Oakton Community College and NIU CEET Transfer Guidelines 
B.S. Degree in Mechanical Engineering 


Mechanical Engineering

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.

B.S. Degree in Mechanical Engineering at NIU

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 2+2 Plan for Community College Students

The Department of Mechanical Engineering welcomes transfer students from Illinois community colleges. Students should always work closely with their community college advisor. Please contact the Student Services Center at Oakton Community College or NIU’s Transfer Center for more help in planning your academic career.

Courses at Oakton Community College

 Courses at OCC


 Equivalent courses at NIU

 CHM 121 (4)

 General College Chemistry I

 CHEM 210T+212

 CIS 220 (3)

 Intro to C Programming

 CSCI 240

 EGL 101 (3)

 Composition I

 ENGL 103

 EGL 102 (3)

 Composition II

 ENGL 104

 ENG 120 (3)

 Engineering Graphics

 MEE 270

 ENG 211 (2)

 Analytical Mechanics (Statics)

 MEE 210

 ENG 212 (3)

 Analytical Mechanics (Dynamics)

 MEE 211

 ENG 217 (3)

 Strength of Materials

 MEE 212

 ENG 220 (3)

 Engineering Circuit Analysis

 ELE 210 + ELE 210U (Lab)

 MAT 250 (5)

 Calculus & Analytic Geometry I

 MATH 229

 MAT 251 (4)

 Calculus & Analytic Geometry II

 MATH 230

 MAT 252 (4)

 Calculus & Analytic Geometry III

 MATH 232

 MAT 262 (3)

 Ordinary Differential Equations

 MATH 336

 PHY 221 (5)

 General Physics I

 PHYS 253

 PHY 222 (5)

 General Physics II

 PHYS 273

Courses in Humanities/Fine Arts and Social/Behavioral Science as required

 [1] Only A.A. or 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 Oakton College advisor, verify general education requirements in the NIU Undergraduate Catalog, and check the Community College Articulation Tables for transferability.

Courses at NIU

Remaining classes to be taken at NIU's College of Engineering and Engineering Technology to earn a major in Mechanical Engineering.

 COMS 100

 Fundamentals of Oral Communication

 ISYE 220

 Engineering Economy

 ISYE 335
 STAT 350

 Statistics for Engineering

 Introduction to Probability and Statistics

 MEE 220

 Mechanism Design

 MEE 321

 Mechanical Vibrations I

 MEE 322
 ELE 380

 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

 MEE 380
 MEE 381

 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 484, MEE 490.
Group-B, other electives: ISYE 430, ISYE 431, ISYE 439, ISYE 450, ISYE 451, TECH 344, TECH 345.

For More Information

For more information on the Department of Mechanical Engineering write or call:

Department of MEchanicalEngineering
Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL 60115-2854

Visit our home page at: http://www.ceet.niu.edu. This site provides information on course descriptions, course syllabi, lab tours, faculty profiles, student organizations, suggested 4-year degree plan, other useful links, etc.

For undergraduate application materials contact:

Office of Admissions
Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL 60115-2857
(800)892-3050 (toll-fee in Illinois)
or (815)753-0446

Apply on-line at: http://www.admissions.niu.edu/admissions/

For more information on transfer programs at Oakton Community College contact:

Student Service Center
Des Plaines Campus, Room 1130


Ray Hartstein Campus, Room A105

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 NIU Undergraduate Catalog. Information in this brochure is valid through August 2012.