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Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering Technology

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The Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology offers students a broad background in engineering technology and the technical skills needed to support the design, testing, and manufacture of products, systems, and devices. Students in the bachelor's degree program are prepared to apply in-depth concepts to the analysis, development, implementation, and oversight of mechanical systems and processes. Career opportunities for graduates of this program include support operations in manufacturing, plant management, product testing, quality assurance, and engineering.

Students may earn the Associate of Science in Mechanical Engineering Technology as they work towards the Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering Technology. Many of the courses taken toward this degree can be applied toward a related Certificate Program in Manufacturing Technology, allowing students to earn additional credentials as they pursue their degree.

Note: Although some of the courses in this program are available online, the majority of the courses are only available on campus.

Accreditation

The Bachelor of Science Engineering Technology Degree in the Mechanical Engineering Technology Program is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission (ETAC) of ABET (https://abet.org).

Learning Outcomes and Educational Objectives

See the UMass Lowell Francis College of Engineering Program Learning Outcomes and Educational Objectives for the Engineering Technology degree programs.

Curriculum Outline

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Suggested Program of Study - Total Credits: 124

First-year students should not take more than 1 or 2 courses their first semester. Subsequent course loads may be determined by the student's own personal time constraints.

Technical Electives

Students must choose two approved technical electives

Course Descriptions

CHEM.1110 Survey of Chemistry I: General Chemistry (3cr)

Provides a one-semester survey of inorganic chemistry: the structure and properties of matter, chemical reactions, stoichiometry, gas laws, solution chemistry, kinetics, equilibrium, and acid-base chemistry.

Notes:

SL

CHEM.1130L Survey of Chemistry Lab I: General Chemistry (1cr)

Lab experiments designed to illustrate the principles covered in 84.111.

Notes:

SL

Requirements:

CHEM.1110

ECON.2010 Principles of Microeconomics (3cr)

Studies the principles of production and exchange. An introduction to demand, supply, pricing, and output under alternative market structures. Derived demand and resource markets are introduced. Meets Core Curriculum Essential Learning Outcome for Quantitative Literacy (QL).

ENGL.1010 College Writing I (3cr)

A workshop course that thoroughly explores the writing process from pre-writing to revision, with an emphasis on critical thinking, sound essay structure, mechanics, and academic integrity. Students will read, conduct rhetorical analyses, and practice the skills required for participation in academic discourse. Students will write expository essays throughout the semester, producing a minimum of four formal essays.

ENGL.1020 College Writing II (3cr)

A workshop course that thoroughly explores the academic research writing process with an emphasis on entering into academic conversation. Building on the skills acquired in College Writing I, students will learn to write extensively with source material. Key skills addressed include finding,assessing, and integrating primary and secondary sources, and using proper documentation to ensure academic integrity. Students will produce analytical writing throughout the semester, including a minimum of four formal, researched essays.

ETEC.1300 Electrical Basics and Laboratory (3cr)

This course introduces the basic principles of electrical engineering, including the concepts of voltage, current, resistance, inductance and capacitance. Ohm's Law, Kirchhoff's Laws, superposition, Thevenin's theorem, and Norton's theorem will be covered. Alternating current concepts, frequency response and filters are discussed. The use of laboratory power supplies and measuring instruments such as oscilloscopes, voltmeters, ammeters and ohmmeters are demonstrated. Written reports are required.

Requirements:

MATH.1250

ETEC.1310 Electronic Basics and Laboratory (3cr)

The Electronic Basics and Laboratory serves as a continuation and elaboration of 17.130. The course covers diodes, transistors and electronic amplifiers, power supplies, Magnetics and electromechanics. Further use of laboratory equipment, function generators, power supplies, DMM and oscilloscope will be demonstrated.

Requirements:

ETC.1300

INFO.2110 Introduction to Programming W/C I (3cr)

Offers an introduction to the processing of information by computer. Computer logic, memory, input/output processing, and programming in the 'C' language. Students may not receive credit for both the INFO.2110/INFO.2120 sequence and INFO.2670. 3 credit(s). Prerequisite: No previous programming experience required.

Notes:

Students may not receive credit for both the 90.211/90.212 sequence and 90.267
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Requirements:

No previous programming experience required

MATH.1225 Precalculus Mathematics I (3cr)

This course prepares students for future Calculus coursework. Topics covered include: linear equations, slope of a line, quadratic equations, functions, transformations, inequalities, curve sketching, and systems of equations. Credit is given for only one of the following courses; MATH.1205, MATH.1210, MATH.1225.

MATH.1230 Precalculus Mathematics II (3cr)

A continuation of Math 1200/1225. Covers exponential and logarithmic functions, trigonometric and inverse trigonometric functions, and trigonometric identities.

Notes:

MA. Students may not receive credit for both 92.123 and 92.124.

Requirements:

MATH.1210

MATH.1250 Calculus A (3cr)

Serves as a first course in calculus and provides a brief review of analytic geometry and trigonometric functions. The course progresses to the study of inverse functions, limits, continuity, derivatives, rules for differentiation of algebraic and transcendental functions, chain rule, implicit differentiation, linear approximation, differentials, and maximum and minimum values.

Notes:

MA. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: MATH.1220 or MATH.1310.

Requirements:

MATH.1230

MATH.1260 Calculus B (3cr)

Serves as a continuation of MATH.1250. The course covers L'Hopital's Rule, optimization problems, Newton's method, sigma notation, integration, area between curves, volume, arc length, surface area, integration by parts, trigonometric substitution, partial fraction decomposition, and improper integrals.

Notes:

MA

Requirements:

MATH.1250

MATH.2250 Calculus C (3cr)

Serves as a continuation of MATH.1260. This course covers integration by parts, integration of trigonometric integrals, trigonometric substitution, partial fraction, numeric integration, improper integrals, L'Hopital's Rule, indeterminate forms, sequences, infinite series, integral tests, comparison tests, alternating series tests, power series, Taylor series, polar coordinates, graphs and areas in polar coordinates, and parametric equations.

Notes:

MA

Requirements:

MATH.1260

MTEC.1020 Engineering Design and Graphics (3cr)

This course presents material in both class and laboratory format. Topics covered include: dimensioning, print reading, auxiliary views, graphs, screw threads, gears, and the design process. Working in teams, a major design project with written and oral reports is required.

MTEC.2000 Computer Aided Drafting (CADrf) (3cr)

This course introduces the student to the use of CAD for construction of basic shapes and multi view drawings. It is a project oriented course introducing the student to graphic design using AutoCAD. AutoCAD, as it is applied in MTEC.2000, is a two dimensional CAD program used to produce computer design models. Course stresses hands-on work with AutoCAD. Course is a fundamentals approach and requires no experience with other CAD programs.

Requirements:

MTEC.1020

MTEC.2020 Thermo/Fluids Laboratory (2cr)

The course covers the theory and the practical relevance of selected principles of thermo-fluids and fluid mechanics. Fundamentals of measurement and interpretation in the areas of thermo-fluids and fluid mechanics will be studied. The student will be responsible to collect data with the supplied test apparatus, interpret the physical significance of the data, in relation to the laws and principles of thermo/fluids, and to report findings. Strong emphasis is placed upon developing technical report writing skills.

Notes:

3 Contact Hrs

Requirements:

MTEC.2410, MTEC.2420, MTEC.2260 or ENGL.2260

MTEC.2040 Manufacturing Technology Laboratory (2cr)

Students will develop an understanding of precision metrology and the machine tools, related equipment, and systems used in manufacturing. Students will learn the inter-relationships between machine tools, various machining methods, engineering design considerations, and manufacturing techniques studied in the MET program. Lecture, case studies, and laboratory work are supported by a comprehensive text with supplemental materials provided by the instructor to enhance student learning. Students will work with lathes, drill presses, vertical milling machines, and abrasive finishing methods during laboratory sessions to manufacture several precision finished parts from engineering drawings. Course grades will be determined from student performance on examinations and laboratory projects.

Requirements:

MTEC.1010 Engineering Graphics

MTEC.2110 LABVIEW(TM) Programming with Engineering Applications (3cr)

LabVIEW(TM) software is a graphical programming language "G" that is widely used in industrial setting by engineers and scientists alike. Materials covered in the course will be basic to programming structures. As an example the course will cover For Loops, While Loops, Case Structures, and Boolean Logic. Control, data acquisition, data reduction, and analysis tools associated with the software program will be covered, and used. A comprehensive semester project will be assigned to teams of students to solidify the basic programming topics covered, teach the Virtual Instrument (VI ) hierarchy, and to emphasize the importance of teamwork. Special Notes: Can be used as an MET elective or as a substitute for 90.211 (Introduction to Programming with C-Part I) in the MET Program.

Notes:

Can be used as an MET elective or as a substitute for 90.211 (Introduction to Programming with C-Part I) in the MET Program.

MTEC.2210 Statics (3cr)

Statics is the study of objects in equilibrium and the forces acting on that object. Students will develop mathematical models to predict and analyze forces and their distributions with the use of the free body diagram. The concepts presented in this course directly relate to other mechanical and civil engineering fields. Students must have a basic understanding of trigonometry, geometry, physics and calculus. This course is in a combined section with CET.

Requirements:

MTEC.1250, PHYS.1310

MTEC.2220 Dynamics (3cr)

This course introduces the student to the kinematics and kinetics of particles, systems of particles, and rigid bodies. This course covers the basic methods of analysis including Newton's 2nd Law (force, mass, acceleration), Work and Energy, and Impulse and Momentum. This course is in a combined section with CET.

Requirements:

MATH.1260, MTEC.2210, PHYS.1320

MTEC.2230 Mechanics of Materials (3cr)

This course discusses the principles of strength of materials and the relationships between externally applied forces and internally induced stresses in various types of structural and machine members and components. Included are axial, torsional, and flexural loadings, stress-strain relationships, deformation of materials, elastic deformation, principal stresses, temperature effects, MohrÆs circle, shear and bending moment diagrams, the design of beams, and the deflection of beams.

Requirements:

MTEC.2210

MTEC.2260 Technical Communications for Engineering Technology (3cr)

This course introduces students to presenting ideas, data, and proposals in clear concise formats to maximize understanding and impact. Both written and presentation skills are stressed and familiarity with MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint is preferred but not a prerequisite. The end-product is a complete understanding of the elements which blend together to create effective communication in a technical environment.

Notes:

can be substituted for 42.226

Requirements:

ENGL.1010

MTEC.2410 Elements of Thermodynamics I (3cr)

This course presents a thorough treatment of the concepts and laws of thermodynamics. The first law (energy) and the second law (entropy), properties of liquids and gases, and common power cycles (Rankine and Otto) are covered. Included is an overview of the global energy problem and power generation technologies, both established and novel

Requirements:

MATH.1260, PHYS.1320

MTEC.2420 Applied Fluid Mechanics (3cr)

This course addresses the Properties of Fluids and basic concepts of Continuity, Momentum, Hydrostatics, and Fluid Flow Kinematics. Analysis of flow of real fluids in pipes, ducts and open channels is conducted. The study of compressible flows, fluid couplings as well as flow measurement techniques will also be discussed

Requirements:

MTEC.2220

MTEC.2430 Elements of Thermodynamics II (3cr)

This course is a continuation of Thermodynamics I analyzing in more detail various real world, practical power generation cycles, such as Rankine, reheat, regenerative, Otto, and Diesel. Also covered are refrigeration cycles, the basics of psychrometry, and the thermodynamics of combustion.

Requirements:

MTEC.2410

MTEC.2620 Engineering Data Analysis (3cr)

This course introduces students to basic statistical techniques, probability, risk analysis, and predictive modeling, and how they impact engineering and manufacturing activities in both analytical and forward looking activities. Topics covered basic statistics, probability, combinations, permutations, regression, correlation, and predictive model development with the objective of building working statistical models for a technical environment. Pre-Requisites: 92.126, Proficiency in MS Excel or equivalent.

Requirements:

MATH.1260

MTEC.2950 Materials Science (3cr)

Properties of materials, selection of materials and processing of materials for appropriate applications are the focus of this course. Case studies are utilized to demonstrate failures which need not have occurred. Materials which are considered include metals and alloys, ceramics, polymers, and composites.

MTEC.3020 Mechanics/Materials Laboratory (2cr)

Methods of material testing and analysis are covered in this course with an emphasis on proper measurement procedures, data reduction, and presentation. Lectures cover the background required to perform post laboratory calculations, and overview measurement techniques, laboratory result reporting, and formal presentations that are given by students to the class.

Requirements:

MTEC.2220, MTEC.2230, MTEC.2260

MTEC.3050 Manufacturing Processes (3cr)

The course will focus upon a variety of manufacturing processes used for metals, ceramics and plastics, material interactions that occur during manufacturing, mechanical test methodology and material response to stress at different temperatures, methods to select appropriate processes to achieve product specification and methods to investigate process history based on material properties.

MTEC.3140 Manufacturing Productivity (3cr)

The course will focus upon three primary categories of manufacturing improvement: theory of constraints/workflow, work definition and design, and quality improvement. Each students should understand and be conversant in the principles of productivity and able to lead a productivity improvement project upon successful completion of the course. Case studies will be used to illustrate the proper implementation of productivity improvement principles.

MTEC.3200 Machine Design (3cr)

This course first briefly discusses materials strength and deformation, fracture toughness, and stress intensity factor to build the corner stones for any machine design work. It then focuses on the design of five basic machine parts: fasteners, springs, bearings, gears and shafts. The primary subjects in this course are thread standards and definitions, the mechanics of power screws, threaded fasteners, analyses and design of springs, fatigue loading, bearing types, bearing life, bearing load, selection of bearings, thin film lubrication, hydrodynamic theory of lubrication, gear conjugate action, contact and interference of gears, shaft design and analyses.

MTEC.3530 Forensic Engineering (3cr)

This course is a survey of forensic engineering with particular emphasis on using engineering science and technology to investigate and reconstruct failures of engineered systems. Topics include qualifications of the forensic engineer, the scientific method, failure hypotheses, levels of confidence, physical evidence, field investigation techniques, examination and testing, codes and standards, and personnel safety. Other topics include ethics, the hired gun, junk science, the legal process, introduction to expert witness testimony, trial exhibits, Frye and Daubert decisions, bias, forensic engineering practice, and engineering reports.

MTEC.3540 Problems in Mechanical Engineering Technology (3cr)

The course provides the student with analytical skills necessary to solve a variety of engineering problems. Lectures consist of review and extension of concepts taught in statics, dynamics, mechanics of materials and machine design with emphasis on applying that knowledge to solve engineering problems. Students become proficient with advanced topics such as multiaxial stress-strain calculations, strain energy, impact, failure analysis and various solution techniques in vibrations.

Requirements:

MATH.2250, MTEC.3200, MTEC.2210, MTEC.2220, MTEC.2230, PHYS.1320

MTEC.4020 Engineering Measurement Laboratory (2cr)

This course provides hands-on experiments that are designed to teach the fundamentals of instrumentation devices and experimental techniques. Basic physical principles of theory that apply to the mechanical engineering technology student are covered for purposes of verifying experimental techniques and teaching the importance of experimental result verification. This course allows students to: 1) assemble measurement systems which include transducers, signal conditioners, and data acquisition systems; 2) conduct experiments on relevant mechanical systems; 3) data verifications using theoretical models. Effective written and verbal communication techniques are also emphasized throughout the course.

MTEC.4140 Engineering Economics (3cr)

This course introduces students to accounting and finance operations and principles, and how they impact engineering and manufacturing activities in both analytical and forward looking planning activities. Topics covered include financial statements, costing, depreciation, time value of money, cash flows, capital budgeting, and capital recovery with the objective of building working financial models for a technical environment. Pre-Requisites: 49.201 Economics I or instructor permission. Proficiency in MS Excel or equivalent.

MTEC.4160 Statistical Quality Control (3cr)

This course studies traditional and current statistical techniques applied to the solution of quality problems and quality improvement activities. Topics include an examination of the development of SQC as a discipline, statistical evaluation, process stability, process capability, design and use of control charts, and sampling plans.

Requirements:

MTEC.2620 or equivalent.

MTEC.4190 Applied Computer Aided Manufacturing (3cr)

This course is an introduction to computer aided manufacturing with an overall perspective of the product design process with emphasis on how computers have affected the modern manufacturing environment. Topics include: overview of computer aided design systems, process engineering, basic tooling design, machining, programmable logic controllers (PLC), fundamentals of numerical control (NC), overview of industrial robotics, introduction to group technology (GT), process planning, and concurrent engineering.

Requirements:

MTEC.2000, 23.301

MTEC.4320 Capstone Design (3cr)

The course uses the Engineering Design Process methodology to formulate solutions to a product or project design effort. The design process is reviewed from problem statement to final design. The course utilizes casework, in-class exercises, examples of the preparation and use of customer and engineering specifications, and brainstorming techniques to generate feasible solutions to problems, and the process for selecting the most viable solution. Students learn to generate labor and materials budgets for product/project development and methods for the effective oral and written communication of these results. Students complete the course by delivering a comprehensive presentation of the product development effort and results.

MTEC.4440 Mechanical Vibrations (3cr)

The course will teach students methods to analyze single and two degree of freedom systems considering free vibration, harmonically excited motion, and transient vibration. Concepts of two degree of freedom systems generalized to multi-degree of freedom systems will be introduced. Various analytical approaches to vibration analysis will be taught. Solutions for continuous systems will be solved by the finite difference, finite element, and mode summation methods. Dynamic systems excited by random forces of displacements (random vibrations) will be covered. Additional mathematical content beyond Calculus C will be introduced within this course as required.

Requirements:

MATH 2250,PHYS 1320,MTEC 2210&

MTEC.4750 Heat Transfer (3cr)

This course focuses on the study of the fundamentals of heat transfer. Case studies are utilized to enhance the students' knowledge of the basic principles of heat transfer and to develop their problem-solving ability in conduction, convection and radiation heat transfer.

Requirements:

MTEC.2410, MTEC.2420

MTEC.4800 Computer Aided Design (3cr)

Using Autodesk Inventor software, this course is a continuation of 23.200, Computer Aided Drafting. This course introduces 3D CAD techniques to demonstrate and utilize 3D parametric modeling in the design process. Solid models will be constructed, used to create assemblies, and drawings. These models, assemblies, and drawings will be modified and optimized using advanced operations. A design project and written report are required.

Requirements:

MTEC.2000

MTEC.4840 Introduction to Pro/ENGINEER (3cr)

This course introduces the user to the principles of Pro/ENGINEER, solid modeling, and parametric design. It is a hands-on project and exercise-based course. Topics will include: feature-based parametric solid modeling, pick and place features, sketched features, the basics of creating parts and assemblies, and drawing creation. Advanced topics will include 3-D sweeps, helical sweeps, and blends

MTEC.4850 Introduction to SolidWorks (3cr)

This course introduces the student to the use of CAD for construction of basic shapes and multiview drawings. It is a project oriented course introducing the student to graphic design using SolidWorks. SolidWorks is a three dimensional solid modeling program used to produce computer design models. Pre-Requisite:23.200 or some experience with another CAD program is required.

PHYS.1310 Technical Physics I (3cr)

Presents material in both the class and laboratory format. Topics include: vectors; one- and two- dimensional motion; Newton's laws of motion; translational and rotational equilibrium; work and energy; linear momentum; and circular motion and gravitation. Two additional Friday night classes are required.

PHYS.1320 Technical Physics II (3cr)

Covers material in both the class and laboratory format. Rotational dynamics; mechanical vibrations and waves; sound; solids and fluids; thermal physics; heat and law of thermodynamics will be discussed. One session per week. Two additional Friday night classes are required.

Notes:

SL

Requirements:

PHYS.1310

PSYC.1010 Introduction to Psychological Science (3cr)

An introduction course that focuses on application of the scientific method to major areas of psychology: biological, cognitive, developmental, social and personality, and mental and physical health. The course addresses the importance of social and cultural diversity, ethics, variations in human functioning, and applications to life and social action both within these areas and integrated across them. The research basis for knowledge in the field is emphasized.

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