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Mechanical Engineering

Program Overview

Program Overview

At our core, engineers are professional problem solvers. We see unmet needs, understand the constraints on choices, use mathematics to solve simplified models and get our hands dirty to test for solutions. 

Join a program where everyone knows your name. Our small class sizes and elite faculty lend themselves to your personal success and challenge you to integrate faith and learning. You’ll also be taught in an environment built for engineering — our brand new building is home to small classrooms, study spaces, an innovation studio with the latest tools, cutting-edge laboratories and a machine shop. 

With unique opportunities like engineering missions, professional societies, world-class partnerships and innovative design projects, you’ll thrive and grow here. And once you graduate, you’ll join your peers studying in top-ranked graduate programs or working for some of the world’s best companies.

Our program is ABET-accredited.

Courses

Courses

Specific courses required within mechanical engineering:

  • BI 3123 - Engineering Ethics: Redemption and Technology

  • EN 3143 - Technical Writing

  • Mathematics, physical science, and social science are satisfied in major.

Courses for major (97 hours)

  • CM 1113 - General Chemistry I
  • CM 1211 - General Chemistry Laboratory I
  • EECE 2013 - Survey of Electrical Engineering
  • ENGR 1113 - Introduction to Engineering
  • ENGR 3303 - Applied Mathematics
  • ENGR 3513 - Introduction to Control Systems
  • ENGR 3943 - Engineering Economy and Planning
  • ENGR 4943 - Interdisciplinary Design I
  • ENGR 4953 - Interdisciplinary Design II
  • MA 1314 - Calculus I
  • MA 2314 - Calculus II
  • MA 2324 - Calculus III
  • MA 3133 - Differential Equations
  • PH 2414 - General Physics I
  • ME 2053 - Principles of Mechanical Engineering Design
  • ME 2113 - Statics
  • ME 2123 - Dynamics
  • ME 2513 - Mechanical Engineering Computer Applications
  • ME 3113 - Strength of Materials
  • ME 3211 - Solid Mechanics and Materials Laboratory
  • ME 3213 - Instrumentation and Measurement
  • ME 3313 - Mechanical Vibrations
  • ME 3413 - Dynamics of Machinery
  • ME 3443 - Engineering Materials
  • ME 3613 - Fluid Mechanics
  • ME 3703 - Thermodynamics
  • ME 3803 - Heat Transfer
  • ME 3831 - Fluid Mechanics and Thermal Science Laboratory
  • ME 4423 - Design of Machine Elements
  • ME 4513 - Design of Thermal-Fluid Systems
  • Approved technical electives: 6 hours. See Course Descriptions in this section for technical electives.
  • Approved basic math or science elective: 3 or 4 hours. Approved courses include: BY 1134 , BY 2434 , CM 1123 & CM 1221 , PH 2424 , MA 4303 , or other approved by department chair.

 

The minor requirement in applied mathematics is automatically satisfied.

MA 1314 - Calculus I MUST be taken during the fall semester of the freshman year in order to enroll in PH 2414 in the spring semester. Otherwise, completion of the program may require more than eight semesters. Students who are not eligible to begin in the calculus sequence should consider enrolling in MA 1123 in the summer session before starting freshmen year.

95%

Job placement rate

Internship

Become more competitive in the job market with an internship related to your interests. You’ll gain experience and boost your exposure. An internship will also help you learn whether you’ve chosen a career you’ll enjoy.

Job placement

With a top-tier university education on your resume, you’ll be in high demand, whether you choose to launch your career or begin graduate school. Most of our programs have a placement rate of at least 90 percent within six months of graduation.

Expert faculty, small class sizes

Learn from award-winning, experienced faculty who actually care about you. Our small class sizes allow us to get to know you personally. We lead an approachable community within our respective programs. Our faculty connections are the experts on their subject matter, too.

81%

FE Exam Pass Rate

Our Faculty

  • Joey Tipton

    Joseph Tipton

    Chair, Mechanical Engineering

    Joseph B. Tipton Jr. is an engineering educator and a specialist in computational fluid dynamics. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in aerospace engineering with magna cum laude...

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  • Kirsten Dodson

    Kirsten Dodson

    Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering

    Dodson is the Raymond B. Jones College of Engineering's first faculty member to have received an undergraduate engineering degree from Lipscomb to return to teaching at the college full-time. Dodson...

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  • Richard Gregory

    Richard Gregory

    Professor, Mechanical Engineering

    Gregory has spent all but one of his years teaching at Lipscomb. He brings four years of industry experience in the automotive industry, working on the design and testing of...

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  • Fort Gwinn

    Fort Gwinn

    Associate Dean, College of Engineering

    Gwinn has taught at Lipscomb for the majority of his nearly 20 years of teaching experience and brings 22 years of work experience in the aerospace and automotive testing industry...

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Career Paths

Mechanical Engineers

Mechanical engineers design, develop, build, and test mechanical and thermal sensors and devices, including tools, engines, and machines.

Aerospace Engineers

Aerospace engineers design primarily aircraft, spacecraft, satellites, and missiles. In addition, they test prototypes to make sure that they function according to design.