Course Descriptions

Mechanical Engineering Technology Courses

Faculty

Associate Professors: A. Fouad Abou-Ghalioum, Robert J. Mikel, Majid Rashidi (Interim Chair), Donald F. Zeller; Associate Professor Emeritus: John R. Zeller; Assistant Professor: Harry W. Fox.

Course Descriptions

MET 201 Statics for Engineering Technology (2-2-3). Prerequisite: None. Introductory level statics. Analysis of static equilibrium of trusses and frames including forces in members and joints. Section and mass properties, friction, centroids, moment of inertia, radius of gyration, and virtual work. Laboratory work will consist of experiments that reinforce the theory (lectures). Return to top

MET 202 Dynamics for Engineering Technology (2-2-3). Prerequisite: MET 201 Statics for Engineering Technology. Introductory level dynamics. Dynamic of particles and bodies in translation or rotation; the kinematics of plane motion, relative motion, the concept of force, mass, and acceleration; work and energy, impulse and momentum Laboratory work will consist of experiments that reinforce the theory (lectures). Return to top

MET 300 Fundamentals of Engineering Mechanics (4-1-4). Prerequisites: associate-degree-level algebra, trigonometry, and geometry. Bridge course for associate-degree holders without familiarity with introductory level statics, dynamics, and strength of materials. Analysis of static equilibrium of trusses and frames including forces in members and joints. Section and mass properties. Static and dynamic friction. Dynamic of particles and bodies in translation or rotation. Fundamental properties of ductile and brittle metals for stress and strain. Direct stress and shear, bending stress, and torsional shear in components. Laboratory tensile test and bending deflection demonstrations. Return to top

MET 320 Advanced Mechanics of Materials (3-0-3). Prerequisites: associate-degree-level calculus, statics, and strength of materials courses or MET 300. Corequisite: MTT 300. Stress under combined loading, stress concentration factors, design stresses, Mohr's circle, endurance limit and fatigue life, and deflection of variable section beams, method of superposition, bucking. Temperature changes and press fits. Combined stress failure theories. Selection and processing of engineering metals, plastics, and composites. Heat-treating, cold working, and residual stresses. Temperature effects on strength, creep, and ductility. Return to top

MET 330 Advanced Dynamics (4-0-4). Prerequisites: associate-degree-level calculus, statics, and strength of materials courses or MET 300, and MTT 300. Displacement, velocity and acceleration of particles and rigid bodies with combined translation and rotation. Reaction and inertia forces and mass and polar moments of inertia. Analysis by equations of motion, force-acceleration, work-energy, and impulse-momentum. Conservative and non-conservative forces and moments. Free and forced vibrations, natural frequency, and fundamentals of damping and vibration isolation. Return to top

MET 345 Thermodynamics (4-0-4). Prerequisites: associate-degree-level calculus, dynamics, and fluid power. Corequisites: MTT 300, MET 320. The study of classical thermodynamics approach to system and control volumes, properties and processes of gases and vapors, zeroth, first, and second laws of systems and control volumes. Vapor and gas power systems. Refrigeration and heat pumps systems. Ideal gas mixtures and psychometrics, reacting gases and combustion. Return to top

MET 350 Fluid Mechanics (3-0-3). Prerequisite: MTT 300. Corequisite: MTT 301. The fundamentals of fluid mechanics, including the properties of fluids, pressure, hydrostatics and dynamics of fluid flow. Laminar and turbulent flow, friction losses, and sizing of pipes. Pump section and application. Selected course topics are included as computer programming projects. Return to top

MET 351 Thermal Fluids Lab (0-3-2). Prerequisite: MET 345. Corequisite: MET 350. Laboratory experiments in selected topics in fluids flow, heat transfer, and thermodynamics. Introduction to validity of measurements, statistical analysis, error and uncertainty analysis. Return to top

MET 410 Design of Machine Components (3-0-3). Return to top

MET 411 Mechanical Measurements Lab (0-3-1). Prerequisites: MET 320, MET 330, MTT 301. Design, analysis, and selection of components used in machines, including shafts, gears, clutches, brakes, bearings, fasteners, springs, and bolted and welded frames. Determination of appropriate design stresses and deflections for strength, durability, and function. Selection of materials and processing and manufacturing considerations. Return to top

MET 420 Heat Transfer (3-0-3). Prerequisites: MET 345, MET 350, MTT 301. The mechanisms of heat transfer, including conduction in one and two dimensions, forced and free convection, internal and external flows, heat exchangers, and introduction to radiation. Return to top

MET 425 Thermal Sciences for Electronic Engineering Technology (4-0-4). Prerequisites: associate-degree-level physics, MTT 301. Thermodynamics, heat transfer, and fluid flow principles and their applications to electronic equipment and digital devices. Topics include heat generation in printed-circuit boards and power transmission mediums, thermal resistance concepts, junction temperature, cooling and heating loads, air and liquid cooled heat sinks, thermoelectric power generation and refrigeration, dielectric heating, heat pipes and vortex tubes and their applications in electronic cooling. Technical Elective. Return to top

MET 441 Finite Element Analysis (3-0-3). Prerequisites: MET 320, MET 330, MET 410. This course provides an introduction to the finite element method for analysis of trusses, frames, and various machines. A finite element software package will be used to perform forces, stress, and displacement analysis, which will be compared with rigorous solutions using methods presented in statics, mechanics of materials, and machine design courses. Technical Elective. Return to top

MET 445 Solid Modeling Applications (3-0-3). Prerequisites: MET 330. Corequisites: MET 410, MET 411. Development and application of solid models of components and assemblies in engineering design and analysis. Use of solid models in problems related to component design, stress analysis, fluid flow, heat transfer, machine dynamics, and assembly interference. Production of engineering drawings, visual representations, and data files for machining and rapid prototyping. Accuracy and validity considerations of solid models. Return to top

MET 450 Mechanical System Design (3-0-3). Prerequisites: MET 330, MET 410, MET 411. Design and analysis of mechanical systems made up of gears, clutches, brakes, bearings, bolted and welded frames, considering interactions among components. Use of standard components. Determination of appropriate design stresses and deflections for strength, durability, and function. Optimization of assembly for cost, weight, durability, etc. Consideration of professional responsibilities in design. Technical Elective. Return to top

MET 460 Thermal System Design (3-0-3). Prerequisites: MET 345, MET 350. Corequisite: MET 420. Advanced topics of fluid mechanics, properties of fluids, pressure, hydrostatic, and dynamics of fluid flow. Design of thermal systems. Synthesis and sizing of a system design requirements. Synthesis of components of thermal systems under technical, economical, and social constrains. Technical Elective. Return to top

MET 465 Heating, Ventilating, and Air-Conditioning (HVAC) (3-0-3). Prerequisites: MET 345, MET 350, MET 351. Thermodynamics of gas mixture. Control of gas mixtures, heating, cooling, and humidity. Heating and cooling loads. Design and selection of HVAC systems. Design project. Technical Elective. Return to top

MET 470 Senior Design A (1-0-1). Prerequisites: Senior standing and all required 300- and 400-level program courses. Planning for the capstone course, MET 480 Senior Design B, to demonstrate the ability to define a problem in engineering terms and develop a realistic plan to complete an engineering project. A comprehensive written plan including budget, equipment requirements, time schedule, problem description, design alternatives, and tentative design will be prepared. Students are expected to extend their knowledge through self-study and research in developing and assessing design options. Ethical, legal, and environmental considerations are included. Students are encouraged to propose team projects. Return to top

MET 480 Senior Design B (1-5-3). Prerequisite: MET 470 in previous semester. Capstone course to demonstrate mastery of analysis and design techniques and engineering judgment applied to a realistic engineering problem. A comprehensive report including research, testing, and analysis results will be required along with an oral presentation. Professional, ethical, social, and legal considerations will be considered. Return to top

MET 485 Energy Conversion (4-0-4). Prerequisites: MET 345, MET 350. Introduction to global energy concerns, fossil and nuclear fuels, energy consumption analysis, energy management and conservation techniques, renewable and alternative energy sources. Modern energy conversion devices such as fuel cells, and power turbines. Technical Elective. Return to top

MET 494 Advanced Topics in Mechanical Engineering Technology (3-0-3). Prerequisite: Senior standing. Topics of current technical interest, applying core concepts across the Mechanical Engineering Technology curriculum. NOTE: The content of this course changes periodically to provide the injection of recent technological topic areas and subject material into the curriculum. May be repeated for credit under different course subtitles. Technical Elective. Return to top

MET 497 Special Topics in Mechanical Engineering Technology (1 to 6 credits). Prerequisite: Senior standing. Independent study on a special topic or project under the guidance of a faculty member. May be repeated for credit. Technical Elective. Return to top

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