Major in ME

Program Educational Objectives

The graduates of the B.S. program of the METU Mechanical Engineering Department,

  • are sought for in jobs related to research, development, product design, and advanced technology; they become entrepreneurs, leaders, and pioneers in their professional careers,
  • continue their career development through graduate studies and/or professional training,
  • perform their jobs considering individual, social, and environmental aspects, while adhering to ethical values in their professional careers.

Student Outcomes

B.S. program of the METU Mechanical Engineering Department aims its students to acquire the following knowledge, skills, and behaviors by the time of their graduation.

  • Ability to establish the relationship between mathematics, basic sciences and engineering sciences with engineering applications.
  • Ability to find and interpret information.
  • Ability to follow the literature and technology related to his/her topic of interest.
  • Recognition of the need to keep oneself up to date in his/her profession.
  • Possession of written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to conduct team work (within the discipline, inter-disciplinary, multi-disciplinary).
  • Ability to produce original solutions.
  • Use of scientific methodology in approaching and producing solutions to engineering problems and needs.
  • Openness to all that is new.
  • Ability to conduct experiments.
  • Ability to do engineering design.
  • Awareness of engineering ethics, knowledge and adoption of its fundamental elements.
  • Ability to take societal, environmental and economical considerations into account in professional activities.
  • Possession of pioneering and leadership characteristics in areas related to the profession.

Program in General

The undergraduate curriculum leading to the degree of Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering is spread over eighth semesters in four years. Some courses in the curriculum are also offered in summer schools, enabling the students to distribute their course loads, to catch up with the program, as well as to supplement the program with additional courses they are interested in. The technical electives in the fourth year of the curriculum provide the students the opportunity to get specialized in the field of their interest. All undergraduate students of Mechanical Engineering are required to spend a minimum of four weeks, twice during their undergraduate study, in industry to gain practical experience during summers.

A culminating feature of the Mechanical Engineering curriculum for senior level students is the Design Project Competition in the compulsory course ME 407 Mechanical Engineering Design. Groups of three-four students tackle with design problems which require analytical ability, judgment, technical skills, creativity and innovation and produce a working prototype of their design. The prototypes are tested and evaluated on the basis of some pre-established merit.

The second compulsory course in the fourth year of the curriculum is ME 410 Mechanical Engineering Systems Laboratory. Groups of three students conduct experiments on systems such as internal combustion engine, turbomachinery, energy conversion equipment, metrology-quality control in production, vibrating machinery, machine tools, etc., which might not have been fully covered in the compulsory courses of the curriculum.

Elective Courses

There are four types of elective courses in the undergraduate program of Mechanical Engineering; namely,

  • Restricted Elective (1 course)
  • Technical Electives (5 courses)
  • Free Elective (1 course)
  • Non-Technical Electives (2 courses, students who started ME department prior to 2006-2007 academic year have to take one more NTE or ENG 311 to graduate)

For more information on elective courses click here.


Click here for course prerequisites.


The undergraduate program of our department received full accreditation by Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc. ABET, effective October 1, 2007. The next general review by ABET is scheduled for 2015-2016 accreditation cycle.

The program had been evaluated and judged to be substantially equivalent to similarly named accredited programs in U.S.A. by ABET for the first time in 1996, and became the first Mechanical Engineering program in Turkey to undergo such an evaluation. The program was re-evaluated by ABET in 2004 according to EC2000 criteria and again found to be substantially equivalent to similarly named accredited programs in the U.S.A.

Curriculum : METU Academic Catalog Pages

1st Semester
Code Title Credit Catalog Page
ME 113 Computer Aided Engineering Drawing I (2-2) 3
MATH 119 Calculus with Analytic Geometry (4-2) 5
PHYS 105 General Physics I (3-2) 4
CENG 230 Introduction to C Programming (2-2) 3
ENG 101 English for Academic Purposes I (4-0) 4
IS 100 Introduction to Information Technologies and Applications NC
2nd Semester
Code Title Credit Catalog Page
ME 114 Computer Aided Engineering Drawing II (2-2) 3
MATH 120 Calculus for Functions of Several Variables (4-2) 5
PHYS 106 General Physics II (3-2) 4
CHEM 107 General Chemistry (3-2) 4
ENG 102 English for Academic Purposes II (4-0) 4
3rd Semester
Code Title Credit Catalog Page
ME 200 Mechanical Engineering Orientation NC
ME 203 Thermodynamics I (3-0) 3
ME 205 Statics (3-0) 3
METE 227 Basic Concepts in Material Science (3-0) 3
MATH 219 Introduction to Differential Equations (4-0) 4
EE 209 Fundamentals of Electrical and Electronics Engineering (3-0) 3
ENG 211 Academic Oral Presentation Skills (3-0) 3
HIST 2201 Principles of Kemal Ataturk I (2-0) NC
4th Semester
Code Title Credit Catalog Page
ME 202 Manufacturing Technologies (3-0) 3
ME 204 Thermodynamics II (3-0) 3
ME 206 Strength of Materials (3-0) 3
ME 208 Dynamics (3-0) 3
ME 210 Applied Mathematics for Mechanical Engineers (3-0) 3
METE 228 Engineering Materials (3-0) 3
HIST 2202 Principles of Kemal Ataturk II (2-0) NC
5th Semester
Code Title Credit Catalog Page
ME 300 Summer Practice I NC
ME 301 Theory of Machines I (3-0) 3
ME 303 Manufacturing Engineering (3-0) 3
ME 305 Fluid Mechanics I (3-0) 3
ME 307 Machine Elements I (3-0) 3
ME 311 Heat Transfer (3-0) 3
ECON 210 Principles of Economics (3-0) 3
TURK 303 Turkish I (2-0) NC
6th Semester
Code Title Credit Catalog Page
ME 302 Theory of Machines II (3-0) 3
ME 304 Control Systems (3-0) 3
ME 306 Fluid Mechanics II (3-0) 3
ME 308 Machine Elements II (3-0) 3
ME 310 Numerical Methods
(3-0) 3
ME 312 Thermal Engineering (3-0) 3
TURK 304 Turkish II (2-0) NC
7th Semester
Code Title Credit Catalog Page
ME 400 Summer Practice II NC
ME 407 Mechanical Engineering Design (2-2) 3
  Free Elective 3  
  Technical Elective 3  
  Technical Elective 3  
  Technical Elective 3  
8th Semester
Code Title Credit Catalog Page
ME 410 Mechanical Engineering Systems Laboratory (2-2) 3
  Restricted Elective 3  
  Technical Elective 3  
  Technical Elective 3  
  Non-Technical Elective* 3  
  Non-Technical Elective* 3  

(*) Students who started Mechanical Engineering program prior to 2006-2007 academic year have to take one more NTE or ENG 311 to graduate.

Click here for the table showing the recent semesters in which technical electives were offered.