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.
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Product Design Engineering Technology Major
This major offers a program of coursework for students planning careers in Product Design and Development. Product design as a process is the efficient and effective development of ideas and concepts that lead to new products. Product Design Engineering Technology as a discipline overlaps the conceptual talents of industrial designers and the analytical knowledge required of engineers.
The Product Design Engineering Technology Major is accredited by ATMAE.
All Product Design Engineering Technology students are required to complete the following required courses. Students also need to select six (6) credit hours of Technical Electives in consultation with an advisor.
Product Design Engineering Technology Mission Statement
The mission of the Product Design Engineering Technology program in the BS in Engineering Technology degree is to prepare students to be competent in the area of product design with the potential for growth in management and leadership.
Program Educational Objectives for Product Design Engineering Technology
The Program Educational Objectives (PEOs) of BSET-Product Design Engineering Technology (PDET) program at CMU describe the expected accomplishments of the BSET-PDET graduates during their first few years after graduation.
The main goal of the BSET-Product Design Engineering Technology program at CMU is to provide a competitive curriculum and learning environment that prepare graduates who will be able to:
1. Attain employment and practice successfully in a product design engineering technology related profession;
2. Work in multi-disciplinary teams providing technical knowledge and effective communication as engineering technologists;
3. Remain technically current through continuous learning and self-improvement;
4. Understand and exhibit professional, ethical and social responsibility as they pursue their careers.
Product Design Engineering Technology Program Criteria
In addition to the Engineering Technology Student Outcomes, graduates of the Product Design Engineering Technology program will demonstrate knowledge and technical competency in:
1. engineering materials, applied mechanics, and manufacturing methods.
2. applied drafting practice emphasizing mechanical components and systems, as well as fundamentals of descriptive geometry, orthographic projection, sectioning, tolerancing and dimensioning, and basic computer aided drafting and design with technical depth in at least one of these areas.
3. the application of physics and engineering materials having an emphasis in applied mechanics, or in-depth application of physics having emphasis in mechanical components and design.
4. the application of manuals, handbooks, material and/or equipment specifications, and related software in advanced drafting/design.
5. the application of current codes and standards with open-ended design experiences that integrate materials, manufacturing, design analysis, or graphics.
6. concepts related to the environmental and economic impacts of design
7. the design of machine elements, advanced drafting including current three-dimensional computer representations as related to mechanical design, and manufacturing methods.
8. drafting / design related areas, consistent with the technical orientation of the program.
9. the in-depth application of physics and engineering materials having emphasis in drafting, manufacturing, and design of mechanical components .
Engineering Technology Student Outcomes
All Engineering Technology programs share the following Student Outcomes :
By the time of graduation from any of the Engineering Technology programs, students are expected to have:
1. an ability to select and apply the knowledge, techniques, skills, and modern tools of the discipline to broadly-defined engineering technology activities;
2. An ability to select and apply a knowledge of mathematics, science, engineering, and technology to engineering technology problems that require the application of principles and applied procedures or methodologies;
3. An ability to conduct standard tests and measurements; to conduct, analyze, and interpret experiments; and to apply experimental results to improve processes;
4. An ability to design systems, components, or processes for broadly-defined engineering technology problems appropriate to program educational objectives;
5. An ability to function effectively as a member or leader on a technical team;
6. An ability to identify, analyze, and solve broadly-defined engineering technology problems;
7. An ability to apply written, oral, and graphical communication in both technical and non-technical environments; and an ability to identify and use appropriate technical literature ;
8. An understanding of the need for and ability to engage in self-directed continuing professional development;
9. An understanding of and commitment to address professional and ethical responsibilities including a respect for diversity;
10. A knowledge of the impact of engineering technology solutions in a societal and global context ;
11. A commitment to quality, timeliness, and continuous improvement.
Total: 66 semester hours
Introduction to Drawing
Introduction to drawing media and techniques with a focus on drawing from observation and to formal principles of composition and conceptual inventiveness.
Computer Aided Problem Solving for Engineers
Engineering problem solving involving circuit elements, batteries, one- link robot, two-link robots, springs, and cables using physical experiments, MATLAB and/or equivalent. Prerequisite: Cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher. Pre-requisites/Co-requisites: MTH 132; permission of E&T advisor.
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. Quantitative Reasoning.
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; permission of E&T advisor; cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.
Explores resultants, static equilibrium in trusses, frames, beams, and machines. Includes centroids, mass moment of inertia, and systems involving friction and distributed loads. Prerequisites: One of the following: MTH 130, 132, 133; PHY 130 or 145; PHY 170 or 175; permission of E&T Advisor; cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.
Product Design and Development
Ideation, conceptualization, and development of consumer products. Utilization of freestyle and NURBS based computer-aided design tools to solve product design problems. Writing Intensive. Prerequisite: IET 226; permission of E&T advisor; cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.
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 with a grade of C- or better; permission of E&T advisor; cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.
Manufacturing Processes II
Introduces basic polymer formulation, properties of plastics materials, methods of molding plastics, and the fabrication and decoration of plastic articles. Prerequisites: CHM 120 or 131; IET 130, 170; permission of E&T advisor; cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.
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 with a C- or better; EGR 200 with a C- or better; MTH 132 or 133; Permission of E&T Advisor; cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.
Human Factors and Ergonomics
The study of methods and tools used in the fields of human factors and ergonomics to design and improve jobs, tasks, and products. Prerequisite: IET 324; permission of E&T advisor; cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher. Recommended: IET 327.
Mechanical Computer-Aided Engineering
Mechanical components design, structural analysis, and mechanism analysis by using computer aided design system and simulation tools. Prerequisites: IET 226, 350, 379; permission of E&T advisor; cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher
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; permission of E&T advisor; cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.
Development and production of industrial and engineering designs with conceptual and parametric surface modeling tools. Utilization of curve and surface functions to interpret engineering designs. Prerequisites: IET 226, MTH 132; permission of E&T advisor; cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher. Recommended: IET 324.
Advanced Surface Modeling
Advanced surface modeling with a focus on the definition of freeform surfaces. Topics include freeform surface modeling, computer graphics, Bezier curves, B-splines, and NURBS. Prerequisites: EGR 200; IET 458; MTH 223 or 232; permission of E&T advisor; cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.
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. Labs to be arranged. Prerequisites: IET 450, 454 with a signed Mechanical Engineering Technology Major or IET 324, 458 with a signed Product Design Engineering Technology Major or IET 377, 500 with a signed Industrial Engineering Technology Major.
Linear Algebra and Matrix Theory
Systems of linear equations, matrices, determinants, vectors, vector spaces, eigenvalues, linear transformations, applications and numerical methods. 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. Quantitative Reasoning. This course may be offered in an online or hybrid format. Recommended: MTH 105 or competency.
Select 6 semester hours of coursework from the following:
Introduction to elements and principles of design and their application, including creative problem solving and visual literacy, as it applies to two and three-dimensional form.
Introduction to Engineering
A general introduction to engineering with an emphasis on problem solving, engineering tools, engineering design processes, and teamwork. Pre/Co-requisite: One of the following: MTH 130, 132, 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 with a C- or better; EGR 200 with a C- or better; MTH 132 or 133; permission of E&T advisor; cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.
A study of the fundamentals of applied circuits including Direct Current (DC) circuits, Alternating Current (AC) circuits, and basic electronics. Prerequisites: One of the followings: MTH 130, 132, 133; PHY 131 or 146; PHY 171 or 176; permission of E&T advisor; cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.
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; permission of E&T advisor; cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.
Theory and application of machine element fundamentals in design and analysis of mechanical systems for safe operation. Prerequisites: IET 350; IET 379 or EGR 255; permission of E&T advisor; cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.
Techniques of integration, applications of definite integrals, improper integrals, elementary differential equations, infinite series, Taylor series, and polar coordinates. Prerequisite: MTH 132.