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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, after its first graduates, per ABET policy.

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

MEEN Mission

The mission of the Mechanical Engineering program is to prepare graduates for employment as an engineer in a breadth of Mechanical Engineering related industries, for engineering licensure, and for graduate studies in Mechanical Engineering or related discipline. This is accomplished through a curriculum supported by hands-on laboratory and prototyping experiences in which students develop their ability to synthesize concepts into solutions, use modern analytical tools and techniques, communicate professionally and work in a team environment. Additional studies in ethics develop students’ ability to understand the responsibilities to society. 

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 with the common thread of academic rigor, real-world experiences, engaged faculty and the development of ethical scholars and leaders.

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, facilitating 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 (e.g. LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, etc.) and Tarleton's alumni association.

MEEN Student Outcomes

The Student Outcomes support the program educational objectives and achievement of these outcomes prepares graduates to enter the professional practice of engineering.

The Student Outcomes for the Mechanical Engineering program are defined as the ABET Criterion 3.1-7 Outcomes. Graduates of the Mechanical Engineering program will have demonstrated the ability to:

  • 3.1: identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.
  • 3.2: apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors.
  • 3.3: communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
  • 3.4: recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts.
  • 3.5: function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives.
  • 3.6: develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.
  • 3.7: acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

Annual Student Enrollment

Mechanical Engineering Count By Major Data
Fall 2016 56 (ENPH/MEEN track)
Fall 2017* 93
Fall 2018 136

*First year of the program

Certified THECB enrollment data:

Mechanical Engineering Graduation Data  
2017-2018* 8
2018-2019 7

*First graduates of the program