College of EngineeringDepartment of Mechanical EngineeringAcademicsUndergraduateProgram Educational Objectives and Student Outcomes

Program Educational Objectives and Student Outcomes

Program Educational Objectives

In compliance with the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET, the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Auburn University has developed and maintained a well-defined set of Program Educational Objectives to assure the quality of our program and graduates.  These objectives are broad statements that describe the career and professional accomplishments that the mechanical engineering degree program is preparing the graduates to achieve a few years after graduation.  The objectives are consistent with the needs and expectations of the program constituencies, and are reviewed and updated regularly using an annual assessment process.  The current program educational objectives are:

  • Our graduates have rewarding careers where they use their technical proficiency and mechanical engineering education for the professional practice of mechanical engineering or any other career path they choose.
  • Our graduates contribute to their chosen field by effectively leveraging a broad array of professional skills such as oral and written communication, leadership, and teamwork.
  • Our graduates are life-long learners through a variety of means including self study, continuing education courses, and graduate level education.
  • Our graduates maintain awareness of a broad range of contemporary issues and global concerns especially as they relate to the field of mechanical engineering.


The Student Outcomes for the Mechanical Engineering Undergraduate degree are as follows. 

Graduates will have achieved:

  1. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
  2. an ability to 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. an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  4. an ability to 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
  5. an ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
  6. an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
  7. an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.