Associate Degree in Mechanical Engineering (Full-Time)

  • Award:Associate Degree
  • Study Mode:Full-Time
  • Duration:2 Years

Overview

The Associate Degree Applied Sciences in Mechanical Engineering responds to the need for trained technicians in the diverse field of mechanical engineering.  This field includes the area of generation of power and energy conservation; design and development of machines; the management of factories that produce machines, goods and or services and the handling and processing of materials.  The programme also satisfies the demand for rigorous academic training to prepare graduates to access further studies in the field of mechanical engineering and related fields. 

Paths

Mechanical Engineering is for you if: you have a passion for machines, you want to know how things work and you want to know how to make things work better. To become a Mechanical Engineer one must pursue a Bachelor Degree in Mechanical Engineering or Mechanical Engineering Technology.  After completing the Bachelor Degree one must work in the field and be supervised for at least 4 yrs to become certified.

Careers

Careers associated with Mechanical Engineering include the following areas: Power generation, Utility companies, Manufacturing Plants, University, Colleges and Teaching, Research and Development, Defence Sector, Publishing and Printing. Industries include: Hydraulics and Pneumatics; Automobile; Oil and Gas; Computer; Chemical; Pharmaceutical; Aeronautical; Bottling and Cement.

Programme Structure

Year 1
Semester 1Code
Electricity And Magnetism MECH171
Measurement & Instrumentation MECH172
Mathematics 1 MATH153
Engineering Chemistry CHEM162
Technical Physics 1 PHYS111
English & Communication CORE100
Semester 2Code
Engineering Drawing & Design EDWG163
Workshop Tech And Practice 1 MECH181
Calculus 1 MATHS152
Mathematics 2 MATH163
Ethics & Citizenship CORE101
Caribbean Politics & Society CORE102
Material Science MECH131
Year 2
Semester 1Code
Engineering Principles 1 MECH223
Introduction To Thermodynamics MECH219
Plant Maintenance 1 MECH235
High Level Programming EENG225
Calculus 2 MATH251
Mathematics 4 MATH261
Workshop Tech And Practice 2 MECH182
Semester 2Code
Engineering Principles 2 MECH224
Energy Systems MECH220
Hydraulics And Pneumatics MECH236
Project MECH231
Calculus 3 MATH252
Practical Maths CORE103
Technical Reporting Writing GEED139
Year 1
Semester 1Code
Measurement & Instrumentation MECH172
Mathematics 1 MATH153
Technical Physics 1 PHYS111
English & Communication CORE100
Semester 2Code
Electricity And Magnetism MECH171
Engineering Chemistry CHEM162
Caribbean Politics & Society CORE102
Mathematics 2 MATH163
Year 2
Semester 1Code
Calculus 1 MATHS152
Material Science MECH131
Ethics & Citizenship CORE101
Engineering Drawing & Design EDWG163
Semester 2Code
Workshop Tech And Practice 1 MECH181
Calculus 2 MATH251
Mathematics 4 MATH261
High Level Programming EENG225
Plant Maintenance 1 MECH235
Year 3
Semester 1Code
Engineering Principles 1 MECH223
Introduction To Thermodynamics MECH219
Workshop Tech And Practice 2 MECH182
Practical Maths CORE103
Hydraulics And Pneumatics MECH236
Semester 2Code
Engineering Principles 2 MECH224
Energy Systems MECH220
Project MECH231
Calculus 3 MATH252
Technical Reporting Writing GEED139

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English & Communication

CORE100

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Ethics & Citizenship

CORE101

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Caribbean Politics & Society

CORE102

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Practical Maths

CORE103

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Mathematics 1

MATH153

This course places emphasis on the principles of algebra and trigonometry as they relate to the solution of engineering problems. It also introduces students to the theory and application of complex numbers. This is an introductory course that lays the foundation for other courses such as calculus and finite mathematics.

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Mathematics 2

MATH163

This course is designed to further enhance students’ ability to use mathematics in the solution of engineering problems. Topics include geometry and mensuration, algebra, including the solution of linear and quadratic equations and inequations. Students will also be introduced to the binomial expansion and its applications. The concepts of matrices and determinants are applied in the solution of simultaneous equations in 2 or 3 unknowns.

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Engineering Chemistry

CHEM162

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Calculus 2

MATH251

This course is designed to further develop students' appreciation for the powerful tool of calculus. The student is introduced to the differentiation and integration of more advanced algebraic and trigonometric functions. Calculus is applied to the formulation and solution of mathematical models in engineering.

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Mathematics 4

MATH261

This course is designed to combine essential elements of the concepts of trigonometry and vectors, to develop students’ competence in interpretation, analysis and problem solving. The geometry component takes the student beyond the spatial analysis of shapes to the analysis of the equations defining their locus. Mathematical techniques are applied to extracting the relationships between variables by analysis of experimental data. Application is made to the design and solutions of mathematical models as applied in engineering.

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Calculus 3

MATH252

This course is designed to assist students in making the transition to University level mathematics, particularly those who are embarking upon studies in Engineering or Natural Sciences. Focus is placed on the development and solutions of ordinary differential equations as well as partial differentiation and its applications to the solutions of engineering problems.

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High Level Programming

EENG225

This course is designed to offer further exposure to the application of computer programming in solving mathematical and engineering problems. Through a study of the concepts of program specification and design, algorithm development, coding and testing, students are introduced to a high-level computer language using a modern software development environment. The course also introduces students to the use of existing mathematical software packages in problem solving.

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Workshop Tech And Practice 1

MECH181

This is a machine shop course which is designed to develop students’ hands-on skills. It follows the Measurement and Instrumentation course and applies the use of basic hand and machine tools. This course introduces students to the importance of following Occupational Health and Safety Laws. It also introduces students to the theory of metal cutting, identifying basic tool geometry and lathe components and controls. The course also expands the students’ understanding of turning safety, calculating speeds and feeds, using various tools and tool holders. At the end of this course, students will be able to demonstrate specialized skills such as producing sheet metal work, drilling, basic lathe applications and operations.

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Electricity And Magnetism

MECH171

This course is designed to provide students with the basic concepts of electricity and magnetism as sources of mechanical energy. Ohm’s, Kirchhoff’s, Faraday’s and Lenz’s laws, and Fleming’s rules are studied and applied to solve related problems. Students will also be introduced to the application of electromagnetic induction. Topics include alternating current and direct current motors, motor controls, relays, contactors and transformers/solenoids.

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Workshop Tech And Practice 2

MECH182

This is a follow-up machine shop course to MECH 181 which is geared to enhance students’ knowledge and practical ability. Students will apply advanced Lathe techniques, interpret basic milling theory and conduct basic Milling operations. Students will develop the competence in turning a 60-degree V Thread on the Centre Lathe and creating Spur Gears by applying Milling operations using the Indexing Machine. Students will also be introduced to Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machining for the purpose of producing complex parts with a high level of accuracy.

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Measurement & Instrumentation

MECH172

This course is designed to provide students with a background of the basic elements and principles of instrumentation and measurement for mechanical technicians. It covers measurement concepts such as units, standards, linear and angular measurements, speed, torque, pressure, thermometry and basic electrical measurements. At the end of this course, students should be able to select the appropriate measuring instruments, describe the principle of operation and demonstrate accurate usage.

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Project

MECH231

This course is designed to reinforce the principles and skills acquired thus far in the Mechanical Engineering Programme. In this course, students will apply Mechanical Engineering Theory to the solution of practical problems that are encountered in an industrial or domestic setting. The project undertaken will address design, fabrication and testing of mechanical and/or electro-mechanical prototypes. The students will execute the Stages of the Product Development Process by redesigning an existing product or creating a new product from idea to testing. Students will seek to develop the appropriate documentation skills at all stages in the process and produce a Final Report on the entire process. These activities are to be carried out in small groups to foster a collaborative spirit and encourage teamwork as is the procedure in industry.

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Technical Reporting Writing

GEED139

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Technical Physics 1

PHYS111

This course is designed to introduce students to the terminology and principles of statics and kinetics as fundamental to engineering. Topics include physical quantities, SI units, force systems, moments, torque, graphical methods of solving triangles and polygons of forces, work and power with an emphasis on the theory of machines and linear motion.

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Engineering Drawing & Design

EDWG163

This course is designed to introduce students to the structure and practices of the engineering drawing office. The course progressively builds on applicable knowledge from each unit culminating in a final project. Through this progression, students engage in developing facets of engineering drawings which incorporate communications, conventions in engineering drawings, sketching, dimensioning, pictorial and orthographic projections, detailing and assembly. The tools for this course are traditional instruments and Computer - Aided Design (CAD) software.

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Material Science

MECH131

This course is designed to provide a conceptual framework for understanding the behaviour of materials used by engineers by investigating the relationship between the structures and the properties of materials. The course seeks to provide the knowledge of material science that equips engineers with the ability to select the appropriate materials and to know how to improve the properties of these materials to suit the desired requirement. This course will therefore emphasize the relationships of structure, material properties, and material selection to the design/ manufacturing process. The course will also include the study of areas such as corrosion and destructive and non-destructive testing of common engineering materials. To further develop the skills of budding engineers, the course will be enhanced by conducting laboratory exercises where students will study heat treatment effects on material properties and metal joining processes.

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Engineering Principles 1

MECH223

This course is a follow-up of PHYS 111 and focuses on the analysis of force diagrams for the solution of problems related to frameworks, roof trusses, other load bearing structures and Friction. The course also introduces the fundamentals of stress and strain and axial loading. Laboratory exercises will be conducted to analyze the effect of friction between two surfaces and the strength of materials.

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Introduction To Thermodynamics

MECH219

This course introduces students to the basic concepts of thermodynamics, the interaction between energy in its various forms and the energy transformations that occur in engineering processes and systems. It emphasizes temperature, pressure, heat and heat transfer, properties of substances, the different forms of energy in non-flow, open flow and steady flow systems essential for designing and evaluating everyday engineering systems. It further examines the application of the thermodynamics laws to the analysis of refrigeration systems. This is a preparatory course that lays the foundation for further study in the fields of thermodynamics, heat transfer and energy conversion.

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Plant Maintenance 1

MECH235

This course introduces engineering students to the requirements of Plant Maintenance, Plant Handling, Machinery Installation and Power Transmission Systems. The topics covered include structure of maintenance organization, storage and stock control arrangements, lifting devices, slinging materials and methods, construction of machinery foundations, machine installation and power transmission systems and devices. Students will conduct practical exercises in installing and testing machinery and/or machine tools.

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Engineering Principles 2

MECH224

This course is designed to examine the effects of shearing and bending due to the loading on a structure. The concept of stress and strain and their use in the analysis and design of machine members and structures will provide an in-depth analysis of engineering principles and applications needed in design and fabrication projects. Students will also develop an understanding of material behavior under torsional loading conditions.

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Energy Systems

MECH220

This course is a follow-up of Introduction to Thermodynamics and is intended to provide students with the fundamentals for power generation using fossil fuels and renewable energy sources. For fossil fuel power generation, the concentration will be on Steam power plants with emphasis on boilers and turbines. Students will obtain an understanding of internal combustion engines, its concepts and theories and assess engine performance by carrying out relevant calculations. Students will further examine the different renewable energy sources with emphasis on solar, wind and biomass and their relevance and benefits to society.

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Hydraulics And Pneumatics

MECH236

This course introduces engineering students to the applications, theory and fundamental principles of fluid power systems. The students will be able to explain the function of basic hydraulic and pneumatic systems and their required piping systems. Students will gain an understanding of the function of both hydraulic and pneumatics components and their symbols. They will be able to read and draw basic fluid power system schematics using the relevant components to optimize system performance. Students will also complete mathematical calculations using set formulae for pressure and volume that apply to both fluid power systems.

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Calculus 1

MATHS152

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