University Catalog 2024-2025

Engineering (BS): Mechanical Engineering Systems Concentration

The Mechanical Engineering Systems concentration offers a solid foundation in mechanical engineering principles, including structural mechanics, materials, fluid mechanics, dynamics, vibrations, controls, thermal sciences, mechanical design, and thermal design. Mechanical engineering courses are taught by nationally recognized faculty from the Raleigh campus.

On-site 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 a solution to a real-world problem. Hands-on laboratory exercises and design-build projects each semester 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 acquisition and analysis, design of experiments, and technical communications.

Training in formal systems engineering prepares students to understand and work through the broad, complex issues involved with integrated systems. Training in mechanical engineering equips students with the skills and confidence required to understand and solve detailed technical problems. Students with this unique combination of skills are well-prepared to meet both the technical and non-technical challenges of today’s engineering workplace.

Plan Requirements

College Requirements
E 101Introduction to Engineering & Problem Solving1
EC 205Fundamentals of Economics3
or EC 201 Principles of Microeconomics
or ARE 201 Introduction to Agricultural & Resource Economics
MA 141
MA 241
MA 242
Calculus I
and Calculus II
and Calculus III
MA 341Applied Differential Equations I3
MA 305Introductory Linear Algebra and Matrices3
CH 101
CH 102
Chemistry - A Molecular Science
and General Chemistry Laboratory
PY 205
PY 206
Physics for Engineers and Scientists I
and Physics for Engineers and Scientists I Laboratory
PY 208
PY 209
Physics for Engineers and Scientists II
and Physics for Engineers and Scientists II Laboratory
MAE 201Thermal-Fluid Sciences3
MAE 206Engineering Statics3
MAE 208Engineering Dynamics3
MAE 214Solid Mechanics3
MAE 308Fluid Mechanics3
MAE 310Heat Transfer Fundamentals3
MAE 315Fundamentals of Vibrations3
MAE 316Strength of Mechanical Components3
MAE 412Design of Thermal System3
MAE 413Design of Mechanical Systems3
MAE 435Principles of Automatic Control3
MES 200Introduction to Engineering Systems2
MES 201Engineering Systems Lab 12
MES 300Systems Engineering3
MES 301Engineering Systems Junior Design Lab2
MES 302Mechanical Engineering Systems Lab 12
MES 400Mechanical Engineering Systems Lab 22
MES 401MES Capstone Design I3
MES 403MES Capstone Design II3
Other Major
CSC 111Introduction to Computing: Python3
or CSC 113 Introduction to Computing - MATLAB
or CSC 116 Introduction to Computing - Java
GC 120Foundations of Graphics3
ECE 331Principles of Electrical Engineering3
ENG 331Communication for Engineering and Technology3
MSE 201Structure and Properties of Engineering Materials3
Engineering Ethics:3
Issues in Business Ethics
Contemporary Moral Issues
GEP Courses
ENG 101Academic Writing and Research4
GEP Humanities3
GEP Social Sciences3
GEP Health and Exercise Studies2
GEP US Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion3
GEP Interdisciplinary Perspectives5
GEP Global Knowledge (verify requirement)
World Language Proficiency (verify requirement)
Total Hours124

Semester Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall SemesterHours
CH 101
CH 102
Chemistry - A Molecular Science
and General Chemistry Laboratory 2
E 101 Introduction to Engineering & Problem Solving 1 1
ENG 101 Academic Writing and Research 1 4
MA 141 Calculus I 2 4
GC 120 Foundations of Graphics 3
Spring Semester
MA 241 Calculus II 2 4
PY 205
PY 206
Physics for Engineers and Scientists I
and Physics for Engineers and Scientists I Laboratory 2
GEP Health and Exercise Studies 1
GEP Health and Exercise Studies 1** 1
EC 205 Fundamentals of Economics 3
MA 305 Introductory Linear Algebra and Matrices 3
Second Year
Fall Semester
MAE 206 Engineering Statics 1 3
MSE 201 Structure and Properties of Engineering Materials 3
MA 242 Calculus III 4
PY 208
PY 209
Physics for Engineers and Scientists II
and Physics for Engineers and Scientists II Laboratory
MES 200 Introduction to Engineering Systems 2
Spring Semester
MAE 208 Engineering Dynamics 1 3
MAE 214 Solid Mechanics 1 3
MA 341 Applied Differential Equations I 3
MES 201 Engineering Systems Lab 1 2
CSC 111
Introduction to Computing: Python
or Introduction to Computing - MATLAB
or Introduction to Computing - Java
Select one of the following Ethics courses: 3
Issues in Business Ethics
Contemporary Moral Issues
Third Year
Fall Semester
MAE 201 Thermal-Fluid Sciences 1 3
MAE 308 Fluid Mechanics 3
MAE 315 Fundamentals of Vibrations 3
MES 301 Engineering Systems Junior Design Lab 2
ENG 331 Communication for Engineering and Technology 3
Spring Semester
MAE 316 Strength of Mechanical Components 3
MES 300 Systems Engineering 3
MAE 435 Principles of Automatic Control 3
MES 302 Mechanical Engineering Systems Lab 1 2
GEP US Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion 3
Fourth Year
Fall Semester
MAE 413 Design of Mechanical Systems ((Mech. Engr. Analysis)) 1 3
MAE 310 Heat Transfer Fundamentals 3
MES 401 MES Capstone Design I 3
MES 400 Mechanical Engineering Systems Lab 2 2
GEP Humanities 3
GEP Social Sciences 3
Spring Semester
MAE 412 Design of Thermal System 1 3
MES 403 MES Capstone Design II 3
ECE 331 Principles of Electrical Engineering 3
GEP Interdisciplinary Perspectives 3
GEP Interdisciplinary Perspectives 2-3
 Total Hours124

A grade of C- or higher is required.


A grade of C (2.0) or higher is required.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the Mechanical Engineering Systems concentration are highly recruited with most graduates securing full-time employment before graduation. Alumni work as mechanical engineers, design engineers, manufacturing engineers, support equipment engineers, test equipment engineers, systems engineers, aerospace engineers, HVAC engineers, program analysts, and program managers. Many alumni have continued their education through graduate programs at a variety of universities, including NC State. Mechanical Engineering Systems alumni work for companies such as: Fleet Readiness Center East, Department of Defense Contractors, Lockheed Martin, GE Nuclear, US Army Futures Command, Duke Energy, Parker Boats and Toyota.

Career Titles

  • Aeronautical & Aerospace Engineer
  • Aerospace Engineering Technician
  • Agricultural Engineer
  • Airport Engineer
  • Automotive Engineer
  • Biomedical Engineer
  • Ceramic Engineer
  • Chemical Engineer
  • Civil Engineer
  • Civil Engineering Technician
  • Clinical Data Managers
  • Computer Network Architects
  • Computer Systems Engineer
  • Cost Analysis Engineer
  • Cost Estimator
  • Electronics Engineer
  • Energy Engineer
  • Engineering Professor
  • Environmental Engineer
  • Factory Layout Engineer
  • Fire Prevention Engineer
  • Human Factors Engineers and Ergonomists
  • Industrial Engineer
  • Industrial Engineering Technician
  • Industrial Safety and Health Engineer
  • Irrigation Engineer
  • Logistics Engineers
  • Marine Engineer
  • Marine Surveyor
  • Materials Engineer
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Mechanical Engineering Technician
  • Meteorologist
  • Mining Engineer
  • Model Maker
  • Natural Sciences Managers
  • Nuclear Engineer
  • Nuclear Fuels Research Engineer
  • Operating Engineer
  • Petroleum Engineer
  • Photogrammetrist
  • Physicist
  • Product Safety Engineer
  • Quality Control Managers
  • Radiation Protection Engineer
  • Sanitary Engineer
  • Ship Engineers
  • Software Developers - Applications
  • Soil Engineer
  • Solar Energy Systems Designer
  • Solar Energy Systems Engineers
  • Sound Engineering Technicians
  • Structural Engineer
  • Surveying Technicians
  • Surveyor
  • Sustainability Specialists
  • Tool and Machine Designer
  • Transportation Engineer
  • Urban and Regional Planner
  • Wind Energy Engineer

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