Program Educational Objectives, Student Outcomes and Program Criteria

ABET Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) Criterion 2 states that each engineering program for which an institution seeks accreditation or reaccreditation must have published program educational objectives that are consistent with the mission of the institution, the needs of the program's various constituencies, and the ABET EAC criteria. Program educational objectives describe the career and professional accomplishments that programs are preparing graduates to attain within a few years of graduation.

ABET EAC Criteria 3 states that each program must have documented student outcomes that prepare graduates to attain the program educational objectives. Student outcomes are what students know and are able to do by the time they graduate.

Each program must also satisfy applicable Program Criteria. Program Criteria provide the specificity needed for interpretation of ABET EAC general criteria as applicable to a given discipline. Requirements stipulated in the Program Criteria are limited to the areas of curricular topics and faculty qualifications.

Program Educational Objectives

Graduates from the Mechanical Engineering program and the Manufacturing Engineering program are expected to attain or achieve the following Program Educational Objectives within a few years of graduation:

  • Development in their chosen profession and/or progress toward an advanced degree
  • The trust and respect of others as effective and ethical team members
  • A reputation as a source of innovative solutions to complex problems
  • Positions of leadership in an organization and/or on teams

Student Outcomes

Student Outcomes from ABET Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) Criterion 3: Students in the Mechanical Engineering program and the Manufacturing Engineering program are prepared to attain the program educational objectives by the time they graduate based on the following student outcomes.

EAC A: an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering

EAC B: an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data

EAC C: an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability

EAC D: an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams

EAC E: an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems

EAC F: an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility

EAC G: an ability to communicate effectively

EAC H: the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context

EAC I: a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning

EAC J: a knowledge of contemporary issues

EAC K: an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice

Program Criteria

The Manufacturing Engineering program provides graduates with:

MFG L: an ability to design manufacturing processes

MFG M: an ability to design products and the corresponding processing machinery

MFG N: an ability to create competitive advantage by manufacturing planning, strategy, and control

MFG O: an ability to analyze, synthesize, and control manufacturing operations using statistical methods

MFG P: an ability to make technical inferences about a manufacturing process by measuring process variables


The  Mechanical Engineering program provides graduates with:

MCH L: an ability to apply principles of engineering, basic science and mathematics (including multivariate calculus and differential equations) to solve engineering problems

MCH M: an ability to model, analyze, design and realize physical systems, components or processes 

MCH N: the preparation to work professionally in either thermal or mechanical systems


The  Engineering Management with Manufacturing Engineering Technical Specialty program is not accredited by ABET, but the Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering has the same program educational objectives and student outcomes for the Engineering Management (EGM) program as for the Mechanical Engineering and Manufacturing Engineering programs.  Furthermore, the Engineering Management with a Manufacturing Engineering Technical Speciality program also provides graduates with:

EGM L: an understanding of the engineering relationships between the management tasks in production, research, and service organizations

EGM M: an ability to integrate management systems into different technological environments

EGM N: an ability to create competitive advantage by manufacturing planning, strategy, and control

EGM O: an ability to deal with the stochastic nature of management systems