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Mechanical Engineering Technology Department,

Southern Polytechnic College of

Engineering and Engineering Technology,

Building Q, KSU

1100 South Marietta Pkwy

Marietta, Ga, 30060

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Course Descriptions



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MET 1000, Mechanical Engineering Technology Orientation


An introduction to career opportunities in the Mechanical Engineering Technologies; familiarization with college and departmental policies, curriculum, and facilities.

MET 1311, Manufacturing Processes


An introduction to industrial manufacturing processes used for converting raw materials into finished products. Various processes, machinery, and operations will be examined with emphasis placed on understanding engineering materials and processing parameters that influence design considerations, product quality, and production costs.

MET 1321, Machining and Welding

Prerequisite: MET 1311 or concurrently


An introduction to the use and operation of selected industrial machinery, various machining operations, selected welding processes and precision measuring instruments. Laboratory projects will emphasize safety and apply selected manufacturing processes, various inspection processes, fixturing and engineering materials.

MET 1901-1905, Special Topics

Prerequisite: Consent of the Department Chair

1 to 5 hours, Special topics selected by the program. Offered on a demand basis.

ENGR 2214, Statics


Prerequisites: MATH 2254 or concurrently, PHYS 1111K or PHYS 2211K

The calculation of forces and moments acting on machine parts, frames, and structures. The equilibrium of force systems, shear and moment diagrams for beams, and friction are studied.

MET 2322, Metrology and CNC

Prerequisites: EG 1212, MET 1000, MET 1321


An introduction to the use and operation of selected Computerized Numerical Control (CNC) machine tools and to Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T). Laboratory projects will apply selected manufacturing processes, GD&T and CNC programming logic. Emphasis is placed on the following: safety, operational planning, design considerations, bonus tolerance, virtual condition, work holding requirements and manufacturing problems associated with engineering materials.

MET 2901-2905, Special Topics

Prerequisite: Consent of the Department Chair

1 to 5 hours, Special topics selected by the program. Offered on a demand basis.


ENGR 3122, Dynamics


Prerequisite: ENGR 2214

A study of the mechanics of particles and rigid bodies. Topics covered include: kinematics and kinetics of particles; work and kinetic energy; impulse and momentum; rigid body motions; relative motion and moving coordinate systems; and an introduction to mechanical vibrations.

MET 3123, Dynamics of Machines


Prerequisites: CS 2123, ENGR  3122

The analysis of motion, velocity, acceleration, and forces in mechanisms and machines. Emphasis is placed on the analytical methods suitable for computerized analysis as well as graphical methods for visualization and preliminary design studies. Mechanical vibration isolation is also discussed.

ENGR 3131, Strength of Materials


Prerequisites: ENGL 2010, ENG 2214

A study of stress and strain of deformable bodies in tension, compression, bending, and torsion. Topics covered include: axial stress and strain; thermal stress and strain; statically indeterminant systems; torsional stress and strain; power transmission in shafts; bending stresses in beams; beam deflections; combined stresses; elastic buckling in columns; and finite element analysis methods.

MET 3132, Engineering Materials

Prerequisites: CHEM 1211K; Co-requisite: ENGR 3131


A study of metals, ceramics, polymers, and composites as related to design. Areas include corrosion, atomic structure, mechanical properties, failure theories, fatigue, creep, cold working, heat treating, alloying, and non-destructive testing. The lab work includes tensile testing, heat treating, impact testing, hardness testing, and corrosion.

MET 3331, Tool Design

Prerequisites: MET 2322, ENGR 3131


Jigs and fixtures for production machining processes are covered. Specific subjects include methods of gauging work pieces, ease and simplicity of operation, assembly methods, capital evaluation, techniques for locating and holding work pieces, time studies, tool steels, bending allowances, and reverse engineering techniques. The course is design project oriented. Projects include calculations of tooling forces and costs as well as complete production drawings of the tool design.

ENG 3343, Fluid Mechanics

Prerequisites: ENGL 2010, MATH 2254, ENGR 2214,  ENGR 3344 (concurrently), and  MATH 2306


A study of the fundamentals of fluid statics and dynamics including hydrostatic forces on submerged plates, continuity of fluid flow and fluid flow principles. Applications of turbulent and laminar flow in conduits are emphasized. The systems approach is practiced in analyzing the application of flow measuring devices, piping, pumps and turbines. The laboratory reinforces the principles of fluid mechanics as they apply to incompressible fluid flow and low speed air flow. Developing experimental data into effective laboratory reports is emphasized.

ENG 3344, Fluid Mechanics Lab

Prerequisites: ENG 3343 (concurrently)



MET 3400, Survey of Thermodynamics

Prerequisites: MATH 2253, PHYS 1111K or PHYS 2211K


A study of the fundamental laws of thermodynamics and heat transfer for non-MET students. Properties of ideal gases, mixtures of ideal gases, real substances as related to heat engines, heat pumps, refrigerators, and heat exchangers are covered. Basic applications of thermodynamics in the study of power plants, internal combustion engines, refrigeration systems and air conditioning systems are included. Heat transfer topics are introduced with applications for conduction, convection, and radiation. (This course may not be taken for credit by MET students).

MET 3401, Thermodynamics I

Prerequisites: MATH 2253, PHYS 1111K or PHYS 2211K


Covers the fundamentals of thermodynamics. Use of steam and gas tables is introduced. Property relations for ideal gases and incompressible liquids are introduced. Applications of the First and Second Laws to closed and open systems are studied. Heat engines, refrigerators, heat pumps, availability and irreversibility are studied.

MET 3402, Thermodynamics II

Prerequisites: ENGR 3343, MET 3401


Continuation of Thermodynamics I with emphasis on applications. Transient flow analysis, combustion, internal and external combustion cycles, gas turbines, compressors, refrigeration and air conditioning processes are studied. Fundamentals of heat transfer are also covered.

MET 3901-3905, Special Topics

Prerequisite: Consent of the Department Chair

1 to 5 hours, Special topics selected by the program. Offered on a demand basis.


MET 4124, Vibrations and Advanced Dynamics

Prerequisites: MATH 2306, ENGR 3122


Theory of mechanical vibrations with applications to machinery and the kinematics and kinetics of three dimensional motion of rigid bodies are covered. Conventional and computer methods are used.

MET 4133, Advanced Engineering Materials

Prerequisite: MET 3132


The course covers polymers, ceramics, composites, and advanced topics in ferrous and non-ferrous metallurgy. Advanced topics in mechanics of materials, including failure theories and analysis of composites are studied. Traditional methods and Finite Element Modeling and Analysis (FEM/FEA) are used.

MET 4141, Machine Design I

Prerequisites: EG 1212, ENGR 3122, MET 3132


The design of machines and machine elements, and cost considerations. The course focuses on power transmission in machines including gears, belts, pulleys, bearings, lubrication, clutches, brakes, chains, power screws, and gear trains. Stress calculations and material selection are discussed. Broad design issues such as safety, ethics, patents, product liability, time value of money, return on investment, and breakeven analysis are covered. Students work in design teams on a major design project.

MET 4142, Machine Design II

Prerequisite: MET 4141


A continuation of Machine Design I, with emphasis on topics related to the design of machine elements for structural integrity, reliability, and economy. Application of advanced topics in strength of materials to machine design. The course includes a major design project.

MET 4501, Engineering Computation using Matlab

Prerequisite: MET 3122


This course provides an introduction to computation in the context of engineering problem solving.  It employs hands-on exercises, examples from the world of engineering, and a variety core tools to increase general proficiency and capability in computer programming. Emphasis is placed on using Matlab to solve engineering problems, and using user-defined functions and toolboxes within Matlab to create computer programs and GUIs.

MET 4341, Automation Systems and Controls

Prerequisite: MET 4421


The technology of integrating automation equipment for use in manufacturing processes is covered. Students design demonstrations and complete projects involving the interfacing of Numerical Control machines, flexible automation devices, and other material handling systems. Programming and sensory techniques, as well as identification systems are investigated. Data collection, quality management and control are included.

MET 4342, Numerical Control of Machines

Prerequisites: CS 2123, MET 2322


A course in tooling and programming for Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machines. The course includes G-Code, conversational, and Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) programming languages and systems. Considerable emphasis on the integration of NC planning and programming into automated manufacturing systems. Topics in communications and computer networking for Direct Numerical Control (DNC) are discussed.

MET 4351, Manufacturing System Design Project

Prerequisites: MET 4332, MET 4342 or consent of the department head


The Manufacturing Design Project is the capstone course for the Manufacturing Concentration in MET. Projects are assigned based on interest, equipment and software availability, and the specific background of the student. Projects require planning, proposal presentation, scheduling, engineering, implementation, and written and oral presentations of project results. Students are encouraged to "design and build" and utilize concepts learned from the courses completed in the MET Manufacturing Concentration. Presentation and report writing skills are practiced.

MET 4411, Refrigeration

Prerequisite: MET 3402


The theory and applications of commercial refrigeration systems are studied. The thermodynamic analysis of the refrigeration cycle, load calculations and selection of components for refrigeration systems are covered.

MET 4412, Air Conditioning

Prerequisites: ENGR 3343, MET 3402


The basic principles of residential and commercial air conditioning systems are introduced including the calculation of cooling and heating loads, and psychrometric processes. The student is exposed to relevant topics in heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) such as equipment selection, duct design, piping design, indoor air quality, energy code, HVAC systems, energy conservation options, automatic controls, and testing, adjusting and balancing (TAB) of air conditioning systems.

MET 4421, Instruments and Controls

Prerequisites: ECET 3000 or concurrently; CS 2123, MATH 2306, ENGR 3131


This course covers the principles of engineering experimentation and process control. Students are instructed in current methods of data gathering, data regression, graphical analysis, result compilation, and report writing. Data gathering will include both manual techniques and computer data acquisition systems. An understanding of sensor selection, interfacing, and implementation is provided through lecture and laboratory assignments. The fundamentals of uncertainty analysis along with the application of dimensional analysis and similitude are covered. Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC's) are used to introduce students to process control. Laboratory exercises illustrating the use of instrumentation for performance evaluation and control of mechanical systems are conducted.

MET 4431, Plant and Power Applications

Prerequisite: MET 3402


A study of the applications of fluid mechanics, thermodynamics and heat transfer to industrial process plants. Fundamentals of piping design, selection of fans, heat exchangers and other components commonly used in industrial processes are covered.

MET 4801-4805, Special Projects

Prerequisite: Consent of the Department Chair

1 to 5 hours

Independent study on topics of mutual interest to faculty and students. Assignments depend upon the specific background of the student, equipment availability, software availability, etc. Projects require a proposal presentation, scheduling, implementation and both written and oral presentations of study results.

MET 4901-4905, Special Topics

Prerequisite: Consent of the Department Chair

1 to 5 hours, Special topics selected by the program. Offered on a demand basis.