Mechanical Engineering Tech (ME)

ME 100. Measurement, Materials and Safety. 3 Credit Hours.

This course prepares students for the National Institute of Metalworking Skills (NIMS) Measurement, Materials and Safety credentialing examination. Students will learn foundational skills for the metalworking industry including the basics of metal cutting, measurement, safety and shop math. Additional hours required.
Corequisite: ME 154.
Prerequisites: Departmental approval or Work Keys Applied Mathematics Level 4, or, Reading Proficiency or Work Keys Reading for Information Level 4.

ME 101. Welding Technology. 3 Credit Hours.

The major objective of this course is to provide a comprehensive coverage of current welding practices. A variety of welding processes will be covered including shielded metal-arc, gas shielded-arc, resistance and other special techniques intended specifically for welding sophisticated metals. Additional lab hours required.
Prerequisite: Reading Proficiency.

ME 108. Principles of Plumbing/Pipefitting. 3 Credit Hours.

The principles of water supplies and sewage systems are presented. The course covers alteration, repair, and maintenance methods of commercial and domestic plumbing systems. Nomenclature of the various connecting devices for metal and plastic pipe and proper assembly such as soldering, threading, and gluing are included. Laboratory exercises and assembly projects provide the practice and methodology required to successfully repair and maintain fixtures and systems. Additional lab hours required.
Prerequisite: Reading Proficiency.

ME 110. HVAC Operator I. 3 Credit Hours.

A practical course dealing with the basic operation, maintenance and troubleshooting of heating, ventilating and air conditioning equipment including air, closed water stream and control systems. The dynamic equipment components of various systems will be studied with special emphasis upon preventive maintenance.
Prerequisite: Reading Proficiency.

ME 111. Job Planning, Benchwork & Layout. 3 Credit Hours.

This course prepares students for the National Institute of Metalworking Skills (NIMS) Job Planning, Benchwork & Layout credentialing examination. Students will build upon skills learned in the Measurement, Materials & Safety class. They will learn additional foundational skills for the metalworking industry including the basics of benchwork, layout, hole making operations, grinding, shop trigonometry and inductory geometric dimensioning and tolerancing. Additional hours required.
Corequisite: ME 100.
Prerequisites: Reading Proficiency or departmental approval.

ME 120. Manual Machining I. 3 Credit Hours.

This course prepares students for the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) level 1 milling, grinding and drill press skills examinations. Students will build upon skills learned in the Measurement, Materials & Safety class and the Job Planning, Benchwork & Layout course. They will learn additional skills for the metalworking industry including the safe set up and operation of milling machines, drill presses and grinders. Some of the projects required for NIMS credentialing will be incorporated as lab projects. Additional hours required.
Prerequisites: ME 111 and Reading Proficiency, or departmental approval.

ME 121. Computer Integrated Manufacturing. 3 Credit Hours.

This course applies principles of robotics and automation. Students will use CNC equipment to produce actual models of their three-dimensional designs. Fundamental concepts of robotics used in automated manufacturing and design analysis are included.
Prerequisites: EGR 145, EGR 147 or department approval.

ME 133. Production Control. 3 Credit Hours.

Students will gain an understanding of the tools, techniques and processes used to plan, schedule and track materials through the complete value chain in a manufacturing environment. Topics will include both manual and computer assisted methods including Materials Requirements Planning, Shop Floor control, Lean Manufacturing and "Just in Time" techniques.
Prerequisite: Reading Proficiency.

ME 135. Mechanics - Statics. 3 Credit Hours.

This is a study of forces and their effects on motionless objects. Applications to trusses, beams, frames, and other topics are presented. Basic theory for structural design in mechanical and civil programs is studied.
Prerequisites: MTH 140 or higher and Reading Proficiency.

ME 138. Mechanical Measurement. 3 Credit Hours.

This course is designed to provide the fundamentals of dimensional measurement for the technician. Measurement terms, equipment and tools will be explained and laboratory activities will provide the student an opportunity to master the basic skills of measuring devices. Scaled, vernier, micrometer instruments and dial indicators with gage blocks will be used. Measurement standards will be reviewed.
Prerequisite: Reading Proficiency.

ME 140. Introduction to Robotics. 3 Credit Hours.

This course is a historical overview of the use and development of robotics. Topics to be studied include specific types and application of industrial robots, the effects of industrial robots and technology on employers and employees, and the programming and functioning of robotic simulators. Additional lab hours required.
Prerequisite: Reading Proficiency.

ME 151. Manufacturing Processes I. 3 Credit Hours.

Teaching theory and manipulative skills in the basic processes of manufacturing lathes, milling machines, shapers, drill presses, welding, foundry, sheet metal, precision instrument reading, and hand tools. Additional lab hours required.
Prerequisite: Reading Proficiency.

ME 152. Manufacturing Processes II. 3 Credit Hours.

This course is a continuation of Manufacturing Processes I with emphasis in Flexible Manufacturing Systems (FMS). Instruction includes Computer Numerical Control (CNC) programming, Robotics applications of Programmable Logic Controls (PLC), and Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM). Students will develop a CIM cell project. Additional lab hours required.
Prerequisites: ME 151 and Reading Proficiency.

ME 153. Lathe and Mill Operations and Safety. 3 Credit Hours.

This course is designed to teach fundamental machining operations on a Lathe and Mill. The course will emphasize general shop safety practices and machine operating procedures that is safe for the operators and other workers.
Prerequisite: Reading Proficiency.

ME 154. Mechanical Blueprint Reading. 2 Credit Hours.

This course covers drawing understandings, sheet sizes, information in title blocks, revision blocks, and tolerance blocks. Students will learn how to use measuring instruments as they pertain to blueprints. Additional hours required.
Prerequisite: Reading Proficiency.

ME 200. Manual Machining II. 3 Credit Hours.

This course prepares student for the National Institute for Metal Working Skills (NIMS) level I Turning Between Centers and Chucking credentialing assessment. Students will build upon skills learned in the Measurement, Materials & Safety and the Job Planning, Benchwork & Layout courses. They will learn additional skills for the metalworking industry including fundamental operations performed on a lathe. Some of the projects required for NIMS credentialing will be incorporated as lab projects. Additional hours required.
Corequisite: ME 120.
Prerequisites: Reading Proficiency or departmental approval.

ME 210. Robotics Subsystems and Components. 3 Credit Hours.

A continuation of Introduction to Robotics (ME 140) covering more advanced programming on ROBOT simulators (i.e., application of motion, voice, light, and sound sensors). Typical robot subsystems and components such as electronic (feedback devices, controls, microprocessor interfacing), hydraulic, pneumatic and mechanical drive mechanisms are covered with regard to their functions and operational principles. Additional lab hours required.
Prerequisites: ME 140, EE 242 or department approval and Reading Proficiency.

ME 211. Programmable Logic Controllers. 3 Credit Hours.

This course presents the fundamentals of ladder logic (or relay logic) used on modern industrial controllers. Basic elements such as timers, counters, and sequences are studied, as well as traditional methods of applying them to machine control. Students will program and perform laboratory experiments with programmable logic controllers, such as the Allen Bradley SLC-100 controllers and interface them to various input and output devices. An industrial robot also is available in class for lab experiments. Use of IBM/Allen Bradley personal computer interface software will be covered as well. Additional lab hours required.
Prerequisites: ME 140 recommended and Reading Proficiency.

ME 212. Introduction to Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Machining. 3 Credit Hours.

This course prepares students for the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) level 1 Computer Numeric Control (CNC) Milling examinations. Students will build upon skills learned in the Measurement, Materials & Safety class and the Job Planning, Benchwork & Layout course. They will learn additional skills for the metalworking industry including the safe set up, operation and basic programming of Computer Numeric Controlled milling machines. They will work on the project required for NIMS credentialing. Additional hours required.
Corequisite: ME 120.
Prerequisites: Reading Proficiency or departmental approval.

ME 223. Basic Hydraulics I. 2 Credit Hours.

This course is arranged to give the student a general knowledge of the basic components of hydraulic systems, as well as a general understanding of the basic laws and formulas used in simple hydraulic calculations. It includes such topics as pumps, control valves, control assemblies, actuators, the use of standard hydraulic symbols, and maintenance procedures.
Prerequisite: Reading Proficiency.

ME 230. Introduction to 3-D Solid Modeling for Design. 4 Credit Hours.

This course is designed to teach the use of 3D solid modeling CAD packages. Instruction includes how to use a 3D CAD package to develop solid models in order to generate assemblies and 2D drawings. CAD package used in a particular semester or a section of this course may depend on the industry or student's demand. Some of the commonly used 3D solid modeling packages in the industry are SDRC'S I-Deas Master, SolidWorks, Pro-E, and Solid Edge. It is suggested that prior to registering for this course, students would inquire with the department as to which CAD will be emphasized in a given semester or a section of the course. Additional lab hours required.
Prerequisites: Department approval and Reading Proficiency.

ME 232. Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing. 2 Credit Hours.

Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing will provide an introduction to consistent and clear application of dimensions and tolerances as outlined in the ASME Y14.5-2009 standard. Complete documentation of product requirements will consist of symbols, feature control frames, geometric tolerances, datums, and material condition modifiers. The course will also include methods of tolerance verification and basic design considerations.
Prerequisites: EGR 100 or department approval and Reading Proficiency.

ME 237. Programmable Logic Controllers II. 3 Credit Hours.

This course is a continuation of the study of Programmable Logic Controllers. Students will cover topics including comparators, variables, subroutines, and human machine interfaces. Additional lab hours required. Reading Proficiency.
Prerequisites: EE 236 or ME 211 both with minimum grades of "B" or department approval.

ME 241. Numerical Control Programming. 3 Credit Hours.

This course will include a brief summary of machine types and their application with movies and local field trips; also, basic CNC programming language and preparation of part programs. Students will program and operate three axis vertical mills with sequential and word address controls.
Prerequisites: ME 151 and Reading Proficiency.

ME 242. Mechanics-Dynamics. 3 Credit Hours.

Dynamics extends the study of mechanics from forces and their effects on motionless objects to motion and the forces required to produce motion. Energy, impulse and momentum are included.
Prerequisites: ME 135 and Reading Proficiency.

ME 243. Strength of Materials. 3 Credit Hours.

This course consists of the study of the reaction of materials to tension, compression torsion and flexure. Applications to the design of beams, columns, shafts and fasteners are presented. The students perform various materials tests in a fully-equipped laboratory. Additional lab hours required.
Prerequisites: ME 135 and Reading Proficiency.

ME 244. Mechanical Design I. 3 Credit Hours.

This course applies the principles of engineering graphics to problems dealing with the drawing and design of machines and parts. The emphasis is to produce accurate and complete detail and assembly drawings utilizing the latest industrial drafting procedures and practices which include GD&T methods. Additional lab hours required.
Prerequisites: EGR 100 and Reading Proficiency.

ME 249. Materials and Metallurgy. 3 Credit Hours.

This course is a survey of the sources, preparation, properties and uses of engineering materials. Topics include the following the iron-carbon system, ferrous metallurgy, nonferrous metallurgy, ceramics, plastics, elastomers, composites, and finishes. Practical laboratory activities are performed to clarify and enhance text material. Additional lab hours required.
Prerequisite: Reading Proficiency.

ME 254. Electricity and Controls. 3 Credit Hours.

A basic course in AC-DC electricity and controls for non-electrical students. Study of DC, AC and magnetic circuits used for electric motor drives and transformers introduction to solid state and electromagnetic controls. Laboratory experiments parallel classroom material covered. Additional lab hours required.
Prerequisite: Reading Proficiency.

ME 255. Fluid Power. 3 Credit Hours.

This course is that portion of fluid mechanics which deals with its application and has been termed "Fluid Power." It emphasizes the study of components of hydraulics and pneumatics systems as used for industrial power transmission and control purposes. Additional lab hours required.
Prerequisites: MTH 144 or equivalent and Reading Proficiency.