Mechanical Engineering Technology Course Descriptions

Number sequencing next to course name means the following: first digit designates the number of lecture hours for the course; the second digit designates the number of lab, clinic or practicum hours; and the third digit designates the credit hours for the course.

MCET 101C Design Graphics I 1-3-2
Please note: This course is not currently being offered.

The first of three course sequence aimed at developing the principles of graphic communication. Technical sketching, industrial print reading and Computer-Aided Drawing (CAD) training are presented concurrently. Topics covered include sketching techniques, lettering, orthographic projections, pictorials, auxiliary views, sectioning, dimensioning, tolerancing, fastening techniques and working drawings.

MCET 102C Design Graphics II 1-3-2
Please note: This course is not currently being offered.

A continuation of MCET 101C into topics of Computer-Aided Drawing and Design (CAD). The CAD training will include detailing, assembly drawings, Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing (GD & T) and 3D solid modeling.

MCET 105C Engineering Design 4-0-4
This course introduces students to the fundamentals of engineering design and professional practice through the use of hands-on projects. Students will learn about the design cycle and the necessary steps to complete a successful project as a member of a team. Topics include problem identification, brainstorming, drawing and documentation, reverse engineering, testing and evaluation, and manufacturing. Cost, safety, and environmental issues are considered as well as ethical and professional responsibilities. Students will document designs using industry standard 3D modeling software and will be required to communicate their designs through written, oral, and graphical presentations. (This course replaces PLTW 101 Introduction to Engineering Design.) A $10 materials fee will be assessed for all students taking MCET 105C.

MCET 106C Advanced CAD Modeling 2-2-3
This is a computer aided design (CAD) course that builds upon the skills learned in MCET105C Engineering Design.  Advanced features of CAD will be explored and demonstrated in their application to mechanical design.  CAD program used is latest version SolidWorks. Skills learned include: advanced part features (sweep, loft, and datum curves), design automation techniques (configurations and design tables), advanced assemblies (animation, simulations, and top-down design), and advanced design features (sheet metal and mold design). Participants in the class are eligible to download a student version of SolidWorks and take the Certified SolidWorks Associate CSWA exam. (Prerequisite: MCET 105C with a grade of “C-“ or higher, or demonstrated core competency)

MCET 110C Engineering Principles 4-0-4
This course is an introductory level survey course of engineering exploring a broad range of topics across multiple disciplines. Topics include mechanisms, energy, machine control, fluid power, statics, materials, statistics, and kinematics. Students will develop problem-solving skills and technology literacy as they create solutions to various challenges. The use of industry standard 3D CAD and Microsoft Office applications is integrated throughout as students document their designs in written and oral formats. (Prerequisite: MCET 105C, Corequisites: MATH 124C or MATH 109C) (This course replaces PLTW 103C Principles of Engineering.)

MCET 150C Statics and Strength of Materials 3-2-4
Analysis of external force systems acting upon bodies in equilibrium with subsequent treatment of the stresses and strains induced. Laboratory projects will involve the use of nondestructive and destructive testing equipment to determine the various mechanical properties of materials and their behavior under load. (Prerequisites: MATH 124C and PHYS 133C)

MCET 205C Material Science 3-2-4
This course studies the structures, properties and behavior of engineering materials as well as how they can be altered through mechanical working and heat treating. Materials considered are ferrous and nonferrous metals and their alloys, plastics and ceramics. Consideration is also given to the selection of these materials to meet manufacturing and design criteria. Laboratory experiments will complement the classroom presentations. (Prerequisites: CHEM 105C; MCET 150C strongly recommended)

MCET 229C Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer 3-0-3
The fundamentals of equilibrium thermodynamics will be presented. Topics will include thermodynamic properties, processes, process diagrams, the First and Second laws, entropy, and an introduction to thermodynamic cycles. A brief study of heat transfer in its three modes (conduction, convection and radiation) will also be presented. (Prerequisites: MATH 205C and PHYS 133C)

MCET 250C Dynamics and Mechanical Design I 3-2-4
A study of the effect of forces acting on rigid and deformable bodies subject to static and dynamic loading, and the utilization of this knowledge for the design of mechanical components. Major topics include strength and fatigue, kinematic analysis, power transmission, design methodology, and computer applications. (Prerequisites: ENGL 125C or ENGL 120C, MCET 105C, MCET 150C,  and MATH 140C)

MCET 260C Mechanical Design II 3-2-4
A continuation of MCET 250C, treating the topics of rigid and elastic fasteners, shafts and bearings, welds, springs, clutches and brakes. A series of design projects combining several of these elements will be assigned. Computer methods will be employed where appropriate. (Prerequisites: MATH 205C and MCET 250C)

MCET 280C Fundamentals of Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD & T) 2-0-2
A study of the technical language used to specify engineering design and drawing requirements with respect to actual "function" and "relationship" of part features. The Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD & T) language is based on the US Standard ANSI/ASME Y14.5-1994. Practice in reading and applying the standard will be accomplished with video-taped presentations, discussion periods and workbook practice sessions. (Prerequisite: MCET 101C or permission of department chair of Mechanical Engineering Technology)

MCET 282C Senior Project 2-2-3
This course integrates the previous course work and experiences of the students by allowing them to select, define, research, and report on a single, major technical topic of their choice. The formal classroom environment is set aside and the student works under the guidance of a faculty advisor. There are three distinct phases to the course: proposal phase, development phase, and reporting phase. (Prerequisite: ENGL 101C or permission of department chair of Mechanical Engineering Technology)

MCET 290C Hybrid Vehicle Technology 3-0-3
Please note: This course is not currently being offered.

A general engineering study of the hybrid vehicle design and its impact on the environment and industry. Engineering principles such as vehicle dynamics, energy conversion, energy storage, lightweight and composite materials, power transmission, basic electronics, and thermal management will be applied to a hybrid vehicle. Topics will include alternate fuels, emissions, power sources, and safety issues. (Prerequisites: MCET 101C, MATH 140C and PHYS 133C; or permission of department chair of Mechanical Engineering Technology.)

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