This course covers the basic principles involved in the transformation of heat into mechanical energy. Fundamentals of the heat engines and turbomachinery including hydraulic, steam and gas turbines, compressors, pumps as well as reciprocating and rotary engines will be discussed. Study of alternative energy technologies and variations in design of various components will also be covered. An emphasis is placed on the general arrangement and construction practices used by equipment manufacturers, with an objective to apply knowledge and adapt to emerging technologies and applications.
The course will emphasize applications of material involving the two basic concepts of dynamics, i.e., kinematics and kinetics and will introduce the students to vibrations. The course will include the study of levers, links, slide mechanisms, scotch yoke and the principles of force, torque, velocity, acceleration, inertia and friction. The course will use the principals of Equilibrium, Work-Energy and Impulse-Momentum along with Newton's Second Law to examine a variety of problems.
Students will complete supervised field work in a selected business, industry, government or educational setting. Students carry out a planned program of educational experiences under direct supervision of an owner, manager or supervisor of technology in an organization. Each intern will be supervised by a member of the faculty. Written and oral reports and a journal of work experience activities will be required. Evaluation will be based on the quality of experiences gained from the internship.
This course evaluates the concepts of energy and identifies how it relates to current and future technology. Topics include the data analysis of various types of energy systems, conversion among the several forms of energy, environmental impacts, and cost analyses. Lecture is supported by laboratory activities that may include: experiments, data collection and analysis, field trips to energy production facilities, design activities, and a final group project emphasizing principles discussed and experienced throughout the lecture and laboratory portions of the course.
This course will introduce engineering technology students to the principles of computational methods such as iterative processes, finite difference and finite element methods in the solution of engineering-oriented problems in the areas of structural analysis, heat transfer and fluid flow. The students will also learn to apply a programming environment such as VBA in a structured manner for solving complex applications by iterative means. A commercial finite element analysis software system will be used as a solver for large-scale 2D and 3D models.
This is an upper lever design course for all aspects of fluid power systems. Both hydraulic and pneumatic systems are covered. Topics covered in this class include pneumatic circuits, hydraulic power systems, hydrostatic transmissions, and electro-hydraulic control systems. Emphasis will be placed on system design and hydraulic and pneumatic component specification. The course prepares students to sit for the Hydraulic Specialist industry certification exam hosted by the National Fluid Power Society.
This course introduces the student to the fundamental principles of heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems. Topics include psychometric principles and processes, equipment selection, heating and cooling load calculations and heating system principles including forced warm air, hot water, electric and steam systems and geothermal heating and cooling systems.
This course is a study of introductory mechanics through the application of the principles of statics. Students will focus on the equilibrium of particles and rigid bodies in two and three dimensions. Additional topics will include centroids, centers of gravity, and analysis of structures, friction, area and mass moments of inertia. The course will also emphasize the importance of problem-solving in statics by using algebraic and trigonometric computations.
This course prepares students who are new to the mechanical engineering technology field for success at the college level. Topics covered include mechanical engineering technology as a career, engineering library usage, problem solving techniques, measurement systems, right triangle geometry, dimensional analysis, significant figures, unit conversion, and data collection and analysis. Career options and opportunities will be presented using guest speakers from industry.
This course is a study of advanced concepts in designing machine elements for static and dynamic applications. Major topics include structural steel selection and welded structure design, lubricants and the viscosity/temperature relationship, stress analysis and failure theories of machine elements, reliability engineering including Weibull analysis, planetary gear set design, and hydraulic system design including accumulators, pumps, and circuit design.