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Mechanical Engineering ABET Accreditation

ABET Status

The Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, ABET, is the recognized accreditor for college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering, and technology. ABET has provided leadership and quality assurance in higher education for over 70 years.

The Mechanical Engineering (MEEN) program at Tarleton State University, which began in Fall 2017, will be eligible to seek accreditation by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org, upon its first graduate which will be Spring 2018.

The Mechanical Engineering program evolved from Tarleton's Engineering Phyiscs (ENPH) program.

MEEN Mission

The mission of the Mechanical Engineering program at Tarleton State University is to prepare the students to work competently as an engineer in Mechanical Engineering related industries, for engineering licensure and for graduate studies through a rigorous curriculum utilizing modern analytical tools and hands-on laboratory experiences. Throughout the program students develop their ability to communicate effectively in a team-oriented, project-driven environment. Additional studies in ethics develop students’ ability to understand the responsibilities to safety. 

The mission of the MEEN program aligns with the mission of the College of Science and Technology, as well as the mission of Tarleton State University.

MEEN Program Educational Objectives

Program objectives, as defined by ABET, are broad statements that describe the career and professional accomplishments the program is preparing graduates to achieve, i.e. what we expect the graduates to be doing in the first few years after graduation.

The Program Educational Objectives (PEOs) for the Mechanical Engineering program were developed based upon the needs of our constituents to meet the knowledge, skills and values desired in both industry and graduate school. These PEOs are aligned with the mission of the university, the college, and the program. The Mechanical Engineering PEOs are as follows:

  • DEPTH AND BREADTH OF KNOWLEDGE: the graduate demonstrates a depth and breadth of knowledge and skills and are able to synthesize that knowledge for the practice of, or for advanced study in, Mechanical Engineering.
  • PROFESSIONALISM: graduates work and communicate effectively in team-oriented, project-management-driven environments, uphold ethical standards and participate in professional development.
  • LEADERSHIP AND LIFELONG LEARNING: graduates take on leadership roles, advance in their careers and demonstrate an attitude of lifelong learning.

Strategies to prepare graduates to achieve the PEOs include modeling of these behaviors by faculty, facilitation preparation and requiring students to take the FE exam, and providing opportunities for interactions with industry professionals and graduate program representatives. Evidence to support achievement includes FE and PE performance and maintaining contact with program alumni through social media and Tarleton's alumni association.

MEEN Student Outcomes

Student outcomes, as defined by ABET, are statements that describe what students are expected to know and be able to do by the time of graduation.

The Program Outcomes for the Mechanical Engineering program are defined as the ABET Criterion 3 A-K Outcomes:

  • 3A: an ability to apply knowledge of math, engineering & science
  • 3B: an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  • 3C: an ability to design system, component or process to meet needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
  • 3D: an ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams
  • 3E: an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  • 3F: an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  • 3G: an ability to communicate effectively
  • 3H: the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
  • 3I: a recognition of need for, and ability to engage in life-long learning
  • 3J: a knowledge of contemporary issues
  • 3K: an ability to use techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

Annual Student Enrollment

Mechanical Engineering
Count by Major Data
Fall 2017*
Fall 2018

*First year of program.

Graduation Data

Mechanical Engineering
Graduation Data
2017-2018*

*First program graduate - Spring 2018