Why study mechanical engineering technology at CMU?
The engineering technology program prepares students who are interested in pursuing careers related to manufacturing or mechanical engineering technology. Consider these key features distinguishing this program at CMU:
- A $16.2 million facility featuring 30 state-of-the-art laboratories and classrooms for electronics, robotics, manufacturing systems, design, and more
- Internship opportunities with Michigan industries
- Involved faculty members who also work closely with business and industry
- CMU's annual cardboard boat race for engineering students, which was named one of the "102 Things You Gotta Do Before You Graduate" by Sports Illustrated on Campus
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, for all occupations through the year 2014:
- Overall employment of engineering technicians is expected to increase about 9 to 17 percent.
- Opportunities will be best for individuals with extensive job training in engineering technology.
- As technology becomes more sophisticated, employers will continue to look for technicians who are skilled in new technology and require a minimum of additional job training.
Graduates of the engineering technology program at CMU will find career opportunities in a variety of areas. Some of these may require additional education.
- Chemical Production
- Construction Management
- Design Engineering
- Electronic Engineering
- Food Processing
- Project Management
- Quality Control
The course listings below are a representation of what this academic program requires. For a full review of this program in detail please see our official online academic bulletin AND consult with an academic advisor. This listing does not include the General Education courses required for all majors and may not include some program specific information, such as admissions, retention, and termination standards.
(Click on the course name or number for a complete course description.)
Mechanical Engineering Technology Major
The Mechanical Engineering Technology major is designed to prepare students with knowledge, problem solving ability, and hands-on skills to enter careers in the design, installation, manufacturing, testing, evaluation, technical sales, or maintenance of mechanical systems. The mechanical engineering technologist makes significant contributions in supporting engineering design, testing, production, research, and development operations in a wide variety of industrial, aerospace, and government organizations. Students must complete the coursework in major requirements and electives.
Total: 63 semester hours
Required Courses I
Industrial Materials and Testing
An overview of industrial materials including metals, plastics, composites and ceramics. Topics include material properties, material selection, and material testing.
Engineering Design Graphics
Focus on engineering design fundamentals, design processes, and the utilization of graphics within design. Computer-Aided design and product data management techniques are covered.
Manufacturing Processes I
Introduction to the processing of metal materials through casting, fabricating, machining, and basic welding.
Alternative Energy Analysis
A quantitative comparison and analysis of current alternative energy technologies and systems.
Parametric Design and Modeling
Development and production of engineering and technical models with a mechanical computer-aided design system. An introduction to parametric design and modeling. Prerequisite: IET 154.
Study of mechanisms with graphical and analytical analysis of displacement, velocity, acceleration, motion, gearing, gear trains, linkages, and cams. Prerequisite: IET 279 or EGR 251.
Applied Fluid Mechanics
Study of the basic principles and their application to practical applied problems in the fluid statics, fluid dynamics, flow in pipes, and open channel flow. Prerequisites: IET 281 or EGR 253.
Study of thermodynamics and basic tools necessary to obtain quantitative solutions to common engineering applications involving energy and its conversion, conservation and transfer. Prerequisites: PHY 145, PHY 175; or PHY 130, PHY 170.
Manufacturing Processes II
Introduces basic polymer formulization, properties of plastics materials, methods of molding plastics, and the fabrication and decoration of plastic articles. Prerequisites: IET 130, 170.
Introduction to industrial robotics including robot classifications, components and functions, programming, and applications. Prerequisite: IET 291 or EGR 290.
Mechanical Computer-Aided Engineering
Mechanical components design, structural analysis, and mechanism analysis by using computer aided design system and simulation tools. Prerequisite: IET 226.
Fundamental laws of heat transfer by mechanism of conduction, convection and radiation, and boundary layer concepts. Prerequisites: IET 352, 356.
Theory and application of machine element fundamentals in design and analysis of mechanical systems for safe operation. Prerequisites: IET 350; IET 365; IET 379 or EGR 255.
Instrumentation and Controls
A study of instrumentation and control technology including process control fundamentals, signal conditioning, sensor measurements, control components and feedback control characteristics. Prerequisites: CPS 180; IET 352, 356, 375; PHY 131 or 146; PHY 171 or 176.
Industrial Projects Capstone
The integration of appropriate methods, procedures, and techniques for the analysis of industrial projects and implementation of solutions via a team approach. Prerequisites: senior standing with a declared B.S.E.T. major; or instructor approval.
Required Courses II
Select one of the following:
The course will cover free body diagrams and equilibrium of particles and rigid bodies, internal forces in machines, and beams, friction, and application to machines. Prerequisites: MTH 132; PHY 145; Pre/Co-Requisite: EGR 120.
This course will cover force systems, resultants and equilibrium, trusses, frames, beams, and shear and moments in beams. Prerequisites: IET 154; MTH 130; PHY 130 or 145; PHY 170 or 175.
Required Courses III
Select one of the following:
Circuit Analysis I
Introduction to circuit elements, variables, resistive circuits, circuit analysis techniques, network theorems, inductance and capacitance, sinusoidal steady state analysis and power calculations. Prerequisites: MTH 133 with a grade of C- or better; PHY 145. Pre/Co-requisite: EGR 120.
A study of the fundamentals of applied circuits including Direct Current (DC) circuits, Alternating Current (AC) circuits, and basic electronics. Prerequisites: MTH 105 or 106 or 130.
Required Courses IV
Select one of the following:
Fundamentals of engineering dynamics covering kinematics and kinetics of particles and rigid bodies. Prerequisites: EGR 251 with grade of C- or better, MTH 133.
Study and engineering application of relationship between the forces acting on a body, the mass of the body, and the motion of the body Prerequisites: IET 279 or EGR 251; MTH 132.
Required Courses V
Select one of the following:
Strength of Materials
Introductory course in mechanics of materials that covers mechanical stress and strain, deformations, torsion, bending and shearing stresses, and deflections of beams. Prerequisites: EGR 251 with grade of C- or better, MTH 133.
Mechanics of Materials
Introduction to methods of determining the internal stresses and deflections of basic load-carrying members of construction and machine applications. Prerequisites: IET 279 or EGR 251.
Select 6 hours from the following:
Introduction to Engineering
A general introduction to mechanical and electrical engineering with an emphasis on problem solving, engineering tools, engineering design processes, and teamwork. Recommended: MTH 106 or higher.
Fluid Power Technology
A study of hydraulic and pneumatic technologies related to the generation, transmission, and control of fluid power in fluid power systems. Prerequisites: MTH 130 or IET 180. Recommended: IET 120 or MTH 105.
Product Design and Development
Ideation, conceptualization, and development of product designs. Utilization of Non-Uniform Rational B-Spline (NURBS) based surface modeling tools to solve product design problems. Prerequisite: IET 226.
Manufacturing Methods Analysis
Study of methods, materials, tools and equipment for optimizing production operations.
A study of the principles and practices of safety management with emphasis on occupational safety standards and loss control.
Computer Numerical Control Programming
Programming and operation of CNC machines, including CNC vertical milling center and turning center. Emphasis on manual programming, CAM design, and machine setup and operation. Prerequisites: IET 154, 170.
Supervised work experiences in industry. CR/NC only. Prerequisite: departmental permission.
Plant Layout and Materials Handling
Study of plant layout through the development of overall layout, area detailing, scale models, and drawing of flow diagrams.
Study of specific quality techniques used by production departments to monitor processes, products, and reliability so quality can be improved. Prerequisites: junior standing; permission of instructor.
Individual investigation and research to increase ones technical competency. Prerequisite: departmental pre-registration.
Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing
Fundamentals of Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing concepts as interpreted in ASME standard Y14.5. This course may be offered in an online or hybrid format. Prerequisite: IET 226.
Covers the process of planning and developing tools, fixtures, and devices for efficient and economical manufacture of a product. Prerequisites: IET 170, IET 226.
Development and production of computer generated graphical images for solid-based models and basic system assemblies utilizing mass properties and boolean operations. Recommended: IET 226.
Development and production of industrial and engineering designs with conceptual and parametric surface modeling tools. Utilization of generative shape design functions to model engineering designs. Prerequisites: IET 226.
Computer-Aided Design Engineering Analysis
Development and production of computer-generated graphical images for advanced finite element models, setting of load and thermal constraints; introduction to mechanism analysis. Recommended: IET 458.
Advanced Computer Numerical Control Programming
Advanced CNC programming techniques including advanced GM codes, 3D surface machining, and multi-axis programming in CNC vertical milling center and turning center. Prerequisites: IET 226, 377.
Comprehensive review of current factors which influence productivity. Emphasis is placed on the integration of people, methods, machines, materials, and management. This course may be offered in an online or hybrid format. Prerequisites: IET 327; STA 282; or graduate standing and statistics competency.
The study of human characteristics, capacities and limitations for the design of productive, safe, and comfortable work spaces, tools, equipment, tasks, and facilities. Prerequisites: IET 327; or senior/graduate standing and permission of instructor.
A study of electro mechanical devices, industrial robotics, programmable logic controllers (PLCs), and automated work cell designs. Prerequisites: IET 375; MTH 132; CPS 150 or CPS 180.
Techniques of integration, applications of definite integrals, improper integrals, elementary differential equations, infinite series, Taylor series, and polar coordinates. Prerequisite: MTH 132.
Introduction to Statistics
Descriptive statistics, probability, sampling distributions, statistical inference, regression. Course does not count on major, minor in mathematics. Credit may not be earned in more than one of these courses: STA 282, STA 382, STA 392. This course may be offered in an online or hybrid format. Recommended: MTH 105 or competency.