Mechanical Engineering Technology

The Mechanical Engineering Technology curriculum prepares graduates for employment as technicians in the diversified fields of mechanical engineering and manufacturing engineering. Mechanical Engineering technicians assist in the design, development, testing, process design and improvement, and troubleshooting and repair of engineered systems. Graduates should qualify to obtain occupations such as technical service providers, materials and technologies testing service technicians, process improvement technicians, engineering technicians, industrial and technology managers, or research technicians.

Mechanical Engineering Technology course work includes engineering graphics, engineering fundamentals, materials and manufacturing processes, mathematics and physics. Emphasis is placed on the integration of theory and hands-on application of engineering principles. In addition, students study computer applications, critical thinking, planning and problem solving, and oral and written communications.

Graduates of the curriculum find employment opportunities in the manufacturing or service sectors of engineering technology. Engineering technicians may obtain professional certification by application to organizations such as ASQC, SME and NICET.

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Mechanical Engineering Technology (A40320)

Degree Awarded

The Associate in Applied Science Degree - Mechanical Engineering Technology is awarded by the College upon completion of this program. This degree is accepted at some colleges and universities as the first two years of a 2 + 2 bachelor’s-level engineering technology program.

Admissions

  • A high school diploma or equivalent is required. High school students preparing for an engineering technology program should complete courses in algebra, geometry and advanced mathematics. Skills and proficiencies should be developed in writing, computer literacy, and science.
  • Placement tests in English and mathematics determine entry-level courses which match individual needs. Developmental Studies English and mathematics courses are available for students to build basic skills and knowledge.
  • A counseling/orientation appointment follows placement testing.
  • Many courses have prerequisites or co-requisites. Check the Courses section for details.

Program Accreditation

The Mechanical Engineering Technology Program at CPCC is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (TAC of ABET), abet.org.

Notes

The Mechanical Engineering Technology curriculum at Central Piedmont Community College features the use of CAD systems in the practical applications of both fundamental and highly specialized mechanical engineering technology principles. Students advance from basic courses to specialized mechanical engineering technology courses. These courses furnish concentrated study in the practical application of state-of-the-art technological knowledge and skills needed in today’s high technology industry.

Completion of the program requires that students use college-level algebra, trigonometry and physics in the application of scientific principles to technical problems.

Contact Information

The Mechanical Engineering Technology Program is in the Engineering Technologies Division. For additional information, visit the Engineering Technologies Division website at cpcc.edu/et or contact the Program Chair at 704.330.6614.

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General Education Requirements
ENG 111Writing and Inquiry3.0
ENG 114Professional Research & Reporting3.0
COM 110Introduction to Communication3.0
Take 1 course from the following:3.0
Algebra/Trigonometry I
Precalculus Algebra
Select 3 credits of the following:3.0
Art Appreciation
Art History Survey I
Art History Survey II
Cultural Studies
Myth in Human Culture
Music Appreciation
Introduction to Jazz
Philosophical Issues
Introduction to Ethics
World Religions
Select 3 credits of the following:3.0
Principles of Microeconomics
Principles of Macroeconomics
World Civilizations I
World Civilizations II
American History I
American History II
American Government
General Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Major Requirements
EGR 250Statics/Strength of Mater5.0
MEC 265Fluid Mechanics3.0
MEC 161Manufacturing Processes I3.0
MEC 180Engineering Materials3.0
DFT 154Intro to Solid Modeling3.0
Take 1 course from the following:3.0
Engineering and Design Graphics
CAD I
Engineering Graphics
Take 1 course from the following:4.0
Physics-Mechanics
College Physics I
Other Major Requirements:
MEC 275Engineering Mechanisms3.0
ELC 131Circuit Analysis I4.0
CSC 134C++ Programming3.0
MEC 111Machine Processes I3.0
MEC 270Machine Design4.0
Take 1 course from the following:3.0-4.0
Algebra/Trigonometry II
Precalculus Trigonometry
Take 1 course from the following:4.0
Physics-Electricity & Magnetism
College Physics II
Take 1 course from the following:3.0
Applied Calculus
Calculus I
Total Credits69-70

No diplomas offered.

Mechanical Engineering Certificates (C40320)

Mechanical Engineering Certificate Specialization in Mechanical CAD Operations (C40320-C2)

Major Requirements
EGR 120Engineering and Design Graphics3.0
DFT 154Intro to Solid Modeling3.0
DFT 170Engineering Graphics3.0
ISC 212Metrology2.0
MEC 161Manufacturing Processes I3.0
Total Credits14

Mechanical Engineering Technology Certificate Specialization in Mechanical Engineering Technology Pathway (C40320-C3)

This program is available to high school students enrolled in Career and College Promise.

Major Requirements
EGR 120Engineering and Design Graphics3.0
MEC 111Machine Processes I3.0
MEC 161Manufacturing Processes I3.0
DFT 154Intro to Solid Modeling3.0
Total Credits12

Mechanical Engineering Technology Certificate Specialization in Academic Preparation for Future Engineers (C40320-C4)

Major Requirements
MAT 171Precalculus Algebra4.0
ENG 111Writing and Inquiry3.0
MAT 172Precalculus Trigonometry4.0
MEC 161Manufacturing Processes I3.0
EGR 120Engineering and Design Graphics3.0
Total Credits17

Courses

MEC 110. Introduction to CAD/CAM. 2.0 Credits. Class-1.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-2.0. Work-0.0

This course introduces CAD/CAM. Emphasis is placed on transferring part geometry from CAD to CAM for the development of a CNC-ready program. Upon completion, students should be able to use CAD/CAM software to produce a CNC program.

MEC 111. Machine Processes I. 3.0 Credits. Class-1.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-4.0. Work-0.0

This course introduces shop safety, hand tools, machine processes, measuring instruments, and the operation of machine shop equipment. Topics include use and care of tools, safety, measuring tools, and the basic setup and operation of common machine tools. Upon completion, students should be able to manufacture simple parts to specified tolerance.

MEC 130. Mechanisms. 3.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-2.0. Work-0.0

This course introduces the purpose and action of various mechanical devices. Topics include cams, cables, gear trains, differentials, screws, belts, pulleys, shafts, levers, lubricants, and other devices. Upon completion, students should be able to analyze, maintain, and troubleshoot the components of mechanical systems.

MEC 155. Environmentally Benign Manufacturing. 3.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-2.0. Work-0.0

This course introduces environmental issues involving the generation and management of hazardous materials and wastes in manufacturing operations. Topics include the analysis of manufacturing trends, pollution minimization strategies, and the advantages of incorporating a sustainable approach to manufacturing. Upon completion, students should be able to discuss analysis and modification of industrial processes in manufacturing facilities toward a sustainable end.

MEC 161. Manufacturing Processes I. 3.0 Credits. Class-3.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course provides the fundamental principles of value-added processing of materials into usable forms for the customer. Topics include material properties and traditional and non-traditional manufacturing processes. Upon completion, students should be able to specify appropriate manufacturing processing for common engineering materials.

MEC 172. Introduction to Metallurgy. 3.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-2.0. Work-0.0

This course covers the production, properties, testing, classification, microstructure, and heat-treating effects of ferrous and non-ferrous metals. Topics include the iron-carbon phase diagram, ITT diagram, ANSI code, quenching, senescing, and other processes concerning metallurgical transformations. Upon completion, students should be able to understand the iron-carbon phase diagram, ITT diagram, microstructure images, and other phenomena concerning the behavior of metals.

MEC 180. Engineering Materials. 3.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-3.0. Work-0.0

This course introduces the physical and mechanical properties of materials. Topics include materials testing, pre- and post-manufactufing processes, and material selection of ferrous and non-ferrous metals, plastics, composities, and non-conventional materials. Upon completion, students should be able to utilize basic material property tests and select appropriate materials for applications.

Prerequisites: Take ENG 112 ENG 113 or ENG 114

MEC 210. Applied Mechanics. 3.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-2.0. Work-0.0

This course is a study of forces, stresses, and strains acting upon mechanical components. Topics include static equilibrium; normal, shear, and bending stresses; mathematical and graphical solution techniques; and the relationship between stress and strain. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate proficiency in analyzing the forces, stresses, and strains common to applications in the workplace.

Prerequisites: Take PHY 131 PHY 151 or PHY 251
Take MAT 122 or MAT 172

MEC 260. Fundamentals of Machine Design. 3.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-3.0. Work-0.0

This course introduces the fundamental principles of machine design. Topics include simple analysis of forces, moments, stresses, strains, friction, kinematics, and other considerations for designing machine elements. Upon completion, students should be able to analyze machine components and make component selections from manufacturers' catalogs.

Prerequisites: Take MEC 180
Take MEC 210
Take DFT 154 or DFT 170
Corequisites: Take MEC 130

MEC 265. Fluid Mechanics. 3.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-2.0. Work-0.0

This course covers the physical behavior of fluids and fluid systems. Topics include fluid statics and dynamics, laminar and turbulent flow, Bernoulli's Equation, components, applications, and other related topics. Upon completion, students should be able to apply fluid power principles to practical applications.

Prerequisites: Take PHY 131 PHY 151 or PHY 251

MEC 267. Thermal Systems. 3.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-2.0. Work-0.0

This course introduces the fundamental laws of thermodynamics. Topics include work and energy, open and closed systems, and heat engines. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate a knowledge of the laws and principles that apply to thermal power.

Prerequisites: Take One: PHY 131 or PHY 151

MEC 270. Machine Design. 4.0 Credits. Class-3.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-3.0. Work-0.0

This course covers the basic principles underlying design and selection of machine elements. Topics include stress analysis, selection of components, power transmission, and other design considerations. Upon completion, students should be able to identify and solve mechanical design problems by applying basic engineering principles.

Prerequisites: Complete one of the following options:Take EGR 250
Take EGR 251 and EGR 252

MEC 275. Engineering Mechanisms. 3.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-2.0. Work-0.0

This course covers plane motion and devices used to generate plane motion. Topics include analysis of displacement, velocity, acceleration, gears, cams, and other mechanical systems. Upon completion, students should be able to graphically and mathematically analyze a plane motion system.

Prerequisites: Take PHY 131 PHY 151 or PHY 251
Take MAT 122 or MAT 172

MEC 292. Selected Topics in Mechanical Engineering Techology. 2.0 Credits. Class-1.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-2.0. Work-0.0

MEC 293. Selected Topics in Mechanical Engr. Tech Engineering Technology. 3.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-2.0. Work-0.0