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Mechanical Engineering Technology (MEC)

MEC 1000  Freshman Seminar  (1)                                                                            fall
This seminar presents an introduction to the mechanical engineering technician career and to the skills of lifelong learning. Introductory design projects, research, laboratory experiments, student presentations, speakers from industry, and field trips help develop teamwork, communications, and study skills and give an overview of the broad field of mechanical engineering technology; 1 hour of seminar per week; graded Pass/No Pass. Prerequisite: None

MEC 1011  Design Communication I  (2)                                                                  fall
The course provides a basic understanding of the principles and technology of mechanical drawing and computer modeling as methods of documenting and communicating mechanical designs. The concepts of geometric construction; orthographic projection; sectional and auxiliary views; dimensioning; and fasteners are covered using hand-drawing techniques and basic drafting tools. Basic proficiency is also developed in computer-aided design (CAD) using a two-dimensional documentation software and a three-dimensional parametric solid-modeling software. The computer operating system, file management techniques, and e-mail are also introduce; 6 hours of laboratory per week. Prerequisite: None

MEC 1012  Design Communication II  (3)                                                           spring
In this course, students gain proficiency in communicating mechanical designs using hand drawing and computer modeling, building on the fundamentals learned in the previous course. In addition, students gain skills in project management and teamwork. Students work in teams on short- and long-term mechanical design projects, maintaining electronic design notebooks and project web pages. Students practice two-dimensional and three-dimensional computer modeling and web authoring; 6 hours of laboratory per week. Prerequisite: MEC 1011

MEC 1020  Manufacturing Processes  (2)                                                    fall/spring
This course will introduce the student to machine tools, measuring instruments, and machining operations and how they relate to the manufacturing process. The concept of the job shop and production plant will be studied and the relationship of design, production control, and manufacturing will be demonstrated. Computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) will be introduced; 1 hour of lecture, 3 hours of laboratory per week. Prerequisite: None [Course fee: $35]

MEC 1040  Introduction to Materials Science and Engineering  (3)                spring
The structural nature and various mechanical properties governing the selection, use, and behavior of engineering materials, both metallic and non-metallic, are studied in this course. In the laboratory, students evaluate and control material properties through various testing, mechanical, and thermal procedures; 2 hours of lecture, 3 hours laboratory per week. Prerequisite: PHY 1041 or equivalent [Course fee: $15]

MEC 1050  Computer Applications for Mechanical Engineering  (1)                    fall
This course introduces the student to the college network, Microsoft, e-mail, and the internet. Focus is on the mechanical applications for spreadsheets; analysis and organization of electronic data; data acquisition and analysis; and presentation of technical information using various computer application; 2 hours of laboratory per week. Prerequisite: None

MEC 1060  Metrology and Inspection Techniques  (3)                             as required
This course is designed to provide students with the fundamental concepts of modern dimensional metrology and related inspection techniques; 2 hours of lecture, 3 hours of laboratory per week. Prerequisite: None

MEC 1070  Tool Geometry and Productive Metal Cutting  (1)                 as required
This course is designed to help students develop an understanding of the theory and practical applications of modern cutting-tool technology. After successfully completing this course, participants will be competent to recognize and define the various geometries associated with cutting tools and how they relate to the material and manufacturing process; 4 hours of laboratory per week. Prerequisite: None

MEC 2010  Fluid Mechanics and Fluid Systems  (4)                                                fall
This course examines the interrelationships between the nature of fluid properties; the behavior of fluids at rest and in motion; and the utilization of fluids to effectively accomplish a wide range of useful purposes. Laboratory experience and observation develop a working knowledge of fluid properties, fluid behavior, and fluid systems for power transmission and control; 3 hours of lecture, 3 hours of laboratory per week. Prerequisite: MAT 1520, MEC 1050, and PHY 1041 or 1022.

MEC 2035  Statics and Strengths of Materials  (4)                                                  fall
Statics involves the study of vector forces, resultants, and moments and their effect on mechanical systems and structures that are not moving. In static systems, forces and moments (torques) are balanced and known forces can be used to solve for the moments or forces in various parts of a structure. Strength of materials will familiarize students with axial and shear stress and strain; thermal deformation; torsion; shear; bending moments; beam stresses; and deflections. The course will also include the use of computer applications to solve stress and bending problems; 3 hours of lecture, 3 hours of laboratory per week. Prerequisite: MAT 1520, MEC 1011, 1040, 1050, PHY 1041 [Course fee: $35]

MEC 2040  Computer-Aided Technology  (2)                                                           fall
Students develop skills to program CNC lathes and milling machines. Software linking CAD programs with CNC machines, industrial pick-and-place robots, and Flexible Machining Systems are presented. In addition, the student is kept up-to-date on current developments in computer-aided technology; 1 hour of lecture, 3 hours of laboratory per week. Prerequisite: MEC 1020, 1011, and 1050 [Course fee: $45]

MEC 2050  Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer  (4)                                         spring
The purpose of this course is to help the student to acquire a familiarity with the first and second laws of thermodynamics, the equations of state, perfect gas processes, and various power cycles. The student will develop some skill in applying these principles to the analysis of devices which utilize the power cycles such as the Otto, Diesel, Rankine, and vapor-compression cycles. Conduction, convection, and radiation heat transfer are also introduced; 3 hours of lecture, 3 hours of laboratory per week. Prerequisite: MEC 1050 and 2010, MAT 1520, and PHY 1042

MEC 2065  Kinematics and Dynamics  (4)                                                          spring
In dynamic systems, where objects and mechanical assemblies are moving, the accelerations and velocities are considered in order to analyze the motion and forces on an object. The students in this course should acquire a thorough understanding of the displacement, velocity, acceleration, and force characteristics of plane motion and the associated graphical and computer-aided methods of analysis; 3 hours of lecture, 3 hours of laboratory per week. Prerequisite: MAT 1420, MEC 1050, 1011, and PHY 1041

MEC 2070  Machine Design Components  (3)                                            as required
This course familiarizes the student with the various types of machine elements that   are used in mechanical design and helps them understand the design intent based on functionality, strength, and durability; 2 hours of lecture, 3 hours of laboratory per week. Prerequisite: None

MEC 2720  Mechanical Projects  (3)                                                                    spring
Through this course, the student will gain an understanding of the application of mechanical parts such as screws, gears, shafts, bearings, chains, belts, clutches, and brakes to the design of mechanical devices. A central component of this course is a team-based project to design and fabricate a mechanical system. This course is the capstone experience for the Mechanical Engineering Technology program; 2 hours of lecture, 3 hours of laboratory per week. Prerequisite: MEC 1020 and 2035, concurrent enrollment in MEC 2065 [Course fee: $75]

MEC 3020  Manufacturing Processes and Machine Design  (3)                     spring
This course integrates concepts in manufacturing processes with elements of machine design. Fabrication techniques using manufacturing tools such as mills and lathes are covered, as well as an introduction to computer-aided manufacturing. Design implications of selected components such as gears, bearings, chains, belts, clutches, brakes, and couplings are discussed. The course culminates with a project that employs the practical applications of many of the covered topics; 2 hours of lecture, 3 hours of laboratory per week. Prerequisite: Junior standing in the BS.ELM program [Course fee: $40]