Manufacturing Engineering Technology: Laser Manufacturing Option

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Associate in Science
Program Coordinator: Michael Gentry- 860-215-9428

The Manufacturing Engineering Technology program is an excellent example of the merger between the traditional "hands-on" learning concepts and the newer computer application techniques in today's engineering technology education.

The student learns the basics such as the standard methods and practices of Tool Design and Production Planning and Statistical Process Control. The student's knowledge is expanded by exploring the more revolutionary techniques of CAD/CAM, Computer-Aided Manufacturing and Robotics in an automated system through concept and practical applications. This new emphasis on the computer includes CAD (Computer-Aided Drafting), CAM (Computer-Aided Manufacturing), and FMS (Flexible Manufacturing System). FMS includes the applications of robots, automated storage/retrieval, material handling systems, automated process control and inspection systems, and work cells (such as integrated machining, special processing and assembly). Global manufacturing competition is taught through methods of increasing productivity in engineering technology and business functions as well as the production plant.

Local industries advise and work with the department on keeping the curriculum and equipment up to date to maintain a "state-of-the-art" program.

(suggested two-year sequence)


Course ID Title of Course Credits
ENG* K101° Composition 3
MAT* K172° College Algebra (3)
MEC* K152° Fundamentals of Engineering Graphics  1
MEC* K153° Fundamentals of Engineering Graphics Lab 2
MFG* K102 Manufacturing Processes 3
MFG* K103 Manufacturing Processes Lab 1
PHO* K101 Introduction to Light and Lasers 4
PHY* K114° Mechanics (4)
TCN* K105 Laser and Lab Safety 1
CAD* K106 Computer-Aided Drafting 1
CAD* K107 Computer-Aided Drafting Lab 2
EET* K105° + Electronic Circuits and Systems 3
EET* K106° + Electronic Circuits and Systems Lab 1
ENG* K202° Technical Writing 3
MAT* K186° Precalculus 4
PHO* K241° Introduction to Laser Technology 3
PHO* K242° Introduction to Laser Technology Lab 1
  TOTAL 18
EET* K264° Data Aquisition and Controls 3
EET* K265° Data Aquisition and Controls Lab 1
MAT* K167° Principles of Statistics 3
PHO* K14 Optoelectronics 4
__________ Fine Arts Elective 3
__________ Science Elective with Lab 4
  TOTAL 18
MFG* K118° Computer Controlled Laser Material Processing 3
MFG* K119° Computer Controlled Laser Material Processing Lab 1
MFG* K230° Statistical Process Control 3
PHO* K230° Laser Electronics 4
TCN* K291° Interdisciplinary Capstone Project 3
__________ Social Sciences Elective 3

° Course has a prerequisite. Students should check course description. 
( ) Course is considered a prerequisite for this technology degree.
+ May substitute EET* K144/K145 Fundamentals of Electric Circuits and Machines/Lab

Manufacturing Engineering Technology, Associate in Science Degree
Program Objectives

Graduates of the program in Manufacturing Engineering will:

  1. be qualified to make technical contributions to and find employment in operations, design, development and manufacturing in the practice of manufacturing engineering technology.
  2. have an appreciation for the need to be life long learners.
  3. demonstrate professionalism and a sense of social and ethical responsibility in their professional endeavors.
  4. engage in professional development or study in a four-year program to pursue flexible career paths amid future technological changes.

Manufacturing Engineering Technology, Associate in Science Degree
Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:

  1. practice the skills needed to work effectively in teams and as an individual.
  2. demonstrate the ability to use appropriate mathematical and computational skills needed for engineering technology applications.
  3. combine oral, graphical, and written communication skills to present and exchange information effectively and to direct manufacturing activities.
  4. know of a professional code of ethics.
  5. describe concepts relating to manufacturing quality, timeliness and continuous improvement.
  6. describe how the concepts of computer-aided design and manufacturing, electronics, lasers, metal manufacturing, optics, organizational management, process automation and statistics affect manufacturing operations. 
  7. illustrate an ability to think critically and identify, evaluate and solve complex technical and non-technical problems; demonstrate creativity in designing problem solutions; and conduct and interpret experimental data and outcomes.
  8. recognize actions and acts of professionalism that allow them to become informed and participating citizens cognizant of ethics, civic duty and social responsibility.
  9. recognize the need to be lifelong learners.