Mechanical Engineering Tech (MEC) at Tidewater Community College

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MEC 111 - Materials for Industry
Studies the nature, structure, properties, and typical applications of metallic, polymeric, ceramic, and composite materials. Focuses on applications of materials as well as the behavior of materials subjected to external stresses. Addresses as required the earth's limited material resources, energy efficient materials, dependence on foreign sources of materials, material systems, thermal processing, and electronic-related materials.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
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 132 - Mechanics II - Strength of Mat. for Eng. Tech
Teaches the concepts of stress and strain. Provides an analysis of stresses and deformations in loaded members, connectors, shafts, beams, columns, and combined stress.
Lecture 2-3 hours per week.
2-3 credits
MEC 135 - Mechanics Laboratory
Analyzes tension, compression, torsion, bending, fatigue, impact strength, and hardness of materials. Addresses static and dynamic stresses and strains. Provides for statistical evaluation of data. Includes experiments and/or demonstrations.
Laboratory 2 hours per week.
1 credits
MEC 135 Detailed Outline
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
MEC 140 Detailed Outline
MEC 148 - Industrial Pipefitting
Covers the fundamentals of industrial piping installation, components, and layout. Considers the types of pipe and fabrication of piping systems, as well as the methods used to connect them.
Credits 2 - 3. Lecture 1 - 2 hours. Lab 2 hours. Total 3 - 4 hours per week.
2-3 credits
MEC 148 Detailed Outline
MEC 154 - Mechanical Maintenance I
Provides an overview of basic maintenance techniques and processes for industrial mechanics and technicians who are installing and maintaining industrial mechanical and power transmission components.
Lecture 2-3 hours. Laboratory 1-2 hours. Total 3-4 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 205 - Piping and Auxiliary Systems
Studies threaded pipe, welded pipe, isometric pipe sketching and layout, gaskets, packing, industrial hoses and tubing, basic steam system operations, automatic and manual valves, and positive displacement pumps.
Lecture 2 hours. Laboratory 2 hours. Total 4 hours per week.
3 credits
MEC 268 - Fluid Power - Hydraulic Systems
Studies hydraulic components and their integration into complex systems including system analysis and troubleshooting. Introduces design considerations necessary for repair and modification. Covers closed loop control and proportional valves with electronic control.
Credits 2 - 3. Lecture1 - 2 hours. Laboratory 2 hours. Total 3 -4 hours per week.
2-3 credits
MEC 268 Detailed Outline
MEC 269 - Fluid Power - Pneumatic Systems
Teaches pneumatic components, systems and trouble analysis. Introduces basic design for modification and repair. Covers open loop control, fluidics, robotics and computer controls.
Credits 2 - 3. Lecture 1 - 2 hours. Laboratory 2 hours. Total 3 - 4 hours per week.
2-3 credits
MEC 269 Detailed Outline