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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 ComputerAided Drafting (CAD) techniques, and apply Mechanical
Engineering principles to design products, tools, and
equipment for a manufacturing-oriented industry. The
program's affiliations with industry are maintained through
an Advisory Committee and the Society of Manufacturing
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
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
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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
A graduate of this program will be able to do the following:
* Produce detail, subassembly, and full-assembly
engineering drawings utilizing manual and computeraided drafting techniques.
* 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
* Identify and understand manufacturing processes and
their effect on the cost and/or function of manufactured
* 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
* Apply engineering problem-solving skills to complete a
project on time and within budget.