The UW-Platteville Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering offers two Bachelor of Science degrees: mechanical engineering and industrial engineering. The two disciplines have complementary aspects and provide opportunities for close cooperation between them. The department's mission is to provide an open, student-friendly environment with frequent student-faculty interaction that results in a high quality undergraduate mechanical or industrial engineering education and enables graduates to practice their profession with proficiency and integrity.
Industrial engineering is concerned with the design, improvement and installation of integrated systems of people, materials and technology. Industrial engineers combine a knowledge of mathematics, physical science and social science with the principles and methods of engineering analysis and design. At one time, industrial engineers were employed mainly in manufacturing. Today, however, they are employed by both manufacturing and service industries, which has increased the demand for industrial engineers.
Industrial engineers are generalists rather than specialists. Therefore, the industrial engineering curriculum at UW-Platteville covers a broad range of topics related to engineering practice. It includes study in engineering science topics as well as in each area of emphasis within industrial engineering. In addition, students are required to fulfill general university requirements in the humanities, physical sciences, social sciences and other areas. The main purpose of the industrial engineering curriculum is to prepare new engineers to practice at the frontiers of engineering knowledge and professional practice immediately after graduation.
Objectives: The educational objectives of the industrial engineering program, as measured within five years of graduation, are listed below.
Outcomes: At the time of graduation, students have achieved the following outcomes of the industrial engineering program:
A 2.00/4.00 G.P.A. must be maintained in all professional engineering courses.
Each student must complete one of the following areas with a minimum of 15 credits.
At least nine technical elective credits must be numbered IE XXXX.
At least 12 technical elective credits must be numbered 3000 or higher.
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Mechanical engineers meet the needs of society in many important ways including the creative planning, development and operation of mechanical systems for using energy, machines and resources; use and commercial conversion of energy to provide heat, cooling, transportation and power; design and production of labor-saving machines; and processing materials into useful products. Mechanical engineers serve such diverse areas as energy, mechanical systems, robotics, automation, environment, transportation, heating and cooling systems, bioengineering, manufacturing systems and electronics. Mechanical engineering is an exciting and challenging profession for women and men.
The main purpose of the mechanical engineering curriculum is to develop in each student a thorough understanding of fundamental theory, augmented and illustrated by practical application. It provides a balance between engineering science and engineering design, complemented with a strong liberal arts education. Faculty members are dedicated to providing students with the personal attention needed for maximum development of skills.
Graduate proficient mechanical engineers with a strong background in the technical areas
Graduate mechanical engineers with strong professional skills.
Graduate engineers who understand the need for and have the capability and motivation to pursue continual professional development.
Graduate engineers who are familiar with ethics and professionalism.
Graduate engineers with a well-rounded education to become quality citizens.
Minimum G.P.A. in Core Entry Courses: 2.6/4.0 as of fall 2010, subject to change at any time. Any student who achieves this minimum core G.P.A. qualifies for admission into the mechanical engineering program. Students with a lower core G.P.A. may be admitted to mechanical engineering at the discretion of the mechanical engineering chair.
Course Repeat Policy: Required general engineering and mechanical engineering courses may be repeated once.
Dismissal from Mechanical Engineering: In addition to all university and College of EMS policies, if a grade of "F" is earned in the second attempt of a mechanical engineering course, the student will be dismissed from the College of EMS and the mechanical engineering department.
Re-Admittance Policy: To gain re-admittance to the College of EMS and mechanical engineering, a dismissed student must appeal in writing to the College of EMS Admissions and Academic Standards Committee. Only the College of EMS Admissions and Academic Standards Committee may grant the student re-admission. If the student is readmitted to mechanical engineering on a probationary status, any decisions, sanctions or remediation plans rendered by the EMS Admissions and Academic Standards Committee may hold the student to a higher standard than the above mechanical engineering policies. Any decisions, sanctions or remediation plans that hold a probationary student to a standard different from the mechanical engineering policies may be appealed by the student to the EMS Admissions and Academic Standards Committee. Probationary students in violation of their remediation plan may be subject to additional sanctions, including being dropped from any mechanical engineering course at any time at the discretion of the EMS Admissions and Academic Standards Committee.
(Minimum "C" average required)