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Department of Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering

Overview

The Department of Mechanical Engineering was established in 1979 with very limited resources. Within its first twenty years, the Department has become a leading and pioneering one. Its academic program and curricula are continuously developed.

During the last five years, the department has witnessed comprehensive development in the academic programs and curricula offered, with particular emphasis on the quality of implementation and delivery of the programs and curricula. Interactive teaching methods and technologies including computers and information networks are emphasized to provide an environment which fosters the students' creative thinking and self-learning abilities.

In 1998, the Department started two concentrations program; Design and Manufacturing, and Applied Thermo-fluids. A third concentration, mechatronics, was added in 2004. In September 2009, the department began the mechatronics as a new program beginning from the first year and it has been cancelled as a concentration from the mechanical engineering program.

Program Philosophy:

The Mechanical Engineering program subscribes to the philosophy that specialization is better acquired at the graduate level. The Department provides a wide broad-based program with an emphasis on the fundamentals of Mechanical Engineering. Concentrations at the fifth year level are provided for students who would like to learn more about three specific areas in the field.

Mission Statement:

The mission of the Department is to provide qualified students with a good foundation in Mechanical Engineering in order to prepare them for a successful professional career and to contribute to the needs of society.

Program Educational Objectives

The Mechanical Engineering Program Educational Objectives are as follows;

  1. To prepare mechanical engineering professionals with proper ethics, training, and knowledge needed to compete in local and international markets.
  2. To provide graduates with proper background needed for research and graduate studies.
  3. To provide graduates with proper tools needed for adaptation with the global technical and economic development and to be engaged in lifelong learning. 

Student Outcomes

The Educational Outcomes that our students can expect to derive from the Mechanical Engineering Program at Birzeit University are the following:

       a. Ability to apply mathematics, science and engineering principles.
       b. Ability to design and conduct experiments, analyze and interpret data.
       c. Ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs.
       d. Ability to function on multidisciplinary teams.
       e. Ability to identify, formulate and solve engineering problems.
       f. Understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
      g. Ability to communicate effectively.
      h. The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context.
       i. Recognition of the need for and an ability to engage in life-long learning.
       j. Knowledge of contemporary issues.
      k. Ability to use the techniques, skills and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice. 

Admission

the mechanical engineering Department awards degree of Bachelor of Science in  two programs: the first is Mechanical Engineering with a concentration in one of the two area it offers (Design and Production Engineer, , and Power Engineer). The second program is Mechatronics in which the students are accepted from the first year.

Concentration area is indicated in the student transcript after the completion of the graduation requirements.

In Mechatronics, students are admitted directly from the first year according to their grades in the secondary school. On the other hand, students are admitted to the Mechanical engineering program  after the successful completion of the first year college requirements.

Mechanical engineering admittance requirements:

    1. Successful completion with a cumulative average of 70% and more in the following courses: Mathematics 141 and 132, Physics 141 and 132, and Engineering Drawing 121.
    2. The department approval based on its active enrollment levels and absorbing capabilities.

 

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