Department of Mechanical Engineering
Department Chair: Adrian Baird
Department Secretary: Kenna Carter (208) 496-1862
Department Faculty: Adrian BairdLeo CastagnoBill CooleyAlan DutsonVic ForsnesDavid JohnsonDavid Saunders

 
Department of Mechanical Engineering
The Mechanical Engineering department has two engineering programs from which to select a career path. These are

4-year Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering , BSME (470)
2-year Associate of Applied Science in General Engineering (351)


These programs are available to students entering Brigham Young University Idaho on any admission tracks. These engineering programs are designed to provide students with the competencies necessary to work in a variety of exciting fields within engineering. These majors offer excellent placement potential, professional job satisfaction, and substantial salaries. Students entering either of these two programs can expect a well designed and rigorous curriculum based on industry standards. The 2-year associate program also allows students to continue their engineering education at a 4-year university in engineering fields other than mechanical engineering.

Students in the BSME program are encouraged to take the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam before they graduate. This is an important milestone of achievement for each ME engineering student in preparing him/her for future licensing as a Professional Engineer (PE).

Using techniques, skills, and modern engineering modeling tools, students must demonstrate their abilities to apply mathematics, engineering science, and technology principles necessary for analyzing, modeling, and solving engineering problems. Students must communicate effectively in writing and in oral presentation. Each student must gain an understanding of professional and ethical behavior in the workplace. Finally, students should develop an understanding that learning is a life-long process and develop a desire to continue developing their abilities as a professional engineer.

Mathematics and physical sciences are critical components of any engineering curriculum. The normal entry level mathematics class for engineering is Calculus I (Math 112). Entering freshman students should consult with their advisor to ensure they are beginning with the mathematics course for which they are prepared. Students with weak mathematics skills are advised to enroll in a preparatory mathematics course to strengthen their skills. For engineering students the normal entry level chemistry course is General Chemistry (Chem 105).

These engineering programs are specialized degrees at Brigham Young University Idaho. The BSME degree is designed for completion in 120 credit hours, and the AASE degree in 70 credit hours. It is imperative that students develop and follow a plan of study that will allow them to complete all the required courses within these credit hour limits. Due to the credit hours limit, no minor programs are available within the Mechanical Engineering program. Courses in the ME curriculum have prerequisite courses that must be taken. Specific general education courses are required for the engineering majors. Each student must consult with his/her advisor early to make sure his/her educational plan is correct. The Advising Center and each faculty advisor have a sample curriculum flow chart that can be used as an example plan.

 
Program Description


 
B.S.  in Mechanical Engineering (470)   
A specialized baccalaureate degree program in mechanical engineering is offered at BYU-Idaho. The program is designed to prepare students for employment with practical engineering knowledge and engineering design skills.

University Requirements

Religion Requirements

(Book of Mormon Courses)
Take these Courses   
REL 121, 122
 
       OR
          Take these Courses   
          REL 121H, 122H
 
                 OR
                    Take this Course   
                    REL 221

AND
(Scripture Based Courses)
Take 6 Credits   
REL 211, 212, 301, 302, 324
 
       OR
          Take 6 Credits   
          REL 211H, 212H, 301H, 302H, 324H

AND
(Other Religion Courses)
Take 4 Credits   
REL 100, 130, 215, 234, 235, 260, 261, 264, 333, 341, 341H, 342, 342H, 351, 352, 370, 431, 471, 475

Online Learning

Each student is required to take at least one online course. For more information about the online requirement please visit the Online Learning section found in the Graduation & Transfer section of the catalog or visit http://web.byui.edu/Catalog/2005-2006/generalEducation.htm.

Other online course information is available at http://www2.byui.edu/insttech/online.htm. A list of online courses is available at http://www2.byui.edu/insttech/OnlineCourses/onlinecalendar.htm (select a semester or term).

GE Requirements

I. Reading and Writing

   Take 1 Course
   ENG 111, 111C, 111H

AND
   Take 1 Course
   ENG 316, 316C  

II. Mathematics

  • Math 101 may be used as meeting the Math General Education requirement if all of the following criteria are met: 1)Student was enrolled and completed Math 101 prior to Fall 2001; 2)The student's major does not require a higher math class; 3)There is no break in enrollment.
  • Students initiating their studies at BYU-Idaho Fall Semester 2001 or later are not eligible for the ACT math waiver and must take one of the following courses to fill the math requirement.

       Take 1 Course
       MATH 112  

    III. Basic Skills

       Take 1 Course
       CS 144

    IV. Arts

       Take 1 Course
       HUM 201, 201H

    AND
       Take this Course
       FA 100

    V. Letters
    Generally the Letters requirement is filled by taking one of the courses listed below. However, HUM 201 and 202, taken together, can be used to fill both the Arts and Letters requirement.

       Take 1 Course
       HUM 202, 202H

    VI. Biological Science

       Take 4 Credits
       AGRON 122, 270
       BIO 100, 100H, 102, 102H, 118, 120, 130, 150, 150L, 176, 200, 202, 208, 221, 222, 230, 250, 264, 265, 268

    VII. Physical Science

       Take 4 Credits
       CHEM 105, 105H  

    VIII. American Institutions

       Take 1 Course
       AMHER 170, 170H
       ECON 111, 111H
       HIST 120, 121
       POLSC 110

    IX. Social Science
    This course must be in a different discipline from the course taken to fill the American Institutions requirement.

       Take 1 Course
       ANTH 101, 101H
       CHILD 210, 210H
       ECON 111, 111H, 112, 112H
       ED 270
       GEOG 120
       HIST 201, 202
       HON 201
       PHIL 203, 203H, 204, 204H
       POLSC 110, 170
       PSYCH 111, 111H, 201, 201H
       SOC 111, 111H, 112, 112H

    Major Requirements

    NO DOUBLE COUNTING OF MAJOR COURSES
       Take these Courses   Minimum Grade: C-
       COMPE 305
       MATH 215, 316, 321
       ME 100, 131, 132, 172, 172L, 204, 217, 218, 242, 250, 315, 322, 360, 370, 423, 424, 480, 482
       PH 123, 220

    AND
       Take 1 Course   Minimum Grade: C-
       ME 361, 398, 422, 438, 440, 445, 450, 460, 470, 498

    AND
       Take 2 Courses   Minimum Grade: C-
       ME 361, 422, 438, 440, 445, 450, 460, 470


  •  
    A.A.S.  in Engineering (351)   
    The Engineering (351) program offers students the first two years of an engineering curriculum. Upon completion, students can decide to either transfer to another four year university engineering program or enter the BSME program (470) at BYU-Idaho.

    University Requirements

    Religion Requirements

    (Book of Mormon Courses)
    Take 1 Course   
    REL 121, 121H
     
           OR
              Take 1 Course   
              REL 122, 122H
     
                     OR
                        Take this Course   
                        REL 221

    AND
    Take 3 Credits   
    REL 100, 130, 211, 211H, 215, 234, 235, 261, 264, 301, 301H, 302, 302H, 324, 324H, 333, 341, 341H, 342, 342H, 351, 352, 370, 431, 471, 475

    Online Learning

    Each student is required to take at least one online course. For more information about the online requirement please visit the Online Learning section found in the Graduation & Transfer section of the catalog or visit http://web.byui.edu/Catalog/2005-2006/generalEducation.htm.

    Other online course information is available at http://www2.byui.edu/insttech/online.htm. A list of online courses is available at http://www2.byui.edu/insttech/OnlineCourses/onlinecalendar.htm (select a semester or term).

    BE Requirements

    I. Communication
       Take 1 Course
       ENG 111, 111C, 111H


    II. Computation
       Take 1 Course
       MATH 112  


    III. Human Relations
       Take 1 Course
       AMHER 170, 170H  


    IV. Related Skills
       Take 1 Course
       ENG 316, 316C  

    Major Requirements

       Take these Courses   Minimum Grade: C-
       CS 144
       MATH 113, 214, 321, 371
       ME 100, 131, 132, 172, 172L, 204, 217, 218, 242, 250
       PH 123, 220

    AND
       Take 1 Course   Minimum Grade: C-
       CHEM 105, 105H

     
    Course Descriptions

    ME 100 Career Explorations in Engineering & Technology (1:1:0)
    Introduction to the professions of engineering and technology; detailed investigation of the curricula; fields of engineering and technology; job opportunities, career planning, and placement; career planning; personal management skills, engineering case studies; ethics, student multimedia presentations.
    (Fall, Winter, Summer)
     
    ME 115 Computerized Technical Illustration (2:0:4)
    This course will explore the basic system of technical illustration, the use of construction aids and grids, and special techniques in rendering an animation. The instruction will introduce students to 3D Solids modeling and rendering using the computer software (3D Studio VIZ R3) and animation techniques. This course is designed heavily around the use of 3D drawings. Students will learn to accurately portray any given object three dimensionally (both manually and using the computer).
    (Fall and Summer)
     
    ME 131 Manufacturing Processes, Materials, and Design (3:3:2)
    Prerequisite: Math 101
    Integration of manufacturing and engineering design. Emphasis on principles of formation, processes, machine parameters, measurement, material selection and heat treating.
    (Fall, Winter, Summer)
     
    ME 131L Lab (0:0:3)
    Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in ME 131
    Lab for ME 131. Operating principles of basic machine tools.
    (Fall, Winter, Summer)
     
    ME 132 Design Analysis Application (3:3:2)
    Prerequisite: ME 131 or consent of Instructor.
    Continuation of integration of manufacturing and engineering design. Introduction to the engineering design process through the development of industry related engineering projects. In depth instruction on manufacturing processes with major focus on joining.
    (Fall, Winter, Summer)
     
    ME 132L Lab (1:0:2)
    Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in ME 132 and completion of ME 131.
    Lab for ME 132. Enrolling for this optional lab will make it possible for Engineering majors to transfer the class for MFE 232 at BYU. MFE is required for all Mechanical and Manufacturing majors at BYU.
    (Fall, Winter, Summer)
     
    ME 172 Visualization in Engineering Design (2:2:0)
    Fundamentals of graphics languages; geometric construction, orthographic projection, auxiliary views, sectioning, symbols, basic dimensions, isometric views, working drawings, intro to CAD and Parametric Design, and industry standards (ANSI)
    (Fall, Winter, Summer)
     
    ME 172L Visualization in Engineering Design Lab (1:0:2)
    Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in ME 172
    Computer-aided design lab for ME 172.
    (Fall, Winter, Summer)
     
    ME 204 Engineering Mechanics-Dynamics (3:3:2)
    Prerequisite: Engr 217, Math 112, or consent of instructor.
    The study and application of the concepts of dynamics to particles, systems of particles, and rigid bodies. Scaler and vector analysis used.
    (Fall, Winter, Summer)
     
    ME 217 Statics and Strength of Materials (4:3:2)
    Prerequisite: Math 112
    - Problem-Solving Procedure and review of equations of static equilibrium, review of equations of static equalibrium.
    - Introduction to stress and strain.
    Modeling, analysis, and synthesis problems in elastic materials.
    - Concepts and model equations for average elastic stress and average elastic strain, average shearing stress and average shearing strain.
    - Design of connectors.
    - Thermal stress and strain.
    - Axial loading, torsional loading, and transverse loading.
    - Stress at a point and stress distributions resulting from axial, torsional, and transverse loadings.
    - Design of shafts, beams, and columns for elastically-loaded materials.
    - Combined stress problems.
    - Mohr's circle.
    - Failure theories for design of brittle and ductile materials.
    - Beam deflections due to transverse loads.
    - Beam deflection theory in statically-indeterminate problems.
    - Stress concentrations and stress concentration factors.
    - Column buckling
    (Fall, Winter, Summer)
     
    ME 218 Materials Lab (1:0:3)
    Prerequisite: Concurrent or prior completion of ME 217 and/or ME 250.
    Laboratory investigations in materials science and strength of material.
    (Fall, Winter, Summer)
     
    ME 242 Numerical Methods (3:3:1)
    Prerequisite: CS 144
    Introduction to programming and numerical analysis applied to engineering and design problems. Implementation of numerical professional software.
    (Fall, Winter, Summer-as required)
     
    ME 250 Engineering Materials (3:3:1)
    Prerequisite: Prerequisites or co-requisites: Chemistry 105; Mathematics 112
    Atomic and microstructure of engineering materials, including metals, ceramics, polymers, and composites. Factors influencing the fabrication, processing, and selection of materials in engineering analysis and design. Case studies of engineering material failures. Use of material selection software.
    (Fall, Winter, Summer)
     
    ME 315 Dynamic Systems and Instrumentation (3:3:2)
    Prerequisite: Math 316 or Math 371, ME 204, PH 220
    Introduction to dynamic system modeling and analysis. Basic instrumentation techniques are also presented. Includes derivation of state equations, analytical and numerical solution of state equations, and frequency response analysis.
    (Fall, Winter)
     
    ME 322 Thermal Systems Analysis and Design (3:3:0)
    Prerequisite: Math 215
    Fundamentals of classical thermodynamics. Thermodynamic property relationships for ideal gasses, vapors, liquids and solids. First and second law analysis of open and closed systems. Irreversibility and availability analysis. Energy and entropy concepts in power and refrigeration cycles.
    (Fall, Winter, Summer)
     
    ME 360 Fluid Mechanics (3:3:2)
    Prerequisite: Math 316 or Math 371, ME 204, Ph 123
    Introduction to fluid mechanics and incompressible fluid flow. Includes principles of fluid statics, fluid dynamics, finite control volume and differential analysis of fluid flow, principles of scale models, and principles of internal and external flow.
    (Fall, Winter)
     
    ME 361 Fluid Mechanics II (3:3:2)
    Prerequisite: ME 360, Math 316, PH 123, ME 172, ME 315
    Intermediate course in fluid mechanics. Review and extension of ideal (inviscid) fluid flow theory and models, including flow kinematics (pathlines, streamlines, streaklines, rate-of-strain, dilatation, and vorticity). Stream function and velocity potential in two-dimensional flows. Potential flow theory (flow past a cylinder, circulation, and lift). Laminar and turbulent momentum boundary layer flows. Lift and drag. Conservation laws and models in compressible fluid mechanics. Flows in nozzles. Isentropic, one-dimensional flows. One-dimensional flows (including friction and heat). Wave motion and shockwave phenomena and model equations (including oblique shocks and expansion waves). Applications to fluid machinery (analysis of pumps and turbomachinery). Introduction to experimental measurements in fluid mechanics. Introduction to computational fluid dyanmics.
    (Fall, Winter, Summer)
     
    ME 370 Mechanical Systems Design (3:3:2)
    Prerequisite: ME 172, ME 204, ME 217, ME 250
    Analysis, modeling and design of mechanical components and sytems, materials, processes and structural analysis, static and dynamic failure theories, analysis and design of machine elements. Use of computer-aided design tools emphasized.
    (Fall, Winter, Summer)
     
    ME 398 Internship (1-3:0:0)
    Prerequisite: Consent of Department Chair, Junior Standing
    Industrial work experience.
    (Fall, Winter, Summer)
     
    ME 422 Applied Thermodynamics (3:3:0)
    Prerequisite: ME 322
    Application of principles of thermodynamics to air standard cycles (Otto, Diesel, Brayton, Sterling, and Ericsson), steam power cycles (Rankine), and refrigeration and heat pump cycles. Property calculations for gas mixtures. Processes involving air water mixtures, psychrometric charts, etc. with applications to air-conditioning and drying processes. Introduction to Thermodynamic calculations for combustion chemical reactions.
    (Fall, Winter, Summer)
     
    ME 423 Heat Transfer (3:3:0)
    Prerequisite: Math 316, ME 322, ME 360, PH 123
    Heat transfer models for conduction, convection, and radiant energy transfer. Design of systems involving heat, mass, and momentum transfer.
    (Fall, Winter, some Summers)
     
    ME 424 Energy Analysis Lab (1:0:3)
    Prerequisite: ME 322 and concurrent enrollment in ME 423.
    Laboratory experience analysing thermodynamic and heat transfer systems.
    (Fall, Winter, Summer)
     
    ME 438 CAE Modeling and Digital Simulation (3:3:0)
    Prerequisite: Senior standing or consent of instructor.
    A study of advanced Computer-Aided Design and Engineering applications in design, modeling, simulation and customization. The use of CAD and engineering software tools is stressed. Topics include engineering design process, project management, advanced solids modeling techniques, kinematic analysis, digital simulation techniques, and customization techniques.

     
    ME 440 Transport Phenomena (3:3:0)
    Prerequisite: Math 316; ME 322; ME 360; ME 423; PH 123
    Intermediate problem-solving and engineering models of combined heat, mass, and momentum transfer. Applications to mechanical, thermal, and propulsion systems.
    (Fall, Winter)
     
    ME 445 Mechanics of Composite Materials (3:3:0)
    Prerequisite: ME 217, ME 242
    An introduction to laminated composite materials and structures. An investigation of the mocromechanical and macromechanical behavior of anisotropic plies. Development of classical lamination theory for predicting the mechanical behavior of laminated composite plates.
    (Fall, Winter, Summer-as requested)
     
    ME 450 Introduction to Environmental Engineering (3:3:0)
    Prerequisite: Math 215; Chem 105
    Engineering modeling of environmental topics, including heat and mass transfer; environmental chemistry; water quality and management; hazardous materials handling; noise pollution; and selected topics in environmental modeling, monitoring and design. Group design projects required.
    (Fall, Winter)
     
    ME 460 Fundamentals of Finite Element Analysis (3:3:2)
    Prerequisite: Math 316, ME 217, ME 242
    This course provides an introduction to the finite element method. Characteristics of several fundamental finite elements are evaluated. Benefits of using differenty types of elements to model different physical phenomena are presented. Applications of the finite element method are carried out with commercial finite element software.
    (Fall, Winter)
     
    ME 470 Mechatronics (3:3:0)
    Prerequisite: Math 316, ME 204, ME 315, ME 370, PH 220
    Analysis and design of electro-mechanical integrated systems and devices. Dynamic system models, instrumentation, data collection and analysis, and computer simulation. Includes feedback control systems.
    (Fall, Winter)
     
    ME 480 Capstone Project I (3:3:2)
    Prerequisite: Senior standing, ME 370
    Comprehensive two semester integrated design experience using the engineering design process and skills gained in engineering science classes. Product conception, development, design, and manufacture. Aspects of engineering design.
    (Fall, Winter)
     
    ME 482 Capstone Project II (3:3:2)
    Prerequisite: Senior standing, ME 370
    Continuation of the comprehensive two semester integrated design experience for using the engineering design process and skills gained in engineering science classes. Product conception, development, design, and manufacture. Aspects of engineering design.
    (Fall, Winter)
     
    ME 491 Fundamentals of Engineering Exam Preparation (1:0:2)
    Prerequisite: Senior standing
    Course designed to prepare students to take and pass the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam.
    (Winter)
     
    ME 498 Internship (1-3:0:0)
    Prerequisite: Consent of Department Chair, Senior standing
    Industrial work experience.
    (Fall, Winter, Summer)
     
    WELD 105 Essentials of Welding (4:2:6)
    Fee:  $30.00
    A course in beginning welding designed to teach the fundamentals of arc welding, including safety, power sources, electrodes, oxyfuel cutting, and oxyacetylene welding with an introduction to weld symbols, metallurgy, and metal identification.
    (Fall, Winter)