Academics

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Mechanical Engineering

Asset 3

Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering

A thorough engineering curriculum pairing theoretical and practical preparation with 2 years of concurrent co-op experience.

Distinctives

The B.S. in Mechanical Engineering offers:

  • Direct hands-on experience with mechanical engineering concepts through unique access to industry equipment and professionals at partner firms
  • Thorough preparation for a career in engineering and technology
  • Personalized instruction and direct faculty mentorship, not found in many engineering programs
  • Unrivaled practical experience from co-op; 1 year counts toward Professional Engineer (PE) licensure requirement
  • A rigorous curriculum that meets the requirements of ABET accreditation (see more information below)

Details

A focused three years of robust theoretical and practical training

Mechanical engineering is one of the oldest known technological disciplines. It has historically been associated with the development of various machines, engines, and flow devices. Today, mechanical engineers are employed in broad occupations related to energy, transportation, manufacturing, construction, product design and development, HVAC, electronics, and many others.

The Thales College Mechanical Engineering program prepares students for a wide range of technical, sales, and industrial careers. Students develop analytical and communication skills while gaining the scientific and technical knowledge needed to be successful engineers. Fundamental principles of mechanical engineering are studied at length, including material properties, technical drawing, thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, electronics, manufacturing, and mechatronics. Classroom studies are enhanced by access to industry equipment at our partner institution, CaptiveAire, a nationwide manufacturer of commercial ventilation systems.

In addition to traditional lectures and assignments, our courses include direct faculty mentorship, individual presentations, and seminar-style discussions regarding the history, philosophy, and impact of the subject under study. These are designed to enhance the student's ability to think critically on a deeper level, foresee the broader ramifications of an idea, formulate and communicate solutions to problems, and engage with feedback on such topics. Additionally, students take advantage of the relationship Thales College has with local industry to solve various problem sets and projects in a real-world setting. These unique features of mechanical engineering at Thales College have been implemented with the purpose of providing our students the opportunity to develop into holistic, innovative, and virtuous leaders within society.

Beginning in Term 3, students apply classroom knowledge daily through our concurrent co-op requirement, working and earning a salary in a local industry firm. Students continue working in a co-op for the remaining two years of their time at Thales College, gaining invaluable experience in an engineering role and preparing to enter the workforce as experienced team members and contributors.

All Mechanical Engineering students benefit from FE exam preparation, and one year of the co-op may be applied to future PE licensure. Thales College’s engineering program has been designed to meet the requirements of ABET accreditation. Thales College will apply for ABET accreditation following the graduation of the first engineering class (ABET requires one full graduated class prior to application; if granted, ABET accreditation will be applied retroactively to the first class’s degrees).