Department of Engineering Technology

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Chairperson:
Tebbetts, George, P.E., Associate Professor

Professors:
Bakr, Mamdouh M., P.E.
Patangia, H.C.
Pidugu, Srikanth, P.E.
Menhart, Steve
Midturi, Swaminadham

Associate Professors:
Luneau, M. David Jr., P.E.
Zhang, Wenle

Instructor:
Tschumi, Pete III

Adjunct Instructors:
Bell, Pat
Chapman, Steve
Gilbert, Ben
Hendricks, Chris
Hite, Jon
Ibarra, Tim
Mastro, Paul
Neeley, Jason
Tomany, Armand

Engineering technology emphasizes hands on learning and the practical aspects of engineering. It stresses the understanding and application of established engineering principles to the design, fabrication, and testing of electronic and mechanical products and systems. Engineering technology is a creative blend of the physical sciences, engineering knowledge, methods, and technical skills.

Engineering technology courses emphasize the application of engineering principles to analyze and solve practical engineering problems. Many courses have laboratories and laboratory experience is an integral part of the learning process in the program.

The primary goal of the department is to provide integrated educational opportunities to students whose technological interests and aptitudes are application-oriented. The department fosters applied research, creative design, and service activities, which involve students and faculty. Graduates of the department programs are highly sought after, and are recognized by industry for their practical problem solving skills.

General Information

Programs and Areas of Specialization

The department offers Associate of Science and Bachelor of Science degrees in Electronics and Computer Engineering Technology and Mechanical Engineering Technology. The B.S. degrees in Engineering Technology require four years of full-time study and do not require a minor. The AS degrees require two years of full-time study.

The department also offers a Bachelor of Applied Technology with options in Industrial Computing and Manufacturing Management. This program is intended for graduates of the two-year Associate of Applied Science degree programs.

The department also offers minors in Engineering Technology and Computer Integrated Manufacturing.

Admission to the Programs

The minimum requirement for admission is that students are eligible to enroll in MATH 1302 and RHET 1311. As soon as students meet those requirements, it is important that they declare a major and be assigned a faculty advisor in order to graduate in a timely manner. Students intending to major in Engineering Technology may be advised by department faculty advisors before meeting the Department’s minimum requirements.

Scholarships, Co-op, Internship, and Other Employment Opportunities

The department offers a limited number of merit scholarships for continuing students in each program area. Scholarships are offered on the basis of academic record. Cooperative experience (Co-op) and internship arrangements with local industries are also available. The objective is to provide work experience to students within the discipline while allowing the flexibility to pursue a reduced course load. The department makes an effort to accommodate persons with relevant industrial experience or previous college work. Such a student can apply with appropriate support materials to receive academic credit. The number of hours and course equivalencies are to be decided by a faculty advisor and the chair of the department. Credit for some courses may also be earned by departmental examination. The department and the university provide assistance in job placement. Graduates are well accepted by industry because of their knowledge of applied engineering and practical problem solving skills.

Engineering Technology Program Educational Objectives (PEOs)

The Electronics and Computer Engineering Technology and Mechanical Engineering Technology degrees, consistent with the mission of the university and college, provide holistic educational training in engineering technology specialties and prepare the graduates for entry-level positions in industry. The content, depth, and structure of the engineering technology curricula are continually updated and improved based on inputs from the faculty, student body, university and college administration, and industry representatives, so that it can serve the changing needs of its constituencies.

The following program educational objectives have been established for the ECET graduates:

  1. The graduates will possess the skills necessary to be productive in their first position in the field and to have successful careers.
  2. The graduates will be enabled to achieve increasing levels of leadership and responsibility throughout their careers.
  3. The graduates will be enabled to engage in life-long learning.
  4. The graduates will demonstrate a respect for diversity and a commitment to professional ethics.

The following program educational objectives have been established for MET graduates:

  1. The graduates will possess the analytical & technical skills necessary to be productive early in their first position in the field and to have successful careers in the engineering environment.
  2. The graduates will able to achieve increasing levels of leadership and responsibility throughout their careers.
  3. The graduates will be prepared to engage in life-long learning and continued professional development.
  4. The graduates will possess a commitment to professional ethics and a respect for diversity in the workplace.
  5. The graduates will appreciate the importance of discovery and engage in the development of creative solutions contributing to the well-being and economic development of society.

Engineering Technology Student Outcomes

The Student Outcomes for the Mechanical Engineering Technology program and for the Electronics and Computer Engineering Technology can be found on the Engineering Technology web pages at the following address: http://ualr.edu/engineeringtechnology/assessment/

Student Professional Societies

Several opportunities exist for students to interact with peers through student chapters of professional societies such as the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Society for Women Engineers (SWE), and Tau Alpha Pi, the honor society of Engineering Technology. The Industrial Advisory Council of Engineering Technology consists of members from local industry and provides excellent interaction with industry for students and faculty.

Minor in Engineering Technology

The minor in Engineering Technology is available to all UALR students who want to learn about general principles or specific topics in the fields of Mechanical or Electronics & Computer Engineering Technology. Students are required to take eighteen credit hours of approved ETME and/or ECET courses. Student interested should contact an advisor in the Department.

Minor in Computer Integrated Manufacturing

The minor in computer integrated manufacturing requires at least 22 credit hours. The program must include ETME 1300, 2317, 2117, 3328, 3312, 3330, and 4385, and three hours of an approved technical elective.

FAA’s Airway Facilities Collegiate Training

The electronics and computer engineering technology program is an approved site for the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Airway Facilities Collegiate Training Initiative (AF-CTI). Students selected to participate in the FAA initiative pursue the associate degree program in electronics and computer engineering technology and are required to pass a Basic Electronics Screening Tool (BEST) Test before being hired. For more details, contact the program coordinator of electronics and computer engineering technology.


Electronics and Computer Engineering Technology Program

Professor H. C. Patangia, Coordinator.
The field of electronics and computer engineering technology extends over a wide spectrum of modern applications where knowledge of both electronics and computer hardware/software are equally important. It is essential for many modern industries that graduates work comfortably across the boundaries of both electronics and computers. This curriculum offers a single, unified bachelor’s degree program in electronics and computer engineering technology to prepare students to take on the technological challenges of the 21st century. It provides a strong and comprehensive foundation in both areas, and technical electives are available for students to concentrate in either or both fields depending on their interests. The bachelor ’s and associate’s degree programs in electronics and computer engineering technology are accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org.

The curriculum requires that students develop a strong background in mathematics, science, and communication skills. In addition, students must master a progressively involved sequence of technical courses, which instill a knowledge of theory, analysis, and practical design. The heavy laboratory emphasis with modern and industry standard equipment provides extensive hands-on experience in a variety of fields including analog and digital electronics, computer networks and systems, microprocessors, telecommunications, embedded systems, robotics, PLCs, industrial control, and signal processing.

The electronics and computer engineering technology program enjoys strong support of the industrial community, and an industrial program advisory board provides periodic input to make changes in program offerings to reflect the changing needs of industries. Local companies provide cooperative education assignments for students to receive meaningful industrial experience while earning both academic credit and income to defray their educational expenses.

Associate of Science Degree

This degree requires two years of study of electronics, computers, science, mathematics, and general academics to prepare students for employment as electronics technicians. Graduates of the program can also apply their credits toward the bachelor of science degree in electronics and computer engineering technology. Two additional years of study are required to meet the requirements for the baccalaureate degree. The Associate of Science degree is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

Associate of Science in Electronics and Computer Engineering Technology Curriculum

First Semester (15 hours)

    ECET 1302 Introductory Experience in Technology and Computers
    RHET 1311 Composition I
    MATH 1302 College Algebra
    HIST 2311, 2312 American History
    or POLS 1310 American National Government
    SPCH 1300 Speech Communication

Second Semester (17 hours)

    RHET 1312 Composition II
    MATH 1303 Trigonometry
    ECET 1404 Circuit Analysis I
    IFSC 1202 Intro to Object Oriented Technology
    ETME 1300 Computer Graphics
    IFSC 2200 Ethics in the Profession
Third Semester (17 hours)

    MATH 1311 Applied Calculus I
    PHYS 1321 Elementary Physics I
    PHYS 1121 Elementary Physics I Laboratory
    ECET 2300 Numerical Methods for Technologists
    ECET 2305 Circuit Analysis II
    ECET 2105 Circuits and Simulation Laboratory
    RHET 3316 Writing for the Workplace
    or RHET 3326 Technical Writing
    or MGMT 3380 Business Communication

Fourth Semester (17 hours)

    ECET 2352 Introduction to Digital Systems
    ECET 2152 Introductory Digital Laboratory
    PHYS 1322 Elementary Physics II
    PHYS 1122 Elementary Physics II Laboratory
    ECET 2150 Microprocessor Fundamentals
    ECET 2169 Sophomore Design Project
    ECET 3308 Robotics and PLCs
    ECET 3405 Electronic Devices I

Bachelor of Science Degree

The baccalaureate degree program requires the students to complete two additional years beyond the associate of science curriculum. Students receive greater depth and breadth of knowledge in the technical field and more mathematics, humanities, and social science courses are included. A number of technical electives are allowed in the curriculum, and students choose the electives to match their career objectives. No minor is required for the degree. The Bachelor of Science degree is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

Bachelor of Science in Electronics and Computer Engineering Technology

General: 128 [approved exception] total hours, including 45 hours of upper-level courses (3000-4000 level), and 30 hours in residence

First-Year Colloquium (0-3 hours)

Required of full-time freshmen entering college for the first time and transfer students with less than 12 hours of credit. (See page 19 for details)

    ECET 1302 Introductory Experience in Engineering and Technology

Core (29 hours)

Composition/Communication (9 Hours)

    RHET 1311 Composition I
    RHET 1312 Composition II
    SPCH 1300 Speech Communication

Fine Arts/Humanities (5 Hours)

    IFSC 2200 Ethics in the Profession
    AND

Choose one of the following:

    MUHL 2305 Introduction to Music
    ARHA 2305 Introduction to Visual Art
    THEA 2305 Introduction to Theatre and Dance
    ENGL 2337 World Literature
    ENGL 2338 World Literature Themes

Social Sciences (9 Hours)
Choose one of the following:

    POLS 1310 American National Government
    HIST 2311 U.S. History to 1877
    HIST 2312 U.S. History since 1877 AND
    AND

Choose one of the following:

    ANTH 2316 Cultural Anthropology
    CRJU 2300 Introduction to Criminal Justice
    ECON 2301 Survey of Economics
    GEOG 2312 Cultural Geography
    GNST 2300 Introduction to Gender Studies
    MCOM 2330 Mass Media and Society
    POLS 2301 Introduction to Political Science
    PSYC 2300 Psychology and the Human Experience
    RELS 2305 World Religions
    SOCI 2300 Introduction to Sociology
    AND

Choose one of the following:

    HIST 1311 History of Civilization I
    HIST 1312 History of Civilization II

Additional Upper-level Communications, Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (3 Hours)

Specific course selection must be done with the approval of the advisor.

Technical Writing (3 Hours)
Choose one of the following:

    RHET 3316 Writing for the Workplace
    RHET 3326 Technical Writing
    MGMT 3380 Business Communication

Major (99 hours)

Additional Math and Science courses (20 hours):

    MATH 1302 College Algebra
    MATH 1303 Trigonometry
    MATH 1311 Applied Calculus I
    MATH 1312 Applied Calculus II
    PHYS 1321 Elementary Physics I
    PHYS 1121 Elementary Physics I Laboratory
    PHYS 1322 Elementary Physics II
    PHYS 1122 Elementary Physics II Laboratory

Major Requirements (73 hours):

    IFSC 1202 Introduction to Object-Oriented Technology
    ETME 1300 Computer Graphics
    CPSC 2376 Programming II
    ECET 1302 Introductory Experience in Engineering and Technology
    ECET 1404 Circuit Analysis I
    ECET 2300 Numerical Methods for Technology
    ECET 2305 Circuit Analysis II
    ECET 2105 Circuits and Simulation Laboratory
    ECET 2352 Introduction to Digital Systems
    ECET 2152 Introduction to Digital Laboratory
    ECET 2150 Microprocessor Fundamentals
    ECET 2169 Sophomore Design Project
    ECET 3308 Robotics and PLC
    ECET 3405 Electronic Devices I
    ECET 3406 Electronic Devices II
    ECET 3350 Microprocessor Systems
    ECET 4407 Digital System Design
    ECET 4450 Embedded Systems
    ECET 3360 Data Acquisition and Sensors
    ECET 3409 Applied Transform Methods
    ECET 4351 System Design
    ECET 4304 Industrial Control
    ECET 4479 Communication Systems
    ECET 4306 Data and Computer Communication
    ECET 4370 Senior Design Project

Technical Electives (6 hours)

To be decided in consultation with advisor

Minor (None required)

Unrestricted General Electives

Remaining hours, if any, to reach 120 minimum total hours, 45 hours of upper-level courses (3000-4000 level), or 30 hours in residence.

(Two Year Program Following the Associate Degree)

Fifth Semester (17 hours)

    CPSC 2376 Advanced Computer Programming
    MATH 1312 Applied Calculus II
    ECET 3406 Electronic Devices II
    ECET 3350 Microprocessor Systems
    ECET 4407 Digital System Design

Bachelor of Science in Electronics and Computer Engineering Technology

(Two Year Program Following the Associate Degree)
Fifth Semester (17 hours)

    CPSC 2376 Advanced Computer Programming
    MATH 1312 Applied Calculus II
    ECET 3406 Electronic Devices II
    ECET 3350 Microprocessor Systems
    ECET 4407 Digital System Design

Sixth Semester (14 hours)

    ECET 4450 Embedded Systems
    ECET 3360 Data Acquisition and Sensors
    ECET 3409 Applied Transform Methods
    Fine Arts/Humanities (Satisfies remaining 5-6 hours core Fine Arts/Humanities)
Seventh Semester (16 hours)

    ECET 4351 System Design
    ECET 4304 Industrial Controls
    ECET 4479 Communication Systems
    Approved Technical Elective (3 hours)
    Individuals, cultures, and societies core curriculum requirement

Eighth Semester (15 hours)

    ECET 4306 Data and Computer Communications
    ECET 4370 Senior Design
    Approved Technical Elective(3 hours)
    Upper Level Humanities, Arts, or Social Sciences (3 hours)
    HIST 1311 History of Civilization I
    or HIST 1312 History of Civilization II

Mechanical Engineering Technology Program

Professor Srikanth Pidugu, Coordinator
Leadership in corporate America is projected to come from the ranks of technologists who have the breadth of knowledge of design, manufacturing technology, and management skills. UALR’s mechanical engineering technology program provides a strong and comprehensive foundation in these areas and introduces to students the ideas of fabrication processes, management of people and projects, and cost and quality control. The program focuses on fundamental concepts of statics, dynamics, mechanics of materials, and computer two- and three-dimensional graphics of components. The degree program emphasizes product development, design, manufacturing, design of mechanical systems such as thermal power systems, heating, ventilating and air conditioning, and addresses the area of plastics and composites.

The program prepares students for entry-level positions in a variety of career areas in product design, testing, manufacturing, and in plant design and operation. Technical knowledge in the mechanical field is based upon a broad foundation in mathematics, science, and applied science. The program emphasizes applications and extensive hands-on experience in addition to theoretical concepts. In addition to the traditional approach to mechanical design and manufacturing, the program emphasizes computer applications such as computer-aided manufacturing, computer-aided engineering, data acquisition and sensors, robotics, and programmable logic controllers.

UALR’s mechanical engineering technology program enjoys strong support from the industrial community and has a successful cooperative education program with a number of local industries. The cooperative education program allows students to practice in industry, gaining early experience while earning academic credit and income to help with their educational expenses. Students may enroll in the co-op program beginning in their junior year.

The department offers both a two-year associate and four-year bachelor ’s degree program. Both are accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org.


Minor in Computer Integrated Manufacturing

Required Courses

    ETME 1300 Computer Graphics
    ETME 2317 Manufacturing Processes
    ETME 2117 Manufacturing Processes Laboratory
    ETME 3312 Production Systems
    ETME 3328 Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM)
    ETME 3330 Quality Control
    ETME 4385 Robotics and Automation
    Approved technical elective (3 hours)

Associate of Science Degree

The associate of science is a two-year degree program, which provides students with the background and skill for supporting level positions in the mechanical and manufacturing fields. These include computer graphics, computer aided manufacturing and CNC programming, fluid power, technical sales, and plant maintenance. The Associate of Science degree is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

The curriculum requires students to take courses in mechanical, manufacturing, and electronics and computer engineering technology in addition to mathematics, science, and general education. Students must complete the associate degree program before they are allowed to enroll in the baccalaureate program.

The associate degree in mechanical engineering technology majors may take only up to nine credit hours of junior and senior level courses in the program. Associate degree graduates may transfer their credits toward the bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering technology.

Associate of Science in Mechanical Engineering Technology Curriculum

First Semester (13 hours)

    ETME 1110 First Year Experience: Introduction to Mechanical
    Engineering Technology
    MATH 1302 College Algebra
    RHET 1311 Composition I
    HIST 2311, 2312 American History
    or POLS 1310 American National Government
    SPCH 1300 Speech Communication

Second Semester (15 hours)

    ETME 1300 Computer Graphics
    ECET 1404 Circuit Analysis I
    RHET 1312 Composition II
    MATH 1303 Trigonometry
    IFSC 2200 Ethics in the Profession

Third Semester (16 hours)

    ETME 2303 Computer Aided Design
    ETME 2302 Properties of Materials
    ETME 3317 Statics and Dynamics
    PHYS 1321 Elementary Physics I
    PHYS 1121 Elementary Physics Lab I
    MATH 1311 Applied Calculus I

Fourth Semester (17 hours)

    ETME 2333 Advanced Computer-Aided Design
    ECET 3308 Robotics and PLCs
    ETME 2317 Manufacturing Processes
    ETME 2117 Manufacturing Processes Lab
    ETME 2320 Fluid Power
    PHYS 1322 Elementary Physics II
    PHYS 1122 Elementary Physics II Laboratory
Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering Technology

The baccalaureate degree program requires the students to complete two additional years beyond the associate of science curriculum. No minor is required for the degree. The Bachelor of Science degree is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

Students receive greater depth and breadth of knowledge in the mechanical field, and take additional courses in mathematics, science, humanities, and social science. Students choose technical electives to meet their career goals.

The bachelor of science curriculum requires completion of the associate degree curriculum detailed previously and the requirements detailed in the chart above.

Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering Technology

General: 125 [approved exception] total hours, including 45 hours of upper-level courses (3000-4000 level), and 30 hours in residence

First-Year Colloquium (0-3 hours)

Required of full-time freshmen entering college for the first time and transfer students with less than 12 hours of credit. (See page 19 for details)

    ETME 1110 First Year Experience: Introduction to Mechanical Engineering Technology

Core (29 hours)

Composition/Communication (9 Hours)

    RHET 1311 Composition I
    RHET 1312 Composition II
    SPCH 1300 Speech Communication

Fine Arts/Humanities (5 Hours)

    IFSC 2200 Ethics in the Profession
    AND


Choose one of the following:

    MUHL 2305 Introduction to Music
    ARHA 2305 Introduction to Visual Art
    THEA 2305 Introduction to Theatre and Dance
    ENGL 2337 World Literature
    ENGL 2338 World Literature Themes

Social Sciences (9 Hours)
Choose one of the following:

    POLS 1310 American National Government
    HIST 2311 U.S. History to 1877
    HIST 2312 U.S. History since 1877
    AND

Choose one of the following:

    ANTH 2316 Cultural Anthropology
    CRJU 2300 Introduction to Criminal Justice
    ECON 2301 Survey of Economics
    GEOG 2312 Cultural Geography
    GNST 2300 Introduction to Gender Studies
    MCOM 2330 Mass Media and Society
    POLS 2301 Introduction to Political Science
    PSYC 2300 Psychology and the Human Experience
    RELS 2305 World Religions
    SOCI 2300 Introduction to Sociology
    AND

Choose one of the following:

    HIST 1311 History of Civilization I
    HIST 1312 History of Civilization II

Additional Upper-level Communications, Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (3 Hours)

Specific upper-level course selection must be done with the approval of the advisor.

Technical Writing (3 Hours)
Choose one of the following:

    RHET 3316 Writing for the Workplace
    RHET 3326 Technical Writing
    MGMT 3380 Business Communication

Major (98 hours)

Additional Math and Science courses (24 hours):

    MATH 1302 College Algebra
    MATH 1303 Trigonometry
    MATH 1311 Applied Calculus I
    MATH 1312 Applied Calculus II
    PHYS 1321 Elementary Physics I
    PHYS 1121 Elementary Physics I Laboratory
    PHYS 1322 Elementary Physics II
    PHYS 1122 Elementary Physics II Laboratory
    CHEM 1402 General Chemistry I

Major Requirements (68 hours):

    IFSC 1202 Introduction to Object Oriented Technology
    ETME 1300 Computer Graphics
    ECET 1404 Circuit Analysis I
    ETME 2302 Properties of Materials
    ETME 2303 Computer Aided Design
    ETME 2317 Manufacturing Processes
    ETME 2117 Manufacturing Processes Laboratory
    ETME 2320 Fluid Power
    ETME 2333 Advanced Computer Aided Design
    ECET 3308 Robotics and PLC
    ETME 3301 Applied Mechanics of Materials
    ETME 3303 Applied Thermal Systems
    ETME 3311 Mechanical Instrumentation
    ETME 3312 Production Systems
    ETME 3315 Thermal Systems Design
    ETME 3317 Statics and Dynamics
    ETME 3324 Plastics and Composites
    ETME 3328 Computer Aided Manufacturing
    ETME 3330 Quality Control
    ETME 3361 Cost Analysis and Estimation
    ETME 4317 Machine Design
    ETME 4321 Computer Aided Engineering
    ETME 4187 Senior Project I
    ETME 4387 Senior Project II

Electives (1-3 hours) Choose from:

    ETME 3191 Cooperative Education
    ETME 3291 Cooperative Education
    ETME 3305 Industrial Engineering Utilization
    ETME 3318 Industrial and Environmental Safety
    ETME 3322 Project Management
    ETME 4385 Robotics and Automation

Computer Literacy Requirement (3 hours)

    CPSC 1370 Computer Literacy
    or MGMT 1310 Fundamentals of Engineering Technology

Minor (None required)
Unrestricted General Electives

Remaining hours, if any, to reach 120 minimum total hours, 45 hours of upper-level courses (3000-4000 level), or 30 hours in residence.

Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering Technology

(Two Year Program Following the Associate Degree)
Fifth Semester (15 hours)

    ETME 3312 Production Systems
    ETME 3303 Applied Thermal Science
    CHEM 1402 General Chemistry I
    MATH 1312 Applied Calculus II
    IFSC 1202 Intro to Object Oriented Technology

Sixth Semester (18 hours)

    ETME 3361 Cost Analysis and Estimation
    ETME 3315 Thermal Systems Design
    ETME 3328 Computer Aided Manufacturing
    ETME 3301 Applied Mechanics of Materials
    RHET 3316 Writing for the Workplace
    or RHET 3326 Technical Writing
    or MGMT 3380 Business Communication
    Fine Arts/Humanities (Satisfies part of 5-6 hours core Fine Arts/Humanities)
Seventh Semester (16 hours)

    ETME 4317 Machine Design
    ETME 4321 Computer Aided Engineering
    ETME 4187 Senior Project I
    ETME 3324 Plastics & Composites
    HIST 1311 History of Civilization I
    or HIST 1312 History of Civilization II
    ETME 3311 Mechanical Instrumentation

Eighth Semester (15 hours)

    ETME 4387 Senior Project II
    ETME 3330 Quality Control
    Technical Elective
    (Approved technical electives include: ETME 3191, 3291, 3305, 3318, 3322, and 4385.)
    Individuals, cultures, and societies core curriculum requirement
    Upper-Level Humanities, Arts, or Social Sciences