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Mechanical Engineering Technology Degree
Associate of Applied Science Degree Program
(One-year certificate also available)

Catalog Year 2014-2015

MHCC Faculty Adviser:
Troy Donaldson: 503-491-7681 - Room AC 2579

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This degree focuses on technicians for entry in various engineering support activities required by industry. These courses give students experience in mechanical design at a technician level. Included in the scope of many courses is the use of state-of-the-art computer-aided design (CAD) equipment such as AutoCAD for computer drawing, Solidworks for solid modeling and three-dimensional (3-D) rapid prototype creation for product development. Mechanical Engineering Technology (MET) students find employment in many types of manufacturing thus creating a wide variety of job possibilities such as an engineering technician, drafter and CAD technician in light to heavy product design industries. Typical employers would be manufacturers of material handling equipment, transportation equipment, medical equipment, recreation equipment and materials testing. The MET program also offers a one-year certificate for those successfully completing the first three terms of the two-year AAS degree. Contact the MET adviser for more information.

Additional Program Outcomes

At the completion of this program, the student should be able to:

  • Demonstrate technical expertise in a minimum of three subject areas chosen from: engineering materials, applied mechanics, applied fluid sciences and fundamentals of electricity
  • Demonstrate technical expertise in manufacturing processes, mechanical design and computer-aided engineering graphics with added technical depth in at least one of these areas
  • Analyze applied physics problems with an emphasis in applied mechanics
  • Determine forces and stresses in elementary mechanical systems
  • Calculate basic loads and demands in systems
  • Working in a team, apply technical expertise in creating a product from concept to working prototype
  • Describe the ethical responsibilities of the engineering profession
  • Describe sustainability in engineering and how it impacts products, business and communities
  • Conduct standardized field and laboratory testing on renewable energy technologies and energy systems
First Quarter (Fall) Credits
ET122 Engineering Drawing 4
GE101 Engineering Orientation 4
MTH065 Beginning Algebra II1 4
WR121 English Composition 4
Second Quarter (Winter)
GE115 Engineering Graphics 3
MTH095 Intermediate Algebra with Right Triangle Trigonometry 5
WR227 Technical Report Writing 4
  Human Relations requirement ‡ 3
Third Quarter (Spring)
ET221 Statics 4
ET227 Engineering Project Management 4
GE102 Engineering Computations 3
Fourth Quarter (Fall)
ENGR248 Engineering Graphics: Solidworks 3
ET210 Sustainable Engineering 3
ET222 Fluid Mechanics 3
ET231 Basic Strengths of Materials 4
CH104 General, Organic, and
Biological Chemistry I or
GS106 Physical Science: Geology or
G201 Principles of Physical Geology or
PH201 General Physics I 2, 3
Fifth Quarter (Winter)
ET220 Renewable Energy Technology 3
ET240 Project Design I 3
MFG212 CAM (Computer-Assisted Machining) Concepts 4
BA285 Leadership and Human Relations 3
  Related elective2 3-4
Sixth Quarter (Spring)
ET230 Sustainable Energy Modeling 3
ET250 Project Design II 4
HPE295 Health and Fitness for Life 3
SP111 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 4
WE280AE Cooperative Education Internship5 or
Related elective2
Total Credits 95-97

1Students who placed into MTH095 (or higher) do not need to complete MTH065, but must select an additional related elective to satisfy degree requirements of 90 credits.
2See related electives listed below.
3PH201 is strongly recommended. MTH112 is a prerequisite for PH201.
4G201 and PH201 are offered fall term only. Students making these selections will need to modify their education plan - contact the faculty adviser.
5Students may use any combination of WE280MEA, WE280MEB or WE280MEC to total three credits. Instructor and dean permission is required; check with instructor for the course number and credits appropriate to the internship assignment.

‡ See Associate of Applied Science degree, page 20 of the printed catalog.

Engineering Technology Related Electives
The following is a list of pre-approved related electives for the programs indicated. The program adviser for the degree being sought must approve other related electives on a Catalog Exception Form.

ART115 Basic Design I (AET, MET)
ART117 Basic Design III (AET)
Any 200-level ART course (AET)
BA101 Introduction to Business (AET)
CH104 General, Organic, and Biological Chemistry I (AET, MET)
CH151 Basic Chemistry (MET)
ESR231Energy Management I (CET, CET Environmental)
ESR232 Energy Management II (CET, CET-Environmental)
ESR271 Envr. Sci II: Intro to Envir. Engineering (CET)
ET161 Beginning 2-D AutoCAD (AET, MET)
ET162 Intermediate 2-D AutoCAD (AET, MET)
ET163 3-D AutoCAD (AET, MET)
ET222 Fluid Mechanics (AET)
ET232 Stormwater Management (AET)
ET210 Sustainable Engineering (AET, CET, CET)-
ET220 Renewable Energy Technology (AET, CET, CET)
ET230 Sustainable Energy Modeling (AET, CET, CET)
ET240 Project Design I (CET, CET-Environmental)
ET250 Project Design II (CET, CET-Environmental)
F200 Introduction to Forest Surveying (AET)
FT228 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (AET)
G201 Principles of Physical Geology (AET, MET)
IMTL134/IMTL135 Metallurgy Theory and Lab (MET)
SHS171 Envr. Sci I: Chemistry of Hazardous Materials (CET)
WE280CE Cooperative Education internship (CET)

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