Engineering Technology AAS

Last updated 5/14/2014

Associate in Applied Science Code 5187

Program Contacts:
Quad-Cities Campus
Adebayo Badmos, 309-796-5280, adebayob@bhc.edu
Lee Blackmon, 309-796-5276, blackmonl@bhc.edu
First Stop Center, 309-796-5100


The Engineering Technology degree program will allow students to enter into a wide range of career fields within industrial settings while also providing the option of university transfer upon graduation. After completing the first year of common courses in the Fundamentals of AutoCAD, DC circuits, machining, PC applications in technology, technical math and calculus and hydraulics/pneumatics, students choose from three tracks: electrical, mechanical processes, or manufacturing. Students will also have opportunities to do technology-based practicum or internships in industrial settings. Students will learn skills to take required manufacturing/engineering designs from concept to completion.

Opportunities for employment exist for engineering technicians in aerospace, electrical and electronic, industrial, mechanical, electro-mechanical, environmental, and civil engineering fields.

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Engineering Technology AAS
Associate in Applied Science Code 5187
Course of Study Outline – Suggested Courses (Credit Hours)

First Semester
MATH 123 — Technical Algebra/Trigonometry (4)
ENGT 101 — Blueprint/Schematic Reading (3)
ENGT 100 — Engineering Technology Systems (2)
ENGT 103 — Fundamentals of DC Circuits  or  (2)
ENGT 104 — Fundamentals of Machining
ENGT 102 — Fundamentals of AutoCAD (2)

Second Semester
ENGT 105 — PC Applications in Technology (3)
MATH 223 — Technical Calculus (4)
ENGT 150 — Hydraulics/Pneumatics (3)
1Engineering Technology Elective (3)
1Engineering Technology Elective (3)

Third Semester
ENG 101 — Composition I  or  (3)
COMM 100 — Communication Skills
PHYS 101 — College Physics I  or  (5)
CHEM 101 — General Chemistry I
ENGT 224 — Computer Programming (3)
1Engineering Technology Elective (3)
1Engineering Technology Elective (3)

Fourth Semester
1Engineering Technology Elective (3)
1Engineering Technology Elective (3)
1Engineering Technology Elective (3)
1Engineering Technology Elective (3)
1Engineering Technology Elective (3)

Minimum total hours required for degree (64)

1Choose electives from the appropriate tracks below.
2It is recommended that this course be completed during the summer session if possible.

Track Electives »

Electrical Track Electives
ENGT 163 Fundamentals of AC Power - 1st semester (3)
ENGT 168 Logic Systems I - 2nd semester (3)
ENGT 210 Mechatronics I - 2nd semester (3)
ENGT 215 Experimental Testing Systems - 2nd semester (3)
ENGT 218 Logic Systems II - 3rd semester (3)
ENGT 260 Mechatronics II - 3rd semester (3)
ENGT 263 Topics in Engineering Tech - 4th semester (3)
ENGT 268 Engineering Technology Project (3)
ENGT 290 Engineering Tech Internship (3)
ENGT 120 Introduction to Nanomaterials (2)
ENGT 130 Introduction to Biomaterials (2)
ENGT 190 Engineering Tech Practicum (2)

Manufacturing Processes Track Electives
ENGT 180 Basic Manufacturing Processes - 3rd semester (3)
ENGT 186 Introductory CNC - 1st semester (3)
ENGT 231 Lathe Operations - 4th semester (3)
ENGT 232 Milling Operations - 4th semester (3)
ENGT 236 Intermediate CNC - 2nd semester (3)
ENGT 283 Advanced Machining Operations - 4th semester (3)
ENGT 286 Advanced CNC with CAM - 2nd semester (3)
ENGT 170 Engineering Materials (3)
ENGT 280 Quality Issues in Machining - 4th semester (3)
ENGT 190 Engineering Tech Practicum (2)

Mechanical Track Electives
ENGT 170 Engineering Materials (3)
ENGT 172 AutoCAD I – 2D Graphics - 1st semester (3)
ENGT 222 AutoCAD II – 3D Graphics - 2nd semester (3)
ENGT 226 Professional Engineering I - 3rd semester (3)
ENGT 270 Statics & Strength of Material - 4th semester (4)
ENGT 276 Professional Engineering II - 4th semester (3)
ENGT 272 Computer Aided Drafting I - 2nd semester (2)
ENGT 274 Computer Aided Drafting II - 4th semester (3)
ENGT 186 Introductory CNC - 3rd semester (3)
ENGT 190 Engineering Tech Practicum (2)
ENGT 120 Introduction to Nanomaterials (2)

Courses for this program include: »

CHEM 101 General Chemistry I
4 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 3 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: One year of high school chemistry or CHEM 110; or the completion of MATH 112 “C” or better, Math 118 “C” or better, or Math 123 “C or better, or by Algebra assessment.
Fundamental principles of stoichiometry, periodicity, atomic structure and thermochemistry with applications to gases, liquids, solids and solutions. IAI: P1 902L; CHM 911

COMM 100 Communication Skills
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
For career program students only. COMM 100 and ENG 132 fulfill requirements for an associate’s degree in several career programs. Concentration on developing skills in writing, speaking and reading.

ENG 101 Composition I
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: ACT English score of 22 or above; or appropriate COMPASS score; or English 091 “C” or better.
English 101 is designed for students who are competent in the fundamentals of composition. Students will write essays using a variety of expository strategies and will apply standard techniques of documentation when appropriate. IAI: C1 900

ENGT 100 Engineering Technology Systems
2 cr. hrs.;
2 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
An investigation into the operation, assembly and applications of engineering systems. Students will be introduced to block diagram representations of physical systems and common procedures for understanding and analyzing engineering systems of an electrical, mechanical, manufacturing, software and hybrid nature.

ENGT 101 Blueprint/Schematic Reading
3 cr. hrs.;
2 lecture hours; 2 lab hours per week.
Course focuses on basic interpretation and understanding of architectural, electrical, hydraulic and pneumatic, mechanical, and welding drawing/schematics. Studies provide students with basic knowledge to decipher different types of symbols found on prints and schematics. (Class may be broadened to unique and specific fields of study depending on the student preference or career field.)

ENGT 102 Fundamentals of AutoCAD
2 cr. hrs.;
1 lecture hour; 2 lab hours per week.
This course provides a basic study of drafting terminology and graphic illustration techniques as used in various engineering and technology careers. Students will increase skill development using software such as Mechanical Desktop’s graphics, AutoCAD 2002 or newer. This course will focus on command/icon skills utilization in designing and modifying graphic illustrations. Students will demonstrate skills that range from basic to intermediate drawing menu/icon commands as used in varied industrial field drawing designs.

ENGT 103 Fundamentals of DC Circuits
2 cr. hrs.;
1 lecture hour; 2 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in MATH 123 recommended.
This course is an introductory course in direct current (DC) circuit concepts. Topics include atomic theory, series, parallel and combination circuits, Ohm’s law, capacitance and inductance.

ENGT 104 Fundamentals of Machining
2 cr. hrs.;
2 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
This course will expose engineering technology students to the activities within a machine shop. An overview of the various machines used in a typical manufacturing process will be discussed and demonstrated.

ENGT 105 PC Applications in Technology
3 cr. hrs.;
2 lecture hours; 2 lab hours per week.
A course designed for developing computer communicating information skills in an Engineering Technology career environment. Course focuses on needed computer operator skills; usage of current computer operating systems software and utilities; Microsoft’s Office application software Word, Excel, and Internet Explorer; Productivity software: Outlook; and Simulation software Automation Studio.

ENGT 120 Introduction to Nanomaterials
2 cr. hrs.;
1 lecture hours; 2 lab hours per week.
This is an introductory level course on nanotechnology and nanomaterials. Students learn about the structure and properties relationships, fabrication, applications, current roles in technology, and the future impact on the industry.

ENGT 150 Hydraulics/Pneumatics
3 cr. hrs.;
2 lecture hours; 2 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: MATH 123 “C” or better or equivalent or instructor consent.
This course is a study of hydraulic and pneumatic component systems and their use for power transmission and control purposes.

ENGT 163 Fundamentals of AC Power
3 cr. hrs.;
2 lecture hours; 2 lab hours per week.
Prerequisites: MATH 123 and ENGT 103.
An intermediate circuit analysis course involving alternating current (AC) electrical concepts. Topics include AC voltage, phase and frequency considerations; transformers, residential and commercial power distribution; three-phase power and loads; power control components and frequency drives.

ENGT 168 Logic Systems I
3 cr. hrs.;
2 lecture hours; 2 lab hours per week.
Prerequisites: MATH 123 and ENGT 103.
An introductory course on integrated and programmed logic components and related systems. Topics include number systems, conversions, Boolean algebra, K-maps, gates and inverters, counters and registers, memory and data acquisition circuits. Multisim software is used to assist the design and analysis of logic circuits.

ENGT 172 AutoCAD I – 2D Graphics
3 cr. hrs.;
1 lecture hour; 4 lab hours per week.
Prerequisites: ENGT 101 and ENGT 102 “C” or better or instructor consent.
A course in graphical illustration applications directed to the intermediate and advanced study of 2D mechanical illustrations, terminology, and techniques using Mechanical Desktop’s graphics computer aided drafting software AutoCAD 2002 or newer. Studies progress from basic three view orthographic drawings to more advanced aux views, section views, true shape, and basic descriptive geometry.

ENGT 180 Basic Manufacturing Processes
3 cr. hrs.;
2 lecture hours; 2 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: ENGT 104 “C” or better or instructor consent.
This is the introductory machine shop course. Topics will include shop safety, proper care and usage of hand tools, setup and usage of saws and drill presses, basic layout procedures, and the correct application of rules, calipers, and micrometers.

ENGT 186 Introductory CNC
3 cr. hrs.;
2 lecture hours; 2 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: ENGT 104 “C” or better or instructor consent.
This is the first course in a three course sequence in computerized numerical control. The principles, techniques, and elementary applications of CNC will be explored. Some programming and laboratory experience will be obtained. Machine safety issues will be addressed.

ENGT 190 Engineering Tech Practicum
2 cr. hrs.;
2 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of first year courses in the electrical engineering track of ENGT.
An internship course to be performed during or between the freshman and sophomore years and upon completion of the first year degree requirements. Students are expected to locate and materially participate in an employment environment related to their chosen field of study. The internship requires periodic discussions of text, student journals, employment experiences and problem-solving concepts. Eighty hours of intern employment equals one academic credit hour.

ENGT 210 Mechatronics I
3 cr. hrs.;
2 lecture hours; 2 lab hours per week.
Prerequisites: MATH 123 and ENGT 103.
This course is an introduction to the components and concepts of industrial instrumentation, closed-loop control, engineering mechanisms and measurement of physical variables using conventional and contemporary technologies. Coursework is consistent with preparation for the ISA Certified Control System Technician (CCST) examination. Project and task-oriented lab experiments utilize LabVIEW and Wonderware software.

ENGT 215 Experimental Testing Systems
3 cr. hrs.;
2 lecture hours; 2 lab hours per week.
Prerequisites: MATH 123 and ENGT 163.
This course is an investigation into the principles and procedures of experimental testing for function and reliability. Fixture design considerations, sensor specifications, data acquisition hardware integration, measurement system calibration and statistical data analysis topics are included.

ENGT 218 Logic Systems II
3 cr. hrs.;
2 lecture hours; 2 lab hours per week.
Prerequisites: MATH 123 and ENGT 168.
An advanced logic systems course involving digital systems for measurement, computation and control. Topics include hardware systems for the purposes of personal computing, data acquisition, programmable control and micro controlling.

ENGT 222 Auto CAD II – 3D Graphics
3 cr. hrs.;
1 lecture hours; 4 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: ENGT 172 or GE 101 “C” or better or instructor consent.
A course in graphical illustration designed for studies which develop skills in illustrating 3D Mechanical drawings. Studies include intermediate and advanced skill development for 3D mechanical illustration, terminology and techniques using Mechanical Desktop’s graphics CAD software AutoCAD 2002 or newer. Studies progress from basic wire frame and surface models to solid modeling and rendering.

ENGT 224 Computer Programming
3 cr. hrs.;
2 lecture hours; 2 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: MATH 223.
Acquaints students with the use of microcomputers by programming in Visual Basic and Visual C++ languages. Includes problem solving techniques using arrays, branching methods, loops, subprograms, and parameter passing.

ENGT 226 Professional Engineering I
3 cr. hrs.;
2 lecture hours; 2 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: ENGT 172 “C” or better or instructor consent.
Beginning 3-D Modeling using Pro E, covering the areas of constraint based sketching, extruding, feature construction tools, revolved features, drawing and section views.

ENGT 231 Lathe Operations
3 cr. hrs.;
2 lecture hours; 2 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: ENGT 180 “C” or better or instructor consent.
In this manufacturing processes course, the student will learn about lathe operations. Topics include lathe geometry, spindle and quick change gearing, saddle controls and power feeds, cross slide and compound slide plus gibbing, backlash compensation, chucks and collets, turning, grinding, sharpening, honing, tool height and angle adjustment, and speeds and feeds.

ENGT 232 Milling Operations
3 cr. hrs.;
2 lecture ours; 2 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: ENGT 180 “C” or better or instructor consent.
In this manufacturing processes course, the student will learn about vertical and horizontal milling. Topics include milling machine geometry, gear boxes and power feeds, correct use of spindle hand feed, correct cutter rotation for uphill milling and downhill milling and when to use each, spindle speeds and feeds, use of parallel vises, work piece clamping, alignment of vise with machine table, and backlash compensation.

ENGT 236 Intermediate CNC
3 cr. hrs.;
2 lecture hours; 2 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: ENGT 186 “C” or better.
This second course in CNC operations will expand to the student programming and operations of the CNC lathe and vertical milling machines. Topics will include programming formats, canned cycles, cutter compensation, and auxiliary machine control functions.

ENGT 260 Mechatronics II
3 cr. hrs.;
2 lecture hours; 2 lab hours per week.
Prerequisites: MATH 223 and ENGT 210.
A continuation of the Mechatronics course offered in the third semester. This course involves a study of close-loop controllers, multi-loop systems, PLC’s and human-machine interfaces. The course focuses upon continuous control mode algorithms, multi-loop configurations and HMI/MMI using commonly available software. Loop analysis, tuning, and troubleshooting is emphasized during task-oriented lab experiments. The ISA-CCST emphasis is also continued from the previous course.

ENGT 263 Topics in Engineering Tech
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing.
This is a study of new and evolving technologies in engineering. Current topics include locating and learning new technologies, technological trends, micro-electro mechanical sensors (MEMS), nano-scale technologies, autonomous systems and alternative energies.

ENGT 268 Engineering Technology Project
3 cr. hrs.;
2 lecture hours; 2 lab hours per week.
Prerequisites: Sophomore standing or instructor consent.
This is a final semester course involving the design, assembly and testing of an original engineering project. The student is expected to actively participate in a hands-on, team-oriented project design. The course requires a one-hour weekly team meeting.

ENGT 270 Statics & Strength of Material
4 cr. hrs.;
4 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: MATH 123“C” or better or equivalent or instructor consent.
Study of static force systems, calculations of centroids, centers of gravity, friction, moments of inertia, sheer moment diagrams, properties of materials. Determining stress and strain of materials when loaded in tension, compression, shear or torsion, and combined loadings.

ENGT 272 Computer Aided Drafting I
2 cr. hrs.;
0 lecture hours; 4 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: ENGT 222 “C” or better or ENGT 226 “C” or better.
A projects course in specific and unique graphical;
illustration applications directed to the advanced study of 2D or 3D illustration terminology and techniques using Mechanical Desktop’s graphics computer aided drafting software AutoCAD 2002 or newer. Areas of studies will be determined by instructor and student depending upon the student’s chosen career field of expertise. Course may also be a continuation course for General Occupational Technical Studies students who have experience in a career-specific field who need further studies in drafting or in their related field.

ENGT 274 Computer Aided Drafting II
3 cr. hrs.;
0 lecture hours; 6 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: ENGT 226 “C” or better.
A project course in specific and unique graphical illustration applications directed to the advanced study of 3D illustration terminology and techniques using Pro E/Wildfire computer aided drafting software. Areas of studies will be determined by instructor and student expertise. Course may also be a continuation course for students who have experience in a career specific field who need further studies in drafting or in their related field.

ENGT 276 Professional Engineering II
3 cr. hrs.;
1 lecture hour; 4 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: ENGT 226 “C” or better.
The second course in the study of professional engineering with the addition of sheet metal, sweeps and assemblies.

ENGT 280 Quality Issues in Machining
3 cr. hrs.;
2 lecture hours; 2 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: ENGT 180 “C” or better.
This manufacturing processing course will focus on the inspection, measurement, and quality control issues that arise during the manufacturing process. Descriptive statistics will be used, covered and applied to manufacturing processing applications.

ENGT 283 Advanced Machining Operations
3 cr. hrs.;
2 lecture hours; 2 lab hours per week.
Prerequisites: ENGT 231 and ENGT 232 “C” or better.
This course provides further instruction in the operation of lathes, mills, and inspection procedures. Topics include lathe and milling projects requiring heat treatment and post treatment grinding, setup and operation of surface grinders, inspection and measurement issues.

ENGT 286 Advanced CNC with CAM
3 cr. hrs.;
2 lecture hours; 2 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: ENGT 236 “C” or better.
During this third course of CNC operations, the student will be acquainted with computer aided manufacturing programming. The students will define an object, determine the sequence of operations and cutter path, and produce the part.

ENGT 290 Engineering Tech Internship
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
An internship course to be performed upon or near graduation from the engineering technology program. Students are expected to locate and materially participate in an employment experience related to their chosen field of study. The internship requires periodic discussions of student journals, employment experiences, problem solving experiences and system design or analysis applications. Eighty hours of intern employment equals one academic credit hour.

MATH 123 Technical Algebra/Trigonometry
4 cr. hrs.;
4 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: MATH 103 “C” or better or technical math assessment.
Trigonometric functions, vectors, complex numbers, radical equations, graphing, exponential and logarithmic functions, and related use of graphing calculator.

MATH 223 Technical Calculus
4 cr. hrs.;
4 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: MATH 123 “C” or better or technical math assessment.
Analytic geometry, an introduction to statistical methods, limits, and differential and integral calculus with emphasis on applications in science, engineering, and technology.

PHYS 101 College Physics I
5 cr. hrs.;
4 lecture hours; 3 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: MATH 112 or equivalent or instructor consent.
For students majoring in a field other than pre-engineering, mathematics or physics. Theory of mechanics, heat and sound. Graduation credit not permitted for both PHYS 101 and 201. IAI: P1 900L