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MEC 100 - Introduction to Engineering Technology
Introduces professional fields of engineering technology. Covers the work of the engineering technologist, professional ethics, division of industrial practice, and engineering problem solving with hand calculator and computer applications.
Lecture 1 hour. Laboratory 2 hours. Total 3 hours per week.
2 credits
MEC 101 - Introduction to Engineering Technology I
Introduces engineering technology. Provides historical background. Covers such topics as professional ethics; problem solving techniques involving forces, structures, materials, fluids, energy, and electricity and U.S. Customary and S.I. units, and unit conversions. Part I of II.
Lecture 2 hours per week.
2 credits
MEC 102 - Introduction to Engineering Technology II
Introduces engineering technology. Provides historical background. Covers such topics as professional ethics; problem solving techniques involving forces, structures, materials, fluids, energy, and electricity and U.S. Customary and S.I. units, and unit conversions. Part II of II.
Lecture 2 hours per week.
2 credits
MEC 103 - Electronic Circuits and Instrumentation
Designed for non-majors. Covers electronic circuits, devices, instrumentation and basic communications, DC and AC theory, introduction to power supplies, amplifiers, and measurement devices.
Lecture 3 hours. Laboratory 3 hours. Total 6 hours per week.
4 credits
MEC 113 - Materials and Processes of Industry
Studies engineering materials and accompanying industrial manufacturing processes. Investigates nature of materials structure and properties from a design standpoint. Analyzes the effects of various processes on materials, and the processes themselves. Includes machining, casting, forming, molding, hot/cold working, cipless machining, and welding. Addresses quality assurance and inspection procedures.
Lecture 3-4 hours per week.
3-4 credits
MEC 118 - Automated Manufacturing Technology
Studies computer numerical control (CNC) systems and related software. Includes application of numerical control (NC) to standard machine tools, numerical control systems, NC coordinate systems, APT systems, two-dimensional machine process, flexible manufacturing role of robotics in automated manufacturing.
Lecture 1-2 hours. Laboratory 3 hours. Total 4-5 hours per week.
2-3 credits
MEC 119 - Introduction to Basic CNC and CAM
Teaches the basic concepts of Computer Numerical Control (CNC) programming of Numerical Control Machinery with emphasis on Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM)/Computer Aided Drafting (CAD). Program writing procedures will be based on using the following: basic G-code programming language for CNC machinery, CAD/CAM programming systems to produce correct code for CNC Machinery, basic computer usage, CAD/CAM integration, and Code-to-machine transfer via Distributive Numeric Control (DNC).
Lecture 1-2 hours. Laboratory 2-4 hours. Total 3-5 hours per week.
2-3 credits
MEC 120 - Principles of Machine Technology
Studies fundamental machine operations and practices, including layout, measuring devices, hand tools, drilling, reaming, turning between centers, cutting tapers and threads, and milling; fabrication of mechanical parts on drill press, lathe and mill.
Lecture 2 hours. Laboratory 1-3 hours. Total 5 hours per week.
2-3 credits
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 140 - Introduction to Mechatronics
Presents foundational concepts in mechatronics including analog and digital electronics, sensors, actuators, microprocessors, and microprocessor interfacing to electromechanical systems. Surveys components and measurement equipment used in the design, installation, and repair of mechatronic equipment and circuits.
Lecture 2 hours. Laboratory 2 hours. Total 4 hours per week.
3 credits
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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 162 - Applied Hydraulics and Pneumatics
Introduces hydraulic and pneumatic systems found in construction equipment, road vehicles, and farm equipment. Includes the basic theory, construction, maintenance and repair of hydraulic and pneumatic power systems.
Lecture 1-3 hours. Laboratory 1-3 hours. Total 2-5 hours per week.
2-3 credits
MEC 165 - Applied Hydraulics, Pneumatics and Hydrostatics
Teaches fluid power system design, operation, testing, maintenance and repair. Includes reservoirs, pump connecting valves, cylinders, pressure regulating valves, flow control valves, hydraulic motors, and introduction to basic hydrostatic hydraulic systems.
Lecture 2 hours. Laboratory 3 hours. Total 5 hours per week.
3 credits
MEC 195 - Topics In
Provides an opportunity to explore topical areas of interest to or needed by students.
May be used also for special honors courses. May be repeated for credit. Variable hours.
1-5 credits
MEC 226 - Practical Metallurgy
Studies metals and their structure. Focuses on effects of hardening, tempering, and annealing upon the structure and physical properties of ferrous and non-ferrous metals. Covers the equipment and processes in heat treating.
Lecture 3 hours. Total 3 hours per week.
3 credits
MEC 230 - Mechatronic Process Control
Studies systems integrating mechanical components with electrical components and logic devices used to control manufacturing operations. Surveys electromechanical actuators, sensors, digital to analog conversion, and methods of computer control as related to the managing and monitoring of manufacturing processes. Prerequisite: MEC 140 or divisional approval.
Lecture 2 hours. Laboratory 2 hours. Total 4 hours per week.
3 credits
MEC 266 - Applications of Fluid Mechanics
Teaches theory of hydraulic and pneumatic circuits including motors, controls, actuators, valves, plumbing, accumulators, reservoirs, pumps, compressors, and filters.
Lecture 3-4 hours per week.
3-4 credits
MEC 299 - Supervised Study
Assigns problems for independent study incorporating previous instruction and supervised by the instructor.
May be repeated for credit. Variable hours.
1-5 credits