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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 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 112 - Processes of Industry
Analyzes the processes of manufacturing products from materials for industry/engineering. Includes machining, casting, forming, molding, hot/cold working, chipless machining, and welding. Addresses quality assurance and inspection procedures.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
MEC 126 - Computer Programming for Technologists
Introduces computer software and programming. Covers programming for the microcomputer using high level languages. Teaches computer solutions of mathematical problems in applications such as circuit analysis and static equilibrium.
Lecture 1-2 hours. Laboratory 2 hours. Total 3-4 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 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 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 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 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 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 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
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 255 - Thermodynamics
Studies the properties of fluids and basic principles of work, energy, and heat. Includes the first and second laws of thermodynamics, processes and cycles, thermal reversibilities and irreversibilities, internal combustion engines, and gas turbines.
Lecture 2-3 hours per week.
2-3 credits
MEC 265 - Fluid Mechanics
Studies properties of fluids and fluid flow, Bernoulli's theorem, measuring devices, viscosity and dimensional analysis. Emphasizes fluid statics, flow in pipes and channels, and pumps.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits