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The Mechanical Engineering Technology program prepares
graduates for entry-level employment in the Mechanical
Engineering field. The skills acquired from this course of study
allow the student to visualize objects in three dimensions,
describe objects with manual and Computer-Aided Drafting
(CAD) techniques, and apply Mechanical Engineering principles
to design products, tools, and equipment for a manufacturingoriented industry. The program's affiliations with industry are
maintained through an Advisory Committee and the Society of
Manufacturing Engineers (SME).
The student's skills are developed with a comprehensive exposure to
the concepts of orthographic projection, sectioning, and isometric
drawing with an emphasis on instrument drawing techniques.
A thorough understanding of Geometric Dimensioning and
Tolerancing (GD&T) and a demonstrated proficiency with the
latest CAD software complement these skills. Additional training
in Fabrication Principles, Mechanical Design, Product Design,
and Manufacturing Processes provides a well-rounded experience
with mechanical design and manufacturing technology.
The principles of Mechanical Engineering are mastered by
studying the motion of mechanical objects and the underlying
concepts required to understand how a machine functions or a
manufacturing process is performed. By studying the practical
aspects of structured programming, parametric feature-based
design, and solid modeling, the student gains the skills necessary
to utilize the computer as a design tool. Further studies in
Fluid Mechanics, Production Design, Engineering Materials,
Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer, Machine Design, and related
engineering topics allow the student to build upon these concepts.
Practical applications of these concepts are further realized as
the student completes an internship project during the fourth
Upon entering the work place, the graduate can expect to assist
engineers and scientists in the design and development of new
products. As work experience is acquired, the graduate can expect
to gain more design responsibility and thereby become a key
member of an engineering team.
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A graduate of this program will be able to do the following:
* Produce detail, subassembly, and full-assembly engineering
drawings utilizing manual and computer-aided drafting
* Recognize and apply the ASME Y14.5 guidelines in the
creation of engineering drawings.
* Utilize ASME Y14.5 geometric dimensioning and tolerancing
guidelines for establishing and maintaining the functional fit
of mating parts.
* Apply industrial practices in the design and fabrication of
sheet-metal components, welded assemblies, and piping
* Identify and understand manufacturing processes and their
effect on the cost and/or function of manufactured products.
* Analyze and design mechanical parts and systems for static
and dynamic loading conditions.
* Apply engineering principles for determining the effects
of stationary and moving fluids and the control and
transformation of energy.
* Design manufacturing tooling for locating, clamping,
forming, piercing, blanking, and/or shaping a given part.
* Employ structured programming techniques and utilize
computer software tools to design and analyze mechanical
parts or systems.
* Select and apply engineering materials for use in the design
and manufacture of mechanical components.
* Analyze and design machine elements such as gears, shafts,
bearings, clutches, brakes, flywheels, and related assemblies.
* Apply engineering problem-solving skills to complete a
project on time and within budget.
Mechanical Engineering Technology
(MET) offers two possible model
schedules. Please see the next page for the