Objectives and Outcomes

The Mechanical Engineering Department has the following general program goals:

  • To provide a thorough education in the fundamentals of mechanical engineering so students can enter into engineering practice, obtain professional registration if desired, and/or enter into graduate study.
  • To provide engineering and liberal arts students with an appreciation of the important role of engineering as a fundamental human endeavor.
  • To promote the involvement of undergraduate students in scholarly research with faculty.
  • To promote an appreciation of cultural diversity and the international nature of the engineering practice through terms abroad and international terms in industry.
  • To guide and advise students by providing individual academic counseling and promoting discourse among students, faculty, alumni and engineering professionals.
  • To encourage enrichment of the educational experience through a variety of extracurricular professional activities.
  • To develop and use the best educational methods and maintain modern teaching and research facilities.

In addition, we have the following specific Program Educational Objectives, which are the focus of our assessment procedures:

To sustain an excellent, nationally recognized, and accredited undergraduate program with the following specific objectives for our graduates:

A) Within the first one to three years following graduation our graduates should be:

  1. productively employed or in good academic standing in a program of graduate studies in a variety of fields (including those outside of mechanical engineering);
  2. engaged in activities that further their education;
  3. participating in organizations that serve their profession;
  4. able to articulate how their Union College education has been helpful.

B) Building upon these, five to ten years beyond graduation, our graduates should also show:

  1. evidence of career advancement;
  2. evidence of continued learning;
  3. employment in a variety of fields;
  4. able to articulate how their Union College education has helped them achieve their professional goals;
  5. evidence of the assumption of positions and roles of greater responsibility to their employer/employees and the public; and
  6. evidence that they are recognized as being professionally competent.

Mechanical Engineering Student Outcomes:

ME graduates should be able to demonstrate the following knowledge, skills, abilities, and attitudes at the time of graduation:

  1. an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
  2. an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  3. 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
  4. an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
  5. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  6. an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  7. an ability to communicate effectively
  8. the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
  9. a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
  10. a knowledge of contemporary issues
  11. an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.