Accreditation

ABET (Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology).  The Cal Poly Mechanical Engineering Program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.  For more information, visit the College of Engineering website

Program Educational Objectives

To satisfy the mission of the mechanical engineering program, the alumni from this program will:

  1. Research, design, develop, test, evaluate, or implement engineering solutions to problems that are of a complexity encountered in professional practice.
  2. Communicate and perform as an effective engineering professional in both individual and team-based project environments.
  3. Recognize and determine the ethical implications and societal impacts of engineering solutions.
  4. Continuously improve through lifelong learning.

These are the expected career accomplishments of our alumni three to five years after graduation.

Student Outcomes

In order to prepare our alumni for their career accomplishments expressed by the Program Educational Objectives, the students in the program will be proficient in the following skills upon graduation:

Criterion 3(1): An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science and mathematics.

  1. The student will be able to apply basic math and science principles and associated analysis techniques.
  2. The student will be able to evaluate components, systems, and processes and be able to develop appropriate models of engineering systems.
  3. The student will be able to analyze their models, interpret their results, and formulate appropriate action.

Criterion 3(2): 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.

  1. The student will be able to recognize a need, identify constraints, and develop appropriate design specifications.
  2. Using the above specifications, the student will be able to synthesize conceptual solutions for a component, system, or process.
  3. The student will be able to use analysis techniques to refine and select the design of a component, system, or process.
  4. The student will be able to build a functional prototype and assess if it meets design specifications.

Criterion 3(3): An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.

  1. The student will be able to write an effective memorandum, letter, abstract, and project report for a wide range of audiences.
  2. The student will be able to give a coherent and effective oral presentation for a wide range of audiences.
  3. The student will be able to critique writing samples and oral presentations and identify both strong points and weak points in grammar, clarity, and organization.

Criterion 3(4): 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.

  1. The student will be able to interpret engineering professional codes of ethics and to identify situations with ethical concerns.
  2. The student will be able to identify and mitigate health and safety concerns associated with their design.
  3. The student will be able to assess the environmental, societal, and economic impact of their engineering solutions.

Criterion 3(5): 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.

  1. The student will be able to manage a team project by establishing goals, planning tasks, and meeting objectives.
  2. The student will be able to collaborate effectively on a team and contribute to an inclusive teamwork environment.
  3. The student will be able to identify when problems occur due to poor interactions among team members and identify ways to improve team dynamics.

Criterion 3(6): An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.

  1. The student will be able to select and operate appropriate instrumentation used in engineering measurement.
  2. The student will be able to design and conduct an experiment and compare the results to those predicted by an analytical model.
  3. The student will be able to interpret and draw conclusions from the results.

Criterion 3(7): An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

  1. The student will be able to recognize the limitations of their knowledge and to acquire new knowledge using appropriate learning strategies.
  2. The student will be able to find and use appropriate technical resources.
  3. The student will be able to identify their need for additional learning.