Students will be provided a broad background in the operation, maintenance, design, and production of machinery, transportation equipment, mining equipment, fluid power, and in industrial shop operations. The design and development of mechanical systems and the production and utilization of mechanical power are stressed. Graduates find employment in most industries, utilities, consulting engineering firms, and industrial research laboratories. The associate and baccalaureate degree programs in mechanical engineering technology are accredited by the Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.
The Mechanical Engineering Technology program publishes the following program educational objectives as broad statements describing expected accomplishments of its graduates during the first few years after graduation.
Program Educational Objectives
Baccalaureate degree graduates will demonstrate additional depth and breadth to the program educational objectives stated above. In addition, the following accomplishments are also expected of baccalaureate degree graduates.
- Graduates continue education through the completion of study in a masters or PhD program.
- Graduates receive professional certification such as Professional Engineer (PE) license.
- Graduates manage technical activities in support of Mechanical engineering infrastructure.
The Mechanical Engineering Technology program publishes the following program outcomes to describe what students are expected to know and do at the time of graduation. These relate to knowledge, skills, and behaviors that students acquire in the program.
- Students demonstrate an ability to select and apply the knowledge, techniques, skills, and modern tools of the discipline to broadly defined mechanical engineering technology activities.
- Students demonstrate an ability to select and apply a knowledge of mathematics, science, engineering, and technology to mechanical engineering technology problems that require the application of principles and applied procedures or methodologies.
- Students demonstrate an ability to conduct standard tests and measurements; to conduct, analyze, and interpret experiments; and to apply experimental results to improve processes.
- Students demonstrate an ability to design systems, components, or processes for broadly defined mechanical engineering technology problems appropriate to program educational objectives.
- Students demonstrate an ability to function effectively as a member or leader on a technical team.
- Students demonstrate an ability to identify, analyze, and solve broadly defined mechanical engineering technology problems.
- Students demonstrate an ability to apply written, oral, and graphical communication in both technical and non-technical environments; and an ability to identify and use appropriate technical literature.
- Students demonstrate an understanding of the need for and an ability to engage in self-directed continuing professional development.
- Students demonstrate an understanding of and a commitment to address professional and ethical responsibilities including a respect for diversity.
- Students demonstrate a knowledge of the impact of engineering technology solutions in a societal and global context.
- Students demonstrate a commitment to quality, timeliness, and continuous improvement.
- Students can apply specific program principles to the analysis, design, development, implementation, or oversight of more advanced mechanical systems or processes depending on program orientation and the needs of their constituents.
The following courses are required for the associate and baccalaureate degrees respectively, listed in the recommended sequence.