Mechanical Engineering Technology

2013-14 Edition

Sylvania Campus
Science Technology Building (ST), Room 208
971-722-4159

www.pcc.edu/met

Career and Program Description

Mechanical engineering technicians are problem-solvers, working as part of a team involved in the planning, design, manufacture, operation, and management of many types of systems. These may include machines and machine tools, conventional and renewable energy systems, manufacturing processes, HVAC systems, and gas and liquid distribution systems. These skilled professionals work on a variety of assignments including: design calculations, computer-aided drafting and solid modeling, quality assurance testing, applications engineering, specification writing, technical sales, scheduling, and training, among others. Employers of MET’s include consulting engineering firms, manufacturers, government agencies, and equipment sales organizations.

The PCC Mechanical Engineering Technology program is designed to develop marketable skills in a broad range of technical areas, and in problem analysis and solution, spoken and written communication, computer software use, and computer-aided drawing. While providing a curriculum strong in mathematics and engineering topics, our teaching format also emphasize student involvement, teamwork, and extensive student-instructor interaction.

Degrees and Certificates Offered

Associate of Applied Science Degree

Mechanical Engineering Technology
Mechanical Engineering Technology: Green Technology and Sustainability Option

Two-Year Certificate

Mechanical Engineering Technology

Prerequisites and Requirements

All students must have an advising interview with a MET faculty advisor.

Mechanical Engineering Technology AAS requirements:

  1. WR 115 or equivalent placement test score
  2. MTH 60 or higher, or equivalent placement test score

Mechanical Engineering Technology: Green Technology and Sustainability AAS requirements:

  1. WR 121 or equivalent placement test score
  2. MTH 60 or higher, or equivalent placement test score.

Mechanical Engineering Technology Certificate requirements:

  1. WR 115 or equivalent placement test score
  2. MTH 60 or equivalent placement test score

High school courses in chemistry and physics are helpful but not required. Skill in keyboarding is highly recommended. A specific calculator is required.

For students not meeting these requirements, advising is available to assist in preparing for entrance into the program and to earn credits which will apply toward the certificate or degree once accepted into the program.

Full-time students: MET is a limited enrollment program for students seeking a certificate or degree. Qualified applicants are accepted in the order in which the application process is completed. Program starts in fall and winter terms. See a program advisor for other term starts.

Job-upgrade students: non-program students seeking to upgrade job skills are welcome to enroll in individual courses. Students must meet individual course prerequisites and complete an advising interview with a MET faculty advisor prior to enrollment. Admission is granted on a space-available basis after the needs of the full-time students have been met.

Continuing Education Students: students may transfer to Oregon Institute of Technology to pursue a bachelor degree in mechanical or manufacturing engineering technology. Faculty advisors will provide assistance in the selection of additional course work appropriate for each student’s goals.

Completion of CMET 131 with a C grade or higher will meet the PCC math competency requirement for the AAS degree.

Associate of Applied Science Degree

Mechanical Engineering Technology
Mechanical Engineering Technology: Green Technology and Sustainability Option

Mechanical Engineering Technology AAS Degree

Minimum 101 credits. Students must also meet Associate Degree Comprehensive Requirements and Associate of Applied Science Requirements. Students must complete a total of sixteen credits of General Education. Some courses specified within the program may be used as General Education. Students should consult with program advisors for course planning.

Mechanical Engineering Technology Degree Credit Summary

CMET74
CH5
COMM4
ENGR7
WR4
Remaining General Education7
Total Credits101

Course of Study

The coursework listed below is required. The following is an example of a term-by-term breakdown.

First TermCredits
CMET 110Statics4
CMET 111Engineering Technology Orientation4
CMET 112Technical Algebra/Trigonometry4
ENGR 102Engineering Graphics3
Second Term
CH 104*Allied Health Chemistry I5
CMET 121Strength of Materials4
CMET 122Technical Engineering Physics4
CMET 123Technical Algebra with Analytic Geometry4
Third Term
CMET 131Applied Calculus8
CMET 227Applied Electricity Fundamentals2
CMET 280A1Cooperative Ed: Civil/Mechanical Engineering Technology0
WR 121English Composition4
General Education4
Fourth Term
CMET 133Materials Technology3
CMET 213Fluid Mechanics3
CMET 221Environmental Systems3
CMET 226Dynamics3
COMM 100 or 111Introduction to Speech Communication4
Fifth Term
CMET 211Environmental Quality4
CMET 212Thermodynamics I4
CMET 241Structural Steel Drafting3
CMET 254Civil/Mechanical Engineering Technology Seminar1
ENGR 262Manufacturing Processes4
General Education3
Sixth Term
CMET 222Thermodynamics II4
CMET 223Project Management3
CMET 235Machine Design3
CMET 236Structural Design3
CMET 237MET Applied Computer Aided Design3
 Total Credits: 101

*

COMM 100 and COMM 111 could be used as General Education

1

This is optional and available after completing term three.

Green Technology and Sustainability AAS Degree

Minimum 108 credits. Students must also meet Associate Degree Comprehensive Requirements and Associate of Applied Science Requirements. Students must complete a total of sixteen credits of General Education. Some courses specified within the program may be used as General Education. Students should consult with program advisors for course planning.

Green Technology and Sustainability Degree Credit Summary

CMET74
CH5
COMM4
EET3
ENGR7
GEO4
SOC4
Remaining General Education7
Total Credits108

Green Tech and Sustainability Degree Courses

CH 104Allied Health Chemistry I *5
CMET 110Statics4
CMET 111Engineering Technology Orientation4
CMET 112Technical Algebra/Trigonometry4
CMET 121Strength of Materials4
CMET 122Technical Engineering Physics4
CMET 123Technical Algebra with Analytic Geometry4
CMET 131Applied Calculus8
CMET 133Materials Technology3
CMET 211Environmental Quality4
CMET 212Thermodynamics I4
CMET 213Fluid Mechanics3
CMET 221Environmental Systems3
CMET 222Thermodynamics II4
CMET 223Project Management3
CMET 226Dynamics3
CMET 227Applied Electricity Fundamentals2
CMET 235Machine Design3
CMET 236Structural Design3
CMET 237MET Applied Computer Aided Design3
CMET 241Structural Steel Drafting3
CMET 254Civil/Mechanical Engineering Technology Seminar1
COMM 100Introduction to Speech Communication *4
or COMM 111 Public Speaking
EET 110Introduction to Renewable Energy3
ENGR 102Engineering Graphics3
ENGR 262Manufacturing Processes4
GEO 265Introduction to GIS (Geographical Information Systems) *4
SOC 228Introduction to Environmental Sociology *4
Remaining General Education7
CMET 280ACooperative Ed: Civil/Mechanical Engineering Technology 10
Total Credits108

*

COMM 100 and COMM 111 could be used as General Education

1

This is optional and available after completing term three.


Mechanical Engineering Technology Two-Year Certificate

Minimum 66 credits. Students must also meet certificate requirements. The Mechanical Engineering Technology Certificate is a related certificate. All courses are contained in the Mechanical Engineering Technology AAS Degree.

Mechanical Engineering Technology Certificate Credit Summary

CMET46
CH5
COMM4
ENGR3
WR4
General Education4
Total Credits66

Course of Study

The coursework listed below is required. The following is an example of a term-by-term breakdown.

First TermCredits
CMET 110Statics4
CMET 111Engineering Technology Orientation4
CMET 112Technical Algebra/Trigonometry4
ENGR 102Engineering Graphics3
Second Term
CH 104Allied Health Chemistry I5
CMET 121Strength of Materials4
CMET 122Technical Engineering Physics4
CMET 123Technical Algebra with Analytic Geometry4
Third Term
CMET 131Applied Calculus8
CMET 227Applied Electricity Fundamentals2
WR 121English Composition4
General Education (Social Science)4
Fourth Term
CMET 133Materials Technology3
CMET 213Fluid Mechanics3
CMET 221Environmental Systems3
CMET 226Dynamics3
COMM 100 or 111Introduction to Speech Communication4
 Total Credits: 66

Courses

CMET 110. Statics. 4 Credits.

Covers fundamental concepts of mechanics relating to forces acting on rigid bodies. Includes problems involving actions and reactions on structures and machines in two and three dimensions. Also covers friction, moments of inertia, and centroids. Corequisite: CMET 111. Prerequisite or concurrent: CMET 112. Prerequisites: MTH 60 and placement in WR 115. Department approval required. Audit available.

CMET 111. Engineering Technology Orientation. 4 Credits.

A rigorous practical approach to techniques and problems encountered in the field of engineering technology. Offers abundant opportunity to solve engineering problems. Corequisite: CMET 110. Prerequisite or concurrent: CMET 112. Audit available.

CMET 112. Technical Algebra/Trigonometry. 4 Credits.

Includes algebra and trigonometry used in CMET 110 and CMET 111, emphasizing simultaneous linear equations, quadratic equations and applied problems. Prerequisites: MTH 60 and placement in WR 115. Department approval required. Audit available.

CMET 121. Strength of Materials. 4 Credits.

Covers the relationship between stress and strain on deformable solids. Applies analysis to members subjected to axial, bending, and torsional loads. Covers combined stresses, statically indeterminate systems and properties of structural materials. Prerequisites: CMET 110, CMET 112, and ENGR 102. Prerequisite/Concurrent: CMET 122 and CMET 123.

CMET 122. Technical Engineering Physics. 4 Credits.

Introduces physical properties of matter and energy, includes properties of solids, liquids and gases. Presents applications of the basic equations of fluid mechanics, heat transfer, and the First Law of Thermodynamics. Prerequisite or concurrent: CMET 121, CMET 123. Audit available.

CMET 123. Technical Algebra with Analytic Geometry. 4 Credits.

Covers algebra and geometry of special interest to engineering technicians including solving higher order equations, determinants, matrix operations, logarithms and trigonometric identities. Plane analytical geometry introduced in preparation for calculus, emphasizing development of skills and confidence to solve advanced pre-calculus problems. Prerequisite: CMET 112, or MTH 111. Audit available.

CMET 131. Applied Calculus. 8 Credits.

Introduces differential and integral calculus, with applications to engineering problems, including kinematics, moments of inertia and deflections of beams. Specific calculator required, see advisor. Prerequisites: CMET 121, CMET 122, CMET 123. Audit available.

CMET 133. Materials Technology. 3 Credits.

Selection of materials for engineering technology applications, structure and properties of metals, ceramics and polymers starting with fundamental atomic arrangements. Microstructural control through thermal and mechanical processing and effects of service environment are covered. Prerequisites: CMET 121, CMET 123; CH 104; WR 115. Audit available.

CMET 211. Environmental Quality. 4 Credits.

Introduces physical, chemical and biological parameters relating to the quality of water. Presents sampling systems, data analysis techniques and computational methods, including mathematical models. Recommended: CMET 131. Prerequisites: CMET 123, CH 104, and WR 115. Prerequisite or concurrent: WR 121. Audit available.

CMET 212. Thermodynamics I. 4 Credits.

Covers principles of classical thermodynamics. Develops understanding of mass, energy, heat, work, efficiency, ideal and real thermodynamic cycles and processes. Teaches first and second laws of thermodynamics, perfect gas law, properties of real gases, and the general energy equation for closed and open systems. Prerequisites: CMET 131, CMET 122 and CH 104. Audit available.

CMET 213. Fluid Mechanics. 3 Credits.

Covers properties, laws of fluid mechanics and energy relationships for incompressible fluids. Studies flow in closed conduits, including pressure loss, flow measurement, pipe sizing and pump selection. Includes open channel flow analysis. Recommended: CMET 131. Prerequisites: CMET 110, CMET 122, CMET 123. Audit available.

CMET 214. Surveying II. 3 Credits.

Presents techniques for preliminary location and construction surveys. Includes elements of horizontal and vertical location for roadways, including circular and parabolic curves. Covers use of advanced capabilities of electronic total stations, include data logging. Prerequisite: ENGR 226. Audit available.

CMET 221. Environmental Systems. 3 Credits.

Explores ground water, air, hazardous waste, and water pollution problems. Presents data analysis techniques and computational methods. Examines technological solutions of these problems, including water, wastewater, and air pollution treatment, as well as alternatives. Prerequisites: CMET 123, WR 115. Audit available.

CMET 222. Thermodynamics II. 4 Credits.

Covers application of principles of thermodynamics in the analysis of vapor and gas power cycles, refrigeration and heat pump machinery, and air distribution systems. Combustion reactions, ideal gas mixtures, and properties of moist air (psychrometrics) are also studied. Prerequisite: CMET 212. Audit available.

CMET 223. Project Management. 3 Credits.

Administration of engineering projects. Covers owner-design professional-constructor relationships, law and contracts, specifications writing and interpretation, cost estimating, engineering economy, and planning and scheduling (CPM and time-scaled arrow diagrams). Recommended: COMM 100 or COMM 111. Prerequisites: CMET 123. Prerequisite or concurrent: WR 121. Audit available.

CMET 226. Dynamics. 3 Credits.

Covers kinematics and kinetics principles relating to the motion of particles and rigid bodies. Examines force, mass, acceleration and velocity relationships. Practical linear and curvilinear motion problems are solved. Work-energy and impulse-momentum methods covered. Prerequisite: CMET 110, CMET 131. Audit available.

CMET 227. Applied Electricity Fundamentals. 2 Credits.

Introduces fundamental principles of electricity as applied to mechanical systems. Principle topics covered: basic electrical theory, electric motors, controls, and energy consumption considerations. Prerequisite: CMET 112. Audit available.

CMET 228. Construction Materials. 3 Credits.

Covers production, processing, and testing of aggregate, asphalt, concrete, soil and other materials in highway and commercial/industrial building projects. Includes quality assurance concepts, measurements and calculations, terminology and random sampling. Focuses on testing procedures common to construction in the northwest. Recommended: CMET 131. Prerequisites: CMET 121, CMET 122, CMET 123. Prerequisite/concurrent: WR 121. Audit available.

CMET 233. CET Applied Computer Aided Design. 3 Credits.

Presents advanced topics in civil engineering-oriented computer aided design and drafting meeting industry standards. Prerequisite: CMET 241; Prerequisite or concurrent: CMET 214. Audit available.

CMET 235. Machine Design. 3 Credits.

Examines fundamentals of machine design, including analysis and design of mechanical components. Covers shafts, fasteners, belt and chain drives, brakes, gears, springs and bearings. Includes predicting static and fatigue failures for various loadings and materials. Prerequisite: CMET 121, CMET 226. Audit available.

CMET 236. Structural Design. 3 Credits.

Introduces design of steel, wood, and reinforced concrete structures with emphasis on steel buildings. Covers beam and column design along with bolted and welded connections. Recommended: CMET 131. Prerequisites: CMET 121, CMET 122, CMET 123; WR 115. Audit available.

CMET 237. MET Applied Computer Aided Design. 3 Credits.

Presents topics in solid modeling for mechanical/manufacturing engineering computer aided design and drawing, meeting industry standards. Prerequisite: ENGR 102. Audit available.

CMET 241. Structural Steel Drafting. 3 Credits.

Introduces structural detail drafting of engineering design drawings and shop fabrication drawings for steel construction. Covers steel grades and shapes; and design, fabrication, and erection drawings for steel structures. Prerequisites: ENGR 102, CMET 121. Audit available.

CMET 254. Civil/Mechanical Engineering Technology Seminar. 1 Credit.

Topics include information on finding employment in the civil/mechanical/manufacturing industry, writing resumes, and interviewing. Prerequisite: WR 115. Audit available.

CMET 280A. Cooperative Ed: Civil/Mechanical Engineering Technology. 1-5 Credit.

An opportunity to develop engineering technology skills in a department-approved work setting. Department permission required. Audit available.