Mechanical engineering (ME) is one of the broadest of the engineering disciplines, therefore, mechanical engineers are the generalists of the engineering profession. Mechanical engineers design, construct, test and operate many types of mechanical, thermal and biological devices. They are involved in almost every industry, including aerospace, automotive, bioengineering, communications, electronics, energy, food processing, HVAC, manufacturing, power generation and refrigeration, as well as business, government and academia. The ME program aims to prepare students with a breadth and depth in technical knowledge so that they can work immediately in most areas of the profession.
The program offers the bachelor’s degree and the master’s degree in mechanical engineering and participates in the UMKC Interdisciplinary Ph.D. program. The Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org/.
The Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering has both thesis and non-thesis options. Students interested in pursuing a doctoral degree in mechanical engineering may select engineering as a discipline when applying for admission into the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. program.
The mechanical engineering program has a rich history in Kansas City. The University of Kansas City offered a General Engineering degree in the 1950's. The master’s program in mechanical engineering was started in 1964 and later the undergraduate program was added in the early 1970s. Since 1977 the undergraduate program in mechanical engineering has been independently accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org/. The program became a part of the School of Computing and Engineering in January 2001 and joined the school of Science and Engineering in July 2022.
Mechanical Engineering participates in the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. program of the University of Missouri-Kansas City as part of the engineering . Students interested in pursuing a doctoral degree in mechanical engineering may select engineering as the coordinating discipline when applying for admission into the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Program. See the School of Graduate Studies section of this catalog for general and discipline-specific admission requirements and regulations for Interdisciplinary Ph.D. study with engineering as one of the desired disciplines.
Academic Regulations for Mechanical Engineering
Minimum Grade Requirement
A grade of "C" (2.0) or better must be earned in all major course required in the mechanical engineering degree programs.
A student cannot take a course for audit and later expect to take the same course for credit in the degree program. For that reason, students must not audit any courses required in their program, unless credit has already been established. To audit an elective course, written consent from both the student’s advisor and the instructor of the course is required. After the first week of classes, a student cannot change from credit to audit or audit to credit.
To receive an exception from stated departmental guidelines or curriculum, the student must file a petition with the academic advisor. For transfer credit taken at another institution that is not articulated, a student may need to submit a petition to receive transfer credit. If the petition is denied by the Mechanical Engineering Degree Program Committee, the student may appeal the decision to the Dean of the School of Science & Engineering.
The University tries to assure that students progress satisfactorily toward their goals and receive clear warning when they do not. To this end, engineering adheres to a clear policy, but provides for exceptions in unusual cases. The interest of the student is paramount.
A student is in good academic standing when term and cumulative grade-point averages (GPA) from the University of Missouri system are 2.0 or higher in courses necessary for an engineering degree. Students will be placed on academic probation if, when in good academic standing, they earn a term GPA of less than 2.0 but greater than 1.0. Students may also be placed on academic probation at the time of initial admission or readmission because they do not fully meet the minimum standards. Students earning a term GPA of less than 1.0, or a term GPA of less than 2.0 while on academic probation become ineligible for continuation of studies. The academic standing statements found at the top of semester grade reports are defined as follows:
- Now In Good Standing - Term and cumulative GPA greater than 2.0.
- Now On Probation - Term or cumulative GPA less than 2.0.
- Academically Ineligible - Term GPA less than 1.0 or two consecutive semesters with term or cumulative GPA less than 2.0.
When a student becomes academically ineligible, the student is not allowed to continue academic studies. Any pre-registration of course work will be canceled. In order to continue academic studies, the student must appeal to the Mechanical Engineering Degree Program Committee in writing.
Now in Good Standing
A student whose term and cumulative grade-point averages (GPA) from the University of Missouri system are 2.0 or higher in courses necessary for an engineering degree, is in good academic standing. A term is defined as a fall semester, spring semester or summer session.
Now on Probation
A student will be placed on academic probation if, when in good academic standing, the student earns a term GPA of less than 2.0 but greater than 1.0. A student may also be placed on academic probation at the time of initial admission or readmission because the student does not fully meet the minimum requirements.
After being placed on academic probation, the student’s next semester of enrollment (the probationary term) must result in the completion of at least 12 hours of course work necessary for an engineering degree. A student will be returned to good standing if, at the end of the probationary term, the student’s term and cumulative GPAs are 2.0 or higher in courses necessary for an engineering degree.
A student will become academically ineligible if any of the following apply:
- The student receives a term GPA of less than 1.0.
- The student receives a term GPA of less than 2.0 for the probationary term.
- The student receives a cumulative GPA of less than 2.0 for the probationary term.
- The student fails to complete at least 12 hours of course work necessary for an engineering degree during the probationary term.
Satisfactory Academic Progress
Students will be expected to maintain continuous satisfactory academic progress and can be removed from the mechanical engineering program after evaluation by the Mechanical Engineering Degree Program Committee if it finds that satisfactory academic progress is not being made.
If a student has become academically ineligible, the student may be allowed to continue academic studies, provided that the student successfully appeals to the Academic Appeals Committee. The primary concern of the Appeals Committee is the likelihood of the student’s future success. Accordingly, any appeal should include causes for the student’s past poor performance and reasons for expecting better performance in the future. When the Appeals Committee allows a student to re-enroll, it may set conditions such as courses to be taken, minimum grades, total hours, etc. to which the student must adhere.A grade-point average deficiency may be removed by repeating a course or by taking additional courses that qualify as eligible electives in the curriculum.
Kansas City is one of the premier engineering centers in the country. Numerous engineering and manufacturing firms with national and international reputation are headquartered in Kansas City. This offers a unique opportunity to our students, many of whom participate actively as interns or as employees with these firms during the course of their study, thereby getting a balanced blend of course work and practical experience.
Job opportunities abound for engineering majors. In terms of starting salaries and the number of job offers, engineering graduates compare favorably with all other graduates. In addition, the mechanical engineering curriculum at UMKC equips the graduate with the analytic decision-making skills necessary to pursue diverse technical, managerial and entrepreneurial career opportunities.