Kansas State Polytechnic's mechanical engineering technology program is built on a strong foundation of science, mathematics and practical courses. The mechanical engineering technology concepts students learn are directly applied to product design and manufacturing used in all types of industry. Courses in technical graphics with computer-aided drafting (CAD), manufacturing processes, materials, material strength and testing, computer numerical control, automated manufacturing systems, machine design, quality control, and economics provide students with a broad range of expertise for a burgeoning career.
Graduates of the mechanical engineering technology program can work within engineering teams in applied design, project management, product development, testing, manufacturing, plant operations, maintenance, or technical sales.
If you enjoy creating new things or finding ways to make things better, mechanical engineering technology may be the right program for you. Mechanical engineering technology prepares graduates to creatively apply engineering design principles to meet the world’s problems. Emphasis is on product and machine design, manufacturing, and automation solutions.
Applied mechanical engineers are needed everywhere, in almost any field you can think of, such as aerospace, automation, agricultural equipment, automotive systems, biomedical, consumer products, energy systems, food processing, petrochemical production and many others. Bachelor’s degree graduates typically work as applied engineers in areas such as product design and development, project management, manufacturing, plant operation or product testing. Graduates can apply specific program principles to the analysis, design, development, implementation, or management of advanced mechanical systems or processes. Graduates generally have job titles such as mechanical engineer, mechanical designer, or project engineer, and can advance to management positions. Associate degree graduates work as engineering technicians, providing technical support in areas such as design, CAD, installation, fabrication, field support, testing, maintenance of mechanical systems, or sales related to mechanical systems.
The mechanical engineering technology program options are built upon a strong foundation of applied technical courses, science, mathematics, and communication skills designed to meet current industry needs. Courses in technical graphics and CAD, traditional and advanced manufacturing processes, materials, material strength and testing, machine design and automation control provide a broad range of technical and analytical skills suitable for career mobility in a variety of fields. Courses in communications, management, humanities, social sciences, and business complement the technical curriculum. Coursework emphasizes problem-based learning, challenging students to apply principles to industry‐relevant problems throughout the program. Sophomore and senior year projects require a design‐build‐test team project either in partnership with a real industry customer or as undergraduate research. Students are encouraged to pursue an industry internship as an elective option.
The bachelor’s degree option in mechanical engineering technology option is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.
The program of study at Kansas State Polytechnic is designed for the student especially interested in the practical application of mechanical design, manufacturing, and automation. Students should concentrate on mathematics, oral and written communications, and the physical sciences with related laboratory experiences.
Mechanical engineering technology laboratories at K‐State Polytechnic provide hands‐on experience with industry‐relevant equipment and software in nearly every mechanical course. Open access to the manufacturing laboratory provides student teams and individuals access to build and test their designs—for course projects, for student clubs such as SAE Baja car, Cat Cannon, Robot Club, UAS, or Rocketry, or even to pursue a personal design idea. Facilities include engineering computer stations with professional engineering software for computer‐aided design (CAD), computer-aided engineering and analysis (CAE), and computer‐aided manufacturing (CAM). The modern machine and prototyping shop includes computer-controlled 5‐axis CNC machining, CNC plasma sheet cutting, 3D scanning, and multiple 3D printing platforms. Standard industry equipment supports machining, sheet metal fabrication, welding, heat treating, plastic injection molding, and measurement and inspection. Additional facilities provide metallurgical and materials testing and fluid power applications and testing. Automation and controls laboratory equipment include industrial robots, modern industrial PLCs, machine vision, and materials handling and process equipment.
The mechanical engineering technology program options are built upon a strong foundation of science, mathematics, applied technical courses and interpersonal communications designed to meet current industry needs. Courses in technical graphics with CAD, manufacturing processes, materials, materials strength and testing, computer numerical control, automated manufacturing systems, machine design and instrumentation provide a broad range of technical skills with which to pursue a career in mechanical engineering technology. These are complemented by required and elective courses in communications, management, humanities, social sciences, and business.
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