For some, there's nothing more enjoyable than figuring out how things work. Whether it's the designing of a machine to solve a problem or fixing an existing device that's broken, the need to understand why and how is an essential trait of the engineer. But it takes more than a knack for solving problems (mechanical or otherwise) to become an engineer—it takes a good deal of training. At MTSU, students can take those initial steps toward acceptance into an engineering school and, eventually, a career in this challenging field!
Established in 2004, the Experimental Vehicles Program (EVP) currently comprises four different undergraduate research projects. From moonbuggies and solar boats to SAE Formula One and SAE Mini Baja racing, teams take part in national and even global competitions while gaining valuable experience on how to work in a collaborative environment. Although these projects are geared towards students in the Engineering Technology Department, any MTSU student with enthusiasm and a willingness to learn is welcome to join in on the competitions.
The Robert E. and Georgianna West Russell Chair of Manufacturing Excellence was created to promote quality interaction with local industry. Students are encouraged to benefit from the scheduled activities, seminars, and short courses sponsored by the Chair of Manufacturing Excellence. The chair is just one of the many ways by which the Engineering Technology Department provides students with a career-oriented, hands-on education through nationally accredited programs.
A degree in engineering can be a doorway to jobs in pretty much every other field, be it business, design, medicine, law, or government.
MTSU offers a variety of pre-professional programs to help put students on a path to a rewarding career.
Dr. Walter Boles
Dr. Carol Boraiko
Dr. Alphonse Carter, Jr.
Dr. Chong Chen
Dr. Saeed Foroudastan
Dr. David Hatfield
Dr. Kathy Mathis
Dr. Ahad Nasab
Professor | Program Coordinator
Dr. Charles Perry
Dr. Karim Salman
Dr. Saleh Sbenaty
Dr. B. S. Sridhara
Eddie D. Vanhook
MTSU's Pre-Engineering program does not yield a degree in and of itself; however, students seeking a degree in engineering can begin their journey with two or three years at MTSU. (The requirements of different degree-conferring institutions vary.) From there, students may transfer to an engineering school to complete the degree.
The Department of Engineering Technology also offers Pre-Architecture courses so that students wishing to become architects can start at MTSU.
Undergraduate programs leading to a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree include a major in Engineering Technology with a choice of three concentrations: Computer Engineering Technology, Electro-Mechanical Engineering Technology, or Mechanical Engineering Technology; a major in Construction Management with three concentrations: Commercial Construction Management, Electrical Construction Management, or Land Development/Residential Building Construction Management; and Environmental Science and Technology with two concentrations: Energy Technology or Environmental Health and Safety.
Undergraduate minors available include Electronics, Engineering Systems, Engineering Technology, and Construction Management.
Graduate students can pursue a Master of Science (M.S.) degree in either Engineering Technology or Occupational Health and Safety.
The sample schedule below is based on the current undergraduate catalog. It is not a substitute for academic advisement. Contact your advisor if you have any questions about scheduling or about your degree requirements or consult the undergraduate catalog (catalog.mtsu.edu) for a complete list of requirements and electives.
You may choose to attend a summer term to reduce your load during fall or spring terms but still stay on track to graduate in four years. (Refer to the scholarships website for information regarding use of the Lottery Scholarship for the summer term.)
NOTE: Learning Support courses will alter the sequences on this map. Missing milestones could delay your program.
|FRESHMAN FALL||FRESHMAN SPRING|
|ENGL 1010 (Comm)||3||ENGL 1020 (Comm)||3|
|MATH 1910 (Calculus I) (Math)||4||Students with less than 26 ACT math score may need Pre-calculus, MATH 1730||CHEM 1120/1121||4|
|CHEM 1110/1111 (Nat Sci)||4||MATH 1920||4|
|ET 1840||3||CSCI 1170||4|
|COMM 2200 (Comm)||3||ET 2310||3|
|SOPHOMORE FALL||SOPHOMORE SPRING|
|PHYS 2110/2111 (Nat Sci)||4||PHYS 2120/2121||4|
|MATH 3110||4||MATH 3120||3|
|STAT 3150||3||ET 3840||3|
|ET 3830||3||ET 3860||3|
|ET 4970||3||ET 3360||3|
|NOTE: Total hours in program depends upon engineering college chosen and courses that are acceptable for transfer to the major chosen by the student.|
TOTAL HOURS IN PROGRAM: 68
Origin and behavior of metals. Extractive metallurgy--reduction of metallic ores, production of stock shapes, identification and selection of ferrous and nonferrous metals. Physical metallurgy--mechanical and physical properties, crystalline structure, phase diagrams, hardening and tempering, isothermal diagrams, metallurgy of welds, service problems, casting processes. Exercises in the use of basic welding, foundry, and metallurgical testing equipment. Two hours lecture and three hours laboratory.
Covers basic technical drawing/sketching and drafting concepts using personal computers, plotters, and appropriate CAD software. Two hours lecture and three hours laboratory.
Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor. Provides industrial exposure for students with little or no industrial work experience. Students will be placed in an acceptable company for introductory industrial experiences. Arrangement for this course must be made in advance. Students may take from one to three credit hours; may be repeated for up to a maximum of three credit hours. Pass/Fail.
Prerequisite: Permission of department. Provides students with opportunity for on-the-job training in conjunction with on-campus academic experiences. Students will participate in professional growth seminars. Pass/Fail.
Prerequisite: ET 2930; permission of department. Continuation of ET 2930. Pass/Fail.
Prerequisite: ET 1210 and ET 2310. Metals, their sources, manufacture, and properties; basic metalworking hand tools, measurements; layout; drawing and safety. Exercises in the use of the basic machine tools in machine shop work. Lecture and laboratory. Two hours lecture and three hours laboratory.
Techniques, equipment and procedures, advantages and disadvantages of current metal-casting processes used in industry. Laboratory exercises in sand molding and casting, the full mold process, investment casting, and permanent mold casting including pattern design and construction, mold making, metal melting and handling. Guest lecturer(s). Plant tour(s). Two hours lecture and three hours laboratory.
Prerequisite: ENGR 1210. An analysis of machines, tools, processes, and materials used in production.
Prerequisite: CMT 3320 or ET 2310. Utilizes PC and CAD software to develop skills in the creation and analysis of mechanical solid models for design and production purposes. Includes the use of shading and rendering to enhance three-dimensional model display and the extraction of two-dimensional engineering drawings. Two hours lecture and three hours laboratory.
Prerequisite: ENGR 1100. Corequisite: MATH 1910. Fundamentals of electrical circuits. Addresses basic circuit components and quantities. Emphasis on DC circuit calculations and theorems. Uses lab equipment to build and test DC circuits. Two hours lecture and three hours laboratory.
Prerequisite: ET 3601 and MATH 1910. Addresses basic circuit components and quantities of AC circuits. Introduces three-phase circuits and transformers. Emphasis on AC circuit calculations and theorems. Uses lab equipment to build and test AC circuits. Two hours lecture and three hours laboratory.
Prerequisite: MATH 1710 or MATH 1730. Orientation to direct current, alternating current, magnetism, filters, and semiconductor devices. Rectifier-filters and basic transistor amplifiers are also examined as representative electronic circuits. Use of meters, oscilloscopes, and other test instruments are stressed in the laboratory. Three hours lecture and three hours laboratory.
Prerequisite: MATH 1710 or MATH 1730. An overview of basic electrical circuits and systems, direct current circuits, alternating current circuits, and electrical devices and control schemes. Electrical motors, relays, solenoids, transformers, and power supplies examined. National Electric Code also examined. For students enrolled in Construction Management or Concrete Industry Management. Laboratory exercises stress the use of test instruments and the construction of basic electrical circuits. Two hours lecture and three hours laboratory.
Prerequisite: ET 3601 or permission of instructor. Provides thorough coverage of basic digital electronic circuits analysis and design. TTL and CMOS families examined. Number systems, mapping, and minimization techniques covered. Digital design using random logic and programmable logic devices (FPGAs and CPLDs). Two hours lecture and three hours laboratory.
Prerequisite: ET 3602 or permission of instructor. Introduction to analog electronics. Defines basic parameters and theory of operation of discrete semiconductor devices. Introduces fundamentals of electronic circuits analysis and design. Applications illustrate use and laboratory projects provide hands-on experience. Two hours lecture and three hours laboratory.
Prerequisite: ET 3620; corequisite: ET 3630 or permission of instructor. In-depth study of sequential circuit analysis and design that includes sate machine design. Emphasis on the use of available development boards using both FPGAs and CPLDs and their respective CAD tools. PLDs programmed using latest relative CAD systems. Two hours lecture and three hours laboratory.
Prerequisites: CSCI 1170 and ET 3620. Covers architecture of microcontrollers and microprocessor-based systems and their related components. Machine language programming extensively used to solve problems and demonstrate the relationship of the microprocessor and its supporting peripherals. Basic microcomputer architecture also emphasized. Two hours lecture and three hours laboratory.
Prerequisite: ET 3630 or permission of instructor. Theory of electronic circuits as applied to communication; special electronics circuits required in communications systems. Testing theory and procedures. Various methods of electronic communications. Testing and evaluation of electronic circuits. Two hours lecture and three hours laboratory.
Prerequisites: ET 3620 and ET 3630 or permission of instructor. Utilizes computer software to develop skills in creating schematic and printed circuit board artwork for use in printed circuit board production. Includes plotting, printing, and generating all necessary documents required for fabrication. One hour lecture and three hours laboratory.
Prerequisites: ENGR 1100; PHYS 2010/PHYS 2011 or PHYS 2110/PHYS 2111; MATH 1910. Basic concepts of engineering thermodynamics, properties and thermodynamic states, work, heat, first law, second law, entropy, ideal gases, and analysis of conventional power and refrigeration systems.
Prerequisites: ENGR 1100 and the following courses which may be taken concurrently: MATH 1910 and PHYS 2010 / PHYS 2011 or PHYS 2110 / PHYS 2111. Fundamental concepts and conditions of static equilibrium; their application to systems of forces and couples acting on rigid bodies; and the calculation of centers of gravity, centroids, and moments of inertia.
Prerequisite: ET 3830. Rectilinear curvilinear, and rotary motion of rigid objects both with and without consideration of the unbalanced force causing the motion. Application of the principles of work, energy, impulse, and momentum to the solution of engineering problems.
Prerequisite: ENGR 2110. The mechanics of materials emphasizing the analysis and design of statically determinate beams, columns, and structural members in torsion and application of the three moment equations to statically indeterminate beams.
Prerequisite: Junior standing or permission of instructor. A foundation course in manufacturing and service operations management. Problem-solving applications emphasized.
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Student is employed by an acceptable industry for industrial experience. Credit given for actual work with employer. Arrangement for this course must be made in advance. Pass/Fail.
Prerequisite: ET 3920. A continuation of Internship I. Same stipulations apply. Pass/Fail.
Overview of methods and procedures of precision measuring and gauging as used in inspection and quality control by industry. Two hours lecture and three hours laboratory.
Prerequisite: Junior standing or consent of instructor. Covers breadth and some depth in quality technology. Explores history of quality, present techniques, and future predictions. Covers six-sigma methodology at the "greenbelt" level. Certification after industry project. Lecture.
Prerequisite: ET 2940; permission of department. Continuation of ET 2940. Pass/Fail.
Prerequisite: ET 3970; permission of department. Continuation of ET 3970. Pass/Fail.
Prerequisite: ET 3210. Taper turning, boring and thread chasing, and calculations of screw threads and other operations. Gear terminology and calculations; practice gear cutting on the milling machine; use of index head. Two hours lecture and three hours laboratory.
Prerequisite: ET 3360 or permission of instructor. Topics include customizing menus, 3-D concepts and surface modeling, AutoLisp, rendering, and slide shows. Interactive computer drafting and design using advanced AutoCAD software and add-ons. Primarily for students who want to increase their capabilities using CAD. One hour lecture and three hours laboratory.
Prerequisite: ET 3860. Analytical design methods. Stress analysis, working stress, combined stresses, failure theories, fatigue failure. Design techniques for shafts, fasteners, gears, bearings, and belt and chain drives. Includes a design project.
Fundamental methods of fire protection, prevention, and suppression. Includes characteristics and behavior of fire, fire hazards of materials and buildings, codes and standards for fire prevention and protection, fire protection equipment and systems, and fire fighting forces and how they operate.
Corequisite: ENGR 3920 or permission of instructor. An introduction to industrial or occupational hygiene--that science and art devoted to the anticipation, recognition, evaluation, and control of those environmental factors or stresses, arising in or from the workplace, which may cause sickness, impaired health and well-being, or significant discomfort and inefficiency among workers or citizens of the community.
Subject topics offered as required to meet the needs of the class.
Prerequisite: Junior status or consent of instructor. Technical, human, and business aspects of modern automation system. Includes automation controls, levels of control and major components/subsystems, object-based software components, intelligent actuators and sensors, emerging trends, flexible manufacturing systems (FMS), computer integrated manufacturing (CIM), industrial systems and supply chain applications, organizational approaches, and automation justification.
Prerequisite: ET 3602 or permission of instructor. Introduction to programmable logic controllers (PLCs). Selection, operation, and troubleshooting. Ladder diagrams and programming of PLC emphasized. One hour lecture and three hours laboratory.
Prerequisites: ET 3620 and ET 3630. Devices and techniques used in the measurement of physical parameters. Consideration of accuracies and sources of error, identification of typical measurements, sensors and transducers, control stability and response. Two hours lecture and three hours laboratory.
Provides the necessary foundation experience to understand the design, implementation, and management strategies of local and wide area networks (LAN/WAN). Data Communication Standards and protocol, fundamentals included. Will include lecture, laboratory activities, and a LAN design requirement. Two hours lecture and three hours laboratory.
Prerequisite: ET 3602 or permission of instructor. AC power theory and circuits for industrial applications, polyphase systems, power factor correction, and transformers. Theory, applications, and selection of motors and generators. Industrial motor control and power transmission. Two hours lecture and three hours laboratory.
Prerequisites: ET 3640 and ET 3650 or permission of instructor. Emphasis on interfacing various analog and digital devices to a microcontroller/microprocessor-based system: memory expansion, A/D and D/A, display devices, keyboards and keypads, electromechanical devices, and sensors. PLDs (FPGAs/CPLDs) interfaced to facilitate rapid prototyping of digital system design. Two hours lecture and three hours laboratory.
Prerequisites: ET 3640 and ET 4660 or permission of instructor. Advanced microprocessor system design. Emphasis on the design of core CPUs and imbedded components using high-density FPGA/CPLD development boards. Industrial applications of microprocessor-based systems. Two hours lecture and three hours laboratory.
Prerequisites: ET 3602 and MATH 1920 or permission of the instructor. Advanced network analysis stressing network theorems and solutions of time and frequency-domain problems with the use of Laplace Transforms.
Problems in any one of a variety of areas to meet the needs of the class.
Prerequisite: Junior status. Orientation to industrial job opportunities, placement practices, interview techniques, and preparation of application materials (resume, cover letter, and portfolio if warranted). Guest lecturers, films, and student and faculty presentations arranged in seminar fashion. One-hour lecture weekly.
Prerequisite: Completion of all courses in a given area or approval of instructor. For the advanced student who wishes to work on a designated problem in a specific area. Works on an individual problem or project independently under the guidance of an instructor.
Prerequisites: ET 4670; CSCI 3160. All required freshman-, sophomore-, and junior-level courses in all disciplines have to be completed before registering for this course. Engineering situations are solved by experimental means. Student must have experimental approach, gather data, interpret results, and prepare a formal technical written and oral report.
Prerequisites: ET 3650, ET 3860, ET 4610, and ET 4860. All required freshman-, sophomore-, and junior-level courses in all disciplines have to be completed before registering for this course. Engineering situations are solved by experimental means. Student must have experimental approach, gather data, interpret results, and prepare a formal technical written and oral report.
Prerequisites: ET 3860, ET 4340, and ET 4815. All required freshman-, sophomore-, and junior-level courses in all disciplines have to be completed before registering for this course. Engineering situations are solved by experimental means. Student must have experimental approach, gather data, interpret results, and prepare a formal technical written and oral report.
Prerequisites: ET 3840, ET 3860, and ET 4340. All required freshman-, sophomore-, and junior-level courses in all disciplines have to be completed before registering for this course. Engineering situations are solved by experimental means. Student must have experimental approach, gather data, interpret results, and prepare a formal technical written and oral report.
Prerequisite: ET 3810 or permission of instructor. Design and operation of heat and mass transfer systems which produce the needed environments for manufacturing operations, industrial processes, and human comfort. Systems that use mechanical equipment such as pumps, blowers, fans, compressors, and heat exchanges found in fields such as air conditioning, low temperature metallurgy, food preservation, chemical processing, and industrial manufacturing covered. Two hours lecture and three hours laboratory.
Prerequisite: ET 3840. Provides a broad-based background in vibration analysis and introduces present practices. Topics include free, damped, and forced vibrations with one degree of freedom; vibration isolation; free vibration with two degrees of freedom; and introduction to matrix formulation. Two hours lecture and three hours laboratory.
Prerequisites: ENGR 1100, ET 3810. Systems and the basic components that make up these systems, including hydraulic, pneumatic, and fluidic. Emphasis on understanding the language and graphic symbols associated with fluid power, the performance characteristics of system components, and problem solving. Two hours lecture and three hours laboratory.
Prerequisites: MATH 1910; CSCI (3 hours). Fundamentals of robots. Types of robots, types of controls, the prime movers, the application of robots in the industrial environment, and problem solving. Two hours lecture and three hours laboratory.
Prerequisite: Junior standing or permission of instructor. Analysis, design, and implementation of productivity strategies and productivity improvement programs for a wide variety of organizations. Touches a spectrum of disciplines such as work design, quality, design engineering, and employee involvement. Includes lean manufacturing with certification available after successful industry project.
Prerequisites: ET 2310 and ET 3910. An overview of facility planning including equipment selection, work flow analysis, activity relationship analysis, and plant layout for product, process, and JIT requirements. Teams assigned actual projects in industry. CAD layout presentations to industry management required.
Prerequisite: Junior standing or permission of instructor. System design of work tasks including establishing time standards by time and motion study and work sampling; ergonomic design for integration of the human into the work task environment. Scientific methods supplemented by quality considerations with emphasis on statistical quality control (SQC). Computer software used for design and analysis.
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Department of Engineering Technology
Middle Tennessee State University
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