Mechanisms Class
Mechanisms Class

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Mechanical engineers meet the needs of society in many important ways, including the following: the use and economical conversion of energy from natural sources-falling water, coal, oil, gas, nuclear fuels, solar radiation, and thermal springs-into other forms to provide power, heat, light, cooling, and transportation; the design and production of labor-saving machines; the creative planning, development, and operation of mechanical systems for using energy, machines, and resources; the processing of materials into useful products. Mechanical engineering involves almost all technological aspects of equipment and processes. Mechanical engineers serve such diverse industries as electronics, power, food processing, transportation, machine tool, nuclear, heavy equipment, and mining.

General Education and Foreign Language Note

The Mechanical Engineering program satisfies UW-Platteville general education requirements.  All students will be required to have either two years of the same foreign language in high school OR one year (two semesters) of the same foreign language at the college or university level in order to graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.

General Requirements for a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (BSME) Degree

Total credits for graduation:  132 credits
Major Studies: 101 credits
Note:  Emphasized courses form the General Engineering Core and count toward the CGPA.

Math and Science  (31 credits)

Subject Number Title Credits
Math 2640 Calculus and Analytic Geometry I 4
Math 2740 Calculus and Analytic Geometry II 4
Math 2840 Calculus and Analytic Geometry III 4
Math 3630 Differential Equations 3
3230 or
Linear Algebra or
Statistical Methods
Chem    1450 Chemistry for Engineers 5
Phys    2240 General Physics I 4
Phys    2340 General Physics II 4

General Engineering (20 credits)

Subject Number Title Credits
GE      1000 Engineering Success Skills 1
GE      1030 Intro. to Engineering Projects 1
GE      2030 Engineering Modeling and Design 3
GE      2820 Engineering Economy 2
GE      2130 Statics 3
GE 2230 Dynamics 3
GE 2340 Mechanics of Materials 4
GE 2930 Applications of Electrical Engineering 3

General Education (31 to 50 Credits)

Subject Number Title Credits
Engl 1130 Freshman Composition I 3
Engl 1230 Freshman Composition II 3
Speech 1010 Public Speaking 2
PE 1000 Fitness Assessment and Mangaement 1
PE 1xxx Physical Activity 1
    Humanities Elective 3
    Fine Arts Elective 3
    Historical Perspective Elective 3
    2nd Course in Hum., FA or HP
(in same discipline)
    Social Science Elective 3
    Social Science Elective 3
    2nd Course in Social Sciences
(in same discipline)
    Int'l Education / Int'l Excahnge
(not req'd. if met with above courses)
    Ethnic Studies
(not req'd. if met with above courses)
    Gender Studies
(not req'd. if met with above courses)
    Foreign Language I
(may be satisfied by 1st year
high school language)
    Foreign Language II
(may be satisfied by 2nd year
high school language)

Professional Engineering (50 Credits)

Subject Number Title Credits
ME 2630 Thermodynamics 3
ME 3030 Dynamical Systems 3
ME 3040 Engineering Materials 3
ME 3230 Manufacturing Processes 3
ME 3300 Fluid Dynamics 3
ME 3330 Design of Machine Elements 3
ME 3430 Introduction to Computational Methods 3
ME 3640 Heat Transfer 3
ME 3720 Mechanical Systems Lab 3
ME 3830 Mechanisms and Machines 3
ME 4330 Automatic Controls 3
ME 4720 Thermal Systems Lab 2
ME 4730 Thermal Systems Design 3
ME 4930 Senior Design 3
ME 4xx0 Technical Elective 3
ME 4xx0 Technical Elective 3
ME 4xx0 Technical Elective 3


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ME: Contact

Contact Information

ME Program Assistant

Jane Kuhl
Office: Otts 015
Tel: 608.342.1721

Department Chair

Dr. Dave Kunz
Dept. of Mechanical and
Industrial Engineering
1 University Plaza
Platteville, WI 53818

Tel: 608.342.1431

Admissions Office

Office of Admissions and Enrollment Management
University of Wisconsin-Platteville
1 University Plaza
Platteville, WI   53818

Tel: 608.342.1125

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