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Mechanical Engineering Technology Student Outcomes




“Student Outcomes” are statements of the knowledge and skills that students in the program are expected to demonstrate by the time of graduation. The faculty of the mechanical engineering technology program have established the 28 outcomes listed below for students pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree. (Students pursuing an Associate in Science degree are expected to achieve a subset of these outcomes.) Students’ success in achieving these outcomes is measured regularly using a variety of assessment tools such as in-class problems and surveys.

1. Students will be able to use methods of trigonometry and vector analysis to resolve systems of forces and torques that are applied to a body into resultant forces and torques.

2. Students will be capable of determining the velocity and acceleration of a body from a definition of position with respect to time and be able to determine velocity and position from the definition of acceleration.

3. Students will be able to understand the relationship between kinetic energy, potential energy, and work and will be able to solve problems using conservation of momentum and moment of momentum.

4. Students will be capable of determining plane stress, torsional stress, shear stress, and compound stress within a body.

5. Students will be able to determine shear stress, bending moment, and deflection for simply supported and built-in beams that are subject to point loads, distributed loads, and torsional elements.

6. Students will understand the properties of steel, ceramics, and plastics and will be able to make appropriate material selections.

7. Students will be capable of using the ideal gas law and laws relating to isobaric, isothermal, adiabatic, and polytropic processes to solve problems involving the expansion and compression of gases.

8. Students will be able to use the first and second laws of thermodynamics for a flowing system to analyze machines based upon the Rankine cycle, Brayton cycle, Diesel cycle, and Vapor Compression cycle.

9. Students will be capable of using the differential calculus and graphical techniques along with “Working Model” software to determine positions, velocity, and acceleration for a variety of kinematic linkages, trochoid motions, and cams.

10. Students will be able to analyze spur gears, epicyclic gears, and hypocyclic gears.

11. Students will be capable of solving heat transfer problems involving conduction, convection, and radiation.

12. Students will be able to determine pressure losses in piping systems and will understand the laws relating to pumps, fans, and compressors.

13. Students will be capable of determining amplitude, periodicity, and frequency of vibrating systems with and without damping; also with and without forcing.

14. Students will be able to design machine element such as power screws, brakes, and clutches.

15. Students will be capable of using the method of finite element analysis to determine forces, moments, displacement, and rotation of pin-joined and rigid-joined frames and grid structures.

16. Students will be able to use the ANSYS® and ALGOR® FEA software to determine levels of stress and displacement in structures and to determine temperature distribution in heated bodies.

17. Students will learn how to use Pro/ENGINEER® as a design tool.

18. Students will design and carry out experiments, analyze data, and make iterative improvements while using safe and technically correct laboratory techniques.

19. Students will apply the fundamental principles of physics, chemistry, materials science, and mathematics to the solution of practical problems in science and technology, including new or unfamiliar problems.

20. Student will be capable of analyzing DC and AC electrical circuits.

21. Students will use statistical and time-value-of-money calculations to analyze data and manage technical projects.

22. Students will produce clear, precise, and effective technical documents and oral presentations with the help of modern technology such as word processors and presentation software.

23. Students will collaborate with each other in laboratory and classroom settings.

24. Students will be familiar with the major technical society in their discipline (ASME) and will understand the requirements and benefits of membership.

25. Students will understand the requirements and benefits of registration as a professional engineer and will take the Fundamentals of Engineering examination prior to graduation.

26. Students will understand the ethical implications of their work and will be familiar with the laws and codes governing the professional conduct of those practicing engineering technology.

27. Students will have an appreciation of the arts and the humanities, for their own and other cultures.

28. Students will understand the contributions, good and bad, of science and technology in the modern world.