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TECH 401 Work Cell and Production Systems Design (3) Two hours lecture, two hours laboratory. Study of the practical application of the principles learned in previous courses to the design of various types of work cells and manufacturing systems. Lectures include case studies and example problems. Laboratory exercises include the programming and operation of robots, CNC machines, and automated work cells. Prerequisite: TECH 367.
TECH 411 Materials (3) Two hours lecture, three hours laboratory. Fundamental structures comprising the principal families of materials – metals, ceramics, and polymers; and how structures influence the properties of strength, hardness, heat treatment, plasticity, fatigue, creep, wear, etc. Laboratory experiments demonstrate structure-property relationships. Prerequisites: CHEM 175 and PHYS 176.
TECH 439 Special Problems in Industrial Supervision or Advanced Manufacturing (1-3) Independent study course requiring completion of assigned or self-generated project under the guidance of a faculty member. The project requires application of various analytical methods and/or the use of computer models or laboratory facilities. A written report is required upon completion of the project. Not repeatable for credit. Prerequisites: BCOM 231, junior standing and consent of advisor.
TECH 471 Senior Project (3) Opportunity for synthesis of technical, professional, and general knowledge for senior-level students. Problems provided by industrial sponsors are studied by individual students or small teams of students to develop solutions which incorporate consideration of engineering, economic, social, environmental, and ethical dimensions of the problems. Formal written and oral reports to faculty, industrial sponsors, and invited guests are required. Prerequisite: Senior standing in industrial supervision or advanced manufacturing and consent of advisor and department chair.
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