Undergraduate studies for a B.Sc. degree in Mechanical Engineering at Braude College are designed for 8 full semesters ( total of 4 years). In order to graduate from the study program, a student must successfully accumulate a minimum of 160 credit points. The study program consists of four major groups of courses.
Details regarding the specialization are presented later in the following paragraphsIn addition, during the fourth academic year every student in the department of Mechanical Engineering is expected to participate, for about a semester, in an industrial internship program. Also, during the last year, students are required to perform a "final project" in which they demonstrate their ability to integrate the knowledge which they have acquired during their studies in the department of Mechanical Engineering.
Design and ManufacturingStudents in this “classical” mechanical engineering specialization learn in more depth how to design and how to manufacture a product.
More specifically, how to take the initial specifications as requested by market needs, and through a complete design process turn them into the final working product that fits the application. This may include studying the need, developing the design specifications, carrying out conceptual design followed by system-level design calculations, materials selection, detailed drawings, etc.
At the end of their studies, the students will be able to design and plan the production of mechanical parts and products in an efficient and effective manner
Plastic Materials and Processing More and more products in a variety of industries rely on the special characteristics and properties of plastics. In this specialization students study the science and technology of polymers and plastics, learn about the characterization of these materials, and finally are exposed to methods of manufacturing of plastic products. The relatively high concentration of plastics companies in the northern part of Israel creates a demand for mechanical engineers who specialize in both the design of plastic parts and the processes to manufacture them.
Our curriculum in this area offers a combination of courses geared towards providing a strong theoretical knowledge in the science of plastics, combined with engineering knowledge in design
MechatronicsStudents who choose this specialization integrate skills in mechanical design with knowledge in electronics, computer science and control theory.
This combination promotes inter-disciplinary thinking and prepares the student for a career as a systems engineer.Many new systems which are developed by high-tech industries consist of optimal integration of components for cost, time to market, reliability, and other considerations. The main motivation of the ME department in developing this area of studies was supported by market demands for future mechanical engineers with a background in Mechatronics.
BiomechanicsThe interface between medical challenges and mechanical solutions has been growing steadily. Artificial hips, artificial hearts, stents to support collapsing blood vessels, implants for artificial teeth are among the few well known examples in which mechanical solutions have been implemented to treat and improve human lives in the modern world.
Students who choose the specialization in Biomechanics study basic courses in both biology and physiology for background in understanding the human body. Other courses in Biomechanics are designed to integrate mechanical mechanisms for medical treatments.