B.S. in Mechanical Engineering Technology

This program provides students with the foundational knowledge to design and develop machines that are efficient, reliable and safe.

Upon graduation, you will be equipped to pursue entry-level mechanical engineering positions in industries such as aerospace, automotive, biomedical, chemical or industrial research—as well as advanced degrees.

At a Glance
123 credit hours
8 semesters
Builds on an A.S. in Mechanical Engineering Technology
How to Apply

In order to apply for the B.S. in Mechanical Engineering Technology, you must first complete Bluefield State's A.S. in Mechanical Engineering Technology.

How to Earn Your Degree

Your advisor will work with you throughout your academic journey to make sure you're on track to earn your degree. Receiving the B.S. in Mechanical Engineering Technology requires completing the following courses:

Semester 1
MEET 101 Industrial Materials
Course ID
MEET 101
Credit Hours
3

A study of engineering materials used in a technical civilization. Emphasis is placed on metals, but polymers, ceramics, and composites are studied. Major topics of discussion include material properties
and applications. Laboratory experiments are designed to compare the mechanical properties of various materials. Fall.

MEET 111 Engineering Drafting
Course ID
MEET 111
Credit Hours
3

Designed to develop the student’s ability to read and draw orthographic projections including sectional and auxiliary views and freehand sketches. Emphasis is placed on industrial drafting practices including techniques, which show principles of design and fabrication. Dimensioning, notations, and precision in
lettering are also stressed. Fall.

ENGL 101 Composition I
Course ID
ENGL 101
Credit Hours
3

Practice in the techniques of effective academic writing with an emphasis on the writing process, including rhetorical methods, patterns of organization, and an introduction to APA formatting. Available to students scoring 18 or higher on the English section of the ACT, 450 or higher on the verbal portion of the SAT-I, or 88 or higher on the ACCUPLACER Sentences Skills test. Fall, Spring.

GNET 101 Technical Physics I
Course ID
GNET 101
Credit Hours
4

A study of mechanics and heat. Topics discussed include vectors, concurrent and nonconcurrent forces, kinematics and linear motion, work, energy, simple machines, impulse, momentum, thermal expansion, specific heat, and change of state. PR: ACT score in mathematics of 19 or above, or GNET 098 or COMPASS Engineering Math score of 59 or higher. Fall.

GNET 115 Technical Mathematics I
Course ID
GNET 115
Credit Hours
4

A study of fundamental algebraic concepts and operations, functions and graphs, trigonometric functions and their graphs, linear equations and determinants, factoring, fractions, vectors, and triangles. PR: ACT score in mathematics of 19 or above, or GNET 098. Fall.

Semester 2
MEET 112 Computer Aided Drafting
Course ID
MEET 112
Credit Hours
3

General introduction to the principles of computer aided drafting including the study of CAD system components, entity creation, and methods of editing and manipulation, with the major emphasis placed on hands-on practice in the CAD laboratory. Spring.

ENGL 102 Composition II
Course ID
ENGL 102
Credit Hours
3

Continued practice in reading and composition with an emphasis on the research process, including an introduction to literary analysis and MLA format. Students must earn a grade of a C or above or repeat this course to fulfill the general education requirement. PR: C or higher in ENGL 101 or CLEP score of 50 or higher or advanced placement waiving ENGL 101 or ACT English mechanics/usage subtest score of 9 or higher or COMPASS Writing Diagnostics test score of 76 or higher. Fall, Spring.

GNET 102 Technical Physics II
Course ID
GNET 102
Credit Hours
4

A study of the basic concepts of electricity and the application of these concepts to fundamental direct and alternating current circuits. The principles of electromagnetism and electrostatics are also studied and applied to problems involving the production and utilization of electric energy. PR: ACT score in mathematics of 19 or above, or GNET 098. Spring.

GNET 116 Technical Mathematics II
Course ID
GNET 116
Credit Hours
4

A study of exponents and radicals, complex numbers, logarithms, systems of equations, theory of equations, inequalities, determinants, matrices, variations, progressions, properties of trigonometric functions, and inverse trigonometric functions. PR: GNET 115. Spring.

Semester 3
ENGR 201 Statics
Course ID
ENGR 201
Credit Hours
3

Vector mechanics course covering concepts of forces, moments, couples, and resultants; equilibrium of particles and rigid bodies in two and three dimensions; forces in trusses, frames and machines; centroids and centers of mass for lines, areas, and volumes; distributed loads, internal shear-force and bending-moment calculations for beams; dry friction and belt friction; area moments of inertia and the parallel-axis theorem. PR: GNET 101, GNET 116. Fall.

MEET 201 Manufacturing Processes
Course ID
MEET 201
Credit Hours
3

A study of the commonly used methods of manufacturing. These methods include casting, stamping, welding, rolling, forging, extrusion, and machining. Laboratory experiments allow the student to perform actual manufacturing processes. PR: MEET 111. Fall.

MATH 220 Calculus I
Course ID
MATH 220
Credit Hours
4

 A study of elements of plane analytical geometry, including polar coordinates, the derivative of a 
function with applications, integrals and applications, differentiation of transcendental functions, and methods of integration. PR: MATH 109 and MATH 110, or GNET 116, or ACT Mathematics main score of 26 or COMPASS Trigonometry score of 46 or above. Fall, Spring.

COSC 210 Visual Basic
Course ID
COSC 210
Credit Hours
3

An introduction to the Visual BASIC event-driven programming language with emphasis on producing working programs. Includes how to design a Windows-interface, how to set the properties of objects on the interface/form, and how to code, debug, execute and document the actions/behaviors of selected objects. Also includes the coding of structured algorithms to do branching and looping along with other problem solving techniques and the development of an acceptable programming style. PR: GNET 115, MATH 109, or written consent of the instructor.

Elective
Credit Hours
3
Semester 4
ENGR 202 Strength of Materials
Course ID
ENGR 202
Credit Hours
3

Mechanics of materials course covering concepts of normal and shear stress and strain, deformation, factors of safety and stress s, axially-loaded members, torsionally-loaded members, shearing and bending of beams, internal shear-force and bending-moment diagrams, stresses resulting from combined loading, statically-indeterminate loading, thin-walled pressure vessels, stress transformation via equation and Mohr’s circle, beam deflection, column buckling, and thin-walled pressure vessels. PR: ENGR 201. Spring.

MEET 202 Computer Aided Manufacturing
Course ID
MEET 202
Credit Hours
3

A study of the basic concepts of automation. These concepts include machine language computer programming, computer process monitoring, process-computer interfaces, and automation problem solving. The laboratory will consist of team problem solving in automation and the actual operation of CAM system. PR: MEET 201. Spring.

MEET 206 Instrumentation
Course ID
MEET 206
Credit Hours
3

Provides a fundamental background in measurements systems, including the physical principles and practical techniques for setting up instrumentation for engineering applications. The measurements of such physical quantities as time, displacement, stress, strain, force, torque, pressure, flow, temperature, motion, velocity, acceleration and vibrations are discussed. The students will select, design, install, calibrate and perform testing with various instruments in the lab and prepare formal lab reports on the results of the experiments. Digital data acquisition and the use of PC’s with the data acquisition systems will be introduced. PR: GNET 102, CO: ELET 110. Spring.

MEET 214 Hydraulics & Fluid Power
Course ID
MEET 214
Credit Hours
3

Applied fluid mechanics and fluid power. Pascal’s law, the continuity equation and Bernoulli’s Theorem lead to practical applications in fluid power systems. Components are discussed and examined in the laboratory. Hydraulic circuits are set up and analyzed. Trouble shooting and mining machinery applications are introduced. PR: GNET 101. Spring.

ELET 110 Circuit Analysis I
Course ID
ELET 110
Credit Hours
4

A study of the concepts of complex circuit analysis for both direct and alternating current circuits. Topics studied include network theorems, sinusoidal alternating waveforms with basic elements and phases. ELET 112L is the lab component for the course and should be taken simultaneously with ELET 110.CO: ELET 112, GNET 116. PR GNET 102. Spring.

ELET 112L Electrical Measurements
Course ID
ELET 112L
Credit Hours
1

Stresses the practical application of circuit theory presented in ELET 110. The design characteristics of electrical measuring devices including tools, meters and oscilloscopes are discussed and the proper use of these devices in various types of circuits is emphasized. PR: GNET 102, CO: ELET 110. Spring.

Semester 5
MEET 305 Applied Thermodynamics
Course ID
MEET 305
Credit Hours
3

A study of non-flow, steady flow, and cyclic thermodynamic mechanisms Studies demonstrate how the efficiency and work output of these mechanisms are dependent on the properties of the working fluid. Properties of working fluids such as steam, gases and air-vapor mixtures will be studied. Laboratory experiments demonstrate how thermodynamics properties are measured. PR: GNET 101, CO: MATH 230. Fall.

MEET 311 Machine Elements I
Course ID
MEET 311
Credit Hours
3

A comprehensive course in the study of mechanical engineering design. This course is the first of a two-course sequence, which will prepare the student to perform mechanical design work. It covers the basics of strength of materials including stress and deflection analysis, shock and impact loading, statically indeterminate structures, column loading, torsion, bending and other types of loading conditions. Theories of failure for steady and variable loading are studied. This class also covers the design of plain surface bearings, linear motion elements, springs, fasteners, bolted connections, welded joints, clutches, and brakes. PR: ENGR 202. CO: MATH 230. Fall.

MATH 230 Calculus II
Course ID
MATH 230
Credit Hours
4

Differentiation of transcendental functions; parametric equation; polar coordinates; methods of
integration; applications of the definite integral. Infinte Series. PR: MATH 220. Fall, Spring.

COMM 201 Basic Communication
Course ID
COMM 201
Credit Hours
3

This introductory course in human communication develops communication competence by exploring the foundations of communication, interpersonal communication, group communication and public speaking. Emphasis is on developing practical skills in the following areas: critical thinking, research, listening, language, nonverbal, ethics, conflict management and resolution, self-confidence, perception, relationships, teamwork, interviewing, public speaking, and diversity. PR: ENGL 102 and Computer Literacy course. Fall, Spring.

ELET 205 AC/DC Machinery
Course ID
ELET 205
Credit Hours
4

A study of the physical and operational characteristics of direct current motors and generators; stepper motors; transformers; single-phase and polyphase induction motors. Introduction and applications of variable frequency drives will be presented. Laboratory experiments are used to demonstrate the behavior of the devices under various operating conditions. PR: ELET 110, ELET 112. Fall.

*In place of of COMM 201 Basic Communication, you may take COMM 208 Fundamentals of Speech.
Semester 6
ENGR 302 Dynamics
Course ID
ENGR 302
Credit Hours
3

Vector mechanics course covering the kinematics of particles and rigid bodies; Newton’s laws; work and energy methods; linear and angular impulse and momentum, impacts, mass moments of inertia and rotating axes. PR: ENGR 201, MATH 230. Fall.

MEET 306 Heat Transfer
Course ID
MEET 306
Credit Hours
3

A basic study of the modes of heat transfer including steady state and transient conduction for one, two and three dimensional cases; analysis of free and forced convection; radiant heat transfer; study of internal and external flow, boiling and condensation. Applications of heat and mass transfer to the mechanical design of engines and other machines. PR: MEET 305, MATH 230. Spring.

MEET 312 Machine Elements II
Course ID
MEET 312
Credit Hours
3

A continuation of MEET 311 but introducing the design aspects of a mechanical drive. This course covers the design of rotating machinery, including rolling contact bearings, lubrication, gearing design
including spur, helical, bevel and worm gears. Also covered are the design of belts and chain drives, keys, couplings, seals, tolerances and fits, and shafts. Students will be exposed to the process of preparing design drawings and specifications for various machine components.PR: MEET 311. CO: ENGR 302. Spring.

ELET 216 Electrical Control Systems
Course ID
ELET 216
Credit Hours
4

A study of direct and alternating current systems for controlling operation of electric motors. Electromagnetic and static control systems are studied in detail. An introduction to the operations of a programmable controller will be included with both ladder logic. PR: ELET 205. Spring.

Elective
Credit Hours
3
Semester 7
MEET 403 Kinematics & Mechanisms
Course ID
MEET 403
Credit Hours
4

A study of the relative motion of machine parts, the forces acting on the parts of the machine and the motion resulting from these forces. Analysis of displacement, velocity, and acceleration of linkages, cams, gears and other mechanisms using both S.I. and English systems of units will be completed. Design and synthesis of basic mechanisms and mechanical vibrations associated with single-, two-, and n-degree-of-freedom systems will be explored. PR: ENGR 302. Fall.

MEET 421 Senior Design I
Course ID
MEET 421
Credit Hours
1

Team oriented, open-ended, multi-disciplinary capstone experience focused on culturally and industrially relevant problems. Students will investigate, explore, design, and report on a complex engineering problem with an emphasis placed on documenting and reporting technical work, idea generation and selection, application of design and analysis tools developed in previous courses, project management, selling technical ideas and working in teams. Senior standing required. Instructor consent. PR: MEET 312. CO: MEET 403.

CHEM 101 General Chemistry I
Course ID
CHEM 101
Credit Hours
3

A presentation of the principles of chemistry through a study of the structure and reactions of representative elements and compounds. Principles covered include stoichiometry, thermochemistry, chemical bonding, and the gaseous state. CO/PR: MATH 109 or GNET 115. Fall

CHEM 103L General Chemistry I Lab
Course ID
CHEM 103L
Credit Hours
1

Sessions consist of observing, reporting, and interpreting chemical phenomena. CO/PR: CHEM 101. Fall.

ENGR 315 Engineering Economics
Course ID
ENGR 315
Credit Hours
3

The study of the relative economy of engineering alternatives, compound interest in relation to calculation of annual costs, present worth and prospective rates of returns on investments, methods of depreciation, sinking cost, increment cost, general studies with emphasis on retirement and replacement of equipment, consideration of taxes, public works, and manufacturing costs as related to economic solutions of engineering proposals. Principles of engineering ethics are presented and related to costing. PR: MATH 220. Fall.

Elective
Credit Hours
3
Semester 8

In addition to the courses listed below, you must also take a Literature course.

MEET 422 Senior Design II
Course ID
MEET 422
Credit Hours
1

Team oriented, open-ended, multi-disciplinary capstone experience focused on culturally and industrially relevant problems. Students will investigate, explore, design, and report on a complex engineering problem with an emphasis placed on documenting and reporting technical work, idea generation and selection, application of design and analysis tools developed in previous courses, project management, selling technical ideas and working in teams. Senior standing required. Instructor consent. PR: MEET 312. CO: MEET 403.

EGMT 410 Operations Research
Course ID
EGMT 410
Credit Hours
3

Introduces operation research concepts including model formulation, graphical analysis, linear programming, the simplex method, sensitivity analysis network flow models, nonlinear programming and integer programming as a means to optimize industrial processes. PR: MATH 220. Spring.

EGMT 317 Project Management
Course ID
EGMT 317
Credit Hours
3

A study of the fundamental terminology, skills, tools, and techniques applied to manage project activities in order to exceed client expectations for an engineering or computer science project. Coursework will include an introduction to the context of project management processes, team development, problem solving, scheduling & time management, cost control, quality monitoring & evaluation, documentation & communication, risk management, and continuous improvement. PR: COSC Prefix course, Junior Standing. Fall.

Core Skills Health & Wellness
Course ID
Core Skills
Credit Hours
3

Special Exams

After receiving your B.S. in Mechanical Engineering degree, you may visit the West Virginia Board of Registration for Professional Engineers to take the required exam and meet any service requirements in order to be registered as a professional engineer.

Program Educational Objectives

  1. Graduates perform analysis, applied design, and development of more advanced mechanical systems and processes.
  2. To provide breadth for additional job opportunities, graduates will possess a working knowledge in manufacturing processes and materials, mechanical design, and electro-mechanical devices and controls.
  3. Graduates manage technical activities in support of mechanical systems.

Student Outcomes

  1. Students demonstrate an ability to select and apply the knowledge, techniques, skills, and modern tools of the discipline to broadly defined mechanical engineering technology activities.
  2. Students demonstrate an ability to select and apply a knowledge of mathematics, science, engineering, and technology to mechanical engineering technology problems that require the application of principles and applied procedures or methodologies.
  3. Students demonstrate an ability to conduct standard tests and measurements; to conduct, analyze, and interpret experiments; and to apply experimental results to improve processes.
  4. Students demonstrate an ability to design systems, components, or processes for broadly defined mechanical engineering technology problems appropriate to program educational objectives.
  5. Students demonstrate an ability to function effectively as a member or leader on a technical team.
  6. Students demonstrate an ability to identify, analyze, and solve broadly defined mechanical engineering technology problems.
  7. Students demonstrate an ability to apply written, oral, and graphical communication in both technical and non-technical environments; and an ability to identify and use appropriate technical literature.
  8. Students demonstrate an understanding of the need for and an ability to engage in self-directed continuing professional development.
  9. Students demonstrate an understanding of and a commitment to address professional and ethical responsibilities including a respect for diversity.
  10. Students demonstrate a knowledge of the impact of engineering technology solutions in a societal and global context.
  11. Students demonstrate a commitment to quality, timeliness, and continuous improvement.
  12. Students can apply specific program principles to the analysis, design, development, implementation, or oversight of more advanced mechanical systems or processes depending on program orientation and the needs of their constituents.

Number of Graduates

  • 2016 - 4
  • 2015 - 5
  • 2014 - 6
  • 2013 - 6