Mechanical Engineering
Program

Features of the program

Mechanical engineering:
A key field of engineering for manufacturing and craftsmanship

The Mechanical Engineering Program trains students to become technical experts and researchers who are able to provide prosperous living environments in human society. It does so by providing them with the broad range of knowledge and skills they need to adapt to the increasingly diverse science and technology, with a central focus on mechanical engineering, a key field of engineering for manufacturing and craftsmanship (monozukuri).
In addition to ensuring that students are taught in small groups and engage in substantial practical training and laboratory work classes, this program places emphasis on the importance of providing computer education adapted to our advanced information-oriented society and teaching technical English in specialist fields in step with globalization.
All of the research projects conducted by this program also address topics that are real-life, cutting-edge issues in our society, and students have the opportunity to work on such research for their graduation research project in the fourth year or in graduate school.

Program of education

The Mechanical Engineering Program has adopted nine education and learning goals focused on training the ability to understand and apply basic theory and techniques and developing creativity. In doing so, we aim to train researchers and technical experts who have the potential to pursue careers around the world once they graduate. The key specialist subjects cover areas such as analyzing the strength and structure of various materials from machines to organisms, ascertaining a clear picture of hydrodynamic behavior, converting, transmitting and using heat and other kinds of energy, the mechanics of machinery, methods of analyzing and controlling the vibrations of automobiles and railways, etc., design techniques using mechanical design theory and computers, various processing techniques, various methods of measuring complex forms, methods of designing robots and other control systems, and mechatronics.

This program of education has received accreditation from the Japan Accreditation Board for Engineering Education (JABEE) as a “JABEE accredited program in mechanical engineering.”

Flow of the course

Students who join this program start by studying the mathematics and physics required for taking specialist subjects, and subjects such as industrial dynamics/mechanics of materials, one of the key types of mechanics in the Mechanical Engineering Program. Students also take practical training classes in machine engineering and construction to come into direct contact with machinery and learn the basics of creating objects. From the second year onward, they engage in practical training in creative engineering to build up their enjoyment of and experiences in manufacturing and craftsmanship. They use their ingenuity to actually produce various items, and take part in competitions and competitive exhibitions. When they reach the third year, students study a number of advanced specialist subjects, and confirm and practically apply the theory they learned in lectures by conducting laboratory work in mechanical engineering. This allows them to further develop their understanding of what they learned in their specialist subjects. In the fourth year, students carry out their graduation research projects by drawing on the knowledge they have acquired up until that point through their specialist subjects. This in turn serves as an opportunity for them to cultivate their abilities to detect and solve problems, their creativity, and their capacity to apply basic knowledge. This ensures that they make dramatic progress in developing their engineering skills.

Introduction to classes

Mechanical Engineering Laboratory WorkⅠ~Ⅳ

Mechanical Engineering Laboratory Work is a one-year practical training course for third year students. The laboratory work allows them to acquire first-hand experience of what they have learned in lectures, in turn deepening their understanding of the phenomena, and allowing them to polish the grasp of engineering that they need to design and produce mechanical systems. The laboratory work covers topics such as experiments on power generation by engines, measuring the temperature of combustion flames, the processing of microelectromechanical system (MEMS) devices that can also be used in smartphones, experiments to stretch and break down metals, and the analysis of the oscillation of springs. In the laboratory work, students have the opportunity to learn from faculty members with expertise in various specialist fields who share with them the knowledge and measurement and analysis techniques that they have cultivated in their research up until that point. Students are also able to acquire the skills they need to pursue their graduation research projects, such as methods of creating drawings and graphs that communicate the results of experiments in easily comprehensible formats and observation methods for appropriately interpreting experiment data and assigning it significance.

Measuring the temperature of combustion flames Tension tests on metallic materials

Advanced research pursued by the program

Investigating turbulent transport phenomena and applying them to the development of energy machinery

Professor
Koji Matsubara

In many cases, the flow of the water and air around us is a turbulent flow with an irregular vortex. By estimating the turbulence that will be generated inside a machine and controlling it skillfully, it is possible to improve performance and apply it for purposes such as the development of new machinery that utilizes natural energy (Figure 1).
In our laboratory, we apply numerical simulations and visualization using high performance computers that have developed rapidly in recent years, with the aim of ascertaining the movement of the turbulence in detail and clarifying the phenomena. Figure 2 is an example of numerical simulation of the heat and flow inside a device that atomizes oil into fine mist and makes it combust. In this device, not only the atomization of the oil, but also its evaporation, mixture with oxygen, and combustion occurs in the turbulence, creating a multiphase flow with chemical reactions and phase changes. With the recent developments in computers and software, it has become possible to calculate such complex phenomena easily in short periods of time. We are applying such simulation and visualization techniques to pursue the development of gas turbine generators using natural energy, as shown in Figure 1. We are also collaborating with representatives from corporations and research institutes to expand its application to small jet engines such as those shown in Figure 2. By researching the basic phenomena regarding flow and the movement of heat in detail, we are able to devise concepts that can be used to develop new machinery. We provide careful instruction to students to ensure that they learn the basic science of flow and heat.

Figure 1. Prototype of a gas turbine generator using natural energy.
Figure 2. Simulation of the thermal flow of a combustor

Licenses and qualifications that can be acquired

Licenses

  • First class upper secondary school teacher's license (industry)

Qualifications

  • First class chief boiler/turbine engineer’s license (can be acquired with six years practical experience)
  • Associate professional engineer (JABEE accreditation), etc

Employment paths

*The information provided here refers to students’ employment paths for the department prior to reorganization.

Career paths after graduation

Students who complete the program of education and graduate from the Mechanical Engineering Program receive a national qualification as an “associate professional engineer.” This is due to the fact that its program of education is accredited by the Japan Accreditation Board for Engineering Education (JABEE), and it guarantees graduates opportunities to play significant roles in society as technical experts following their graduation. While it is said that it is currently difficult to find employment, we receive more potential job opportunities from companies than there are students. Along with recent technological advances, there are also an increasing number of students who choose to receive more advanced education by going on to study in master’s programs—around 70% of students continue on to further study. In the case of those who seek to become technical experts, there are many companies that consider that an undergraduate education in engineering requires six years of study (including the master’s program), and there is a growing tendency for employers to prioritize employing students who have completed a graduate school program.

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