Thursday, July 24, 2014

Industrial Mechanical Engineering Technology Program Includes Projects and Real World Experiences

Mechanical Engineering Technology requires knowledge of engineering theory, manufacturing and production of mechanical equipment, modern manufacturing and production processes, and computer-assisted drafting and manufacturing (CAD/ CAM) - which are used widely in today's industry.

Centennial College offers a Mechanical Engineering program that trains students for the field through three years of study that includes a 60-40 balance between theory and practice. This project-driven program gives students practical experience in designing, building and testing an original piece of equipment. This program is facilitated from Progress Campus, which includes facilities designed to cater to the curriculum of the offering and includes a new mechanical engineering lab that boasts Thermodynamic Fluid Power testing modules, and Tensile, Hardness and Impact Testers. As such, students gain instruction in industry-current software such as AutoCAD, Inventor and Mastercam. Additionally, they attend a range of courses that offer a well-rounded perspective. They include:

Applied Dynamics:- The kinematics of rigid bodies in plane motion is the focus of this course. Students also become familiar with utilizing vector polygons for velocity and acceleration, and the technique of instantaneous centre of rotation used for velocities. Classroom time is spent on learning activities related to theory and the solution of practical problems.

Shop Floor Management and Continuous Improvement:- It is inevitable that complex system problems related to manufacturing or business environments will arise once students launch their careers. This course offers them the tools and knowledge necessary to analyze and solve problems through quantitative analysis, decision-making and application of problem solving, team building and leadership principles.

Manufacturing Automation:- Students learn to effectively analyze the manufacturing automation using different control system techniques, various automation concepts, introducing supervisory controls and using data acquisition systems to improve quality, productivity and overall performance of the automation machinery.

Advanced Project - Design and Construction:- As one of the most beneficial hands-on aspects of the offering, this course is strictly focused on project work. Students are placed into groups and faced with a department-approved challenge that is expressed as a problem needing a solution. Student must design and build a viable solution for the problem. Milestones are set to encourage students toward refining their design through several stages from initial concept to completed prototype solution. The completed project is presented to an audience of peers and College faculty from several departments.

In addition to the mechanical engineering courses, academically-qualified students prepare for the industry through a co-op component. Working as paid employees in the field, students are able to put classroom learning into practice and expand their professional networks.

Not only do grads works in a range of jobs that manufacture and production of mechanical equipment, they also develop quality control systems, assist in plant expansions and layouts, conduct time and motion studies, plan and schedule new facilities, and prepare job safety programs and manuals. Among the titles Centennial College can obtain are: supervisors, junior engineers and assistants to professional engineers.

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