in all programs must be completed with a grade of no less than C.