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Courses with the MECH Subject

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Mechanical Engineering - Vancouver (MECH)

Fall 2019 Spring 2020 

Enrollment in many upper-level mechanical engineering courses is restricted to certified majors or minors in mechanical engineering.


101 Introduction to Mechanical Engineering 2 Course Prerequisite: MATH 106 and MATH 108, or concurrent enrollment, or MATH 171 or concurrent enrollment. Introduction to mechanical engineering profession, engineering problem solving, computers in engineering design methods. Typically offered Spring.

103 Engineering Graphics 2 (1-3) Orthographic theory, conventions, and visualization; isometric and oblique pictorials; geometric dimensioning and tolerancing, computer-aided drafting and solid modeling. Typically offered Fall.

211 Statics 3 Course Prerequisite: MATH 172 or 182 or concurrent enrollment; PHYSICS 201 or concurrent enrollment. Static equilibrium analysis of particles and rigid bodies, free-body diagrams, moment diagrams, friction, center of gravity, moments of inertia. Typically offered Fall.

212 Dynamics 3 Course Prerequisite: MECH 211. Kinematics and kinetics of particles and rigid bodies; Newton's second law of motion; work-energy concept; impulse and momentum. Typically offered Spring.

215 Mechanics of Materials 3 Course Prerequisite: MECH 211. Concepts of stress, strain, and their relationships; axial, torsion, bending, and combined stresses; properties of materials; columns and strain energy method. Typically offered Spring.

251 Numerical Computing for Engineers 2 Course Prerequisite: MATH 172 or 182; MATH 220 or concurrent enrollment. Introduction to numerical computing in the context of problem solving including data analysis, data visualization, MATLAB programming and numerical techniques. Typically offered Fall.

301 Thermodynamics 3 Course Prerequisite: PHYSICS 201. Thermodynamic properties of matter, ideal and real gases, work and heat, first and second laws and their application to engineering systems. Typically offered Fall.

303 Fluid Mechanics 3 Course Prerequisite: MECH 212. Physical properties, fluid statics, laminar and turbulent flow, impulse and momentum, similitude, pipe flow, boundary layers, lift, drag and measurement techniques, fluid experimentations. Recommended preparation: MATH 315. Typically offered Fall.

304 Introduction to Electronic Circuits 3 Course Prerequisite: MATH 315 or concurrent enrollment; PHYSICS 202. Introduction to DC and AC circuits, analog electronic components, digital circuits, and engineering measurements. Typically offered Fall.

309 [M] Introduction of Engineering Materials 3 (2-3) Course Prerequisite: MECH 215; CHEM 105 or concurrent enrollment; PHYSICS 201 or concurrent enrollment. Structure of materials, phase equilibrium, phase transformations, mechanical failure, and mechanical properties; materials testing laboratory. Typically offered Fall.

310 Introduction to Design and Manufacturing 4 (3-3) Course Prerequisite: MECH 103; MECH 309; Certified major in Mechanical Engineering. Basic mechanical engineering drawing; shaping and non-shaping manufacturing processes; exposure to 3D-CAD; manufacturing processes laboratory. Typically offered Spring.

314 Machine Design I 3 Course Prerequisite: MECH 215; MECH 309; certified major in Mechanical Engineering. Design process, factor of safety, stress-deformation, combined stresses, curved members; deformation analysis, static and fatigue failure theories; design of mechanical elements, stress analysis and finite elements; shafts and coupling design. Typically offered Spring.

348 Dynamics Systems and Control 3 Course Prerequisite: MECH 212; MECH 251; MATH 315; certified major in Mechanical Engineering. Modeling and analysis of dynamic systems, including mechanical, electrical, fluid, and thermal systems. Fundamentals of vibration analysis, control systems. Typically offered Spring.

402 Thermal Systems Design 3 (1-6) Course Prerequisite: MECH 404. Design and analysis of thermal-fluid systems using principles of thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, and heat transfer, thermal experimentations. Typically offered Fall.

404 Heat Transfer 3 Course Prerequisite: MATH 220; MATH 315; MECH 301; MECH 303; Certified major in Mechanical Engineering. Fundamentals of conduction, convection, and radiation heat transfer; analytical, numerical, and empirical modeling for solids, liquids, and gases. Typically offered Spring.

405 Introduction to Microcontrollers 3 Course Prerequisite: MECH 304. Microcontroller architecture, microcontroller programming, mechanical system design with embedded microcontrollers. Typically offered Spring.

414 Machine Design II 3 Course Prerequisite: MECH 215; MECH 309; MECH 314; Certified major in Mechanical Engineering. Static and fatigue failure theories applied to design of mechanical elements, stress analysis and finite elements; design for fatigue life of various mechanical elements, design and selection of standard mechanical components, and design of clutches and brakes. Typically offered Fall.

416 [M] Mechanical Systems Design I 2 Course Prerequisite: MECH 310; MECH 404; MECH 414 or concurrent enrollment. First term of the year-long capstone design; integrative design in mechanical engineering; multidisciplinary design project considering technical and nontechnical contexts. Typically offered Fall.

417 [CAPS] Mechanical Systems Design II 3 Course Prerequisite: MECH 416; junior standing. Second term of the year-long capstone design; integrative design in mechanical engineering; multidisciplinary design project considering technical and nontechnical contexts. Typically offered Spring.

431 Semiconductor Devices 3 Course Prerequisite: CHEM 105; PHYSICS 202. Crystal properties, energy bands, semiconductor charge carriers, p-n junctions, field-effect transistors, bipolar junction transistors, optoelectronic devices, integrated circuits. Typically offered Spring.

435 Introduction to Microfluidics 3 Course Prerequisite: MATH 315; MECH 303. Overview of microfluidics, scaling laws, intermolecular forces, surface tension, passive scalar transport, electrowetting, electrokinetics, dielectrophoresis, microfabrication. Typically offered Fall.

438 Microfabrication Technology 3 Course Prerequisite: CHEM 105; MATH 315; PHYSICS 202. Microelectronic fabrication technology, semiconductor material, diffusion, thermal oxidation, ion implantation, lithography, etching, thin film deposition, CMOS integration and MEMS. Credit not granted for both MECH 438 and MECH 538. Offered at 400 and 500 level. Typically offered Fall.

439 Foundations of Aerodynamics 3 Course Prerequisite: MATH 315; MECH 303. Governing equations of fluid mechanics, potential flow, introduction to aerodynamics, thin airfoil theory, compressible flow, viscous effects. Typically offered Fall.

441 Fundamentals of Renewable Energy 3 Course Prerequisite: PHYSICS 202; MATH 273. An examination of the fundamentals and the impact of renewable energy technology, including wind, solar, hydroelectricity, and alternate fuels. Typically offered Spring.

442 Advanced Thermal Systems 3 Course Prerequisite: MECH 404. Analysis and design of advanced thermal systems at macro, mini and micro scales; applied design software packages; design projects. Credit not granted for both MECH 442 and MECH 542. Offered at 400 and 500 level. Typically offered Spring.

450 Advanced Topics in Micro and Nano Technology 3 (2-3) Course Prerequisite: CHEM 106; PHYSICS 202. Microfabrication technology, bulk and surface micromachining, sensors and actuators, microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), nanofabrication technology, micro/nano scale material and device measurements. Credit not granted for both MECH 450 and MECH 550. Offered at 400 and 500 level. Typically offered Spring.

467 Automation 3 (2-3) Course Prerequisite: MECH 304 and 348, OR ECE 260. Design of automation systems, motion control, programmable logic. Credit not granted for both MECH 467 and MECH 567. Offered at 400 and 500 level. Typically offered Fall.

468 Robotics 3 Course Prerequisite: MECH 304 and 348, OR ECE 260. Industrial robots, kinematics, control, robot programming, interfacing, sensors, actuators, vision systems and mobile robots. Credit not granted for both MECH 468 and MECH 568. Offered at 400 and 500 level. Typically offered Spring.

476 Advanced Manufacturing Engineering 3 Course Prerequisite: MECH 310. Advanced topics in manufacturing processes, including interrelationships between the properties of the material, the manufacturing process and design of components. Credit not granted for both MECH 476 and MECH 576. Offered at 400 and 500 level. Typically offered Fall.

477 Manufacturing for Polymer Composites 3 Course Prerequisite: MECH 309. Polymeric materials and their composites; various manufacturing processes; transport phenomena in composite manufacturing; process modeling and design. Typically offered Fall.

483 Topics in Mechanical Engineering V 1-4 Current topics in Mechanical Engineering.

485 Computer-aided Engineering 3 Course Prerequisite: MECH 215; MECH 310 or concurrent enrollment. Introduction to the use of finite element techniques in engineering product design and analysis; basic concepts and applications in CAE. Offered at 400 and 500 level. Typically offered Spring.

489 Material Failure in Mechanical Design 3 Course Prerequisite: MECH 215; MECH 309. Analysis, design and prevention from failure of materials in mechanical design; mechanical behavior of materials such as fatigue, fracture and wear. Credit not granted for both MECH 489 and MECH 589. Offered at 400 and 500 level. Typically offered Spring.

499 Special Problems V 1-4 May be repeated for credit. Independent study conducted under the jurisdiction of an approving faculty member; may include independent research studies in technical or specialized problems; selection and analysis of specified readings; development of a creative project; or field experiences. Typically offered Fall and Spring. S, F grading.

501 Digital Design and Manufacturing 3 Fundamentals of digital design and manufacturing; exposure to current research topics in the area. Typically offered Fall.

509 MEMS Engineering 3 (2-3) Introduction to the design, fabrication and application of microelectromechanical systems.

515 Advanced Heat Transfer 3 Energy conservation equations; forced convection with internal and external flow, free convection, boiling and condensation, mass transfer, numerical methods.

516 Micro/Nanoscale Thermal Engineering 3 Fundamentals and applications of micro/nanoscale thermal science and engineering.

521 Fundamentals of Fluids I 3 Mass and momentum conservation equations, Navier-Stokes equations, compressible flows, inviscid-potential flows, advanced viscous flows including boundary layer numerical methods.

523 Computational Fluid Dynamics and Heat Transfer 3 Partial differential equation systems, finite difference method, stability analysis, methods for wave equation, heat equation, Laplace equation, finite volume method. Typically offered Fall.

529 Experimental Methods for Mechanical Engineering Research 3 Research methods for mechanical engineers, including experimental design, techniques, analysis, and presentation. Typically offered Spring.

532 Finite Elements 3 Theory of finite elements; applications to general engineering systems considered as assemblages of discrete elements.

538 Microfabrication Technology 3 Microelectronic fabrication technology, semiconductor material, diffusion, thermal oxidation, ion implantation, lithography, etching, thin film deposition, CMOS integration and MEMS. Credit not granted for both MECH 438 and MECH 538. Offered at 400 and 500 level. Typically offered Fall.

540 Advanced Dynamics 3 Newtonian dynamics, rotating coordinate systems; Lagrangian and Hamiltonian mechanics, gyroscopic mechanics, other applications.

542 Advanced Thermal Systems 3 Analysis and design of advanced thermal systems at macro, mini and micro scales; applied design software packages; design projects. Credit not granted for both MECH 442 and MECH 542. Offered at 400 and 500 level.

550 Advanced Topics in Micro and Nano Technology 3 (2-3) Microfabrication technology, bulk and surface micromachining, sensors and actuators, microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), nanofabrication technology, micro/nano scale material and device measurements. Credit not granted for both MECH 450 and MECH 550. Offered at 400 and 500 level. Typically offered Spring.

567 Automation 3 (2-3) Design of automation systems, motion control, programmable logic. Credit not granted for both MECH 467 and MECH 567. Offered at 400 and 500 level.

568 Robotics 3 Industrial robots, kinematics, control, robot programming, interfacing, sensors, actuators, vision systems and mobile robots. Credit not granted for both MECH 468 and MECH 568. Offered at 400 and 500 level.

576 Advanced Manufacturing Engineering 3 Advanced topics in manufacturing processes, including interrelationships between the properties of the material, the manufacturing process and design of components. Credit not granted for both MECH 476 and MECH 576. Offered at 400 and 500 level.

579 Advanced Topics in Design and Manufacturing V 1-3 May be repeated for credit.

585 Computer-aided Engineering 3 Introduction to the use of finite element techniques in engineering product design and analysis; basic concepts and applications in CAE. Offered at 400 and 500 level.

589 Material Failure in Mechanical Design 3 Analysis, design and prevention from failure of materials in mechanical design; mechanical behavior of materials such as fatigue, fracture and wear. Credit not granted for both MECH 489 and MECH 589. Offered at 400 and 500 level.

598 Seminar 1 May be repeated for credit. Current research interests. S, F grading.

700 Master's Research, Thesis, and/or Examination V 1-18 May be repeated for credit. Independent research and advanced study for students working on their master's research, thesis and/or final examination. Students must have graduate degree-seeking status and should check with their major advisor/committee chair before enrolling for 700 credit. Typically offered Fall, Spring, and Summer. S, U grading.

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