Selected Engineering Courses: Titles and Descriptions
I have completed the following courses as part of my ABET accredited BE in Mechanical Engineering from Stony Brook University. All course descriptions are from the Stony Brook Engineering Department Course Catalogue.
Fundamentals of Machining Practices
Hands-on experience in the fundamentals of machining including metrology tools and devices, saw, sheet metal working, drilling, reaming, taping, turning, boring, milling, welding, and rapid prototyping.
Technical Communication in Mechanical Engineering I
Introduction to technical writing and oral communication with topics chosen from mechanical engineering. Includes technical memo and report writing and an introduction to researching sources of information as well as engineering ethics. Emphasizes the development of oral presentation skills.
Engineering Drawing and CAD I
Introduces methods used to communicate design ideas through the techniques of freehand technical sketching and computer-aided design software. Includes the principles of engineering drawing and sketching for mechanical design and the application of computer-aided design software in developing engineering drawings and mechanical designs.
Engineering Drawing and CAD II
Application of computer graphics and solid modeling to design and representation of 3D objects, their assembly and tolerance analysis. Includes hands-on experience in the use of CAD software packages for solid modeling.
A review of vector algebra. Concept of force. Equilibrium of particles. Moments about points and lines, couples and equivalent force systems. Equilibrium of rigid bodies. Analysis of simple structures such as trusses, frames, and beams. Centroids, centers of gravity, and moments of inertia. Dry friction with applications to wedges, screws, and belts. Method of virtual work, potential energy, and stability.
Vector kinematics of particles in space, orthogonal coordinate systems. Relative and constrained motions of particles. Dynamics of particles and the systems of particles, equations of motion, energy and momentum methods. Collisions. Two- and three-dimensional kinematics and dynamics of rigid bodies. Moving frames and relative motion. Free, forced, and damped vibrations of particles and rigid bodies.
Technical Communication in Mechanical Engineering II
Aims to ensure proficiency in the types of communication necessary for success in the engineering profession. Provides students with the ability to apply their knowledge of correct written and spoken English to the diverse modes of communication encountered and used by engineers in the professional workplace.
Variables that describe the thermodynamic state of a system or control volume, including absolute temperature, internal energy, enthalpy, and entropy are introduced, and basic principles governing the transformations of energy, especially heat and work, are developed. Underlying principles are used to analyze and solve problems related to thermodynamic systems and to determine the changes in properties of the systems and surroundings implied by changes in inputs, configuration or constraints.
Heat and Mass Transfer
The fundamental laws of momentum, heat and mass transfer, and the corresponding transport coefficients. Principles of steady-state and transient heat conduction in solids are investigated. Laminar and turbulent boundary layer flows are treated, as well as condensation and boiling phenomena, thermal radiation, and radiation heat transfer between surfaces. Applications to heat transfer equipment are covered throughout the course.
Introduction to Machine Design
Application of graphical and analytical methods to the analysis and synthesis of mechanism. Covers concepts of degrees of freedom, graphical and analytical linkage synthesis, position, velocity, acceleration, and force analysis of linkage mechanisms. Introduces principles behind the operation of various machine elements such as gears and gear trains, cams, flywheels, roller and journal bearings, couplings, clutches, brakes, belts, and chains and their design, and analysis techniques.
Mechanical Engineering Lab I: Sensors and Instrumentation
The spatial and temporal resolution of modern instrumentation and sensors that are particular to mechanical engineering. Concepts of static and dynamic response as well as probability, statistics, and the statistical analysis of data are discussed. Includes basic circuit components. Laboratory safety. Students learn to operate instruments for measuring temperature, pressure, flow velocity, displacement, angle, acceleration, and strain.
Mechanical Engineering Laboratory II
Hands-on experience in solid and fluid mechanics and heat transfer. Emphasis is on the understanding of fundamental principles as well as familiarity with modern experimentation. Lectures at the beginning of the course provide background information and theories of experimentation. Student groups perform four experiments each in solid mechanics and in fluid mechanics and heat transfer. Report writing is an integral part of the course, with emphasis on design of experiment, interpretation and presentation of data, error analysis, and conclusions.
Engineering Design Methodology and Optimization
The general process of engineering design as a systematic and disciplined process. Covers materials related to the formulation of design specifications and criteria; conceptual design and evaluation of the design options; design creativity; formulation of analyzable models; simulation and optimization techniques; design for manufacture; design for reliability; engineering economics; and engineering ethics.
Manufacturing Processes and Machining
The relationship between product design and manufacturing. Materials properties and influence. Introduces traditional and nontraditional manufacturing processes and their capabilities and limitations. Measurement inspection, reliability, and quality engineering. Economic impact of modern process engineering.
Mechanics of Solids
Stress and deformation of engineering structures and the influence of the mechanical behavior of materials. Concepts of stress and strain, constitutive relations, analysis of statically indeterminate systems, study of simple bars and beams, and stability conditions. Emphasis on force equilibrium, elastic response of materials, geometric compatibility, Mohr’s circle, stresses and deflections in beams, and torsion and buckling of rods. Design for bending, shear and combined states of stress.
Introduction to Fluid Mechanics
Fundamental properties of fluids and their conservation laws with applications to the design and evaluation of flows of engineering interest. Topics include hydrostatics, surface tension, dimensional analysis and dynamic similitude, Euler’s equation, rotating coordinate systems, boundary layers, lubrication, drag on immersed bodies, open channel and pipe flows, and turbomachinery.
Introduction to Automotive Engineering
Review of Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Collegiate Design competitions of past years and the rules of specific competitions and other competition-related issues. Selected engineering topics and mathematical/software tools are introduced including their application to solving engineering problems and to achieving design objectives.
Thermodynamic considerations for the design and performance of cooling towers, humidifiers, and dehumidifiers. Reacting mixtures, combustion, and chemical equilibrium. Thermodynamics of fluid flow, simple compression and expansion processes. Analysis and design of gas and vapor power cycles. Cycles with reheat, intercooling, and cogeneration plants. Refrigeration cycles.
Design of Machine Elements
Application of analytical methods, material science, and mechanics to problems in design and analysis of machine components. Includes the design of mechanical components such as bearings, gears, shafting, springs, fasteners, belts, clutches, and brakes, and takes into consideration factors such as manufacturability and reliability. Design projects with open-ended and interactive problems are assigned to integrate several machine elements in a system.
Control System Analysis and Design
Analysis and design of feedback control systems. Topics include system modeling; transfer function; block diagram and signal-flow graph; sensors, actuators, and control circuit design; control system characteristics and performance; stability analysis; root locus method; Bode diagram; PID and lead-lag compensator design.
Federal Aviation Administration Airframe Mechanics Training and License.
Federal Aviation Administration Airframe Mechanics Training and License.
“Applicants who attend an Aviation Maintenance School program certificated under Part 147 study an FAA-approved and supervised curriculum. Those applying for a Mechanic certificate with a single rating—either Airframe or Powerplant—study a “general” set of subjects for at least 400 hours, as well as at least 750 hours of material appropriate to the chosen rating, for a total of 1,150 hours. Completion of such a program of study typically requires between 18 and 24 months.
Required areas of study in the “general” curriculum include electricity, technical drawings, weight and balance, hydraulics and pneumatics, ground operation of aircraft, cleaning and corrosion control, basic mathematical calculations, forms and record-keeping, basic physics, maintenance manuals and publications, and applicable federal regulations. Thorough knowledge of FAA rules and regulations (especially with regard to accepted repair/modification procedures) is also expected of A&P mechanics.
Required areas of study in the airframe curriculum include inspection, structures—wood, sheet metal, composite—and fasteners, covering, finishes, welding, assembly and rigging, hydraulics, pneumatics, cabin atmosphere control systems, instrument systems, communication and navigation systems, fuel systems, electrical systems, position and warning systems, ice and rain control systems, and fire protection systems.” [Source: Aircraft maintenance technician]