June 22, 2008
June 22, 2008
June 25, 2008
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Engineering Technology's Design Across the Disciplines
Students completing an engineering technology degree, such as Youngstown State University’s Civil & Construction Engineering Technology (CCET) bachelor’s degree program are expected to be productive in design offices and in engineering departments of construction firms. Accordingly, the curriculum has evolved over the past thirty years to include design projects of varying complexity in many courses. This philosophy has now been expanded to provide a multidisciplinary design experience for engineering technology (ET) majors.
This paper describes the planning an implementation of a pair of courses required to be taken concurrently by the Civil & Construction Engineering Technology (CCET) and Electrical Engineering Technology (EET) baccalaureate students during their senior year. Mechanical Engineering Technology (MET) may elect to take one or both courses as well. These courses serve as a capstone experience that incorporates both individual and team interdisciplinary design projects. CCET 4884 – Civil and Structural Facilities Design is an interdisciplinary capstone course that provides an overview of the requirements and design procedures for civil and structural systems including site development, utilities, foundation, wall systems, framing systems and floor system design as well as specifications & estimating. This course has a major interdisciplinary group project. EET 4880 - Electrical and Mechanical Facilities Design is a multidisciplinary course that acquaints the student with physical processes involved in heating, ventilating and air conditioning; plumbing; electrical power distribution; lighting; and communication systems. Several small group labs and studies that are focused on system design are required by this class. These two courses must be taken concurrently. They lay the groundwork for overall facilities design and the assignment of projects in each class that incorporate elements from the other.
Research suggests that there will be significant environmental challenges in the engineering and engineering technology profession in the future. Meeting these challenges will require a holistic understanding of economic growth and development in terms of the principles of sustainability. The solutions to societal problems will require that technologies be applied not only in innovative ways but with consideration of cultural differences, historical perspectives, as well as legal and economical constraints . Preparing today’s students for the qualities that the future engineering professionals will need to possess, further emphasizes the need for multi- disciplinary design experience in undergraduate education.
Students completing an engineering technology degree in Youngstown State University’s College Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (CSTEM) in Civil & Construction Engineering Technology (CCET) associate and bachelor’s degree programs are expected to be productive in consultant and governmental agency offices, and in engineering departments of
Kurtanich, D., & Wood, W., & Garchar, E. (2008, June), Engineering Technology's Design Across The Disciplines Paper presented at 2008 Annual Conference & Exposition, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 10.18260/1-2--4094
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