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Critical Courses

Critical Path (Prerequisite Structure)

Charts showing the curriculum path for different years are shown below.



Mechanical Engineering Courses

  • MCHE 101 Introduction to Mechanical Engineering
  • MCHE 103 Graphical Communications and Design
  • MCHE 301 Engineering Analysis
  • MCHE 357 Instrumentation/Measurements I
  • MCHE 358 Energy Systems Laboratory
  • MCHE 362 Thermal Engineering
  • MCHE 363 Engineering Design
  • MCHE 365 Manufacturing Processes
  • MCHE 467 Machine Design I
  • MCHE 468 Machine Design II
  • MCHE 469 Heat Transfer
  • MCHE 471 Fluid Mechanics II
  • MCHE 474 Control Systems
  • MCHE 478 Finite Element Analysis
  • MCHE 484 Engineering Projects
  • MCHE 485 Mechanical Vibrations
  • MCHE 490 Senior Seminar

Engineering Courses

  • CHEE 317 Matls of Engineering
  • ENGR 201 Electrical Circuits
  • ENGR 211 Statics
  • ENGR 219 Mechanics of Materials  ENGR 301 Thermodynamics
  • ENGR 304 Fluid Mechanics
  • ENGR 313 Dynamics

Science & Math Courses

  • 1 general science laboratory


  • Biology Elective


  • CHEM 107 General Chemistry I


  • MATH 270 Calculus I
  • MATH 301 Calculus II
  • MATH 302 Calculus III
  • MATH 350 Differential Equations


  • PHYS 201 General Physics I
  • PHYS 202 General Phyics II


101. INTRODUCTION TO MECHANICAL ENGINEERING. (1, 3, 2). Hand sketching, reverse engineering, career paths, basic engineering concepts, computer literacy effective written and oral communication, team and project management. Prereq: MATH 140 or higher.

103. GRAPHICAL COMMUNICATIONS AND DESIGN. (1, 3, 2). Mechanical drawing, hand sketching, and creating 2-D and 3-D computer representations of engineering projects using commercial CAD packages.

201. INTRODUCTION TO ENGINEERING DESIGN. (1, 3, 2). Techniques for creating, evaluating, synthesizing, implementing and documenting solutions to open ended engineering problems, team and project management. Prereq: MCHE 101, ENGR 211.

220. MECHANICS OF MATERIALS LABORATORY. (1, 3, 2). Stress-strain relations, strength, deformation mechanisms, fracture, creep, and cyclic fatigue. Expermental techniques, analysis and interpretation of experimental data, engineering writing. Prereq: ENGL 102, ENGR 211. Coreq: ENGR 219.

301. ENGINEERING ANALYSIS. (2, 3, 3). Use of high level computer languages to the solution of mechanical engineering and engineering problems. From mathematical models, computer simulations are developed and the effect of changes in variables are investigated. Basic numerical methods are used to solve problems involving such factors stress as deformation, pressure heat transfer, and dynamic systems. Prereq: MATH 270, 301, 302 Pre or coreq: MATH 350.

303. ENGINEERING GRAPHICS AND SOLID MODELING. (2, 2, 3). Computer-aided engineering graphics. Point line and plane relationships in projection, multi-view engineering drawings, auxiliary and section views, dimensioning; 3D modeling, parts and assemblies, introduction to finite element analysis. Prereq: MCHE 201. Coreq: ENGR 219.

357. INSTRUMENTATION/MEASUREMENTS. (1, 3, 2). Measurements used in mechanical engineering applications with technical writing. Prereq: MCHE 220, ENGR 201.

358. ENERGY SYSTEMS LABORATORY. (1, 3, 2). Application of principles of experimental design from statistical analysis to testing of selected energy systems. Prereq: ENGR 304; MCHE 357, 362.

362. THERMAL ENGINEERING. (3, 0, 3). Thermodynamics of vapor and gas cycles, equations of state, combustion, equilibrium and flow through nozzles and blade passages. Prereq: ENGR 301. Pre or coreq: ENGR 304.

363. KINEMATICS OF MACHINES. (3, 0, 3). Linkages, gears, and mechanism trains; analysis of planar mechanisms. Introduction to dynamic analysis. Prereq: ENGR 313, MCHE 201. Pre or coreq: MATH 350, MCHE 303.

365. MANUFACTURING PROCESSES. (2, 3, 3). Design for manufacturability and assembly of metals, plastics and composites. Prereq: ENGR 219, CHEE 317, MCHE 303, MCHE 220.
To enroll in any 400-level course, students must be admitted to the Upper Division; to enroll in a 400(G)-level course in which there are graduate students, students must have junior or higher standing.

461. ENERGY SYSTEMS ANALYSIS. (3, 0, 3). Analysis of energy conversion systems including electro-mechanical machines and internal combustion engines, heat exchangers, air conditioners, and power plants. System monitoring and simulation. Prereq: MCHE 358, 362.

462. ENERGY CONVERSION. (3, 0, 3). Lectures are given on the general world energy situation and the factors that influence energy conversion including source, availability, and pollution. Students then are allowed to research a specific conversion topic and are required to make a 50-minute presentation to their class. Topics normally covered include conversion utilizing fusion, fuel cell, MHD, direct solar conversion, and chemical conversion. Prereq: MCHE 461, 469. 330 University of Louisiana at Lafayette

463(G). COMPUTER-AIDED MANUFACTURING I. (2, 3, 3). Tooling for the CNC turning center, process planning, manual programming of CNC machines, computer-assisted code generation, and design for manufacturabiltiy. Prereq: MCHE 365.

464(G). COMPUTER-AIDED MANUFACTURING II. (2, 3, 3). Tooling for the CNC milling center, transfer of CAD databases to CAM systems, post processing and CNC interface, design for automation and assembly, logic circuits and ladder diagrams, programmable logic controllers. Prereq: MCHE 365.

466(G). ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING. (2, 3, 3). Psychrometric processes, heating and cooling load calculations, heating and cooling systems, refrigerants and refrigeration systems, cryogenics. Analysis and design of a complete environmental control system. Prereq: ENGR 301, 304; MCHE 469.

467. MACHINE DESIGN I. (2, 3, 3). Machine analysis, synthesis, and design application of mechanisms, stress analysis and use of engineering materials to the design of machine parts and systems. Prereq: CHEE 317; ENGR 219; MCHE 303, 363. Coreq: MCHE 365.

468. MACHINE DESIGN II. (2, 3, 3 ). Machine analysis, synthesis, and design application of mechanisms, stress analysis, and the use of engineering materials to the design of machine parts and systems. Prereq: MCHE 467.

469. HEAT TRANSFER. (3, 0, 3). Conduction in one, two, and three dimensional systems in steady and unsteady states. Free and forced convection in laminar and turbulent flow; radiation. Prereq: ENGR 201, 301, 304; MATH 350; MCHE 301.

470. SPECIAL TOPICS. (1-3). Analytical and/or experimental research project in design, construction, and testing on an actual mechanical engineering problem. A complete research report is required on the project. Restr: Senior standing and permission of the instructor required.

471. FLUID MECHANICS. (3, 0, 3). Studies in compressible and incompressible fluid flow concepts including fluid statics and continuity, momentum, and potential flow. Prereq: ENGR 301, 304.

473. OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT. (2, 3, 3). Selected topics on the various aspects of industrial operations confronting the engineer in operations management including plant layout, materials handling, time and motion studies, preventive maintenance, safety, quality control, and product reliability. Restr: Permission of the instructor required.

474(G). CONTROL SYSTEMS. (2, 3, 3). Classical and modern control theory. Response of first and second-order systems, stability analysis and frequency response methods. Computer control of machines and processes. Prereq: MATH 302 and 350 and ENGR 313.

477(G). COMPUTER-AIDED DESIGN. (2, 3, 3). Content varies. May be repeated for credit. Prereq: MCHE 301 (formerly MCHE 377).

478(G). FINITE ELEMENT ANALYSIS. (2, 3, 3). Finite element analysis of complex shells and solids, thermal conduction problems, and dynamic response of structures; engineering evaluation of complex assembled systems; analysis of kinematic linkages; advanced modeling techniques. Prereq: ENGR 219, MCHE 301, 303.

482. ENGINEEERING PROJECTS I. (1, 3, 2). First of two mechanical engineering capstone design courses. Engineeering project management, design of thermal systems, mechatronics, mechanical systems, and mechanical components. See MCHE 484. Prereq: MCHE 467. Restr: Senior standing.

483. ENERGY SYSTEMS DESIGN. (2, 3, 3). Mechanical and process design of components and systems emphasizing applications of principles of Thermodynamics, Fluid Mechanics and Heat Transfer. Project format includes but not limited to environmental control systems, power systems, and other thermal-fluids oriented applications. Prereq: MCHE 461, 467, 469. Pre or Coreq: MCHE 468. Course Offerings 331

484. ENGINEERING PROJECTS. (1, 3, 2). Second of two capstone courses in which students use cumulative design capabilities and teamwork in proposing, organizing, planning and implementation of a comprehensive open-ended project. Prereq: MCHE 482. Restr: Must be taken the semester after MCHE 482.

485(G). MECHANICAL VIBRATIONS. (3, 0, 3). Analytical investigation of single and two degree-of-freedom systems. Design of vibration dampers. Introduction of multi-DOF systems and modal analysis. Prereq: ENGR 313, MATH 350, MCHE 301.

487. INTRODUCTION TO METAL FORMING. (2, 2, 3). Analytical solutions to metal forming problems. Prereq: MCHE 365, 467.

490. SENIOR SEMINAR. (0, 2, 1). Oral and written presentations on current professional topics. Prereq: MCHE 467.