Mechanical Engineering Technology concerns power and the machinery used to convert power to useful work. The Mechanical Engineering Technician is a practically-oriented member of the engineering team who applies existing technology to the solution of engineering problems. Students learn how to extract and analyze engineering data. Microcomputers are integrated into the curriculum to aid in both classroom and laboratory activities. Senior students are assigned projects in which they apply the principles they have learned. Applications to current technology are stressed and individual initiative is encouraged. The program is designed to train students as Mechanical Engineering Technicians ready for entry-level positions in industry upon graduation.
Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates should be able to:
- Prepare and present technical and laboratory reports using modern computer software and oral presentation skills
- Prepare drawing and designs of machine components both manually and with the help of AutoCAD, Solidworks, and Pro-Engineer 3D modeling software
- Understand the nature, science, structure, and properties of metallic, plastic, ceramic, and composite engineering materials
- Measure the mechanical properties (tensile strength, hardness, impact strength, torsional shear strength, toughness, etc.) of a material specimen in a laboratory
- Draw the Free Body Diagram (FBD) of a two-dimensional body and solve its equations of equilibrium
- Perform force analyses of machine and frames
- Calculate the deformation of and thermal stress caused by temperature and pressure changes in various objects and vessels
- Analyze a column and determine the critical load that will cause it to fail
Students enrolling in the Mechanical Engineering Technology program should plan to spend approximately $60.00 on drafting equipment. For more information, call the Interim Department Chair, at (203) 285-2371 or e-mail at (firstname.lastname@example.org).