The mission of the bachelor of science degree program in mechanical engineering technology is to prepare individuals by providing comprehensive knowledge and hands-on skills in state-of-the-art mechanical engineering technology education. The Mechanical Engineering Technology Program perpetuates Indiana State University’s mission to educate students to become productive citizens and enhance the quality of life of Indiana’s citizens by preparing technical professionals for business and industry through a balanced curriculum.
Program Educational Objectives
The bachelor of science in mechanical engineering technology prepares graduates with the knowledge, problem solving ability, and hands-on skills needed to enter careers in the design, installation, manufacturing, testing, evaluation, technical sales, maintenance, or management of mechanical and related systems and processes. These graduates can:
- Apply the latest technology and engineering tools to solve technical problems in the practice of mechanical engineering technology and related interdisciplinary fields.
- Remain technically current and adapt to rapidly changing technologies through self-improvement via continuous learning or post-graduate education.
- Demonstrate independent thinking, self-management, and ability to function effectively in team-oriented and open-ended activities in an industrial environment.
- Communicate effectively in oral, written, and graphical forms.
- Perform ethically and professionally in business, industry, and society.
- Develop leadership skills and responsibility in their chosen career field.
- Understand global issues and the impact of technology and engineering solutions on society and the environment.
The mechanical engineering technology discipline encompasses the areas (and principles) of materials, applied mechanics, computer-aided drafting/design, manufacturing, experimental techniques/procedures, analysis of engineering data, machine/mechanical design/analysis, cost analysis, and automation/control systems, among others.
Student Learning Outcomes
The student learning outcomes have been adopted from the Technology Accreditation Commission/Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology website. The Mechanical Engineering Technology students by the time of graduation will have:
a. an appropriate mastery of the knowledge, techniques, skills, and modern tools of the mechanical engineering technology discipline
b. an ability to apply current knowledge and adapt to emerging applications of mathematics, science, engineering, and technology.
c. an ability to conduct, analyze and interpret experiments, and apply experimental results to improve processes.
d. an ability to apply creativity in the design of systems, components, or processes appropriate to the Mechanical Engineering Technology Program educational objective.
e. an ability to function effectively on teams.
f. an ability to identify, analyze and solve technical (close-ended analysis and open-ended design) problems.
g. an ability to communicate effectively through engineering drawings, written reports, or oral presentations.
h. a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in lifelong learning.
i. an ability to understand professional, ethical and social responsibilities.
j. a respect for diversity and a knowledge of contemporary professional, societal and global issues.
k. a commitment to quality, timeliness, and continuous improvement.
The Mechanical Engineering Technology Program has the following program outcomes in addition to the above learning outcomes [a] through [k]. The students will be able to:
1. Develop, simulate, and analyze mechanical components/systems using computer-aided design and analysis tools.
2. Select engineering materials for specific applications.
3. Identify and inspect tolerances in mechanical parts and assemblies.
4. Manage design work/processes.
5. Implement design and produce parts.
6. Estimate cost and manage engineering projects.
7. Recognize the need and analyze/plan the requirement for system’s control and integration.
8. Provide an integrated educational experience that develops the ability of students to apply pertinent knowledge to solving problems in mechanical engineering technology specialty.