Robotics and Manufacturing Engineering Technology Bachelor of science degree

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Overview

Dual Degree

Combining innovations in industrial productivity and advanced manufacturing technologies, including robotics, automation, computer-aided design (CAD), computer numerical control (CNC), microprocessor controls, computer-aided manufacturing (CAM), flexible manufacturing systems, and electronics manufacturing.


Thanks to innovations in industrial productivity and technology, the demand for well-prepared robotics and manufacturing engineers is only increasing. The robotics and manufacturing engineering technology major prepares you to meet the demand for professionals well-versed in advanced manufacturing technologies, which includes robotics, computer-aided design (CAD), computer numerical control (CNC), microprocessor controls, computer-aided manufacturing (CAM), flexible manufacturing systems, assembly automation, and electronics manufacturing. Students in the robotics and manufacturing engineering technology degree acquire skills in a wide variety of disciplines vital to industries seeking to contain costs and improve efficiency. Right now, robotics and manufacturing engineers are needed faster than students can complete degree programs, resulting in outstanding employment opportunities for our graduates.

This program's major thrust is on advanced manufacturing, emphasizing robotics, automated manufacturing and computer integrated manufacturing (CIM), with technical concentrations in design and assembly modeling, design for manufacture and assembly, data acquisition and instrumentation, quality control, lean six sigma, manufacturing management, plastics processing, and electronics packaging. The subjects covered in the core curriculum include traditional and non-traditional manufacturing processes, materials technology, computer-aided design, computer-aided manufacturing, controls for manufacturing automation (PLC), microprocessors, robotics, electrical and electronics principles, surface mount electronics packaging fundamentals, quality control, engineering economics, and production and operations management. The uniqueness of this program is in its combination of technical and management courses at the undergraduate level and also its emphasis on project-based hands-on practical education.

Plan of study

The robotics and manufacturing engineering technology major is designed with the aid and consultation of professionals in the field and emphasizes computer-integrated manufacturing and production system development. Courses cover traditional and non-traditional manufacturing processes, fundamentals of electronics and microprocessors, computer-aided design and manufacturing, computer numerical control, robotics, materials requirements planning, design for manufacturing and assembly, surface-mount electronics manufacturing and assembly, flexible manufacturing systems, quality control, engineering economics, plastics manufacturing, manufacturing management, and lean manufacturing.

The major prepares students for professional employment in the fields of industrial robotics, production systems design, development, and manufacturing. Designed to provide the skills necessary for applying emerging manufacturing technologies, the major develops well-rounded manufacturing engineers who are lifelong learners with the ability to adapt, grow, and succeed in a highly competitive workplace. Cooperative education enhances these skills by allowing students to gain valuable experience working in the manufacturing industry.

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 advisor to assist in identifying and applying to co-op opportunities.

 

Industries


  • Aerospace

  • Automotive

  • Health Care

  • Defense

  • Electronic and Computer Hardware

  • Consumer Packaged Goods

  • Manufacturing

  • Utilities and Renewable Energy

100%

outcome rate of graduates

$57.5k

median first-year salary of graduates

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Curriculum

Robotics and Manufacturing 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
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.*
 
 
First Year Writing (WI)
3
 
Wellness Education*
0
Second Year
CPET-121
Computational Problem Solving I
This is the first course in a two-course sequence in computational problem solving of engineering and scientific problems. The problems solved will stress the application of sequence, selection, repetitive, invocation operations, and arrays. The development of proper testing procedures to ensure computational accuracy will be stressed. Students, upon successful completion of this course, will be able to analyze introductory engineering and scientific problems, design, code, test, and document procedural software solutions.
3
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
EMET-290
Mechanics for EMET
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, thin-walled pressure vessels, columns and structure stability. The fundamentals of kinematics and kinetics of particle motion are developed including the study of Newton's Laws of Motion, energy methods, impulse and momentum. Students also gain experience with laboratory equipment, experimental methods, team work, project management and communications as they complete laboratory and project assignments.
3
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
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.
2
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.
1
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
 
LAS Perspective 2 (artistic)
3
Third Year
EEET-247
Microprocessors and Digital Systems
Applications of a contemporary digital designs and microcontrollers will be used to teach students digital logic, microcontroller programming, and microcontroller interfacing. This course is intended as a service course for non-electrical majors who have not taken the digital fundamentals course.
2
EEET-248
Microprocessors and Digital Systems Laboratory
This laboratory covers applications of microcontroller fundamentals. Topics include digital logic, microcontroller programming and interfacing. The activities for this course utilize typical microcontroller and application hardware.
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
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
MFET-499
MFET Co-op (spring, summer)
One semester of experience in a job related to the student's major. Completion of Co-op Orientation required before registering for co-op. Department permission is required.
0
MFET-545
Electronics Manufacturing
This course provides a thorough understanding of the technology, components, equipment, materials and manufacturing process for through hole technology and surface mount technology electronics manufacturing. Students will develop a strong foundation needed for advanced work in surface mount technology (SMT). Topics in Design for Manufacturing are also considered for high volume vs. low volume manufacturing. Students may only receive credit for this course or MFET-655, not both.
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 3 (global)
3
Fourth Year
MFET-420
Quality Engineering Principles
This course is designed to introduce the student to techniques required to maintain and improve quality within manufacturing organizations and the service sector through the use of statistical methodologies. The course covers concepts of quality, quality managements and assurance, product quality, design of quality control chart, statistical process control, and quality improvement through design by considering concept development and implementation. Traditional and modern quality systems will be discussed including the work of such quality gurus like Taguchi, Deming, Juran, and Shewhart.
3
MFET-436
Engineering Economics
This course provides in depth coverage of engineering economic analysis, which is the financial side of engineering decision making. Students are also taught ethical decision making through an introduction to an engineering professional code of conduct. Project planning/management are introduced to students. Presentation skills are enhanced with an emphasis on presenting to executives.
3
MFET-450
Lean Production & Supply Chain Operations
This course is designed to provide the student with knowledge and skills of contemporary theories and practices in operations and supply chain management employed by world class manufacturing organizations. Students are introduced to topics that include forecasting, aggregate planning, inventory management, capacity management, and supply chain management. Integrated with these topics are lean excellence tools VSM, 5S, Kanban, OEE and Standard Work Practices, Cycle Time Analysis.
3
MFET-460
Integrated Design for Manufacture & Assembly
Integrated design for manufacture and assembly manufacturing processes are expanded and applied to the design process. Part concepts will be considered for various manufacturing processes to determine which process will yield the lowest cost part that meets all product functional requirements. Students will learn the DFMA methodology for making decisions to analyze the costs associated with their product concepts. Designs will consider the tooling that is required in product build and will understand the interrelationships between decisions and the cost associated with manufacture and service of the product. At the conclusion of the course students will be able to effectively design parts and assemblies for manufacture, assembly, and service. Costing will be considered at every step of the design process.
3
MFET-499
MFET Co-op (summer)
One semester of experience in a job related to the student's major. Completion of Co-op Orientation required before registering for co-op. Department permission is required.
0
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.
2
MFET-586
Robots & Automation Lab
This laboratory course provides hands on experience with robotics and CNC in manufacturing.
1
 
LAS Immersion 1, 2
6
 
LAS Perspective 1 (ethical)
3
 
LAS Perspective 4 (social)
3
 
LAS Elective
3
Fifth Year
MFET-499
MFET Co-op (fall)
One semester of experience in a job related to the student's major. Completion of Co-op Orientation required before registering for co-op. Department permission is required.
0
MFET-580
Production Systems Design (WI)
MFET-580 Production Systems Design and MFET-590 Production Systems Development together form manufacturing engineering technology senior project or capstone courses. In MFET 580 students gain design capabilities and communication skills for designing a fully functioning automated cellular production unit. In MFET 590, the students construct the cellular unit that produces a finished packaged product that was designed in MFET 580.
3
MFET-590
Production Systems Development
MFET-580 Production Systems Design and MFET-590 Production Systems Development together form manufacturing engineering technology senior project. This course is project-based. In MFET-590 students construct a fully functioning automated work cell that produces a finished packaged product. Students will also practice project management, project planning and effective communication while drawing on their past technical skills (e.g. Solid works) to complete the project. Students are tasked to use an integrated design, problem-solving process development, and assembly techniques in the completion of a fully functional automated workcell and product. Process improvement becomes inherent in the integrated activities. Design, final documentation, and demonstration of successful fully functional automated workcell and assembly of a product are required.
3
 
Free Electives
6
 
LAS Immersion 3
3
Total Semester Credit Hours
124

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.

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.

Manufacturing 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 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
MFET-499
MFET Co-op (summer)
One semester of experience in a job related to the student's major. Completion of Co-op Orientation required before registering for co-op. 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
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.
2
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.
1
MFET-450
Lean Production & Supply Chain Operations
This course is designed to provide the student with knowledge and skills of contemporary theories and practices in operations and supply chain management employed by world class manufacturing organizations. Students are introduced to topics that include forecasting, aggregate planning, inventory management, capacity management, and supply chain management. Integrated with these topics are lean excellence tools VSM, 5S, Kanban, OEE and Standard Work Practices, Cycle Time Analysis.
3
MFET-460
Integrated Design for Manufacture & Assembly
Integrated design for manufacture and assembly manufacturing processes are expanded and applied to the design process. Part concepts will be considered for various manufacturing processes to determine which process will yield the lowest cost part that meets all product functional requirements. Students will learn the DFMA methodology for making decisions to analyze the costs associated with their product concepts. Designs will consider the tooling that is required in product build and will understand the interrelationships between decisions and the cost associated with manufacture and service of the product. At the conclusion of the course students will be able to effectively design parts and assemblies for manufacture, assembly, and service. Costing will be considered at every step of the design process.
3
MFET-499
MFET Co-op (summer)
One semester of experience in a job related to the student's major. Completion of Co-op Orientation required before registering for co-op. Department permission is required.
0
MFET-545
Electronics Manufacturing
This course provides a thorough understanding of the technology, components, equipment, materials and manufacturing process for through hole technology and surface mount technology electronics manufacturing. Students will develop a strong foundation needed for advanced work in surface mount technology (SMT). Topics in Design for Manufacturing are also considered for high volume vs. low volume manufacturing. Students may only receive credit for this course or MFET-655, not both.
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 Immersion 1, 2
6
 
MMET Concentration Course
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
MFET-420
Quality Engineering Principles
This course is designed to introduce the student to techniques required to maintain and improve quality within manufacturing organizations and the service sector through the use of statistical methodologies. The course covers concepts of quality, quality managements and assurance, product quality, design of quality control chart, statistical process control, and quality improvement through design by considering concept development and implementation. Traditional and modern quality systems will be discussed including the work of such quality gurus like Taguchi, Deming, Juran, and Shewhart.
3
MFET-436
Engineering Economics
This course provides in depth coverage of engineering economic analysis, which is the financial side of engineering decision making. Students are also taught ethical decision making through an introduction to an engineering professional code of conduct. Project planning/management are introduced to students. Presentation skills are enhanced with an emphasis on presenting to executives.
3
MFET-499
MFET Co-op (summer)
One semester of experience in a job related to the student's major. Completion of Co-op Orientation required before registering for co-op. Department permission is required.
0
MFET-580
Production Systems Design (WI)
MFET-580 Production Systems Design and MFET-590 Production Systems Development together form manufacturing engineering technology senior project or capstone courses. In MFET 580 students gain design capabilities and communication skills for designing a fully functioning automated cellular production unit. In MFET 590, the students construct the cellular unit that produces a finished packaged product that was designed in MFET 580.
3
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.
2
MFET-586
Robots & Automation Lab
This laboratory course provides hands on experience with robotics and CNC in manufacturing.
1
MFET-590
Production Systems Development
MFET-580 Production Systems Design and MFET-590 Production Systems Development together form manufacturing engineering technology senior project. This course is project-based. In MFET-590 students construct a fully functioning automated work cell that produces a finished packaged product. Students will also practice project management, project planning and effective communication while drawing on their past technical skills (e.g. Solid works) to complete the project. Students are tasked to use an integrated design, problem-solving process development, and assembly techniques in the completion of a fully functional automated workcell and product. Process improvement becomes inherent in the integrated activities. Design, final documentation, and demonstration of successful fully functional automated workcell and assembly of a product are required.
3
STAT-670
Designing Experiments for Engineers and Scientists
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 Elective
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
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-706
   Cost Management
The development and use of cost data for external reporting and internal cost management (planning and control). Topics include job costing, process costing, joint product costing, cost reassignments, standard costs, activity-based costing, decentralization and transfer pricing, and cost variances. Consideration is given to manufacturing, service and retail organizations.
 
Choose one of the following:
3
  MFET-788
   MMSI Thesis Planning
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.
 
  
   MMET Elective Course
 
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.
 
 
   MMET Elective and Comprehensive Exam
 
 
Free Electives
3
 
LAS Immersion 3
3
 
LAS Perspective 4 (social)
3
 
MMET Concentration Course
3
 
MMET Elective Course
3
Total Semester Credit Hours
152

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.

Accreditation

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

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

Manufacturing, mechanical, drafting and design, robotics, or electromechanical technology; engineering science

 

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Additional Info

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 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).

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.