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Mechanical Engineering Technology BS

William Leonard, Program Chair
(585) 475-5813, wmlast@rit.edu

http://www.rit.edu/cast/mmet/

Program overview

Understanding how products and machinery work and how to design, make, or use them is the focus of the mechanical engineering technology major. From consumer products to high-performance automobiles, air-conditioned environments, and jet aircraft, mechanical engineering technology has an enormous influence on our society.

Students study the foundations of mechanics, materials, and energy; acquire technical skills such as computer-aided design and computer-aided engineering; and learn how to test materials and make parts. Through lab work and design projects students apply these principles and skills to the various fields (product and machine design, power generation, utilities, manufacturing) of mechanical engineering technology. The required cooperative education requirement gives students valuable, hands-on industrial experience.

Goals

The goal of the major is to develop well rounded engineers as lifelong learners with the ability to adapt, grow, and succeed in a highly competitive workplace. The cooperative education experience enables students to be well-prepared to step into professional positions after graduation and be immediately productive in jobs that include product development, machine design and analysis, alternative energy, thermofluids engineering, or HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning).

Accreditation

The mechanical engineering technology major is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission (ETAC)of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

Curriculum

Students develop skills in courses that explore the fundamentals of mechanics, mathematics, materials technology, and computer-aided engineering and design. Later, course work focuses on both mechanical design and applied thermofluid engineering. The major includes four technical electives and two free electives. These courses can be used to create a specialization in such areas as product design, machine design, alternative energy, air conditioning, thermal power, plastics processing, or manufacturing.

A substantial amount of laboratory and product work is required. Teamwork, technical writing, and computer use are emphasized throughout the curriculum, which includes the presentation of team projects that are relevant to industry.

Concentrations

Students select a concentration in one of the following areas: product development, machine design and analysis, alternative energy, materials engineering, thermofluids engineering, or heating/ventilating/air conditioning (HVAC). Some students may wish to customize their own concentration based on their career objectives or personal interests.

Mechanical engineering technology, BS degree, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
MCET-101 Fundamentals of Engineering 3
MFET-105 Machine Tools Lab 1
MFET-120 Manufacturing Processes 3
  LAS Perspective 1 3
MATH-171 LAS Perspective 7A: Calculus A  3
  LAS Foundation 1: First Year Seminar† 3
MCET-110 Foundations of Metals 2
MCET-111 Characterizations of Metals Lab  1
MCET-150 Engineering Communications and Tolerancing  3
PHYS-111 LAS Perspective 5: College Physics I 4
MATH-172 LAS Perspective 7B: Calculus B 3
  LAS Foundation 2: First Year Writing 3
  YearOne 0
  Wellness Education* 0
Second Year
MCET-220 Principles of Statics 3
  LAS Perspective 2, 3 6
MATH-211 Multivariable Calculus and Differential Equations 3
PHYS-112 College Physics II 4
MCET-210 Foundations of Non-Metallic Materials 2
MCET-211 Characterizations of Non-Metallic Materials Lab 1
MCET-221 Strength of Materials 4
EEET-215 Circuits and Electronics 2
EEET-216 Circuits and Electronics Lab    1
STAT-145 Introduction to Statistics I  3
COMM-203 Effective Technical Communications 3
Third Year
STAT-146 Introduction to Statistics II 4
MCET-320 Mechanical Dynamics w/ Applications 3
CHEM-131 LAS Perspective 5: General Chemistry for Engineers 3
  LAS Perspective 4 3
MCET-330 Fluid Mechanics and Fluid Power 3
MCET-299 Career Seminar 0
MCET-499 Cooperative Education (spring, summer) 0
Fourth Year
MCET-450 Mechanical Analysis and Design I 3
MCET-400 Experimental Methods 3
MCET-430 Thermal Fluid Systems I 3
  LAS Immersion 1, 2 6
  Technical Electives 6
MCET-550 Mechanical Analysis and Design II 3
MCET-551 Mechanical Analysis and Design II Lab 1
MCET-530 Thermal Fluid Systems II 3
  LAS Perspective 4 3
MCET-499 Cooperative Education (summer) Co-op
Fifth Year
MCET-499 Cooperative Education (fall) Co-op
  Technical Electives 6
  Free Electives 6
  LAS Immersion 3 3
MCET-535 Thermal Fluid Systems Lab 2
Total Semester Credit Hours 128

Please see New General Education Curriculum–Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) for more information.

(WI) Refers to a writing intensive course within the major.

* Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information. Students completing bachelor's degrees are required to complete two Wellness courses.

† The First Year Seminar requirement is replaced by an LAS Elective for the 2014-15 academic year.

Accelerated dual degree option

An accelerated dual degree option allows students to earn a BS in mechanical engineering technology and an MS in manufacturing and mechanical systems integration in five years.

Mechanical engineering technology, BS degree/Manufacturing and mechanical systems integration, MS degree, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
MCET-101 Fundamentals of Engineering 3
MFET-105 Machine Tools Lab 1
MFET-120 Manufacturing Processes 3
  LAS Perspective 1 3
MATH-171 LAS Perspective 7A: Calculus A 3
  LAS Foundation 1: First Year Seminar† 3
MCET-110 Foundations of Metals 2
MCET-111 Characterization of Metals Lab 1
MCET-150 Engineering Communication and Tolerancing 3
PHYS-111 LAS Perspective 5: College Physics I 4
MATH-172 LAS Perspective 7B: Calculus B 3
  LAS Foundation 2: First Year Writing 3
  YearOne 0
  Wellness Education* 0
Second Year
MCET-220 Principles of Statics 3
  LAS Perspective 2, 3 6
MATH-211 Multivariable Calculus and Differential Equations 3
PHYS-112 College Physics II 4
MCET-210 Foundations of Non-Metallic Materials 2
MCET-211 Characterization of Non-Metallic Materials Lab 1
MCET-221 Strength of Materials 4
EEET-215 Circuits and Electronics 2
EEET-216 Circuits and Electronics Lab 1
STAT-145 Introduction to Statistics I 3
COMM-203 Effective Technical Communications 3
MCET-299 Career Seminar 0
MCET-499 Cooperative Education (summer) Co-op
Third Year
STAT-146 Introduction to Statistics II 4
MCET-320 Mechanical Dynamics w/ Applications 3
CHEM-131 LAS Perspective 5: General Chemistry for Engineers 3
  LAS Perspective 4 3
MCET-430 Thermal Fluid Systems I 3
MFET-650 Manufacturing and Mechanical Systems Fundamentals 3
MCET-530 Thermal Fluid Systems II 3
  Concentration Course 3
CQAS-682 Six Sigma Fundamentals 3
MCET-499 Cooperative Education (summer) Co-op
Fourth Year
CHEM-131 LAS Perspective 5: General Chemistry and Engineers 3
MCET-330 Fluid Mechanics and Fluid Power 3
MCET-450 Mechanical Analysis and Design I 3
MCET-400 Experimental Methods 3
CQAS-670 Designing Experiments for Process Improvement 3
MCET-550 Mechanical Analysis and Design II 3
MCET-551 Mechanical Analysis and Design II Lab 1
MCET-535 Thermal Fluid Systems Lab 2
  LAS Immersion 2 3
  Concentration Course 3
GRCS-701 Research Methods 3
MCET-499 Cooperative Education (summer) Co-op
Fifth Year
GRCS-702 Graduate Writing Strategies 3
DECS-744 Project Management 3
  Concentration Course 3
  Technical Electives 6
  Free Electives 6
  LAS Immersion 3 3
ACCT-703 Accounting for Decision Makers 3
Choose one of the following: 3
     Technical Elective  
   MFET-788    Thesis Preparation  
Choose one of the following: 3
      Capstone or Thesis  
     Technical Elective and Comprehensive Exam  
Total Semester Credit Hours 155

Please see New General Education Curriculum–Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) for more information.

(WI) Refers to a writing intensive course within the major.

* Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information. Students completing bachelor's degrees are required to complete two Wellness courses.

† The First Year Seminar requirement is replaced by an LAS Elective for the 2014-15 academic year.

Additional information

Part-time study

Students who are employed full time may pursue the major on a part-time basis by taking the upper-division portion of the curriculum during day or evening hours. It is recommended that students take one to two courses per semester. Students also may elect certain courses from other engineering technology majors, with department approval.

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Program overview

Understanding how products and machinery work and how to design, make, or use them is the focus of the mechanical engineering technology program. From consumer products to high-performance automobiles, air-conditioned environments and jet aircraft, mechanical engineering technology has an enormous influence on our society.

Students study the foundations of mechanics, materials, and energy; acquire technical skills such as computer-aided design and computer-aided engineering; and learn how to test materials and make parts. Through lab work and design projects students apply these principles and skills to the various fields (product and machine design, power generation, utilities, manufacturing) of mechanical engineering technology. The required cooperative education requirement gives students valuable, hands-on industrial experience.

Goals

The program prepares students for professional careers in machine design; manufacturing; test engineering; field service engineering; technical sales; thermal design; product design; utilities operations; heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning design; or plant operations. Reinforced by project-oriented assignments, the program emphasizes the development of a design methodology.

Accreditation

The BS in mechanical engineering technology program is accredited by the Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

Accelerated dual degree

The college offers an accelerated dual degree. The option allows students to earn a BS in mechanical engineering technology and an MS in manufacturing and mechanical systems integration in five years. For further information, please contact an adviser.

Curriculum

Students first develop skills in courses that explore the fundamentals of mechanics, mathematics, materials technology, and computer-aided design. Later, course work focuses on both mechanical design and applied thermofluid engineering. The program includes five technical electives and three free electives. These courses can be used to create a specialization in such areas as product design, air conditioning, thermal power, plastics processing, or manufacturing.

A substantial amount of laboratory and product work is required. Teamwork, technical writing, and computer use are emphasized throughout the program.

Concentrations

In the last three quarters of the program, students may select a concentration in product design; heat, power and HVAC; or plastics processing. Customized concentrations also may be developed with department approval.

Mechanical engineering technology, BS degree, typical course sequence (quarters)

CourseQtr. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
0610-211 Introduction to Materials Technology I 3
0610-304 Materials Testing 1
0617-220, 420 Manufacturing Processes I, II 8
1016-231 Calculus for Engineering Technology 4
1720-051, 052 First-Year Enrichment 2
0617-262 Solid Modeling and Design 4
1016-232 Calculus for Engineering Technology II 4
0610-220 Design, Dimensioning, and Tolerancing 4
1016-304 Differential Equations for Engineering Technology 4
1017-211 College Physics I 4
  Liberal Arts* 12
Second Year
0610-302 Introduction to Statics 4
0610-305 Pneumatic and Hydraulic Systems 4
1016-319, 320 Data Analysis I, II  10
1017-212, 213 College Physics II, III 8
0617-436 Engineering Economics 4
0609-411 Electrical Principles for Design I 4
0610-303 Strength of Materials 4
  Liberal Arts* 4
  Wellness Education† 0
0610-315 Principles of Mechanical Design 4
0610-309 Computational Methods for Engineering Technology 1
  Ethics Elective 4
Third Year
0606-099 Cooperative Education Preparation 0
0535-403 Effective Technical Communication 4
0610-405 Applied Dynamics 4
0610-460 Applied Fluid Mechanics 4
1011-208 College Chemistry 4
0610-409 Mechanical Engineering Technology Lab II 2
0610-416 Materials Technology 4
0610-440 Applied Thermodynamics 4
1011-273, 277 Introduction to Chemistry of Materials, Lab 4
  Liberal Arts* 4
  Cooperative Education Co-op
Fourth Year
0610-403 Failure Mechanics 4
0610-407 Mechanical Engineering Technology Lab I 2
  Technical Elective 8
0610-506 Machine Design I 4
0610-465 Thermofluids Lab 3
  Liberal Arts* 8
  Cooperative Education Co-op
Fifth Year
  Technical Electives 12
  Free Electives 12
  Liberal Arts* 8
  Cooperative Education Co-op
Total Quarter Credit Hours 196

* Please see Liberal Arts General Education Requirements for more information.

† Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information.

Additional information

Part-time option

Students who are employed full time and wish to pursue the BS in mechanical engineering technology may take the upper-division portion of this program part time during evening hours. The typical evening student requires approximately 13 quarters to complete the upper-division course requirements. Students also may elect certain courses from other engineering technology programs, with department approval. (Some electives are not offered every year. Please check with an adviser when planning the program’s technical electives.)