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University of Pittsburgh    
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
  Jun 03, 2023
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Mechanical Engineering

The following areas of concentration are available for Mechanical Engineering students:

Ferrous Physical Metallurgy Concentration  


Mechanical Engineering Undergraduate Curriculum

In the first two years, the mechanical engineering curriculum concentrates on the fundamentals of sciences, mathematics, and engineering. The last two years provide increased depth in the engineering sciences, including fluid mechanics, heat transfer, and systems analysis and also provide exposure to engineering applications, such as mechanical measurements, manufacturing, mechanical design, and thermal systems. Sufficient technical electives are allowed to permit each student to explore areas of special interest.

Course work in the social sciences and humanities is included for the enhancement of the student’s awareness of the importance of social, political, and economic problems in the practice of engineering. Where appropriate, the upper-level courses introduce consideration of human values, social benefits, and constraints to prepare future practicing engineers to be responsive to such concerns.

The major objectives of the program are to:

  • Demonstrate successful application of mechanical engineering knowledge and skills for industry, public sector organizations or their profession.
  • Pursue life-long learning through advanced professional degrees, graduate studies in engineering, professional training or engineering certification.
  • Demonstrate professional and intellectual growth as leaders in their profession and/or community.

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