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Mechanical Engineering Technology Course Descriptions

Support Group


PHYS 107 or 109 – General Physics I (5 cr (4+2))

A survey of kinematics, dynamics and thermodynamics including fundamentals of mechanics, Newton’s laws of motion, energy conservation and momentum conservation. Concepts are connected to their use in technology and their manifestation in natural phenomena. Course may be algebra-based or calculus-based. 

PHYS 107 Prerequisite: MATH 104 College Algebra and MATH 106 Trigonometry or MATH 108 Pre-Calculus

PHYS 109 Prerequisite: Concurrent registration in or prior completion of MATH 171 Calculus I


MATH 171 – Calculus I (4 cr (4+0))

Real valued functions of a single variable. Concept of derivative, antiderivative and definite integral. Differentiation and applications, including optimization and curve-sketching. Emphasis on problem solving, approximation, data analysis, visualization.

Prerequisite: MATH 108 Pre-Calculus or MATH 104 College Algebra and MATH 106 Trigonometry with grade(s) of C or better or four years of college preparatory mathematics and a satisfactory score on a placement examination.


MATH 172 – Calculus II (4 cr (4+0))

Definite integration and applications, several techniques of integration, approximation and improper integrals. Numerical differential equations, slope fields, Euler's method and mathematical modeling. Taylor and Fourier Series.

Prerequisite: Math 171 Calculus I


Fundamentals Group

ENGR 101 – Fundamentals of Engineering Technology (2 cr (2+0))

This course is designed to equip engineering technology students with the necessary tools and background information to prepare them to be a successful student as well as a successful practicing engineering technologist. Topics covered in this course include ethics, project managements, team work, working with data, creating presentations, engineering design and a thorough understanding of the engineering technology profession.

ENGR 105 – Fundamentals of Drawing (3 cr (0+6))

Introduces common industry drafting practices in the design process with an emphasis on computer-aided drafting (CAD). Topics include sketching, drawing setup and organization, dimensioning, orthographic and isometric projections, and CAD standards and guidelines.

Prerequisites: MATH 106 Trigonometry or placement in/completion of any higher math course

ENGR 116 – Basic Manufacturing Processes (3 cr (2+2))

Introduces machining, stamping, casting, forging and joining of metallic and non-metallic materials. Covers the basic machining processes used to cut, form and shape materials to desired forms, dimensions and surface finishes. Students examine the manufacturing of metals, heat treating, foundry work, metals and plastics casting, rolling, extrusion and welding.

Prerequisite: ENGR 101 Fundamentals of Engineering Technology

ENGR 118 – Fluid Control (2 cr (1+2))    

An introduction to hydraulics and pneumatics including properties of fluids, basic pneumatic and hydraulic circuits and their schematics, and airflow control. Applications include Pascal’s Law, effects of fluid friction, and designing hydraulic circuits with control valves.

Prerequisite: MATH 106 Trigonometry or placement in/completion of any higher math course and (ENGR 101 Fundamentals of Engineering Technology or consent of instructor)

ENGR 130 – Basic Electrical Circuits I (4 cr (3+2))

This course uses theory, laboratory investigation and circuit simulation software to introduce basic electrical and circuit analysis principles. Emphasis is placed on direct current (DC) circuits containing voltage and current sources and resistor networks in series, parallel and series-parallel configurations. This course also introduces the concepts of electric and magnetic fields in the context of capacitors and inductors and their transient responses in DC circuits. A unit on basic alternating current (AC) resistive circuits with sinusoidal voltage and current sources is included.

Prerequisites: MATH 104 College Algebra or completion of/placement in any higher math course

ENGR 207 – Parametric Modeling (3 cr (0+6))

Topics include advanced techniques for creating fully dimensioned orthographic drawings for part models, cast parts, molded parts and sheet metal components with weldments. Surface modeling will be emphasized, and students will be introduced to software tools with kinematics and finite element stress analysis capabilities.

Prerequisite: ENGR 105 Fundamentals of Drawing

ENGR 220 – Mechanics of Materials (3 cr (3+0))                                                           

Introduces the distribution of forces in materials, trusses and other rigid structures under load. Topics include stress and strain, torsion, shear and bending moments, thermal expansion and stress, Mohr's Circle and column theory. Analysis techniques to ensure that a component is safe with respect to strength, rigidity and stability are included.

Prerequisite: PHYS 201 Statics

ENGR 221 – Machine Components (3 cr (3+0)) 

Introduces the basic concepts and techniques used in the design of a machine. The components studied include gears, shafts, cams, bearings, belts and other hardware. The importance of using reference handbooks and catalog specifications in choosing appropriate components for various applications is stressed.

Prerequisite: ENGR 101 Fundamentals of Engineering Technology 

PHYS 201 – Statics (3 cr (3+0))  

Static force systems in two and three dimensions. Includes composition and resolution of force vectors, principles of equilibrium applied to various bodies, simple structures and friction, centroids and moments of inertia.

Prerequisite: (PHYS 107 or PHYS 109 General Physics I)  and MATH 171 Calculus I

PHYS 202 – Dynamics (3 cr (3+0)) 

Particle and rigid body motion including translation and rotational kinematics, energetics, impulse and momentum. Uses vector representations of forces, torques, linear and angular momentum and moments of inertia.

Prerequisite: PHYS 109 General Physics I and concurrent registration in or prior completion of MATH 172 Calculus II or PHYS 107 General Physics I and concurrent registration in or prior completion of MATH 172 Calculus II


Course Descriptions—Advanced Study Group


ENGR 308 Finite Element Analysis (3 cr (3+0))

Introduces the finite element analysis (FEA) method and its application to stress analysis and structural mechanics. Topics include standard FEA techniques in one-, two- and three-dimensional systems, design optimization using FEA, incorporation of failure criteria and other constraints, and the interpretation of FEA results to ensure correctness.

Prerequisites: ENGR 207 Parametric Modeling and ENGR 220 Mechanics of Materials and MATH 172 Calculus II


ENGR 318 – Fluid Dynamics (3 cr (3+0))

The theory of fluid dynamics including hydrostatic forces, buoyancy, viscosity, and stability. Applications include Bernoulli’s equation, pipe flow, open-channel flow, drag and lift. 

Prerequisite: ENGR 118 Fluid Control and MATH 172 Calculus II

ENGR 320 – Motors and Drives (3 cr (3+0))

Selection, setup and circuitry associated with AC and DC drives and motors. Topics include DC motors and generator configuration, shunt, compound, and permanent magnet DC motor performance and characteristics. Series DC, compound DC, AC induction, specialty machine performance and characteristics, stepper motors, servomotors, and three-phase power systems are also included. 

Prerequisite: ENGRTECH 130 Basic Electrical Circuits I and (PHYS 107 or PHYS 109 General Physics I)

ENGR 322 – Design Problems (3 cr (3+0))

Students apply design principles and methods to create a product or a machine. Students work within a team to prepare concept sketches, assembly drawings, detail drawings, and perform stress and cost analysis.

Prerequisites: ENGRTECH 106 Parametric Modeling I and ENGRTECH 220 Mechanics of Materials and ENGRTECH 221 Machine Components

ENGR 330 – Thermodynamics (3 cr (3+0))

Topics include the first and second laws of thermodynamics, thermodynamic properties of real and ideal gases, vapors, and mixtures, and analysis of power and refrigeration cycles. 

Prerequisites: (PHYS 107 or PHYS 109 General Physics I) and MATH 172 Calculus II


ENGR 335 – Heat Transfer (3 cr (3+0))

Fundamentals of heat transfer by conduction, convection, and radiation including transient and steady state conditions as applied to one-dimensional and multi-dimensional systems. Topics include free and forced convection, boiling and condensation, heat exchangers, and diffusion.

Prerequisite: ENGR 330 Thermodynamics


ENGR 342 Measurement, Control, and Data Acquisition (3 cr (2+2))

Introduces techniques for collecting precision measurements, interpreting measurement data, and using it to control systems. Hands-on laboratory experiments will demonstrate the operation of real industrial systems (compressed air, pumping, chilled water, and furnace) and use precision measurement theory as it relates to process measurements and the accuracy of measurements in industrial processes.

Prerequisite: ENGR 130 Basic Electrical Circuits I


ENGR 360 – Engineering Project Management (3 cr (3+0))                                                                

his course is an overview of project management with an emphasis on engineering projects. Topics include pre-construction planning, project scheduling systems, critical path management, risk and effects analysis, and failure modes. 

Prerequisite: Engineering Technology major and Junior or Senior standing

ENGR 390 – Mechatronics (4 cr (2+4))                                                                            

The study of the integration of mechanical, electrical and electronic systems. Students from the Electrical and Mechanical Engineering Technology programs will form multidisciplinary teams and will design and build a project using an electromechanical control system. 

Prerequisites: ENGR 130 Basic Electrical Circuits I and ENGR 320 Motors & Drives


ENGR 400 – Internship (1-3 cr)

Co-ops or internships are offered on an individual basis at the student's request and consists of a program of learning activities planned in consultation with a faculty member. A student wishing to study or conduct research in an area not represented in available scheduled courses should develop a preliminary proposal and seek the sponsorship of a faculty member. The student's advisor can direct him or her to instructors with appropriate interests. A written report or equivalent is required for evaluation, and a short title describing the program must be sent early in the semester to the registrar for entry on the student's transcript.

ENGR 402 Engineering Technology Field Experience (1-4 cr)

This course will provide the student with a hands-on experience in an Engineering Technology field application setting. These field sites include renewable energy facilities, laboratories, industry. The field experience will not be covered in other courses. Each time this course is offered the content will be announced in the class schedule.

Prerequisites: ET 101 or ET 201 or ET 202 or ET 203

ENGRTECH 410 – Capstone Project (4 cr (2+4)) 

Students form teams as directed and define a technological problem with detailed specifications. Following the development of formal project proposals, teams work toward solutions while applying principles of technical design from the curriculum and documenting results. Each team delivers a formal presentation upon completion.

Prerequisite: Senior standing


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