B.S. in Mechanical Engineering Technology


Mechanical engineering technologists apply principles of mechanics and energy to the design, manufacturing and operation of machinery and other mechanical devices. They work in three general areas: energy, structures and mechanical systems, and manufacturing. Energy is the technical field that deals with power generation; heating, ventilation, and air conditioning; refrigeration; and the effective and efficient use of energy and its conversion from one form to another. The field of structures and mechanical systems is involved with the design, development and building of automobiles, airplanes, and trains. Manufacturing deals with the design and development of machine tools and manufacturing processes.

The Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering Technology curriculum at Fairleigh Dickinson offers a 50/50 combination of theoretical and laboratory coursework. The program is most suitable for students who prefer applications and hands-on laboratory experience over theory. The degree is offered through the Gildart Haase School of Computer Sciences and Engineering, located within University College: Arts · Sciences · Professional Studies at the Metropolitan Campus. Students who have a strong inclination towards math, sciences and technology, who simply like to tinker, or who are curious to know how things work typically do well in engineering technology. Positive attitudes, willingness to work hard, self-discipline, perseverance, and high motivation play a major role in the students' academic success as well as in their engineering technology career.

Fairleigh Dickinson University's Mechanical Engineering Technology program is one of 71 such programs in the nation accredited by the Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET.

Career Opportunities:

Mechanical engineering technology is the second largest engineering technology discipline. Employment opportunities for mechanical engineering technologists are enormous. They are employed in the technical fields of power generation, packaging, process control, production supervision, plant operation, manufacturing, quality assurance and reliability testing, test and field services, robotics, automotive industry, heating, ventilating and air conditioning. Their job functions include design, testing, installation, development, sales and field services. The job market for mechanical engineering technologists has been excellent since mechanical engineering technology is one of the hottest technology fields. The average starting salary of mechanical engineering technology graduates is over $50,000, much higher than for those in the non-technical disciplines.

Graduates move to positions such as senior engineers, project engineers, manufacturing engineers, instrumentation and control engineers, managers of operations, production and inventory control managers, development specialists, and vice presidents at corporations such as Block Drug Company, Inc., Dupont, Belco Technologies, Pepperidge Farm, All Systems Inc. and many others.

Mechanical Engineering Technology Students are encouraged to work with faculty on research or design projects through Independent Study, the University Honors Program and the Mechanical Technology Design Project. Examples of design projects by mechanical engineering technology students include: Design of a Smart Shower; Design of a Wood Chipper; Design of a Pneumatic Device; and Design of a Pressure Predictor on a Multiphase Flow.

University College at Fairleigh Dickinson University has developed the Support Our Student (SOS) program to enhance students' academic success and to help in the retention of freshmen. The merits of the SOS program have been lauded in The New York Times. Courses under the SOS program include many fundamental courses such as Physics, Chemistry, Calculus, Statics, and Circuits that are needed by the mechanical engineering technology students.

Special Facilities:

The engineering and engineering technology programs at Fairleigh Dickinson University have received recognition and support from the industry. The Joseph L. Muscarelle Co., one of the biggest and most successful construction firms in New Jersey, donated funds and built the Muscarelle Center for Construction Studies --- the home of the Engineering and Technology Division of the Gildart Haase School of Computer Sciences and Engineering. AlliedSignal (now merged with Honeywell), a conglomerate of high tech companies in New Jersey, donated $1 million to support engineering and engineering technology programs. The Mechanical Contractors Association of New Jersey has provided the School with significant financial support, and Carrier Corp. has donated an industrial air conditioner for classroom instruction.

The  Metropolitan campus has six general-purpose computer labs with a total of  nearly 200 Intel Core 2 vPro processor computers available for student use. Four of these labs, with a total of 111 computers, are dedicated solely for majors in the School of Computer Sciences and Engineering. Also available is a multimedia lab equipped with high-resolution color printers and scanners for the production of high-quality graphics, animation and multimedia presentations.  All PCs are connected to the University Network and to the Internet. All buildings, including residence halls and library, are connected with either fiber or high-speed serial links.

Programming language compilers available include Virtual BASIC.NET, C, C++ and Assembly. Software packages for engineering and engineering technology students are MathCAD, Electronic Workbench, AutoCAD, Primavera, PSPICE, Microsoft Office Suite, Motorola Digital Signal Processing Development Software, Simulink and MATLAB with various toolboxes such as Neural Networks, Fuzzy Logic, Signal Processing, Image Processing, Communications, Control, System Identification and Symbolic Math.

Labs that are of interest to mechanical engineering technology students are the Chemistry labs; Physics labs; Computer and Graphics Lab; Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning Lab; Control and Automation Lab; Materials Testing Labs; Electronics Lab; Robotics Lab and Computer Applications and Interfacing Lab. In addition, the University has a state-of-the-art Photonics Lab funded by the National Science Foundation and the state of New Jersey, for undergraduate students to conduct experiment and research on optics, lasers, and optical communications.

Unique Opportunities:

Faculty members have accompanied students on field trips and advised them in the presentation and design competitions. Local firms have conducted seminars and workshops at the Metropolitan Campus free to any Fairleigh Dickinson students. A Six-Day Workshop for Project Superintendents Training was conducted by C. Raimondo & Sons Construction Co., Inc. The North Jersey Section of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the largest engineering association with 350,000 members worldwide, has also been conducting seminars at the Metropolitan Campus. The Gildart Haase School of Computer Sciences and Engineering has also invited guest speakers from the local industry and nearby institutions.

Students can join various student chapters of professional organizations such as American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), American Society of Civil Engineers, Associated Builders and Contractors, Building Contractors Association, and Society of Women Engineers. A student chapter of the Mechanical Contractors Association is very active.

All students have the opportunity to participate in projects and competitions relevant to their major. For more information, please visit GHSCSE Student Projects and Competitions website.

Program Enrollment and Degree Data:

The official fall term enrollment figures (head count) of the B.S. in Mechanical Engineering Technology program for the last five academic years and the number of degrees conferred during each of those years.

Enrollment and Degree Data of the
B.S. in Mechanical Engineering Technology Program

 

 

 

Academic Year

Enrollment Year

ug

ug

Degrees Awarded

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

5th

Associates

Bachelors

Masters

Doctorates

Current Year

2012 -2013

FT

18

9

2

4

 

33

 

 

4

 

 

PT

1

1

0

1

 

3

 

1

2011 -2012

FT

19

4

6

2

 

31

 

 

2

 

 

PT

0

1

0

2

 

3

 

2

2010 -2011

FT

18

5

2

1

 

26

 

 

0

 

 

PT

1

0

1

1

 

3

 

2009 -2010

FT

10

3

1

0

 

14

 

 

5

 

 

PT

0

1

0

3

 

4

 

2008 -2009

FT

8

2

1

4

 

15

 

 

3

 

 

PT

2

1

1

2

 

6

 

 

For more information about the Mechanical Engineering Technology program, please contact

Prof. Melvin Lewis
Phone: 201-692-2348
Email: lewis@fdu.edu