Mechanical Engineering Tech (MEC) at Piedmont Virginia Community College

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MEC 131 - Mechanics I - Statics for Engineering Technology
Teaches Newton's laws, resultants and equilibrium of force systems, trusses and frames, determination of centroids, and distributed loads and moments of inertia. Introduces dry friction and force systems in space.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
MEC 155 - Mechanisms
Studies the purpose and actions of cams, gear trains, levers, and other mechanical devices used to transmit control. Focuses on motions, linkages, velocities, and acceleration of points within a link mechanism; layout method for designing cams and gear grain. Requires preparation of weekly laboratory reports.
Lecture 1-2 hours. Laboratory 2-4 hours. Total 3-5 hours per week.
2-3 credits
MEC 161 - Basic Fluid Mechanics - Hydraulics/Pneumatics
Introduces theory, operation and maintenance of hydraulic/ pneumatics devices and systems. Emphasizes the properties of fluids, fluid flow, fluid statics, and the application of Bernoulli's equation.
Lecture 2-3 hours. Laboratory 2-3 hours. Total 4-6 hours per week.
3-4 credits
MEC 210 - Machine Design
Studies the design of machine elements for producing and transmitting power. Includes additional material in statics, strength of materials, dynamics, engineering materials and industrial processes, including lubrication and friction. Emphasizes graphical kinematics of mechanisms, and discusses analytical design of machine components. Requires preparation of weekly laboratory reports.
Lecture 2-3 hours. Laboratory 1-2 hours. Total 3-4 hours per week.
3 credits
MEC 212 - Machine Design II
Introduces analytical design of bearings, clutches, coupling, brakes, springs, gearing systems, and power shafting. Emphasizes methods of construction, machine parts and specifications of materials, and manufacturing processes. Part II of II.
Lecture 3-4 hours. Laboratory 1-3 hours. Total 4-6 hours per week.
4 credits