Mechanics and thermodynamics form the core of the program. Mechanics examines the forces acting on machines and their tendency to cause failure. Thermodynamics covers energy conversion principles as applied to engines, refrigeration, and other systems.
Laboratory experiences include mechanical measurements, computer aided drafting, materials testing, and hydraulic and pneumatic systems. Great emphasis is given to the use of computers in the program with a focus on modeling and simulation. Overall, the program provides students with a practical approach to problem solving in such areas as machine design and production and manufacturing.