College of Engineering and Technology

Engineering

Engineering Students

 

Students interested in making the world a better place and helping solve 21st century challenges in areas such as energy, new product design, advanced manufacturing, advanced mechatronics, the environment, and human health, may choose to pursue a degree in engineering. The Bachelor of Science in Engineering (B.S.E.) program provides a foundation in mathematics, sciences and engineering augmented with engineering specializations.

The program combines the strengths of a traditional engineering curriculum such as sustainability, design and system analysis with extensive hands-on laboratory and real world experience. The focus is on project-based learning and high faculty-student interaction.

We believe successful engineers must have a broad base of technical skills to assure they can meet the engineering challenges of the future. Graduates will be prepared to succeed in the engineering workforce or in graduate engineering degree programs.

Concentrations and Locations

The College of Engineering and Technology offers a B.S.E. with concentrations in Electrical Power, Manufacturing or Mechanical. The mechanical and electrical power concentrations are offered at WCU's main campus in Cullowhee for traditional full-time students. The manufacturing concentration is offered at WCU's instructional site in Asheville at Biltmore Park and is designed for working professionals.

The Electrical Power concentration focuses on electric power systems, power electronics, smart grid design, renewable and sustainable energy, electric machines and drives, and emphasizes fundamental coursework in electrical and mechanical engineering. Students work with outstanding faculty members who bring industry and business expertise to the classroom. The program emphasizes the hands-on application of theoretical and technical concepts through project-based learning (PBL), and students work on real-world assignments with companies across Western North Carolina, and beyond, through The Rapid Center, WCU's on-campus research and development facility.

The Manufacturing concentration program is a part-time degree program primarily developed for working professionals who have already completed their associates degree in engineering or a related field. Courses take place in Asheville at WCU's Biltmore Park instructional site. Foundational courses that are critical to student success in the first year include Calculus I, Calculus II, General Chemistry, and Calculus-Based Physics I.

The Manufacturing concentration focuses on 3D visualization, manufacturing processes, computer aided design and manufacturing, automated manufacturing systems, and advanced manufacturing. Students work with outstanding faculty members who bring industry and business expertise to the classroom. The program emphasizes the hands-on application of theoretical and technical concepts through project-based learning (PBL), and students work on real-world assignments with companies across Western North Carolina, and beyond, through The Rapid Center, WCU's on-campus research and development facility.

For more information about the BSE-Manufacturing program, contact the Program Director, Dr. Sudhir Kaul at skaul@wcu.edu.

The Mechanical concentration focuses on mechanics, 3D visualization and simulation, analysis of static and dynamic systems, energy, and machine design. Students work with outstanding faculty members who bring industry and business expertise to the classroom. The program emphasizes the hands-on application of theoretical and technical concepts through project-based learning (PBL), and students work on real-world assignments with companies across Western North Carolina, and beyond, through The Rapid Center, WCU's on-campus research and development facility.

Curriculum

The B.S. in Engineering requires 126 total hours. The major requires 96 hours, 12 of which also meet the Liberal Studies requirements (ENGR 199, MATH 153, CHEM 139 AND PHYS 230), 31 hours from the Engineering Core, 36 hours from the Mathematics and Science Core, 3 hours from Technical Electives and 26 hours must be from one concentration only (Mechanical, Manufacturing or Electrical Power). To graduate with a BS Engineering degree, all students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.2 or higher for all courses in the major taken at Western Carolina University.

For more information on the Engineering program course descriptions visit the WCU course catalog. For the eight semester plans for each concentration, see below:

Electrical Power Concentration

EE 201 - Network Theory I Credits: 3
EE 202 - Network Theory II Credits: 3
EE 211 - Instrumentation & Networks Laboratory Credits: 1
EE 212 - Logic and Networks Laboratory Credits: 1
EE 221 - Logic Systems Design I Credits: 3
EE 311 - Systems and Electronics Laboratory Credits: 1
EE 331 - Fundamentals of Electronics and Semiconductors Credits: 3
EE 451 - Electric Power Systems Credits: 3
EE 452 - Electric Machines and Drives Credits: 3
EE 471 - Power Electronics: Design and Analysis Credits: 3
EE 472 - Advanced Power Electronics and Drives: Design and Analysis Credits: 2

Manufacturing Concentration

MFE 311 - Manufacturing Engineering Lab I Credits: 1
MFE 312 - Manufacturing Engineering Lab II Credits: 1
MFE 324 - Computer Aided Design and Manufacturing Credits: 3
MFE 327 - Quality Engineering Credits: 3
MFE 365 - Design of Manufacturing Systems Credits: 3
MFE 375 - Automated Manufacturing Systems Credits: 3
MFE 424 - Advanced Manufacturing Processes I Credits: 3
MFE 427 - Advanced Manufacturing Processes II Credits: 3
ENGR 231 - 3-D Solid Modeling Credits: 3 Contact Hours: 4
ENGR 315 - Electrical Engineering Fundamentals Credits: 3

Mechanical Concentration

ME 302 - Design of Machine Elements I Credits: 3
ME 311 - Mechanical Engineering Lab II Credits: 1
ME 312 - Mechanical Engineering Lab III Credits: 1
ME 321 - Fluid Dynamics Credits: 3
ME 332 - Measurement and Instrumentation Credits: 3
ME 401 - Design of Machine Elements II Credits: 3
ENGR 202 - Mechanics of Materials Credits: 3
ENGR 231 - 3-D Solid Modeling Credits: 3 Contact Hours: 4
ENGR 315 - Electrical Engineering Fundamentals Credits: 3
ENGR 353 - Thermodynamics Credits: 3

 

EAC of ABET Accreditation to be sought in 2017

 Program Objectives

PROGRAM EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES

ABET definition: Program Educational Objectives are broad statements that describe the career and professional accomplishments that the program is preparing graduates to achieve.

Graduates of the Engineering Program will:

  1. Apply their technical knowledge as practicing professionals or engage in graduate education.
  2. Work successfully in their chosen career individually and within a professional team environment.
  3. Engage in professional development in their profession by adapting to new technology and career challenges.

 

STUDENT OUTCOMES/ASSESSMENT

ABET Definition: Student Outcomes are statements that describe what students are expected to know and be able to apply by the time of graduation.

Upon graduation, Engineering students will have:

     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.

 

 

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