Understanding how products and machinery work and how to design, manufacture, or use them is the focus of the mechanical engineering technology major. From consumer products to high-performance automobiles, aerospace systems, bioengineered devices, and energy technologies, 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 design; and measure and manufacture components, assemblies, and systems. Through lab work and design projects students apply these principles and skills to the various fields (product and machine design, power generation, energy conservation, and manufacturing) of mechanical engineering technology. The required cooperative education requirement gives students valuable, applied industrial experience.
Plan of study
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, advanced materials, thermal power, plastics processing, or manufacturing. The program requires a substantial amount of laboratory and project work. Teamwork, technical writing, and computer use are emphasized throughout the curriculum, which includes the presentation of