King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals

Mechanical Engineering

 

Undergraduate Program: Mechanical Engineering Science

 

The Undergraduate Program in the Mechanical Engineering Department at King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals (KFUPM) is meticulously designed to prepare students for careers in mechanical engineering. In the early stage of the program (freshman year), students are provided with the fundamentals of mathematical and scientific subjects upon which engineering subjects depend. During the middle stage of the program (sophomore and junior years), students study a broad range of subjects that form the foundation of the mechanical engineering discipline. In the final stage, (late-junior and senior years), each student may select to specialize in one branch of mechanical engineering by selecting the elective courses in his area of interest. These areas are thermo fluid sciences (including fluid mechanics, heat transfer, thermodynamics, aerodynamics, refrigeration and air-conditioning, energy conversion, propulsion and combustion), applied materials (including manufacturing, materials science, corrosion and tribology), and  engineering mechanics (including design, dynamics, vibrations, flight dynamics and control). The ME Department offers its students the choice among three programs: Mechanical Engineering Science, Applied Mechanical Engineering and Aerospace Engineering.

The Mechanical Engineering Science curriculum provides a strong base in the main areas of mechanical engineering during the first three years of study. Moreover, the curriculum is also augmented by a number of mechanical engineering and technical elective courses in one or more branches of the mechanical engineering profession. It contains the required general education courses in the areas of mathematics, chemistry, physics, engineering, computer science, Islamic and Arabic studies, English, and physical education. It balances theory with application and provides practical experience with laboratory sessions as applicable. The program also contains a required course in Engineering Economics (ECON 403), since economic aspects are very important to mechanical engineers.

The program includes MATH 301 (Methods of Applied Mathematics) and SE 301 (Numerical Methods) to give a student a strong mathematical background to enable him to address research-type problems or other problems encountered in engineering practice which require detailed analytical and/or experimental studies. The Senior Project (ME 411 and ME 412) is a capstone design course which presents a student an opportunity to participate in a design team which operates in unstructured problem-solving situations. Every mechanical engineering science student is required to spend 8 weeks in summer training (after either the sophomore or junior year) to make use of his knowledge and to acquire valuable experience in an industrial environment, which may give him a fresh outlook for appropriately selecting his elective courses. The program prepares a student either for an engineering career in an industrial establishment or for further studies.

The total number of credits required for graduation is 133 semester credit-hours (SCH). The details of the ME Science curriculum based on a five-year program (including the Prep. year) are given in the table below where the number (under the column with the caption: LC) is in the row of the 3-digit course code and the course title specifies the number of 50-minute lectures (or the equivalent) of an academic week of a regular semester. The digit (under the column with the caption: LB) states the number of hours designated for the laboratory activities each week, and the numeral (under the column with the caption: CR) is the assigned course credit.

 

 

MECHANICAL ENGINEERING SCIENCE PROGRAM

PREPARATORY YEAR

First Semester

Second Semester

LC

LB

CR

LC

LB

CR

ENGL

001

Preparatory English I

15

5

8

ENGL

002

Preparatory English II

15

5

8

MATH

001

Preparatory Math I

3

1

4

MATH

002

Preparatory Math II

3

1

4

ME

001

Preparatory Graphics

0

2

1

ME

002

Preparatory Workshop

0

2

1

PE

001

Prep. Physical Educ. I

0

2

1

PE

002

Prep. Physical Educ. II

0

2

1

     

18

10

14

     

18

10

14

SECOND YEAR (Freshman)

CHEM

101

Chemistry I

3

4

4

ENGL

102

English Composition II

3

0

3

ENGL

101

English Composition I

3

0

3

MATH

102*

Calculus II

4

0

4

MATH

101*

Calculus I

4

0

4

PHYS

102

Physics II

3

3

4

PHYS

101

Physics I

3

3

4

ICS

101*

Computer Programming

2

3

3

IAS

111

Islamic Ideology

2

0

2

IAS

200

Objective Writing

2

0

2

PE

101

Physical Education I

0

2

1

PE

102

Physical Education II

0

2

1

15

9

18

14

8

17

THIRD YEAR (Sophomore)

ENGL

214

Technical Report Writing

3

0

3

ME

201

Dynamics

3

0

3

ME

203

Thermodynamics I

3

0

3

ME

204

Thermodynamics II

3

0

3

MATH

201

Calculus

3

0

3

MATH

202

Elem. Diff. Equations

3

0

3

CE

201

Statics

3

0

3

CE

203

Structural Mechanics

3

0

3

ME

210

ME Drawing & Graphics

2

3

3

ME

206

Manufacturing Processes I

3

3

4

ME

215

Materials Science for ME

3

3

4

IAS

222

Qur'an & Sunnah

2

0

2

17

6

19

17

3

18

FOURTH YEAR (Junior)

EE

204

Fundamentals of Elec. Circuits

2

3

3

EE

306*

Electromechanical Devices

2

3

3

MATH

301

Methods of Applied Math.

3

0

3

SE

301

Numerical Methods

3

0

3

IAS

300

Arabic Terminology

2

0

2

ME

308*

Machine Design II

3

3

4

ME

307

Machine Design I

3

0

3

ME

309

Mechanics of Machines

3

0

3

ME

311

Fluid Mechanics

3

0

3

ME

315

Heat Transfer

3

0

3

STAT

319

Probability & Statistics for Engineers

2

3

3

ME

316*

Thermofluids Lab

0

3

1

15

6

17

14

9

17

FOURTH YEAR (Summer)

ME 399 Summer Training** ( 0 0 0 )

FIFTH YEAR (Senior)

IAS

333

Islamic System

2

0

2

ME

411

Senior Project I

1

0

1

ME

4XX

ME Elective II

3

0

3

ECON

403

Engineering Economics

3

0

3

ME

4XX

ME Elective III

3

0

3

ME

413

System Dynamics & Control

2

3

3

ME

4XX

ME Elective IV

3

0

3

ME

4XX

ME Elective I

3

0

3

ME

412

Senior Project II

2

0

2

IAS

400

Technical Arabic

2

0

2

IAS

4XX*

Islamic Elective

2

0

2

13

3

14

13

0

13

Total Credits Required: 133

* Indicates a change in the present course contents, a new proposed course or a deletion of a course from the present program

** Note: One summer must be spent in industry after either the sophomore or the junior years.