Mechanical Engineering Technology Bachelor of science degree

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Overview

Understand how products and machinery work, as well as how to design, manufacture, or use technology to develop mechanical systems for high-performance automobiles, aerospace systems, bioengineered devices, energy technologies, and more.


From consumer products to high-performance automobiles, aerospace systems, bioengineered devices, and energy technologies, mechanical engineering technology has an enormous influence on our society. Understanding how products and machinery work, as well as how to design, manufacture, or use technology to develop mechanical systems is the focus of the mechanical engineering technology degree.

Mechanical engineering technology involves understanding how products and machinery work and how to design, make or use them. From aerospace systems (rockets, jets, drones) to high-performance automobiles (electric vehicles, autonomous driving), smartphones and robotics, mechanical engineering technology have changed society for the better.

As a mechanical engineering technology student, you will study the foundations of mechanics, materials, and energy. You will learn technical skills such as computer-aided design (CAD), generative design, materials characterization, mechanical system analysis and design, thermal-fluid system design, and product design and development. You will learn to apply these principles and skills to the various fields of mechanical engineering technology--such as product and machine design, power generation, energy management, and advanced manufacturing--through laboratories and design projects. Full-time students gain valuable industrial experience through the required cooperative education program.  Students also have the opportunity to select an option in Robotics and Automation.

The major develops 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, manufacturing engineering, or systems engineering.

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.

Cooperative education

Cooperative education, or co-op, is an increasingly valuable integrated, co-curricular experience required by many programs in the college. Students gain real-world experience and make life-long professional connections while earning a salary, which may help offset college costs. Engineering technology students are required to complete four co-op blocks. This typically includes one spring, one fall, and two summer terms, alternating periods of full-time study with full-time paid work experience in their career field. In some circumstances, other forms of experiential education, such as study abroad, research, or military service, may be used to fulfill part of the co-op requirement. Each student is assigned a co-op adviser to assist in identifying and applying to co-op opportunities.

Accreditation

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

Industries


  • Aerospace

  • Automotive

  • Health Care

  • Defense

  • Electronic and Computer Hardware

  • Consumer Packaged Goods

  • Manufacturing

  • Utilities and Renewable Energy

Typical Job Titles

Assistant Engineer Design Engineering
Manufacturing Engineer Mechanical Engineer
Process Engineer Operations Manager
Production Supervisor

99%

outcome rate of graduates

$55.6k

median first-year salary of graduates

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Curriculum

Mechanical Engineering Technology, BS degree, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
CHMG-131
LAS Perspective 6 (Scientific Principles): General Chemistry for Engineers
This rigorous course is primarily for, but not limited to, engineering students. Topics include an introduction to some basic concepts in chemistry, stoichiometry, First Law of Thermodynamics, thermochemistry, electronic theory of composition and structure, and chemical bonding. The lecture is supported by workshop-style problem sessions. Offered in traditional and online format.
3
MATH-171
LAS Perspective 7A (mathematical): Calculus A
This is the first course in a three-course sequence (COS-MATH-171, -172, -173). This course includes a study of functions, continuity, and differentiability. The study of functions includes the exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions. Limits of functions are used to study continuity and differentiability. The study of the derivative includes the definition, basic rules, and implicit differentiation. Applications of the derivative include optimization and related-rates problems.
3
MATH-172
LAS Perspective 7B (mathematical): Calculus B
This is the second course in three-course sequence (COS-MATH-171, -172, -173). The course includes Riemann sums, the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus, techniques of integration, and applications of the definite integral. The techniques of integration include substitution and integration by parts. The applications of the definite integral include areas between curves, and the calculation of volume.
3
MCET-101
Fundamentals of Engineering
This course will introduce students to the disciplines in the field of mechanical engineering. Students will be introduced to design and engineering problem solving methods that will be applied to problems. Students will collect data, analyze data, perform design calculations, and solve equations. Project reports are generated through the integration of these tools with word processing and presentation software. The application of software tools to the engineering design process will be emphasized throughout.
3
MCET-110
Foundations of Metals
This class explores the commonly used engineering metals. Differentiation of materials, with a focus on metals, is made based on an understanding and control of fundamental material properties. This knowledge of properties and materials then informs analysis of which metals are selected for various applications. Corrosion and its mitigation are explored. Materials selection software and internet resources are used.
2
MCET-111
Characterization of Metals Lab
This lab class accompanies MCET-110 Foundations of Materials. An emphasis is placed on determining material, primarily metals, properties though experimentation and references, and analyzing why a particular material was selected for an application based on the materials properties. Differentiation of materials families is made based on properties. A variety of discovery activities are used to explore the world of metals, including labs of various types, materials selection software, and internet resources.
1
MCET-150
Engineering Communication and Tolerancing
A course that integrates basic engineering techniques. Topics will emphasize the design and communication of components through the use of hand sketching, solid modeling, dimensioning, tolerancing, and current GD&T standards. Students will be expected to design, build, inspect, and integrate GD&T into designs.
3
MFET-105
Machine Tools Lab
Proficiency with traditional machine shop tools will be demonstrated with an emphasis on safety. Students will demonstrate their abilities to interpret drawings and select the appropriate equipment needed to produce each part. Parts built will be inspected by the student to verify the meeting of part requirements. Students will repair/replace any parts that are found to be out of specifications. Inspection tools will be utilized in the product validation requirement of the course. Topics will be experimentally validated through the creation of mechanical parts that will be assembled into a final product.
1
MFET-120
Manufacturing Processes
This course will focus on the understanding and application of manufacturing processes. Students will be challenged to discover and learn how typical piece parts and assemblies are manufactured. Topics include material properties and the following process families: casting, material removal, deformation, consolidation, powder metallurgy, plastics fabrication, EDM, water jet, chemical, LASERS, plasma, and rapid prototyping.
3
PHYS-111
LAS Perspective 5 (natural science inquiry): College Physics I
This is an introductory course in algebra-based physics focusing on mechanics and waves. Topics include kinematics, planar motion, Newton’s laws, gravitation; rotational kinematics and dynamics; work and energy; momentum and impulse; conservation laws; simple harmonic motion; waves; data presentation/analysis and error propagation. The course is taught using both traditional lectures and a workshop format that integrates material traditionally found in separate lecture, recitation, and laboratory settings.
4
YOPS-10
RIT 365: RIT Connections
0
 
First Year Writing (WI)
3
 
LAS Elective
3
 
Wellness Education*
0
Second Year
EEET-215
Circuits and Electronics
Develops the skills to analyze introductory AC and DC circuits and electronics. Topics include Ohm’s Law; current and voltage division; simplification of circuits; reactance and impedance; and operational amplifier applications including current sources, strain gauge amplifiers, differential amplifiers and comparator circuits.
2
EEET-216
Circuits and Electronics Laboratory
Students, upon completion of this course, will be able to use laboratory tools to analyze and troubleshoot AC and DC and basic electronic circuits. They will be able to operate a power supply, multi-meter, function generator, and oscilloscope.
1
ENGT-299
Career Seminar
This course is an introduction to the cooperative educational program at RIT, the programs in the department, and RIT resources. Topics include engineering technology vs. engineering, review of resources available at RIT, the cooperative education placement process, and the ethical expectations of employers for co-op students and RIT during a job search.
0
MATH-211
Elements of Multivariable Calculus and Differential Equations
This course includes an introduction to differential equations, Laplace transforms, numerical methods in differential equations, and the calculus of functions of two variables. The emphasis is on the application of these topics to problems in engineering technology.
3
MCET-210
Foundations of Non-Metallic Materials
This course will cover the process of selecting a best material for a given design application with a focus on polymeric materials. To support this process material families, strengthening mechanisms, and degradation mechanisms and prevention will be studied. The materials selection process will include economic, ecological, and ethical considerations. An emphasis is placed on the interrelationship of structure, process, and properties. This class expands upon concepts presented in MCET-110.
2
MCET-211
Characterization of Non-Metallic Materials Lab
This course will consist of laboratory experiences which focus on property characterization of the properties of polymeric materials.
1
MCET-220
Principles of Statics
This course provides an introduction to the analysis and design of structures and machines. Students learn to calculate unknown forces using the concept of equilibrium and free body diagrams and to calculate simple stresses and deflections for axially loaded members. Topics include forces, moments, free body diagrams, equilibrium, friction, stress, strain, and deflection. Examples are drawn from mechanical, manufacturing, and civil engineering technology.
3
MCET-221
Strength of Materials
This course provides an introduction to the analysis and design of structures and machines. Students learn to calculate stresses and deflections in axially loaded members, beams, shafts, and columns. Topics include statically indeterminate problems, thermal stress, stress concentration, combined stress by superposition, and Mohr’s Circle. Students also gain experience with laboratory equipment, experimental methods, team work, project management, and communications as they complete laboratory and project assignments.
4
PHYS-112
College Physics II
This course is an introduction to algebra-based physics focusing on thermodynamics, electricity and magnetism, optics, and elementary topics in modern physics. Topics include heat and temperature, laws of thermodynamics, fluids, electric and magnetic forces and fields, DC electrical circuits, electromagnetic induction, opyics, the concept of the photon, and the Bohr model of the atom. The course is taught using both traditional lectures and a workshop format that integrates material traditionally found in separate lecture, recitation, and laboratory settings.
4
STAT-145
Introduction to Statistics I
This course introduces statistical methods of extracting meaning from data, and basic inferential statistics. Topics covered include data and data integrity, exploratory data analysis, data visualization, numeric summary measures, the normal distribution, sampling distributions, confidence intervals, and hypothesis testing. The emphasis of the course is on statistical thinking rather than computation. Statistical software is used.
3
Choose one of the following:
3
  COMM-142
   Introduction to Technical Communication
This course introduces students to current best practices in written and visual technical communication including writing effective email, short and long technical reports and presentations, developing instructional material, and learning the principles and practices of ethical technical communication. Course activities focus on engineering and scientific technical documents.
 
  COMM-221
   Public Relations Writing
This course covers a variety of forms of writing for public relations, including news releases, newsletters, backgrounders, public service announcements, magazine queries, interviews, coverage memos, media alerts, features, trade press releases, and public presentations. Students will write for a variety of media including print, broadcast, and the web.
 
  COMM-253
   Communication
An introduction to communication contexts and processes emphasizing both conceptual and practical dimensions. Participants engage in public speaking, small group problem solving and leadership, and writing exercises while acquiring theoretical background appropriate to understanding these skills.
 
  ENGL-360
   Written Argument
This course will focus on academic writing specifically, the arguments presented in different fields and professions about issues of significance. Students will learn about the rhetorical, ethical, emotional, historical and logical elements of persuasion as they relate to written and visual arguments and they will practice making claims, providing evidence, exploring underlying assumptions and anticipating counter-arguments as they relate to different audiences. In addition to argument analyses, students will develop arguments of their own through inquiry-based essays.
 
  ENGL-361
   Technical Writing
Provides knowledge of and practice in technical writing. Key topics include audience analysis; organizing, preparing and revising short and long technical documents; designing documents using effective design features and principles, and formatting elements using tables and graphs; conducting research; writing technical definitions, and physical and process descriptions; writing instructions; and individual and group peer editing.
 
  TCOM-325
   Business Communication
This course focuses on the development of communication skills essential to functioning effectively in the business world. Students learn the process of analyzing communication situations and responding to them. Topics include an overview of business communication, writing well, delivering business communications, tools for talking in crucial conversations, oral and interpersonal communication including listening skills, public speaking, cross-cultural communication, communicating in the digital age and teamwork. *Note: This course cannot be taken by students in Saunders College of Business.*
 
 
LAS Perspective 2 (artistic)
3
 
LAS Perspective 3 (global)
3
Third Year
MCET-320
Mechanical Dynamics with Applications
Principles of engineering dynamics and the solution of practical engineering problems using engineering dynamics are studied. The dynamic analysis of particles and rigid bodies are performed using the three fundamental analytical methods. These include Force-Acceleration, Work-Energy, and Impulse-Momentum methods. An emphasis is placed on the application of these methods to the solution of real engineering problems. In addition, this course introduces the study of vibration in a mass, spring, and damper system. Students will evaluate real problems experimentally, analytically and through computer simulation.
3
MCET-330
Fluid Mechanics & Fluid Power
This course involves the study of the basics of fluid mechanics and fluid power. Areas of study include pressure, forces, viscosity, bulk modulus, flow characterization, efficiency and losses. Fluid Power systems and components are also reviewed including hydraulic/pneumatic systems, pumps, compressors, actuators, valves, accumulators, and directional control valves.
3
MCET-499
MCET Co-op (spring, summer)
One semester of appropriate work experience in industry. Department permission is required.
0
STAT-146
Introduction to Statistics II
This course is an elementary introduction to the topics of regression and analysis of variance. The statistical software package Minitab will be used to reinforce these techniques. The focus of this course is on business applications. This is a general introductory statistics course and is intended for a broad range of programs.
4
 
LAS Perspective 1 (ethical)
3
 
LAS Perspective 4 (social)
3
Fourth Year
 
 
 
MCET-400
Experimental Methods for MCET
This is a course in development, documentation, and analysis of experiments needed to address technical problems assigned as projects. Experimental techniques, instrumentation, and the preparation of instructions and reports are covered in this course in a project based learning environment. Experiments will utilize principles of engineering (including mechanics and materials) and statistics. Students will work in groups and independently to document the experimental procedures with formal technical reports along with an oral presentation.
3
MCET-430
Thermal Fluid Science I
This course provides an introduction to the properties of pure substances, gas laws, first law of thermodynamics, along with an introduction to fluid mechanics are studied and applied. Students learn through an integrated presentation of thermodynamics and fluid mechanics how to approach and solve reasonable thermal-fluid problems. Topics include the first law of thermodynamics, specific heat, ideal gases, work, energy, lumped systems, fluid statics, conservation of mass/energy, laminar, and turbulent flow. Examples are drawn from mechanical, and electrical mechanical engineering technology.
3
MCET-450
Mechanical Analysis & Design I
In this course students will investigate how mechanical parts fail through static, fatigue, and surface modes. Students will analyze the stresses, apply failure theories, and design mechanical components to last. The fatigue characteristics for given metal samples will be investigated through experimentation, analysis, and deduction of experimental results. The computer is used extensively in analysis, FEA, and design process.
3
MCET-499
MCET Co-op (summer)
One semester of appropriate work experience in industry. Department permission is required.
0
MCET-530
Thermal Fluid Science II
This course provides an in-depth coverage on the application of the first and second law of thermodynamics and conservation principles, mass and energy, to the analysis of open systems and power cycles, including refrigeration, heat pump and power cycles. It also introduces the fundamentals of heat transfer theory, conduction, radiation, free and forced convection, and its application to heat exchangers including free surface and conduit flow. Case studies based on real-world thermal systems are used to illustrate the connection between these interdisciplinary subjects.
3
MCET-550
Mechanical Analysis & Design II
All machines are comprised of individual components (springs, gears, fasteners, etc.) working together as a system to accomplish a goal. This course integrates the components into the bigger picture of the system. The course culminates in the design and production of a machine.
3
MCET-551
Mechanical Analysis & Design II Lab
This course will allow students to demonstrate and develop the skills and knowledge gained in the MCET-550 Mechanical Analysis and Design II course. This will be done through the integration of course topics into lab projects. These labs will allow students to analyze and design mechanical systems that include gears, springs, shafts, bearings, and other forms of power transmission. The lab will be split between in class discussions and hands-on learning opportunities. In class discussions will outline lab requirements and relate the lab-to-course material. Lab reports are generated through the integration of word processing and presentation software. The application of software tools and the engineering design process will be emphasized throughout.
1
 
LAS Perspective 6 (scientific principles)
3
 
Technical Electives
6
 
LAS Immersion 1, 2
6
Fifth Year
MCET-499
MCET Co-op (fall)
One semester of appropriate work experience in industry. Department permission is required.
0
MCET-535
Thermal Fluid Systems Project
Students perform laboratory experiments in thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, and heat transfer. Students will do a group project involving the design, modification, and analysis of a Thermo-Fluid system, its instrumentation, method of test, data analysis and final report presentation. Special emphasis is placed on report preparation and computer-aided data reduction.
2
 
Technical Electives
6
 
Free Electives
6
 
LAS Immersion 3
3
Total Semester Credit Hours
128

Please see 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 different Wellness courses.

Options

Robotics and Automation
Complete 9 credits from the following courses:
MFET-340
Automation Control Systems
This course will provide a thorough understanding of the manufacturing automation principles, practices and system integration. Students will design a fully automated control system from selection of components, specifying the Programmable Logic Controller (PLC), and developing the ladder logic required to operate the system. Students will have the tools to effectively be able to fully design an automated control system as in done in varying industries.
MFET-341
Automation Control Systems Lab
This course will provide a thorough hands-on experience in using Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) for manufacturing automation and system integration. Industry best practices for programming PLCs and the essentials of Human Machine Interface (HMI) for data entry, manipulation, and recording system status will be included.
MFET-345
Electronics Manufacturing
MFET-346
Electronics Manufacturing Lab
MFET-585
Robots & Automation
This course deals with the technology and application of robots and Computer Numerical Control (CNC) in a Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM) environment. It will provide a thorough understanding of robotic and CNC hardware and software. The hardware aspects include robot and CNC configurations, drive mechanisms, power systems (hydraulic, pneumatic, and servo actuators), end-effectors and end-of-arm-tooling, sensors, control systems, machine vision, programming, safety, and integration. The software aspect deals with the various methods of textual and lead through programming. Digital Interfacing of robots with other CIM components such as programmable logic controllers, computer-controlled machines, conveyors, etc. will be introduced. Robotic cell design and the socio-economic impact of robotics will also be discussed. A strong laboratory hands-on training component is a co-requisite for this course – MFET-446.
MFET-586
Robots & Automation lab
This laboratory course provides hands on experience with robotics and CNC in manufacturing.

Accelerated dual degree option

Accelerated dual degree options are for undergraduate students with outstanding academic records. Upon acceptance, well-qualified undergraduate students can begin graduate study before completing their BS degree, shortening the time it takes to earn both degrees. Students should consult an academic adviser for more information.

Mechanical Engineering Technology, BS degree/Manufacturing and Mechanical Systems Integration, MS degree, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
CHMG-131
LAS Perspective 6 (scientific principles): General Chemistry for Engineers
This rigorous course is primarily for, but not limited to, engineering students. Topics include an introduction to some basic concepts in chemistry, stoichiometry, First Law of Thermodynamics, thermochemistry, electronic theory of composition and structure, and chemical bonding. The lecture is supported by workshop-style problem sessions. Offered in traditional and online format.
3
MATH-171
LAS Perspective 7A (mathematical): Calculus A
This is the first course in a three-course sequence (COS-MATH-171, -172, -173). This course includes a study of functions, continuity, and differentiability. The study of functions includes the exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions. Limits of functions are used to study continuity and differentiability. The study of the derivative includes the definition, basic rules, and implicit differentiation. Applications of the derivative include optimization and related-rates problems.
3
MATH-172
LAS Perspective 7B (mathematical): Calculus B
This is the second course in three-course sequence (COS-MATH-171, -172, -173). The course includes Riemann sums, the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus, techniques of integration, and applications of the definite integral. The techniques of integration include substitution and integration by parts. The applications of the definite integral include areas between curves, and the calculation of volume.
3
MCET-101
Fundamentals of Engineering
This course will introduce students to the disciplines in the field of mechanical engineering. Students will be introduced to design and engineering problem solving methods that will be applied to problems. Students will collect data, analyze data, perform design calculations, and solve equations. Project reports are generated through the integration of these tools with word processing and presentation software. The application of software tools to the engineering design process will be emphasized throughout.
3
MCET-110
Foundations of Metals
This class explores the commonly used engineering metals. Differentiation of materials, with a focus on metals, is made based on an understanding and control of fundamental material properties. This knowledge of properties and materials then informs analysis of which metals are selected for various applications. Corrosion and its mitigation are explored. Materials selection software and internet resources are used.
2
MCET-111
Characterization of Metals Lab
This lab class accompanies MCET-110 Foundations of Materials. An emphasis is placed on determining material, primarily metals, properties though experimentation and references, and analyzing why a particular material was selected for an application based on the materials properties. Differentiation of materials families is made based on properties. A variety of discovery activities are used to explore the world of metals, including labs of various types, materials selection software, and internet resources.
1
MCET-150
Engineering Communication and Tolerancing
A course that integrates basic engineering techniques. Topics will emphasize the design and communication of components through the use of hand sketching, solid modeling, dimensioning, tolerancing, and current GD&T standards. Students will be expected to design, build, inspect, and integrate GD&T into designs.
3
MFET-105
Machine Tools
Proficiency with traditional machine shop tools will be demonstrated with an emphasis on safety. Students will demonstrate their abilities to interpret drawings and select the appropriate equipment needed to produce each part. Parts built will be inspected by the student to verify the meeting of part requirements. Students will repair/replace any parts that are found to be out of specifications. Inspection tools will be utilized in the product validation requirement of the course. Topics will be experimentally validated through the creation of mechanical parts that will be assembled into a final product.
1
MFET-120
Manufacturing Processes
This course will focus on the understanding and application of manufacturing processes. Students will be challenged to discover and learn how typical piece parts and assemblies are manufactured. Topics include material properties and the following process families: casting, material removal, deformation, consolidation, powder metallurgy, plastics fabrication, EDM, water jet, chemical, LASERS, plasma, and rapid prototyping.
3
PHYS-111
LAS Perspective 5 (natural science inquiry): College Physics I
This is an introductory course in algebra-based physics focusing on mechanics and waves. Topics include kinematics, planar motion, Newton’s laws, gravitation; rotational kinematics and dynamics; work and energy; momentum and impulse; conservation laws; simple harmonic motion; waves; data presentation/analysis and error propagation. The course is taught using both traditional lectures and a workshop format that integrates material traditionally found in separate lecture, recitation, and laboratory settings.
4
YOPS-10
RIT 365: RIT Connections
0
 
First Year Writing
3
 
LAS Perspective 1 (ethical)
3
 
Wellness Education*
0
Second Year
EEET-215
Circuits and Electronics
Develops the skills to analyze introductory AC and DC circuits and electronics. Topics include Ohm’s Law; current and voltage division; simplification of circuits; reactance and impedance; and operational amplifier applications including current sources, strain gauge amplifiers, differential amplifiers and comparator circuits.
2
EEET-216
Circuits and Electronics Lab
Students, upon completion of this course, will be able to use laboratory tools to analyze and troubleshoot AC and DC and basic electronic circuits. They will be able to operate a power supply, multi-meter, function generator, and oscilloscope.
1
ENGT-299
Career Seminar
This course is an introduction to the cooperative educational program at RIT, the programs in the department, and RIT resources. Topics include engineering technology vs. engineering, review of resources available at RIT, the cooperative education placement process, and the ethical expectations of employers for co-op students and RIT during a job search.
0
MATH-211
Elements of Multivariable Calculus and Differential Equations
This course includes an introduction to differential equations, Laplace transforms, numerical methods in differential equations, and the calculus of functions of two variables. The emphasis is on the application of these topics to problems in engineering technology.
3
MCET-210
Foundations of Non-Metallic Materials
This course will cover the process of selecting a best material for a given design application with a focus on polymeric materials. To support this process material families, strengthening mechanisms, and degradation mechanisms and prevention will be studied. The materials selection process will include economic, ecological, and ethical considerations. An emphasis is placed on the interrelationship of structure, process, and properties. This class expands upon concepts presented in MCET-110.
2
MCET-211
Characterization of Non-Metallic Materials Lab
This course will consist of laboratory experiences which focus on property characterization of the properties of polymeric materials.
1
MCET-220
Principles of Statics
This course provides an introduction to the analysis and design of structures and machines. Students learn to calculate unknown forces using the concept of equilibrium and free body diagrams and to calculate simple stresses and deflections for axially loaded members. Topics include forces, moments, free body diagrams, equilibrium, friction, stress, strain, and deflection. Examples are drawn from mechanical, manufacturing, and civil engineering technology.
3
MCET-221
Strength of Materials
This course provides an introduction to the analysis and design of structures and machines. Students learn to calculate stresses and deflections in axially loaded members, beams, shafts, and columns. Topics include statically indeterminate problems, thermal stress, stress concentration, combined stress by superposition, and Mohr’s Circle. Students also gain experience with laboratory equipment, experimental methods, team work, project management, and communications as they complete laboratory and project assignments.
4
MCET-499
MCET Co-op (summer)
One semester of appropriate work experience in industry. Department permission is required.
0
PHYS-112
College Physics II
This course is an introduction to algebra-based physics focusing on thermodynamics, electricity and magnetism, optics, and elementary topics in modern physics. Topics include heat and temperature, laws of thermodynamics, fluids, electric and magnetic forces and fields, DC electrical circuits, electromagnetic induction, opyics, the concept of the photon, and the Bohr model of the atom. The course is taught using both traditional lectures and a workshop format that integrates material traditionally found in separate lecture, recitation, and laboratory settings.
4
STAT-145
Introduction to Statistics I
This course introduces statistical methods of extracting meaning from data, and basic inferential statistics. Topics covered include data and data integrity, exploratory data analysis, data visualization, numeric summary measures, the normal distribution, sampling distributions, confidence intervals, and hypothesis testing. The emphasis of the course is on statistical thinking rather than computation. Statistical software is used.
3
Choose one of the following:
3
  COMM-142
   Introduction to Technical Communication
This course introduces students to current best practices in written and visual technical communication including writing effective email, short and long technical reports and presentations, developing instructional material, and learning the principles and practices of ethical technical communication. Course activities focus on engineering and scientific technical documents.
 
  COMM-221
   Public Relations Writing
This course covers a variety of forms of writing for public relations, including news releases, newsletters, backgrounders, public service announcements, magazine queries, interviews, coverage memos, media alerts, features, trade press releases, and public presentations. Students will write for a variety of media including print, broadcast, and the web.
 
  COMM-253
   Communication
An introduction to communication contexts and processes emphasizing both conceptual and practical dimensions. Participants engage in public speaking, small group problem solving and leadership, and writing exercises while acquiring theoretical background appropriate to understanding these skills.
 
  ENGL-360
   Written Argument
This course will focus on academic writing specifically, the arguments presented in different fields and professions about issues of significance. Students will learn about the rhetorical, ethical, emotional, historical and logical elements of persuasion as they relate to written and visual arguments and they will practice making claims, providing evidence, exploring underlying assumptions and anticipating counter-arguments as they relate to different audiences. In addition to argument analyses, students will develop arguments of their own through inquiry-based essays.
 
  ENGL-361
   Technical Writing
Provides knowledge of and practice in technical writing. Key topics include audience analysis; organizing, preparing and revising short and long technical documents; designing documents using effective design features and principles, and formatting elements using tables and graphs; conducting research; writing technical definitions, and physical and process descriptions; writing instructions; and individual and group peer editing.
 
  TCOM-325
   Business Communication
This course focuses on the development of communication skills essential to functioning effectively in the business world. Students learn the process of analyzing communication situations and responding to them. Topics include an overview of business communication, writing well, delivering business communications, tools for talking in crucial conversations, oral and interpersonal communication including listening skills, public speaking, cross-cultural communication, communicating in the digital age and teamwork. *Note: This course cannot be taken by students in Saunders College of Business.*
 
 
LAS Perspective 2 (artistic)
3
 
LAS Perspective 3 (global)
3
Third Year
MCET-320
Mechanical Dynamics with Applications
Principles of engineering dynamics and the solution of practical engineering problems using engineering dynamics are studied. The dynamic analysis of particles and rigid bodies are performed using the three fundamental analytical methods. These include Force-Acceleration, Work-Energy, and Impulse-Momentum methods. An emphasis is placed on the application of these methods to the solution of real engineering problems. In addition, this course introduces the study of vibration in a mass, spring, and damper system. Students will evaluate real problems experimentally, analytically and through computer simulation.
3
MCET-430
Thermal Fluid Science I
This course provides an introduction to the properties of pure substances, gas laws, first law of thermodynamics, along with an introduction to fluid mechanics are studied and applied. Students learn through an integrated presentation of thermodynamics and fluid mechanics how to approach and solve reasonable thermal-fluid problems. Topics include the first law of thermodynamics, specific heat, ideal gases, work, energy, lumped systems, fluid statics, conservation of mass/energy, laminar, and turbulent flow. Examples are drawn from mechanical, and electrical mechanical engineering technology.
3
MCET-499
MCET Co-op (summer)
One semester of appropriate work experience in industry. Department permission is required.
0
MCET-530
Thermal Fluid Science II
This course provides an in-depth coverage on the application of the first and second law of thermodynamics and conservation principles, mass and energy, to the analysis of open systems and power cycles, including refrigeration, heat pump and power cycles. It also introduces the fundamentals of heat transfer theory, conduction, radiation, free and forced convection, and its application to heat exchangers including free surface and conduit flow. Case studies based on real-world thermal systems are used to illustrate the connection between these interdisciplinary subjects.
3
MFET-650
Manufacturing and Mechanical Systems Fundamentals
This course is intended to help students learn to think like systems engineers. This course will provide a thorough understanding of the systems fundamentals, its design, modeling, and integration. Topics include a thorough coverage of systems architecture, conceptualization, modeling, development and management. Students in this course will be taught industry practices for systems engineering and management from concept stage to post implementation stage. System engineering and modeling tools will also be introduced to assist with the conceptualization, development, and implementation of systems.
3
MFET-730
Six Sigma for Design and Manufacturing
This course presents the philosophy and tools that will enable participants to develop quality strategies and drive process improvements that are linked to and integrated with business plans. Continuous improvement principles are presented, within the six sigma format. The course will help prepare students for six sigma blackbelt certification. Students can receive credit for only one of the following: MFET-730, CQAS-701, or ISEE-682.
3
STAT-146
Introduction to Statistics II
This course is an elementary introduction to the topics of regression and analysis of variance. The statistical software package Minitab will be used to reinforce these techniques. The focus of this course is on business applications. This is a general introductory statistics course and is intended for a broad range of programs.
4
 
LAS Perspective 4 (social)
3
 
MMET Concentration Course
3
 
Free Elective
3
 
LAS Immersion 1
3
Fourth Year
GRCS-701
Research Methods
This is an introductory graduate-level survey course on research design/methods and analysis. The course provides a broad overview of the process and practices of research in applied contexts. Content includes principles and techniques of research design, sampling, data collection, and analysis including the nature of evidence, types of research, defining research questions, sampling techniques, data collection, data analysis, issues concerning human subjects and research ethics, and challenges associated with conducting research in real-world contexts. The analysis component of the course provides an understanding of statistical methodology used to collect and interpret data found in research as well as how to read and interpret data collection instruments.
3
MCET-330
Fluid Mechanics & Fluid Power
This course involves the study of the basics of fluid mechanics and fluid power. Areas of study include pressure, forces, viscosity, bulk modulus, flow characterization, efficiency and losses. Fluid Power systems and components are also reviewed including hydraulic/pneumatic systems, pumps, compressors, actuators, valves, accumulators, and directional control valves.
3
MCET-400
Experimental Methods for MCET
This is a course in development, documentation, and analysis of experiments needed to address technical problems assigned as projects. Experimental techniques, instrumentation, and the preparation of instructions and reports are covered in this course in a project based learning environment. Experiments will utilize principles of engineering (including mechanics and materials) and statistics. Students will work in groups and independently to document the experimental procedures with formal technical reports along with an oral presentation.
3
MCET-450
Mechanical Analysis & Design I
In this course students will investigate how mechanical parts fail through static, fatigue, and surface modes. Students will analyze the stresses, apply failure theories, and design mechanical components to last. The fatigue characteristics for given metal samples will be investigated through experimentation, analysis, and deduction of experimental results. The computer is used extensively in analysis, FEA, and design process.
3
MCET-499
MCET Co-op (summer)
One semester of appropriate work experience in industry. Department permission is required.
0
MCET-535
Thermal Fluid Systems Project
Students perform laboratory experiments in thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, and heat transfer. Students will do a group project involving the design, modification, and analysis of a Thermo-Fluid system, its instrumentation, method of test, data analysis and final report presentation. Special emphasis is placed on report preparation and computer-aided data reduction.
2
MCET-550
Mechanical Analysis & Design II
All machines are comprised of individual components (springs, gears, fasteners, etc.) working together as a system to accomplish a goal. This course integrates the components into the bigger picture of the system. The course culminates in the design and production of a machine.
3
MCET-551
Mechanical Analysis & Design II Lab
This course will allow students to demonstrate and develop the skills and knowledge gained in the MCET-550 Mechanical Analysis and Design II course. This will be done through the integration of course topics into lab projects. These labs will allow students to analyze and design mechanical systems that include gears, springs, shafts, bearings, and other forms of power transmission. The lab will be split between in class discussions and hands-on learning opportunities. In class discussions will outline lab requirements and relate the lab-to-course material. Lab reports are generated through the integration of word processing and presentation software. The application of software tools and the engineering design process will be emphasized throughout.
1
STAT-670
Design of Experiments
How to design and analyze experiments, with an emphasis on applications in engineering and the physical sciences. Topics include the role of statistics in scientific experimentation; general principles of design, including randomization, replication, and blocking; replicated and un-replicated two-level factorial designs; two-level fractional-factorial designs; response surface designs.
3
 
LAS Perspective 1 (ethical)
3
 
LAS Immersion 2
3
 
MMET Concentration Course
3
Fifth Year
DECS-744
Project Management
A study in the principles of project management and the application of various tools and techniques for project planning and control. This course focuses on the leadership role of the project manager, and the roles and responsibilities of the team members. Considerable emphasis is placed on statements of work and work breakdown structures. The course uses a combination of lecture/discussion, group exercises, and case studies.
3
 
MMET Concentration Course
3
 
Technical Elective
3
 
Free Electives
6
 
MMET Elective
3
 
LAS Immersion 3
3
Choose one of the following:
3
  ACCT-603
   Accounting for Decision Makers
A graduate-level introduction to the use of accounting information by decision makers. The focus of the course is on two subject areas: (1) financial reporting concepts/issues and the use of general-purpose financial statements by internal and external decision makers and (2) the development and use of special-purpose financial information intended to assist managers in planning and controlling an organization's activities. Generally accepted accounting principles and issues related to International Financial Reporting Standards are considered while studying the first subject area and ethical issues impacting accounting are considered throughout.
 
  ACCT-794
   Cost Management
A first course in accounting for students in technical disciplines. Topics include the distinction between external and internal accounting, cost behavior, product costing, profitability analysis, performance evaluation, capital budgeting, and transfer pricing. Emphasis is on issues encountered in technology intensive manufacturing organizations. *Note: This course is not intended for Saunders College of Business students.
 
Choose one of the following:
3
 
   MMET Elective
 
  MFET-788
   MMSI Thesis Preparation
Students will rigorously develop their thesis research ideas, conduct literature reviews, identify and plan methodologies, prepare schedules, and gain a clear understanding of the expectations of the faculty and the discipline. Each student will be required to prepare a committee approved thesis research proposal and may begin work on their thesis.
 
Choose one of the following:
3
  MFET-797
   MMSI Capstone Project
This course provides the MMSI graduate students an opportunity to complete their degree requirements by addressing a practical real-world challenge using the knowledge and skills acquired throughout their studies. This course is not only the culmination of a student's course work but also an indicator of the student's ability to use diverse knowledge to provide a tangible solution to a problem. The capstone project topic can be in the areas of product development, manufacturing automation, management system, quality management or electronics packaging. The course requires a comprehensive project report and a final presentation.
 
  MFET-790
   MMSI Thesis
The MMSI thesis is based on thorough literature review and experimental substantiation of a problem, by the candidate, in an appropriate topic. A written proposal has to be defended and authorized by the faculty adviser/committee. The proposal defense is followed by experimental work, a formal written thesis, and oral presentation of findings. The candidate should have completed the requisite courses for the program before enrolling for the thesis.
 
 
   Program Elective and Comprehensive Exam
 
Total Semester Credit Hours
155

Please see 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 different Wellness courses.

Options

Robotics and Automation
Complete 9 credits from the following courses:
MFET-340
Automation Control Systems
This course will provide a thorough understanding of the manufacturing automation principles, practices and system integration. Students will design a fully automated control system from selection of components, specifying the Programmable Logic Controller (PLC), and developing the ladder logic required to operate the system. Students will have the tools to effectively be able to fully design an automated control system as in done in varying industries.
MFET-341
Automation Control Systems Lab
This course will provide a thorough hands-on experience in using Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) for manufacturing automation and system integration. Industry best practices for programming PLCs and the essentials of Human Machine Interface (HMI) for data entry, manipulation, and recording system status will be included.
MFET-345
Electronics Manufacturing
MFET-346
Electronics Manufacturing Lab
MFET-585
Robots & Automation
This course deals with the technology and application of robots and Computer Numerical Control (CNC) in a Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM) environment. It will provide a thorough understanding of robotic and CNC hardware and software. The hardware aspects include robot and CNC configurations, drive mechanisms, power systems (hydraulic, pneumatic, and servo actuators), end-effectors and end-of-arm-tooling, sensors, control systems, machine vision, programming, safety, and integration. The software aspect deals with the various methods of textual and lead through programming. Digital Interfacing of robots with other CIM components such as programmable logic controllers, computer-controlled machines, conveyors, etc. will be introduced. Robotic cell design and the socio-economic impact of robotics will also be discussed. A strong laboratory hands-on training component is a co-requisite for this course – MFET-446.
MFET-586
Robots & Automation lab
This laboratory course provides hands on experience with robotics and CNC in manufacturing.

Admission Requirements

Freshman Admission

For all bachelor’s degree programs, a strong performance in a college preparatory program is expected. Generally, this includes 4 years of English, 3-4 years of mathematics, 2-3 years of science, and 3 years of social studies and/or history.

Specific math and science requirements and other recommendations

  • 3 years of math required; pre-calculus recommended
  • Chemistry or physics required; biology recommended
  • Technology electives desirable

Transfer Admission

Transfer course recommendations without associate degree

Courses in mathematics, science, engineering science, and engineering technology

Appropriate associate degree programs for transfer

Electrical or mechanical technology, electronic technology, engineering science

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Additional Info

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.

Activities and professional organizations

Students have an opportunity to participate in regional and national design competitions such as the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) BAJA team, SAE Clean Snowmobile Challenge team, Formula SAE Racing and SAE Formula Electric teams. Students are also encouraged to participate in the student chapters of professional societies such as the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), the Society of Woman Engineers (SWE), the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE), and Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE).