These educational objectives are statements that describe the expected accomplishments and professional status of mechanical engineering graduates beyond the baccalaureate degree. The Mechanical Engineering program at The University of Texas at Austin is dedicated to graduating mechanical engineers who in 3-5 years after graduation can:
- Practice mechanical engineering in the general stems of thermal/fluid systems, mechanical systems and design, materials, manufacturing and other emerging areas in industry and government settings.
- Pursue advanced education, research and development, and other creative efforts in science and technology.
- Participate as leaders in activities that support service to and economic development of the region, state, nation and world.
- Conduct themselves in a responsible, professional and ethical manner.
Student outcomes are the knowledge, skills, abilities and attitudes that graduates should be able to demonstrate at the time of graduation. Graduates of the mechanical engineering program should have:
- Knowledge of and ability to apply engineering and science fundamentals to real problems.
- Ability to formulate and solve open-ended problems.
- Ability to design mechanical components, systems and processes.
- Ability to set up and conduct experiments, and to present the results in a professional manner.
- Ability to use modern computer tools in mechanical engineering.
- Ability to communicate in written, oral and graphical forms.
- Ability to work in teams and apply interpersonal skills in engineering contexts.
- Ability and desire to lay a foundation for continued learning beyond the baccalaureate degree.
- Awareness of professional issues in engineering practice, including ethical responsibility, safety, the creative enterprise, and loyalty and commitment to the profession.
- Awareness of contemporary issues in engineering practice, including economic, social, political, and environmental issues and global impact.
The mechanical engineering undergraduate program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org.