Dr. Osama Jadaan

Teaching Area(s): Engineering

On Mount Union’s campus, the engineering faculty and I are collaborating to create a civil and mechanical engineering curricula geared for the future that addresses industrial needs. Our engineering curricula emphasizes two main things that industry wants: hands-on education and the ability to communicate effectively.

Mechanical Engineering Degree Frequently Asked Questions

Looking to participate in the Mechanical Engineering Program? Here are some frequently asked questions from interested students.

  1. What type of student should pursue mechanical engineering as a major?
  2. How does Mount Union’s Mechanical Engineering Program compare to other programs in Northeast Ohio?
  3. Why should I study mechanical engineering at Mount Union?
  4. What can I expect to learn as a mechanical engineering student?
  5. What is the International Engineering Field Experience?
  6. What types of hands-on learning can I expect in Mount Union’s Mechanical Engineering Program?
  7. What is a typical mechanical engineering class size?
  8. What types of facilities and equipment will be available to mechanical engineering students?
  9. Is Mount Union’s Mechanical Engineering Program accredited?
  10. What are the required courses?
  11. How many internships can a mechanical engineering student complete?
  12. What organizations can I join as a mechanical engineering student?
  13. What types of jobs can I expect with a mechanical engineering degree?
  14. Can I transfer credits from another university?
  15. Who do I contact if I have questions about the admission process?
  16. Who do I contact if I have questions about the mechanical engineering program?

What type of student should pursue mechanical engineering as a major?
Mechanical Engineering is one of the broadest disciplines in engineering and thus affords you the opportunity to making people’s lives better in many ways. If you enjoy math and physics, like to find out how things work, are creative and love to build interesting devices, then mechanical engineering is probably for you.

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How does Mount Union’s Mechanical Engineering Program compare to other programs in Northeast Ohio?
Mount Union’s Mechanical Engineering Program distinguishes itself from other Northeast Ohio programs because of its four pillars of exceptional engineering education and rigorous curriculum. For example, engineering students at Mount Union are required to study abroad through a short, faculty-led trip to work on field projects that address global engineering challenges. Students are exposed to extensive hands-on, real-world engineering through lab and field experiences, internships, undergraduate research, service-learning, senior design capstone projects and student competitions. Mount Union’s strong roots in the liberal arts will provide students with a well-rounded education and develop them into effective communicators who can think critically, solve complex problems and create the next innovations that will move society forward more effectively and efficiently. In addition, engineering students will work alongside business majors at the University to help develop, design and promote products that are going into market.

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Why should I study mechanical engineering at Mount Union?
Some of the key reasons why you should study mechanical engineering at Mount Union include the small class sizes that allow for strong bonds between students and faculty, required international field experience, intensely hands-on-curriculum, a strong liberal arts foundation that emphasizes effective communication skills, new and state-of-the-art lab facilities and equipment, yearlong senior design capstone project driven by real-world applications and a high placement rate in internship opportunities. Through Mount Union’s Mechanical Engineering Program, you’ll have a deeper understanding of real-world engineering and the hands-on experience to back it up.

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What can I expect to learn as a mechanical engineering student?
Mechanical engineering focuses on two major areas, mechanical systems and thermofluids systems. At Mount Union you will become proficient in analyzing, designing and testing mechanical systems such as machinery, controls, electro-mechanical systems and robotics. You will also learn to do the same for thermofluids systems such as power generation, HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air condition), sustainable energy, and hydraulic systems. Mechanical engineering at Mount Union utilizes intense computer-based modeling using sophisticated software to simulate complex engineering systems. Our curriculum is enhanced with courses in computer-aided design and manufacturing.

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What is the International Engineering Field Experience?
Mount Union engineering students are required to travel abroad for a short, faculty-led engineering trip after their junior year. While abroad, students will work on field projects that address global engineering challenges such as clean water, sanitation, low-cost energy, sustainable infrastructure and health solutions. For example, in May 2013, students traveled to Belize for 10 days to build a storm water control system and man-made sea wall.

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What types of hands-on learning can I expect in Mount Union’s Mechanical Engineering Program?
Mount Union’s mechanical engineering program has been designed with a strong focus on hands-on, experiential learning. This means that most mechanical engineering courses, beginning in the student’s freshman year, will include a hands-on class project or lab, giving him/her a real-world view of engineering. Recent engineering projects include building windmills, designing robots out of Legos and building a man-made sea wall in another country. Learn more about Mount Union’s hands-on learning opportunities.

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What is a typical mechanical engineering class size?
Approximately 15-20 students are enrolled in each mechanical engineering class at Mount Union. Hear from Kristen Gromes, a senior mechanical engineering and art student of Navarre, OH, and Alina Selby, a senior mechanical engineering major of Finleyville, PA.

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What types of facilities and equipment will be available to mechanical engineering students?
Mount Union’s Mechanical Engineering Program is housed in the Engineering and Business Building (EBB), which was renovated in 2010 under silver LEED-certified standards. Mechanical engineering students benefit from a machine shop and fabrication lab, mechanical systems lab, fluids and thermal sciences lab and mechanics and materials lab. In addition, engineering students have 24/7 access to the engineering computer lab which is equipped with a variety of sophisticated computational, CAD and simulation engineering software. Some of the mechanical engineering equipment accessible to mechanical engineering students includes a wind tunnel, tensile testing machine, hydraulic bench, 3D –printer, vibration table, and much more. In addition, students will be trained to use industry-standard software such as SolidWorks, ANSYS finite element analysis, Fluent, MATLAB, LSDYNA, and Mathematica. Learn more about Mount Union’s mechanical engineering facilities and equipment.

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Is Mount Union’s Mechanical Engineering Program accredited?
The University of Mount Unionhas developed its engineering (mechanical and civil) programs following the guidelines of the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, Inc. The University will seek full accreditation for both engineering programs by following the timeline outlined by ABET when the first students graduate from the programs. The accreditation process is long, but much progress is being made. In fact, on November 1, 2013, Mount Union submitted its preliminary mechanical engineering accreditation report- to ABET and were approved to go for the full accreditation visit during Fall 2014. The engineering accreditation process will take until summer 2015 to conclude. Learn more about the accreditation of Mount Union’s Mechanical Engineering Program.

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What are the required courses?
Mount Union’s mechanical engineering curriculum consists of 128 credit hours and is designed to be completed in four academic years, following the University’s 16-week semester for delivery of courses. Mechanical engineering majors will take courses such as Thermal Science, Mechanical Vibrations, Material Science, Introduction to Engineering Analysis and Design, Physics, Calculus, Project Management and Senior Design Capstone. Learn more about Mount Union’s mechanical engineering curriculum.

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How many internships can a mechanical engineering student complete?
Internships are valuable in preparing engineering students for the real world of engineering, and the internship opportunities are abundant for Mount Union’s mechanical engineering students. During the 2012-2013 Academic Year, 86% of mechanical engineering students were able to participate in internship experiences. Students have been able to benefit from interning with highly successful companies such as Colfor Manufacturing, MACtrailor, Republic Steel, Terydon Inc., H-P Products and McKamish. Learn more about Mount Union’s mechanical engineering internships.

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What organizations can I join as a mechanical engineering student?
Mechanical engineering students have the opportunity to join Mount Union’s Engineering Club, and the Baja Team. We are currently in the process of establishing a ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) student chapter at Mount Union that students would be encouraged to join. In addition, students can also explore 80+ student organizations available at Mount Union. Learn more about Mount Union’s hands-on learning opportunities.

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What types of jobs can I expect with a mechanical engineering degree?
A degree in mechanical engineering, one of the broadest disciplines in the field, can open the door to many possibilities. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, mechanical engineers research, design, develop, manufacture and test tools, engines, machines and other mechanical devices. Some develop tools that other engineers use in their daily work, while others choose to pursue careers in agriculture production, maintenance, technical sales, administration and management. With Mount Union’s well-rounded curriculum complemented with hands-on preparation and a solid foundation in communication skills and the liberal arts, you will be prepared to work in many fields such as auto, airspace, energy, manufacturing, controls, and electro-mechanical industries. Learn more about mechanical engineering careers.

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Can I transfer credits from another university?
Yes. The department chair, working with the Office of the Registrar, will consider your transcripts for equivalent credits at Mount Union.

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Who do I contact if I have questions about the admission process?
You may contact the Office of Admission at admission@mountunion.edu.

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Who do I contact if I have questions about the mechanical engineering program?
You may contact Dr. Osama Jadaan, chair of the Department of Engineering, at (330) 823-5989 or jadaanos@mountunion.edu.

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