Bachelor of Science in

MECHANICAL

ENGINEERING

Program Description

Mechanical Engineers design and manufacture everything from smaller devices such as microwaves to larger systems such as automobiles and spacecraft. Mechanical Engineering applies mathematics, physics, and the principles of material science to the analysis, design, manufacture, and maintenance of mechanical systems. For this, a broad range of skills is needed, including the ability to model the mechanics of solids and fluids, as well as the flow of heat and energy.

Since these skills are required for virtually everything that is made, mechanical engineering is arguably the broadest and most diverse of engineering disciplines. Graduates of Mechanical Engineering programs pursue careers in a wide range of sectors, including the defence, biomedical, manufacturing, mining, and automotive industries. Mechanical Engineers play a central role in the aerospace, automotive design, and manufacturing industries, as well as in biomedical technology.

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Program Details

In the first two years, students will focus on completing the university’s General Education Program (42 US credits / 84 ECTS), which introduces five thematic areas: communication, data and quantitative literature, scientific inquiry, arts and humanities, and social sciences. In the third and fourth years, students will focus on topics relevant to their major.

Program length: 

4 years / 8 semesters.

GPA needed to earn the degree:

2.0 or higher

Credits needed to earn the degree:

135 US credits / 270 ECTS

Degree level:

MQF Level 6

Additional Degree Entry Requirements

Maltese System

 

British System

 

MATSEC Certificate in Mathematics

 

A level A2 mathematics

BBB at A Level

GSCE: Science C.

At least one other Science/Technology subject (or equivalent qualification) from the following:  Electronics, Materials Science, Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Geology, IT, Further Mathematics, Mechanics, Dynamics or General Engineering.

Program Learning Outcomes

The Mechanical Engineering Program objectives and indicators are

 

Objective 1

Graduates become practicing engineers who contribute to, and succeed and advance within their companies, institutes or agencies.

Objective 2

Graduates succeed in graduate school in mechanical engineering or other fields that benefit from the skills and knowledge gained through their undergraduate education.

Objective 3

Graduates engage in life-long learning and acquire new knowledge and skills through practice and advanced education to adapt to the changing demands of the work environment throughout their careers.

Teaching & Assessment

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Assessments

Engineering disciplines require strong mathematics skills.  Assessments (in-class examinations, homework and individual and team projects) will focus on those skills.  In general, grades will be assigned based on performance on those assessments.

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Teaching & Assessment

Modules will be taught in traditional lecture and flipped classroom models.

The flipped classroom model will be applied for approximately half of the program coursework.  Here, prior to attending class, students will view a set of recorded short lectures and take quizzes on that material.  Lecture material will incorporate materials for various learning styles and take advantage of visualization opportunities readily available in this mode.

Students will then attend classes that are led by an on-site instructor who may clarify concerns on the material.  The emphasis, however, is to lead in-class exercises that will cater to different learners through student-led exercises (problems, design projects, instructing on software, discussions, etc).  Often these sessions will be in a collaborative learning environment in which students work in small groups.  In special cases, the instructor will provide supplementary lecture material.  Out of class reading and homework assignments will then be assigned, submitted and graded.  Students also have the opportunity to engage in one-on-one instruction through office hours.

The remainder of the coursework will be taught in a standard classroom mode of lectures with outside of class exercises, homework and projects.  In this mode, lectures will be provided during class periods. Lectures will incorporate materials different learning styles and may include example and/or student or instructor-led problem solving.  Office hours and, for some courses, problem recitations will be held to reinforce learning.

Career Opportunities

  • Mechanical Engineer at a biomedical firm.
  • Defense Contractor for any branch of the military.
  • Automotive Plant Technology Expert in the automobile industry.

4-Year Degree Plan Outline

SEMISTER I

YEAR 1

ENG 101

English Composition 101

US CREDITS: 3

 

MAT 120

Calculus I

US CREDITS: 4

 

CHE 111

Introduction to General Chemistry (with lab)

US CREDITS: 4

 

HIS 101

History of the Mediterranean

US CREDITS: 3

 

ENR 102

Introduction to Engineering and Eng. Design

US CREDITS: 3

TOTAL CREDIT: 17

YEAR 2

MAT 105

Introduction to MATLAB 1

US CREDITS: 1

 

IEE 175

Computer Programming for Engineering Applications

US CREDITS: 3

 

CIE 214

Statics

US CREDITS: 3

 

MAT 220

Calculus III

US CREDITS: 4

 

PHY 240

Introductory Electricity and Magnetism (with Lab)

US CREDITS: 4

REL 101 

Religious Worlds in Comparative Perspective

US CREDITS: 3

TOTAL CREDIT: 18

YEAR 3

ATH 101

Arts of the Mediterranean

US CREDITS: 3

 

MEE 230

Introduction to Thermodynamics

US CREDITS: 3

 

MEE 224A

Mechanical Behavior of Engineering Materials and Lab

US CREDITS: 4

 

MEE 300

Instrumentation Laboratory

US CREDITS: 3

 

MEE 252

Dynamics of Machines

US CREDITS: 3

MEE 313

Mechanical Engineering Design Laboratory

US CREDITS: 3

TOTAL CREDIT: 17

YEAR 4

MEE 400

Senior Mechanical Engineering Laboratory

US CREDITS: 2

 

MEE 432

Heat Transfer

US CREDITS: 3

 

PSY 101

Introduction to Psychology

US CREDITS: 3

 

MEE 460

Mechanical Vibrations

US CREDITS: 3

 

MEE 442

HVAC System Design

US CREDITS: 3

MEE 489A

Cross-Disciplinary Design I

US CREDITS: 3

TOTAL CREDIT: 17

SEMISTER II

YEAR 1

ENG 102

English Composition 2

US CREDITS: 3

 

SOC 101

Introduction to Sociology

US CREDITS: 3

 

BIO 101

Unity of Life (with Lab)

US CREDITS: 4

 

MAT 130

Calculus II

US CREDITS: 4

 

PHY 111

Physics with Calculus I (with lab)

US CREDITS: 4

TOTAL CREDIT: 18

YEAR 2

MAT 205

Introduction to MATLAB 2

US CREDITS: 1

 

MEE 250

Dynamics

US CREDITS: 3

 

CIE 210

Engineering Graphics

US CREDITS: 1

 

MEE 207

Elements of Electrical Engineering

US CREDITS: 3

 

COM 101

Introduction to Multicultural Communication

US CREDITS: 3

MEE 301

Engineering Analysis

US CREDITS: 3

MAT 301

Differential Equations

US CREDITS: 3

TOTAL CREDIT: 17

YEAR 3

MEE 331

Introduction to Fluid Mechanics

US CREDITS: 3

 

MEE 302

Numerical Methods

US CREDITS: 3

 

MEE 324B

Engineering Component Design

US CREDITS: 3

 

MEE 331R

Fundamental of Materials for Engineers

US CREDITS: 3

 

PHI 102

Applied Ethics

US CREDITS: 3

TOTAL CREDIT: 15

YEAR 4

MEE 455

Control System Design

US CREDITS: 3

 

MEE 445

Renewable Energy Systems and Analysis

US CREDITS: 3

 

MEE 452

Planar Multibody Dynamics with Applications

US CREDITS: 3

 

MEE 462

Composite Materials

US CREDITS: 3

 

MEE 495S

Mechanical Engineering Senior Colloquium

US CREDITS: 3

MEE 498B

Cross-Disciplinary Design II

US CREDITS: 3

TOTAL CREDIT: 16