Program Educational Objectives and Student Outcomes

Program Educational Objectives

In compliance with the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET, the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Auburn University has developed and maintained a well-defined set of Program Educational Objectives to assure the quality of our program and graduates.  These objectives are broad statements that describe the career and professional accomplishments that the mechanical engineering degree program is preparing the graduates to achieve a few years after graduation.  The objectives are consistent with the needs and expectations of the program constituencies, and are reviewed and updated regularly using an annual assessment process.  The current program educational objectives are:

  • Our graduates have rewarding careers where they use their technical proficiency and mechanical engineering education for the professional practice of mechanical engineering or any other career path they choose.
  • Our graduates contribute to their chosen field by effectively leveraging a broad array of professional skills such as oral and written communication, leadership, and teamwork.
  • Our graduates are life-long learners through a variety of means including self study, continuing education courses, and graduate level education.
  • Our graduates maintain awareness of a broad range of contemporary issues and global concerns especially as they relate to the field of mechanical engineering.

The Student Outcomes for the Mechanical Engineering Undergraduate degree are as follows. 

Graduates will have achieved:

(a) an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering

(b) an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data

(c) an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability

(d) an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams

(e) an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems

(f) an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility

(g) an ability to communicate effectively

(h) the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context

(i) a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning

(j) a knowledge of contemporary issues

(k) an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

Last Updated: Jun 08, 2016