Mechanical Engineering Systems Concentration - Havelock - Online and Distance Education

Mechanical Engineering Systems Concentration - Havelock

Undergraduate Degrees | Mechanical Engineering Systems Concentration - Havelock

Mechanical Engineering Systems Concentration - Havelock

Entrance Exam: Not Required

The NC State University Mechanical Engineering Systems (MES) BSE program is a site-based program located on the campus of Craven Community College in Havelock, North Carolina.  Students in the program earn a Bachelor of Science in Engineering with a concentration in Mechanical Engineering Systems. Upon graduation from the MES program, students will be qualified to apply for any job seeking mechanical engineering applicants.

Overview of NC State MES Program

Difference Between MES and ME

In the Mechanical Engineering Systems BSE program, you will receive a solid foundation in mechanical engineering principles including structural mechanics, materials, fluid mechanics, dynamics, vibrations, controls, thermal sciences, mechanical design, and thermal design. You will also receive training in the formal systems engineering approach to the design and realization of integrated systems. Your training in formal systems engineering will give you the ability to understand and work through the broad complex issues involved with integrated systems. Your training in mechanical engineering principles will give you the skill and confidence required to understand and solve detailed technical problems. The unique combination of these skills will prepare you well to meet the technical and non-technical challenges of today's engineering workplace.

The MES program combines site-based general education courses with engineering courses taught by both local NC State faculty and NC State faculty in Raleigh.  The 10 mechanical engineering courses in the MES program are taught by the nationally recognized NC State MAE faculty in Raleigh and delivered to MES students in Havelock via interactive high-definition video teleconference.  Local NC State faculty teach the Systems Engineering content, conduct all laboratory experiences, and direct students in the two-semester capstone design experience where they are partnered with an industry sponsor to design and build a solution to a real-world problem.

Hands-on laboratory exercises allow students to explore and experience theoretical concepts learned in their courses and practice important modern skills such as manual and computerized measurement techniques, data analysis, design of experiments and technical communications.

The MES program is located within a short distance of the Naval Air Systems Command’s Fleet Readiness Center-East (FRC-E) at Cherry Point.  FRC-E is North Carolina’s largest industrial employer east of Interstate Highway 95 (I-95).  The MES program takes advantage of the synergies afforded by its close location and relationship with the more than 700 civilian engineers working at FRC-E.

This program may lead to Professional Licensure.


The Mechanical Engineering Systems BSE is a transfer program. This means students first satisfy the transfer requirement for the College of Engineering at another institution and then transfer into the NC State Mechanical Engineering Systems BSE program.

Students begin the MES program by taking their general education courses such as calculus, chemistry, physics and humanities at one of North Carolina’s Community Colleges or from another approved university program. Once students satisfy all the NC State College of Engineering transfer requirements, they apply for acceptance into the College of Engineering at NC State as a transfer student majoring in the MES program. Prior to submitting your NC State application you must contact  Dr. Bill Fortney, director, Engineering Site-based Programs in Havelock.

Transfer requirements for the MES program are given below.

NC State Transfer Requirements

Transfer requirements for the MES program and the general transfer eligibility requirements for on-campus programs are given below. Students are encouraged the check the on-line College of Engineering transfer requirements since many departments have adopted additional GPA and course requirements.

  1. 30 credit hours or more of transferable college-level courses
  2. 3.0 or higher cumulative GPA on all transferable college-level courses
  3. Two college-level English composition courses (ENG 111 and ENG 112 or ENG 113 or ENG 114)
  4. College-level chemistry course with lab (CHM 151 or 131 can be used in some cases)
  5. 2.0 or better NCSU GPA.
  6. Calculus I and Calculus II (MAT 271 & MAT 272) with at least a 2.5 GPA in the last two calculus or higher college mathematics classes taken.
  7. Calculus-based physics-I (PHY 251)

If you already applied to NC State and want your application reviewed for entry to the MES program or you are already an NC State student and are interested in joining the MES program, e-mail Dr. Bill Fortney, director, Engineering Site-based Programs in Havelock.

If you need to take courses to meet the transfer requirements, most MES students attend Craven Community College. To get started at Craven Community College,  complete an online application and then make an appointment to talk with an advisor. In Havelock, you may contact Walter Calabrese at 252.444.0739.

NC State Transfer Process

Plan of Study

MES students are drawn from a diverse population that includes not only traditional college students, but also both former and active-duty military personnel and civilian personnel from FRC-E.  Students can complete the program on a full-time or part-time basis.

In addition to the technical aspect of the curriculum, the MES program also offers opportunities for professional development of non-technical skills that are essential to excel in an engineering career.  The voluntary Professional Development Program (PDP) will help students develop personal traits essential for operating as a technical professional in a business environment.  Students work with a faculty member and/or current mid-level engineering manager to hone their professionalism, technical credibility, work ethic, ability to communicate and ability to work with people in a professional environment.

Most students will first attend Craven Community College (CCC) to satisfy their transfer requirements.  Students can complete their transfer requirements at another institution, however, those students who take their general education courses at CCC have the advantage of being able to begin their sophomore level mechanical engineering courses while still a CCC student.  CCC students can take NC State courses as a visiting NC State student while they apply for transfer into the NC State College of Engineering (COE) and the MES program.

Upon admission to the NC State MES program, students continue taking their engineering course work through NC State on the campus of CCC.

Career Prospects

The MES program combines training in formal systems engineering with training in mechanical engineering principles. This unique combination prepares students well for the technical and non-technical challenges of today's engineering workplace. Upon graduation, students are qualified for any job seeking mechanical engineering applicants.