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5 Universities Offering Free Engineering Courses Online

See our list of the top free online engineering courses. Learn about what courses are available and what topics they cover to find the course that's right for you.

Online Engineering Course Info

Although students don't earn college credits or have access to professors in these free courses, they also don't have to register or pay tuition. The available materials may not represent all content of the original courses. Undergraduate and graduate learners in the field of engineering can find courses offered in many areas of specialization.

Carnegie Mellon University

  • Engineering Statics delves into topics of force, such as friction, trusses, equilibrium and engineering connections. The lessons include text, animated walkthroughs with audio, images, moving simulations and self-checking assessment exercises. This course uses trigonometry and algebra, so users may find it helpful to have already completed courses in beginning physics before attempting this class.

Delft University of Technology

Presented in video format, students may view the lectures for these courses through the school website or on iTunes, and learners have the option of getting live help through online study groups.

  • Analog Integrated Circuit Design covers topics like DC voltage references, translinear circuits and oscillators. All readings are available for this microelectronics course in PDF format.
  • System Identification and Parameter Estimation is a graduate-level biomedical engineering course made up of 12 lectures. Several PDF handouts are available, but students will need to furnish the 2 required textbooks. Topics of study include the analysis of linear/non-linear model structures, optimization techniques and impulse response functions.
  • Vibrations gives undergraduate aerospace engineering students the chance to learn more about forced response, free vibrations and multiple-degree-of-freedom systems through 7 lectures. Learners are required to furnish the textbook that includes a software package; however, assignments and exams are available.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

  • Integrated Chemical Engineering II doesn't require a textbook, but this senior design course does rely on readings from a variety of sources. Topics include chemical plants and industry modeling tools. Users will find videos and PDF lecture notes to accompany many of the 13 topics for
  • Introduction to Bioengineering allows learners to examine bioengineering options, the scientific basis for this field and the types of research conducted by faculty members.
  • Introduction to Civil Engineering Design introduces students to engineering design, creative problem solving and the design issues of civil engineering. Learners will need to furnish drafting tools, including software for computer-aided design (CAD).
  • Management in Engineering students must locate the sources for the required readings in this course. Course content includes brainstorming, financial lectures, business development and ratio analysis.
  • Numerical Computation for Mechanical Engineers is available for users to download, along with problem sets, but they need file decompression and MATLAB software to download additional supporting files. Students learn programming concepts and ordinary differential equations. PDF files of readings and supporting videos are available for many of the units.

University of California - Berkeley

  • Electrical Engineering is an undergraduate course that presents topics such as transfer functions, frequency response and power calculations. The 24 audio-visual podcasts are available through iTunes.

Utah State University

  • Biochemical Engineering is an upper-level course that includes topics such as thermodynamics, kinetics and the use of biocatalysts for analysis and design. Students must furnish the textbooks and other reading materials, although lecture notes and handouts are available in PDF format for select chapters.
  • Communication Systems I is an upper-level course connected to the area of electrical and computer engineering. Labs reliant on MATLAB software, homework assignments and the required textbook help students investigate analog communication, modulation/demodulation and digital communication.
  • Fluid Mechanics requires students to have a background in statics, dynamics, calculus and other specific math applications. Learners examine topics including fluid statistics, flow measurement and pipe friction through the required textbook, other reading materials and problems with solutions.
  • Uncertainty in Engineering Analysis course deals with statistics and probability in engineering. Students will benefit from backgrounds in calculus and algebra for success in this course. Class notes in PDF format are available for most of the 9 units and no textbook is required.

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