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MECTK 106: BASIC DRAFTING

2 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite:

This introductory course in drafting is for students who either did not have a previous drafting course or wish a review of previous work taken.

MECTK 110: INTRODUCTION TO THE TOOLS OF TECHNOLOGY

3 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: MAT 094 with a grade of "C" or better or one year of high school algebra

This course introduces the student to the industrial fields of design and manufacturing and explores the communication and computing tools used by technologists working in these fields. The student will work as part of a team assigned to carry a project from design to production. The course will integrate computer applications with modern design and manufacturing theory. Computer applications including word processing, spreadsheets, database management, graphics, and problem solvers will be explored in classroom instruction and hands-on computer laboratory experiences. Students will explore the occupational field they have chosen and how it compares with other technical fields. Members of the technology faculty and guests from industry will interact with students and provide career guidance.

MECTK 111: TECHNICAL DRAFTING

2 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: High school drafting

This is a post-secondary level mechanical drafting course which discusses the principles of orthographic projection, section and auxiliary views, and dimensioning systems as they apply to the maintenance and machine shop environment.

MECTK 115: PRINCIPLES OF DIMENSIONAL METROLOGY

2 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite:

This theory and laboratory course is designed to develop dimensional measurement understanding and ability. Topics covered include the traditional concepts of mechanical contact measurement, the principles of standards, comparison measurement, piece-part features, calibration of instruments, and non-traditional techniques of non-contact measurement.

MECTK 121: INTRODUCTION TO MECHANICAL DRAWING WITH AUTOCAD

3 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: MECTK 106 with a grade of "C" or better or equivalent and passing score on the drafting placement test

In this course, computer-aided drafting will be explored as students review basic principles of orthographic projection, pictorial views, sectioning and auxiliary views. Two-dimensional problems will be explored using AutoCAD software. Students will gain experience creating and editing graphic entities as they construct mechanical working drawings. [IAI: IND 911]

MECTK 123: MECHANICAL DETAILING WITH AUTOCAD

3 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: MECTK 121 with a grade of "C" or better

This course builds on the computer-aided drafting concepts introduced in MECTK 121. The content will emphasize detailed dimensioning, assembly drawings, weldment drawings, tolerances and tolerance symbols. Students will be introduced to creating and editing part libraries, data extraction files and CAD (computer-aided design) menus as they construct mechanical working drawings.

MECTK 125: 3-D MODELING WITH PRO-ENGINEER

3 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: MECTK 121 with a grade of "C" or better

This course will provide mechanical design students with advanced 3-D (dimensional) parametric solid modeling, assemblies and drawings. Students will develop professional skills in approaching and solving these problems via the CAD (computer-aided design) workstation.

MECTK 138: MANUFACTURING PROCESSES I

3 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite:

This course is designed to provide an understanding of the basic principles and practices used in traditional manufacturing. Topics covered include: producibility, automation and design principles; metal removal methods; and metal forming methods. Considerable emphasis is placed on creating process planning schedules. The role of the manufacturing engineer is covered, with emphasis on how the student selects the best manufacturing process to most economically perform the required series of manufacturing operations to produce quality parts. [IAI: IND 913]

MECTK 149: BASIC POWER TRANSMISSION

2 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: MAT 094 with the grade of "C" or better.

This course is the first of a three-course sequence. Basic Power Transmission provides the student with basic knowledge and hands-on experience of mechanical processes used by industry. Students will become proficient in mechanical areas including: precision measuring using micrometers and gage blocks, bolt identification and torque specifications, proper dial indicator use and thread repair procedures. Students will also be instructed in the proper and safe use of tools. The other two courses in this sequence are MECTK 150 and 151.

MECTK 150: MECHANICAL SYSTEMS I

2 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: MECTK 149 with a grade of "C" or better

This course is the second of a three-course sequence. Mechanical Systems I provides the student with basic knowledge and hands-on experience of mechanical systems used by industry. Students will become proficient in mechanical areas including: component and shaft alignment, bearings, v-belt and chain drives, couplings, and spur gears. Students will also be instructed in the proper and safe use of tools. The other two courses in this sequence are MECTK 149 and MECTK 151.

MECTK 151: MECHANICAL SYSTEMS II

2 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: MECTK 150 with a grade of "C" or better

This course is the third of a three-course sequence. Mechanical Systems II provides the student with knowledge and hands-on experience of mechanical systems used by industry. Students will become proficient in mechanical areas including precision bearing installation, setting thrust bearing pre-load, packing and seals, crankcases, and way scraping.

MECTK 152: INDUSTRIAL RIGGING

2 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: MAT 094 or appropriate math placement score

This course introduces the student to working within an industrial facility. Content includes topics on: chains and hoists, rigging, layout and fabrication, and machine setup. Structured laboratory experiences provide the maintenance mechanic student with industrial experiences. OSHA regulations will be reviewed and followed.

MECTK 155: PIPING SYSTEMS

1 hr. (OC)

Prerequisite:

This course was designed to introduce the student to lay out and fabricate piping systems. Students will learn the theory behind fluid systems including: air, water, oil, and steam. Students will research piping requirements, lay out the piping systems and then fabricate them.

MECTK 201: MECHANISMS

3 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: PHYS 112 with a grade of "C" or better

This course is a study of existing mechanisms and their motion characteristics. The position, velocity, and acceleration of linkages, cams, gears, and gear trains are analyzed. Calculations are performed using graphical vector techniques in order to develop an understanding of the concepts. Computer software is then used to design, animate, and analyze complete machines.

MECTK 204: STATICS AND STRENGTH OF MATERIALS

4 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: PHYS 112

This course is an introduction to the analysis of 2-D (dimensional) force systems applied to static machine elements. Methods of calculating the stresses produced by the force systems are introduced. Emphasis is placed on the calculation of axial, bending, and torsional stresses and combinations of those stresses. The concept of principal stress is introduced. The laboratory is designed to supplement the classroom presentation and involves measuring forces and stresses with electronic instrumentation.

MECTK 220: ADVANCED CAD PROJECTS WITH PRO-ENGINEER

2 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: MECTK 123 and 125 both with a grade of "C" or better

This course provides the student with advanced 3-D (dimensional) CAD (computer-aided design) with problems in Pro-Engineer software. Topics include variable section sweeps with graphs, trajectories, formulas, advanced rounds, Pro-program, and use defined features.

MECTK 221: MACHINE DESIGN I

3 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: Credit or concurrent enrollment in MECTK 204

This course includes various topics associated with the design process. Students will be introduced to design problem definition, research methods, and traditional and computer-aided evaluation methods. Students will learn to utilize engineering standards, manufacturer´s catalogs, design manuals, application engineering software, and CAD (computer-aided design) systems as tools in the design process. The course stresses the design of a complete machine.

MECTK 222: MACHINE DESIGN II

3 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: MECTK 121 or equivalent, MECTK 204.

This course is a continuation of MECTK 204 in that it involves more complicated statics problems and stress calculations. The concept of principal stress is further developed. Principal stress directions are used to gain an insight into component failure analysis. The topic of fatigue design and theories of failure are introduced. The above concepts of stress analysis are applied to springs, drive shafts, gears, bearings, bolts, and welds. A realistic design project is carried out in the laboratory with emphasis on project management.

MECTK 226: STATISTICS AND QUALITY CONTROL

3 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: MECTK 138 and MATH 106 both with a grade of "C" or better; or department approval

This course is designed to provide training in fundamentals basic to control and improvement of quality of materials, products, processes, services and systems. The principles of industrial statistics are applied to analysis of data, control of product and process and the evaluation of performance of men, materials, equipment and systems in meeting design specifications for products or services during production and end use. [IAI: IND 914]

MECTK 231: INDUSTRIAL FLUID POWER

3 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: Credit or concurrent enrollment in MAT 106

This course is a study of the basic components of hydraulic and pneumatic systems and how they are combined to build circuits for machine tools and mobile equipment. Emphasis is on reading and understanding fluid power circuit diagrams. Laboratory experiments allow discovery of power management and motion control strategies currently used on machinery. Control strategies in laboratory experiments include pressure, relay logic, and programmable controller. Content of the course is modeled after the content of the Fluid Power Society certification test for hydraulics technician.

MECTK 232: MATERIALS SCIENCE AND PHYSICAL METALLURGY

3 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: MECTK 138 with a grade of "C" or better or MACTR 122 with a grade of "C" or better or department approval.

This course is a study of basic chemical and physical principles determining the nature, behavior and treatments of materials for modification of structure and mechanical properties. Practice in applying laboratory methods is provided primarily as used for examination, treatment and evaluation of metals and alloys.

MECTK 238: MANUFACTURING PROCESSES II

3 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: MECTK 138

This course is a continuation of MECTK 138, including how processes are selected, what they can be expected to do, how they can be utilized most efficiently, and what is required to analyze and evaluate them. Topics covered include: metal working and forging; metal deposition; casting and molding; welding methods; heat-treatment; non-traditional machining; surface finishing and material selection. Considerable emphasis is placed on manual and computer-aided process planning.

MECTK 252: ADVANCED TROUBLESHOOTING

3 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: Successful completion of MECTK 231 with a "C" or better

This course was designed to bring the maintenance mechanic student into an environment parallel to industry. The student will work in a team for solving mechanical, hydraulic, and electrical systems and components found in industry. The maintenance mechanic student will troubleshoot a complete system.

MECTK 255: INDEPENDENT STUDY

1 hr. (OC)

Prerequisite: Department approval

This course provides the opportunity to work on a technical project, research, or other specialized study related to individual academic needs. A written plan for the independent-study project is developed with a faculty member (including a detailed description of the project, the number of credit hours assigned to it, the evaluative criteria to be used, and other relevant matters), and the project is carried out under the periodic direction of the faculty member. The written plan is submitted to the dean/associate dean for approval and remains on file within the department, together with a final report submitted to the faculty member by the student. Repeatable up to a maximum of five semester hours of credit.