The Mechanical Engineering Technology program prepares graduates for entry-level employment in the mechanical engineering field. The skills acquired from this course of study allow the student to visualize objects in three dimensions, describe objects with manual and computer-aided drafting (CAD) techniques, and apply mechanical engineering principles to design products, tools, and equipment for a manufacturing-oriented industry. The program's affiliations with industry are maintained through an advisory committee and the local chapter of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME).
The student's skills are developed with a comprehensive exposure to the concepts of orthographic projection, sectioning, and isometric drawing with an emphasis on instrument drawing techniques. These skills are complemented by a thorough understanding of geometric dimensioning and tolerancing (GD&T) and a demonstrated proficiency with the latest CAD software. Additional training in fabrication principles, mechanical design, product design, and manufacturing processes provides a well-rounded experience with mechanical design and manufacturing technology.
The principles of mechanical engineering are mastered by studying the motion of mechanical objects and the underlying concepts required to understand how a machine functions or a manufacturing process is performed. By studying the practical aspects of structured programming, parametric feature-based design, and Pro/ENGINEER® solid modeling, the student gains the skills necessary to utilize the computer as a design tool. Further studies in fluid mechanics, tool design, engineering materials, thermodynamics and heat transfer, machine design, and related engineering topics allow the student to build upon these concepts. Practical applications of these concepts are realized during the design, fabrication, and testing of engineering prototypes.
Upon entering the work place, the graduate can expect to assist engineers and scientists in the design and development of new products. As work experience is acquired, the graduate can expect to gain more design responsibility and thereby become a key member of an engineering team.
The various employment opportunities possible for this field are described in the following job classifications: CAD operator, cost estimator, manufacturing liaison, design technician, tool and die designer, mechanical designer, design engineer, manufacturing engineer, and project engineer.