Mechanical Engineering is a creative discipline that draws upon a number of basic sciences to design devices and products that benefit society. Mechanical Engineering studies the formulation, design, development, and control of systems and components involving solid mechanics, dynamics and controls, fluid mechanics, heat and mass transfer, manufacturing and the conversion of energy into useful work.
The curriculum is based on a strong foundation of fundamental courses in the pure sciences, engineering and professional courses. The curriculum also provides a background in the design, development, and application of both complete systems and individual system components in many different fields. This background is strengthened and integrated through application in a sequence of broad engineering design and laboratory courses. Additionally, professional technical report writing is emphasized in several courses. Computers are used extensively throughout the curriculum, with emphasis on interactive computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing. The department also has a significant amount of equipment for experimental investigations and has access to the university computer systems, both digital and analog. Ample opportunities are provided for professional development of students through participation in engineering society chapter activities, regional and national design contests, and visits to design exhibitions. The Cooperative/Internship program is also available to qualified students.
The Department of Mechanical Engineering welcomes transfer students from Illinois community colleges. Students find it easy to continue their studies at NIU if they plan well. Therefore, following the course guidelines in this brochure while completing an Associate's in Science (A.S.) Degree is highly recommended (1). Students should always work closely with their community college advisor. Please contact the Counseling Center at College of Lake County for more help in planning your academic career.
Courses at CLC
|Equivalent courses at NIU|
|CHM 121L||General Chemistry I||CHEM 210+212|
|CIT 141 + 241||Computer Science for Engineers||CSCI 240|
|CMM 121*||Fundamentals of Oral Communication||COMS 100|
|EGR 121||Engineering Graphics||MEE 270|
|EGR 125||Statics & Dynamics||MEE 210 + MEE 211|
|EGR 225||Statics & Dynamics||MEE 210 + MEE 211|
|EGR 260||Engineering Circuit Analysis||ELE 210|
|ENG 121||English Composition I||ENGL 103|
|ENG 122||English Composition II||ENGL 104|
|MTH 145||Calculus w/Analytic Geometry I||MATH 229|
|MTH 146||Calculus w/Analytic Geometry II||MATH 230|
|MTH 246||Calculus w/Analytic Geometry III||MATH 232|
|MTH 227||Ordinary Differential Equations||MATH 336|
|PHY 123||Engineering Physics||PHYS 253|
|PHY 124||Engineering Physics||PHYS 273|
Courses in Humanities and Fine Arts and Social and Behavioral Sciences as required.
 Only A.A. and A.S. degrees satisfy NIU's general education requirements.
General Education Requirements
NIU's College of Engineering and Engineering Technology no longer requires sequences in Social Sciences and Humanities. Therefore, students only need to satisfy NIU's general education requirements. When choosing general education/core competency courses please consult with your CLC advisor, verify general education requirements in the NIU Undergraduate Catalog, and check the Community College Articulation Tables for transferability.
Remaining classes to be taken at NIU's College of Engineering and Engineering Technology to earn a major in Mechanical Engineering.
|Engineering Circuit Laboratory|
|ISYE 220||Engineering Economy|
|Statistics for Engineering|
|Introduction to Probability and Statistics|
|MEE 212||Strength of Materials|
|MEE 220||Mechanism Design|
|MEE 321||Mechanical Vibrations I|
|Dynamic Systems & Control I|
|Control Systems I|
|MEE 330||Materials Science|
|MEE 331||Manufacturing Processes|
|MEE 340||Fluid Mechanics|
|MEE 350||Engineering Thermodynamics|
|MEE 352||Heat Transfer|
|Computational Methods in Engineering Design|
|Computational Methods and Programming in Engineering Design|
|MEE 390||Experimental Methods in Mechanical Engineering I|
|MEE 430||Computer Aided Design & Manufacturing|
|MEE 452||Design of Thermal Systems|
|MEE 470||Design of Machine Elements|
|MEE 481||Engineering Design Seminar|
|MEE 482||Senior Mechanical Engineering Design Project|
|MEE 494||Mechanical Engineering Competency|
|UEET 101||Introduction to Engineering|
A total of three technical electives from Group-A and Group-B below with at least two from Group-A.
Group-A: Design-oriented electives: MEE 351, MEE 410, MEE 421, MEE 422, MEE 423, MEE 424, MEE 425, MEE 426, MEE 431, MEE 451, MEE 453, MEE 480, MEE 484, MEE 490.
Group-B: Other electives: ISYE 430, ISYE 431, ISYE 439, ISYE 450, ISYE 451, TECH 344, TECH 345.
Department of Mechanical Engineering
CEET EB 226
Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL 60115-2854
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For undergraduate application materials contact:
Office of Admissions
Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL 60115-2857
(800)892-3050 (toll-free in Illinois)
For more information on transfer programs at NIU contact:
Call (815) 753-0446 or (800) 892-3050 (toll free) and ask to speak with a Transfer Counselor.
For more information about the Engineering Transfer Program at College of Lake County contact:
19351 West Washington Street
Grayslake, IL 60030-1198
Grayslake - Phone: (847) 543-2060
Lakeshore – Phone: (847) 543-2186
Southlake – Phone: (847) 543-6501
Disclaimer: Although NIU attempts to accommodate the course requests of all students, some course offerings may be limited by financial, space, and staffing considerations, or may otherwise be unavailable. Nothing in this brochure may be construed to promise or guarantee registration in any course or course of study (whether required or elective), nor may anything be construed to promise or guarantee the completion of an academic program within a specific length of time. All degree requirements are subject to the provisions and notices in the Undergraduate Catalog. Information in this brochure is valid through August 2012.