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Bachelor of Science in Engineering - Concentration in Mechanical Engineering Systems

The NC State Mechanical Engineering Systems (MES) BSE program is a site-based program located on the campus of Craven Community College in Havelock, North Carolina. Students in the program earn a Bachelor of Science in Engineering with a concentration in Mechanical Engineering Systems. Upon graduation from the MES program, students have the qualifications to apply for any job seeking mechanical engineering applicants.

In the MES program, you will receive a solid foundation in mechanical engineering principles including structural mechanics, materials, fluid mechanics, dynamics, vibrations, controls, thermal sciences, mechanical design, and thermal design. You will also receive training in the formal systems engineering approach to the design and realization of integrated systems. Your training in formal systems engineering gives you the ability to understand and work through the broad complex issues involved with integrated systems. Your training in mechanical engineering principles gives you the skill and confidence required to understand and solve detailed technical problems. The unique combination of these skills allows you to be well prepared to meet the technical and non-technical challenges of today's engineering workplace.

MES students are drawn from a diverse population that includes not only the traditional college student, but also military personnel and civilian staff of FRC-East.  

The 10 mechanical engineering courses in the MES program are taught by the nationally recognized NC State MAE faculty in Raleigh and delivered to the MES students in Havelock via interactive high-definition video teleconference.

Local NC State faculty teach the Systems Engineering content, conduct all laboratory experiences, and direct students in the two-semester capstone design experience where they are partnered with an industry sponsor to design and build a solution to a real-world problem. Hands-on laboratory exercises allow students to explore and experience theoretical concepts learned in their courses and practice important modern skills such as manual and computerized measurement techniques, data analysis, design of experiments and technical communications.

The MES program is located within a short distance of the Naval Air Systems Command’s Fleet Readiness Center- East, Cherry Point (FRC-East). FRC-East is North Carolina’s largest industrial employer east of interstate highway I-95 and the MES program takes advantage of the synergies afforded by its close location and relationship with the more than 500 engineers working at FRC-East.

The MES program was evaluated under the criteria for Mechanical Engineering Programs and is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,

Students in the MES program typically begin by taking their general education courses such as physics, chemistry, calculus, and the humanities at one of North Carolina’s Community Colleges or from another approved university program. Once students satisfy all transfer requirements, they apply for acceptance into the College of Engineering at NC State as a transfer student majoring in the MES program. Current NCSU engineering students can pursue the MES program if they are willing to relocate to the Havelock area. For more information on admissions, click here or go to

Program Educational Objectives
Alumni of the BSE with concentration in mechanical engineering systems will attain the following objectives within 3-5 years of graduating:

  1. Be engaged in the professional practice of engineering or be enrolled in graduate school.
  2. Establish themselves as problem solvers in the workplace through the practical application of  engineering and systems knowledge and skills.
  3. Function effectively in a professional environment by utilizing written and oral communication, teamwork, project management and leadership skills and their ability to view their own work in a broader context.
  4. Continuously improve and expand their technical and professional skills through formal study, as well as through informal means.

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Dr. Bill Fortney
Eastern Regional Director for Distance Engineering