Program type:


On Campus
Est. time to complete:

2-3 semesters
Credit Hours:

Learn core engineering concepts that go into the development of n clean energy systems and technologies with a minor in Mechanical and Energy Engineering.
Mechanical and Energy Engineering prepares students for a green future and the ever-growing fields of energy and sustainability. With a hands-on approach and taught by research focus and experience-driven faculty, undergrads who mior in Mechanical and Energy Engineering will learn the fundamentals of mechanical engineering with subjects related to energy production, management, and distribution. This minor can help diversity opportunities for students in other engineering fields, as well as offer broader understanding of system designs for Computer Science or Bussiness students, and anyone else who wants to get hands-on understanding of the design and application of technology.

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Mechanical and Energy Engineering Minor Highlights

The department operates the Zero Energy Research Laboratory, a living and working facility designed to test emerging, sustainable technologies and materials to achieve a net-zero consumption of energy in buildings. It's the only facility of its kind in the state.
The North Texas Ambient Energy Monitoring Station is the only weather station in the nation operated by an energy engineering department. This provides you with an exclusive opportunity to use weather data in your research.
Located five miles north of the main campus and serviced by a free shuttle, Discovery Park houses the College of Engineering and the Department of Mechanical Engineering. The 300-acre research facility pulls together academic laboratories, offices and classrooms to maximize the potential for creativity, collaboration and technology innovation.
The Department of Mechanical Engineering enjoys forming partnerships with local industry leaders and companies, who work with the department on student projects and research initiatives. Partnerships with industry leaders allow students to apply what they learn to solve real issues.

The Minor in Mechanical Engineering Technology with the MEFT certificate will enhance your opportunities to advance toward a rewarding career in the manufacturing sector.

Mechanical and Energy Engineering Minor Courses You Could Take

Dynamics (3 hrs)
Basic theory of engineering mechanics, using calculus, involving the motion of particles, rigid bodies, and systems of particles; Newton’s Laws; work and energy relationships; principles of impulse and momentum; application of kinetics and kinematics to the solution of engineering problems.
Mechanics of Materials (3 hrs)
Relationships among loads placed on structural components; shape and size of components; resultant stresses, strains and deflections of components.
Manufacturing Processes (3 hrs)
Major manufacturing processes, their capabilities, analysis and economics. Study of the fundamentals of engineering processes in manufacturing as related to design and production and materials properties. Traditional and non-traditional manufacturing process and selection optimization. Students are given laboratory assignments in material removal, forming, casting, joining, forging and computer-aided machining.
System Dynamics and Control (3 hrs)
Review of basic modeling techniques of the dynamic behavior of mechanical and electrical systems. Linear dynamics. Block diagrams. Feedback and compensation. Computer simulations of steady-state and dynamic behavior. Root locus and frequency response methods. Vibration analysis, control and suppression.
Machine Elements (3 hrs)
Applications of the principles of mechanics and mechanics of materials to machine design. The elements of machines are analyzed in terms of their dynamic behavior. Selection and sizing of machine elements. Students use the finite element technique for the analysis of machines and their components.
Thermodynamics I (3 hrs)
Zeroth, first and second laws of thermodynamics with applications to engineering and energy conversion, open and closed systems, thermodynamic properties of simple substances, equations of state, thermodynamic properties of mixtures, psychrometrics and psychrometric charts.

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