The recent exponential growth of technology has changed the field of Mechanical Engineering (ME) and the ways we teach it. Inspired by this technological development, we aim to educate engineers with a strong background in math, sciences, and fundamentals in mechanical engineering who are flexible thinkers, bilingual and entrepreneurs. All these characteristics are validated by a wide range of experiences in industrial and academic-research activities. At USFQ, we educate engineers with a solid understanding of the core areas of Energy, Material Sciences and Manufacturing, Mechanical Design, and Mechatronics.
Since Mechanical Design is the focus of this engineering field, we take special care to deal with topics including Machine Design, Design for Manufacturability, Design of Energy Systems, Materials in Design, as well as the Industrial Automation and Robotics concepts. Along with these ideas, the efficient use of energy and the generation of energy from renewable and non-renewable resources alike, are vital elements the ME graduate from USFQ will consider for sustainable designs. On the other hand, the Mechanical Engineering Department understands the need to educate new professionals that can meet social needs, being aware of respecting the environment and willing to create conditions for social farewell, equality, and economic development. To achieve these educational goals, “Sustainable Production” is in our mission and we embrace supplementary ideas like the efficient use of materials and energy resources, protection of the environment and life, recycling, contaminants mitigation and control, occupational safety and health, alternative energy resources, bioengineering, engineering economics, contemporary issues, among others.
At USFQ we educate Mechanical Engineers capable of adopting new technologies and to create added value in its professional practice. Our graduates will be able to apply their knowledge to sustainably participate in engineering and academic-research endeavors. Noteworthy, they will be connected to the needs of the community and the environment.
Our students will learn to calculate, design, build, and experiment in the areas of thermo-fluidics, mechanical systems, materials, and manufacture. These capabilities will allow her/him to identify, formulate, and propose solutions to engineering and everyday problems. To help the generation of solutions, the student will use modern engineering skills, techniques, and tools. Embedded in all this problem-solving process the student will think logically and apply scientific, technological, and engineering knowledge to finally develop products that will solve the attacked problem.
USFQ’s Mechanical Engineers will be capable of implementing practical solutions to industrial and academic-research problems. They will use scientific and engineering fundamentals, and they will balance economic, environmental, social, and political factors to successfully conclude engineering projects.
The Mechanical Engineering student will learn to appreciate Contemporary Issues so her/him can contribute to the advancement of industry and the wellness of society, professionally and ethically.
Our student will develop self-learning discipline and capabilities to continuously further her/his education during professional practice, graduate education, and life.
Our students will learn to effectively communicate their ideas and work with inter and multi-disciplinary teams.
Global awareness capabilities
Our Mechanical Engineering Graduates will be capable of weighing the economic, environmental, and social impact of their engineering activities, considering a Global Context.
Being a USFQ student opens unique opportunities, both locally and abroad. The solid knowledge foundations developed during the study years allow the graduate from USFQ to rapidly adapt to new working environments, and to venture into new fields without hesitation or fear. This adaptability is a valuable strength of our graduates that will allow them to succeed in the ever-changing modern professional world. No matter the role our students will have in the future, they will be effective negotiators, communicators, managers, and problem solvers, thanks to the exceptional humanistic and linguistic training offered during the college years.
On top of being adaptable, our graduates receive valuable practical experience all the way through college. These experiences range from working with CNC Machine tools, through working in the metals shop, and professional practices in specific Mechanical engineering areas.
There has been a consistently high demand for Mechanical Engineers in Ecuador these last few years, and thanks to their great capabilities, our graduates have been well received and endorsed in multiple sectors of the industry, such as: Energy, Petroleum Production, Petrochemical, Manufacturing, Metal constructions, Automotive, and Metallurgic, among others.
According to data gathered from our graduates in the years 2013 and 2014, 56% of them were employed by the first month after graduation. Our graduates either decide to continue their education (25%) or they participate in the labor force (67%). Our working graduates participate in the Public sector (15%), Private sector (70%) and Private sector owned by themselves (15%).
The contact that professors and authorities at USFQ have with representatives and professionals from multiple businesses and industries, both nationally and internationally, help our graduates to directly and indirectly have access to excellent job opportunities.
ABET International Accreditation - Mechanical Engineering
The faculty of the USFQ-Mechanical Engineering Department strives to continuously improve its undergraduate Mechanical Engineering Program. The educational objectives reflect the needs, and have been reviewed by the constituencies including: the Advisory Industrial Board, the faculty, the students, and the alumni.
The Mechanical Engineering curriculum at USFQ is designed to educate and train students, who after 5 years from graduation, will become:
- “Engineering Professionals” – graduates who will have solid knowledge of fundamental principles, methods, practices and tools related to the area of mechanical engineering and related fields, who will work in multidisciplinary networks with other engineers, and will demonstrate accountability, ethical and social responsibility.
- “Leaders and Entrepreneurs” – graduates who will demonstrate leadership and entrepreneurial skills to develop and implement engineering solutions.
- “Humanist” - graduates who will embrace the liberal arts philosophy to contribute to the scientific, technological, and sustainable development of their communities.
- “Life-long learners”- graduates who will seek continuous improvement as engineers through professional development, graduate studies, training, and independent inquiry.
The Student Outcomes listed below are expected of all graduates of the Mechanical Engineering Program. ME graduates will have:
- An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
- An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
- 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
- An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
- An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
- An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
- An ability to communicate effectively
- The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
- A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
- A knowledge of contemporary issues
- An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice