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Individuals who are mechanically inclined and like to solve problems can have a satisfying career in this challenging branch of engineering that creates the machines and machinery that human beings operate and benefit from.

Columbus State’s Mechanical Engineering Technology program prepares students to enter this growing profession where the pool of applicants does not meet the consistent demand. The program presents an inside look at the manufacturing process, as well as highlights skills with drafting, computers, and troubleshooting. Coursework includes an introduction to manufacturing technology, hydraulics, robotics, materials science, and computer aided drafting and manufacturing. Students get their hands on the college’s Solar Car and can be part of the team that designs the next winner of the Society of Automotive Engineers MiniBaja® competition.

Graduates are qualified to assist engineers in the industrial, consulting, scientific research and consulting communities or to transfer to a four-year college to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree.

Engineering technology teaches students how to organize thoughts and approach problems–processes which are not only critical to their work, but also beneficial in everyday life. Mechanical engineering skills can take graduates anywhere–from designing stronger yet lighter helmets for the NFL to creating wheelchairs that are more maneuverable.

Upon completion of the associate degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology, the graduate will be able to:

  • Apply basic knowledge of manufacturing and engineering technology, procedures, symbols, and graphics skills to the reading and production of sketches, drawings, blueprints and specifications.
  • Assist in establishing tolerances related to production, by utilizing manual and/or computerized methods.
  • Make significant contributions to the production of manufactured goods by utilizing skills and knowledge of: drafting, computers and automation technology, sound manufacturing practices, quality measures, machine capabilities/limitations, and assist in the selection of product equipment.
  • Contribute to the solution of engineering and design problems involving mechanical systems, by utilizing knowledge and skills in electrical and mechanical principles, material performance and selection, basic machine elements, sound design and engineering practices.
  • Apply computers and computer language to the solution of engineering problems.
  • Utilize various quality tools and techniques such as SPC and TQM to support production in manufacturing area and other applicable work situations to improve any and all quality measures.

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Mechanical Engineering Technology Associate Degree (MECH)

Quarter 1

Course Name Credits
ENGT 100 Introduction to Engineering Technology 4
MECH 112 Computer Applications in Manufacturing 3
MECH 115 Engineering Graphics 4
MECH 240 Machine Tools 4
ENGL 101 Beginning Composition 3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS   18

Quarter 2

Course Name Credits
MECH 145 2D CAD 4
MECH 150 Manufacturing Materials and Processes 4
MECH 243 Robotics 4
MATH 111 Technical Math I 4
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS   16

Quarter 3

Course Name Credits
MECH 175 3D CAD 4
MECH 253 Computer Numerical Control 4
MATH 112 Technical Math II 4
PHYS 117 College Physics 5
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS   17

Quarter 4

Course Name Credits
MECH 130 Statics 4
MECH 215 Parametric CAD 4
COMM 105 Speech (or)
COMM 110 Conference and Group Discussion 3
HUM xxx Humanities 111,112,113,151, 152 or 224 5
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS   16

Quarter 5

Course Name Credits
MECH 242 Strength of Materials 4
MECH 260 Basic Mechanisms 4
COMM 204 Technical Writing 3

And choose one of the following electives:

ENGT 131 Hydraulics and Pneumatics 4
EMEC 250 Motors and Controls 4
ENVR 170 General Industry, Safety and Health 4
SKTR 118 Introduction to Welding 4
PHYS 118 College Physics (Electricity, Magnetism and Light) 5
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS   15-16

Quarter 6

Course Name Credits
MECH 261 Machine Design 4
MECH 270 Engineering Statistics 4
ENGL 102 Essay and Research 3
SSCI XXX Social Science 100,101, 102, 105 or GEOG 240 5
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS   16
TOTAL DEGREE CREDIT HOURS   98-99

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