Mechanical Engineering

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Engineering Major—Mechanical Concentration, Bachelor of Science Degree

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Improve Products and Processes with Engineering Principles

One of the broadest of engineering disciplines, mechanical engineering comprises designing, developing, and manufacturing engines, machines, and countless other mechanical devices and products. PCC’s mechanical engineering concentration provides students with the scientific and mathematical foundation needed to understand God’s natural laws and apply them to profoundly improving life.

College-level engineering study requires a good understanding of physical sciences, a highly developed ability in mathematics, and competence to read rapidly with comprehension. PCC’s program helps students strengthen skills in these disciplines while focusing on fundamental science and mathematical laws. Through practical application in engineering labs, students learn how to harness, control, and direct nature’s forces to achieve human goals.

In the senior year, students apply their learning and training in a capstone design project using modern design methods and electronic automation tools.

Students completing PCC’s mechanical engineering concentration can choose a career in various fields and industries, or choose to further their knowledge in graduate studies.

The purpose of the mechanical engineering concentration is to promote the cause of Christ by providing engineering education in a Christian and traditional, liberal-arts setting to develop undergraduates who are biblical in their philosophical worldview, Christlike in their character, and exemplary in their practice of mechanical engineering.

Program Educational Objectives

Within the first five years after graduation, our engineering alumni are expected to make measurable contributions in the following spiritual and professional objectives:

  • Entry-Level Employment—apply technical knowledge, engineering skills, professional ethics, and Christian principles in the workplace;
  • Christian Ministry—support a local church and other Christian ministries;
  • Leadership—demonstrate Christian leadership through career, church, or community opportunities; and
  • Lifelong Learning—advance professionally through achievements such as licensure, certification, or continuing education.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the mechanical engineering concentration will demonstrate the following outcomes:

  • Technical Competence—an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics;
  • Engineering Design—an ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors;
  • Communication—an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences;
  • Professionalism—an ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts;
  • Teamwork—an ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives;
  • Experimentation—an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions;
  • Intellectual Skills—an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies;
  • Mechanical Design—apply calculus and differential equations, basic science, and engineering principles to modeling, analysis, design, and realization of mechanical engineering components, systems, or processes; and
  • Integrated Design—solve open-ended design problems in the mechanical engineering disciplines of HVAC and Refrigeration, Mechanical Systems and Materials, and Thermal and Fluids Systems.
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Accreditation

The baccalaureate degree in engineering at Pensacola Christian College is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

High School Preparation

Modern engineering education demands much specific high school preparation. Ideally, the beginning engineering student should have a good understanding of basic physical sciences, a highly developed ability in mathematics, and competence to read rapidly with comprehension. Minimum adequate preparation includes 2 units of algebra and 1 unit each of plane geometry, advanced mathematics (trigonometry and analytical geometry or precalculus), chemistry, and physics. While prior computer knowledge is helpful, it is not required.

Students not prepared to enter directly into the engineering curriculum will be able to make up certain deficiencies. In this case, time required to complete an engineering degree could be expected to increase.

Residence Requirements

All students in this program are required to be full-time students taking a minimum of 12 semester hours. First consideration for acceptance into the program will be given to residence hall students. PCC does not provide residence hall living space for married students or their families.

Career Possibilities

  • Manufacturing
  • Machine design
  • Aircraft/Automotive
  • Power generation
  • Consulting engineering
  • Research

PCC’s engineering program taught me the importance of personal and professional growth and integrity, as well as gave me the math, science, computer, and engineering skills to be an effective and creative engineering problem solver. The strong focus on core math and science skills and the exposure to a broad range of engineering subjects are the key aspects of the training I received at PCC.

Jeff D. ’91
Owner/Engineer, Davis Design and Consulting