Engineering Design

The Department of Mechanical Engineering offers an undergraduate certificate program in the area of Engineering Design. The program is based on the elective courses of the bachelor of science in engineering degree in mechanical engineering (BSE-ME) program regularly offered by the Department of Mechanical Engineering. The earned credit hours can be applied simultaneously to the certificate program and an undergraduate degree program at the University of Michigan - Dearborn.

The program can be completely entirely on campus, with some courses occasionally offered in the asynchronous online mode.

The Engineering Design certificate combines principles of engineering science with methods of design to find solutions of practical engineering problems. The certificate program offers undergraduate students the opportunity to deepen their understanding of engineering design in the mechanical engineering area and receive official recognition in the field.

Only courses completed with grade B or better will be counted toward the certificate. A minimum certificate grade point average of 3.0 is required to obtain the certificate.  

Certificate Requirements

The certificate program requires a minimum of 9 credit hours.

Select a minimum of 9 credit hours from the following:
ME 410Finite Element Method wth Appl3
ME 4191Structural Mech & Design4
ME 4202Design Turbo. and Wind Gen.4
ME 423Thermal Sys Des & Optimization4
ME 4301Computational Thermo-Fluids3
ME 4361Design of HVAC Systems4
ME 4471Solar Energy Sys Analy&Design4
ME 452Sustainable Energy & Environment4
ME 460Design for Manufacturing3
ME 469Senior Design II1-4
ME 472Prin & Appl of Mechatronic Sys4
ME 483Dsgn Cons in Poly and Comp Mat3
ME 493Advanced Vehicle Energy Systems3
ME 490Directed Design Project1-3
ENGR 360Design Thinking : Process, Method & Practice4
BENG 451Microfluidics3
ME 440Intro to Mechanical Vibrations3
ME 445Sound and Noise Controls4
ME 4461Mech Vibration & Noise Control4
BENG 470Advanced Biomechanics 3
BENG 481Biomimetics3
ME 4500Design of Automotive Chassis and Body Systems3
ME 4550Computational Uncertainty Quantification for Engineering Applications3


  1. Up to 4 credit hours can be transferred from a degree-granting program at another institution.
  2. Pass/fail courses are not allowed.
  3. All applicable credits earned in the certificate program can be applied toward one University of Michigan – Dearborn degree program.
  4. Credits earned in the certificate program cannot be applied toward another certificate program.