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Mechanical Engineering
Program Description: The Mechanical Engineering major provides a solid foundation for service as a Coast Guard Officer, professional engineering practice, and further study in Mechanical Engineering or many other related fields. The major requirements develop the students’ ability to apply scientific principles in the design and analysis of mechanical and energy conversion systems. Students are challenged with design problems in most of the major courses, which provide opportunities for developing creativity in solving real-world problems. The program culminates with a hands-on capstone design project in which teams of students use their acquired knowledge to design, build, and test a practical device.

Accreditation: This program is accredited by ABET ( ), the premier U.S. engineering accreditation agency. ABET accredits over 3,100 programs in more than 20 countries. 

Outcomes and Program Educational Objectives (PEOs) for Mechanical Engineering 

Upon graduation, U.S. Coast Guard Academy Mechanical Engineering students are expected to achieve certain “Student Outcomes” as defined by ABET and the program. The Mechanical Engineering major produces graduates who demonstrate:
  1. an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
  2. an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  3. an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
  4. an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
  5. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  6. an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  7. an ability to communicate effectively
  8. the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
  9. a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
  10. a knowledge of contemporary issues
  11. an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.
The Coast Guard Academy and ABET also look ahead, several years beyond graduation. Program Educational Objectives provide the expectations for graduates early in their career. The Mechanical Engineering Objectives are to produce graduates who will:
  1. Attain professional competence as an engineer in a U.S. Coast Guard Operational or Mission Support role.
  2. Demonstrate evidence of intellectual growth in engineering such as engineering licensure, graduate education, publications and Coast Guard certifications and credentials.
  3. Attain recognition of professional accomplishment as a Coast Guard Officer in any field.