Practicing Mechanical engineers desire to advance their careers and job satisfaction by pursuing distance graduate degree programs, mainly towards Master’s degrees. The start up stage of such studies is problematic among engineers who stayed away from formal education for a period of years. The structure of the Graduate Program in Mechanical Engineering at Lehigh University and some history of frustrated attempts of distance students is first discussed. Subsequently, the concept of making available a course which will prepare a fraction of distance students by refreshing their memory of some basic skills is presented and the methods of preparing and offering such a course are outlined. Illustrations of the relevant course material and a short discussion of the academic history of distance students who participated in this course are presented.

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