Associate Degree in Mechanical Engineering (Part-Time)

  • Award:Associate Degree
  • Study Mode:Part-Time
  • Duration:3 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
Mechanical Engineering 1 MECH121
Mathematics 1 MATH153
Engineering Physics PHYS161
English & Communication CORE100
Semester 2Code
Mechanical Engineering 2 MECH122
Engineering Drawing 2 EDWG162
Calculus 1 MATH152
Mathematics 2 MATH163
Caribbean Politics & Society CORE102
Year 2
Semester 1Code
Workshop Tech And Practice 1 MECH181
Electricity And Magnetism MECH171
Measurement & Instrumentation MECH172
Engineering Chemistry CHEM162
Ethics & Citizenship CORE101
Semester 2Code
Practical Maths CORE103
Mathematics 4 MATH261
Plant Maintenance 1 MECH233
Flowcharts And Coding EENG224
Calculus 2 MATH251
Elective GEED
Year 3
Semester 1Code
Workshop Tech And Practice 2 MECH182
Autocad Drawing I EDWG261
Mechanical Engineering 3 MECH221
Calculus 3 MATH252
Engineering Thermodynamics 1 MECH217
Semester 2Code
Engineering Thermodynamics 2 MECH218
Project MECH231
Mathematics 5 MATH262
Mechanical Engineering 4 MECH222
Plant Maintenance 2 MECH234

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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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Elective

GEED

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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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Calculus 1

MATH152

This course is designed to develop students’ appreciation for the powerful tool of calculus. The first unit introduces concepts which are fundamental to calculus as well as classes of problems whose solutions only attain ultimate accuracy with the introduction of the techniques of calculus. The student is introduced to the concepts of differential and integral calculus and given an appreciation for their importance in mathematical modeling.

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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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Autocad Drawing I

EDWG261

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Engineering Physics

PHYS161

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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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Flowcharts And Coding

EENG224

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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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Mathematics 5

MATH262

This course is designed to assist the student in making the transition to University level mathematics, particularly those who are embarking upon studies in Engineering or Natural Sciences. Techniques for the analysis of higher order matrices and further manipulation of complex numbers are introduced. In statistics, the student is taken beyond the basic statistical tools to discrete and continuous probability distributions. Concepts of linear algebra are further developed.

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Mechanical Engineering 1

MECH121

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Mechanical Engineering 2

MECH122

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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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Engineering Drawing 2

EDWG162

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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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Mechanical Engineering 3

MECH221

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Engineering Thermodynamics 1

MECH217

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Plant Maintenance 1

MECH233

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Mechanical Engineering 4

MECH222

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Engineering Thermodynamics 2

MECH218

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Plant Maintenance 2

MECH234

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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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