Course Descriptions

Pitt-Johnstown Mechanical Engineering

MET 1061 Manufacturing Laboratory      1 credit

Through a series of experiments and exercises, understanding of key CNC concepts are developed.  Particular focus is placed on computer/machine tool inter-relationships in manufacturing and design.  Corequisite: MET 1161 

Mechanical Engineering

MET 1062 Materials Laboratory                     1 credit

Through a series of experiments and exercises, understanding of key materials are developed.  Particular focus is placed on structure/property relationships in materials used in manufacturing and design.    Corequisite: MET 1162

MET 1110 Thermodynamics                 3 credits     

Covers the basic laws of thermodynamics; the thermodynamic properties of perfect and real gases, vapors, solids, and liquids; and Carnot principles and cycles. PREQ: CHEM 0111 or 0110 and MATH 0241 or 0240.

MET 1111 Applied Thermodynamics       3 credits

Serves as an application-oriented extension of thermodynamics. Areas covered include steam and gas turbine design, fluid machinery, compressors, internal combustion engines and cycles, refrigeration and air-conditioning systems, and humidity measurements. Prerequisite: MET 1110.

MET 1061 Materials And Manufacturing Laboratory        1 credit

Through a series of experiments and exercises, understanding of key materials and computer numerically controlled concepts is developed. Particular focus is placed on structure/property relationships in materials and computer/machine tool interrelationships in manufacturing and design. Prerequisites: MET 1161, MET 1162.                      

MET 1112 Power Plants                 3 credits

A study of the design, operation and performance of power plants system and component descriptions and operations are included as well as the thermodynamic analysis of various power producing cycles. PREQ: MET 1111.

MET 1114 Thermodynamics And Heat Transfer     3 credits

Covers the basic laws of thermodynamic properties of substances encountered in real devices, the thermodynamic cycles associated with real devices, and the Carnot principles that govern these cycles. Rotating machinery, internal combustion engines, and refrigeration and air conditioning will be studied. The course then concentrates on the specifics of heat transfer, specifically conduction, convection, and radiation. This portion of the course uses real examples as the instrument for learning. Prerequisites: MATH 0241, CHEM 0111.

MET 1116 Heat Transfer                3 credits

A study of the fundamental laws of conduction, convection, and radiation. Application of the basic laws to heat exchanger design. Analytical and graphical methods are applied to one- and two-dimensional heat transfer. PREQ: CHEM 0111 or 0110 and MATH 1035 and MET 1154.

MET 1122 Mechanical Vibrations              3 credits

An introduction to the vibrations of mechanical systems and the application of vibration theory to solving problems. Emphasis is on the single Degree of Freedom system and its application using equivalent lumped parameters. Topics include vibration with harmonic excitation, general periodic forcing functions, and general forcing functions. Two Degree of Freedom and continuous systems are covered briefly. Lab exercises include utilizing computerized data acquisition to determine natural frequencies, dumping, and response under forced vibration. Computer techniques included. Prerequisites: ET 0052, MATH 1035

MET 1135 Engineering Measurements 1                   4 credits

A laboratory-oriented course dealing with various techniques available to measure basic performance parameters, such as temperature, pressure, velocity, acceleration, strain, and force. Lectures cover data reduction techniques and instrument theory. Computerized data acquisition topics are introduced and used in the laboratory experiments. Prerequisites: EET0010 and EET 0110.

MET 1136 Engineering Measurements 2                  2 credits

The application of techniques presented in MET 1135 Engineering Measurements 1 to measure and evaluate the performance of various types of mechanical systems in heat transfer, thermodynamics, and machine design. Computerized data acquisition skills are used in making measurements. Prerequisite: MET 1135.

MET 1144 Energy              3 credits

This course presents an analysis of the present fuel shortage and the more serious long-range problems resulting from a conflict between the rapidly increasing demand for energy and the earth’s limited resources. Technical alternatives are discussed and their potential analyzed. PREQ: MET 1111

MET 1154 Fluid Mechanics          3 credits

Fluid mechanics is developed using the general energy principle equations. Includes fluid pressure, fluid pumps and motors, laminar and turbulent flow, fluid friction, pipeline systems, open channel flow, flow measurement devices, and fluid dynamics. . PREQ: ET 0052 and MATH 0231 or 0230.

MET 1155 Fluid Mechanics Laboratory   1 credit

Laboratory work with a “team concept” approach to the performance of experiments involving the application of principles and theory associated with the lecture course in fluid mechanics. CREQ: MET 1154.

MET 1156 Advanced Fluid Mechanics     3 credits

In this course, topics addressed include turbomachinery design, compressible fluid flow, unsteady fluid dynamics, and cavitation. Subjects will be addressed using an applications approach. Prerequisite: MET 1154 and MET 1155.

MET 1157 Heating, Ventilation, And Air Conditioning    3 credits

Presents the design and analysis of heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems for maintaining a proper thermal environment for buildings. A case study approach is used. The students will design an HVAC system for an actual building. Prerequisite: MET1111; Corequisite: MET 1116.

MET 1161 Manufacturing Processes        3 credits

An overview of a variety of manufacturing processes that are available to process materials into finished products. Special emphasis is placed on the traditional processes from the standpoint of production methods, sequence of operations, and economic decision analysis. The impact of computer-aided design (CAD) using numerically controlled equipment to perform these processes and the integration of automation into manufacturing processes is introduced. . PREQ: ET 0053 and 0054.

MET 1162 Materials        3 credits

An overview of materials used in engineering applications. The basic principles of materials science are used as the basis for understanding structural property relationships, which are the key to successful application of materials in engineering. PREQ: CHEM 0111 or 0110 and ET 0053 and 0054.

MET 1170 Machine Design           3 credits

This course covers the fundamentals of engineering design. Design methodology and synthesis techniques are discussed. Structural and machine elements are designed, with consideration given to stress, weight, and size limitations for various applications. Prerequisites: ET 0053, ET 0054, and MET 1162

MET 1171 Advanced Machine Design     3 credits

Design of selected machine components including curved beams; power screws; preloaded bolts and other fasteners; helical compression, extension, and torsion springs; Belleville and leaf springs; spur gears; shafts; clutches; brakes; and flywheels. Emphasis on fatigue strength of components subjected to fluctuating stresses due to axial, bending torsion, and combined loading. Computer approaches to design are included, such as the finite element method. . PREQ: MET 1170.

MET 1172 Computer-Aided Drafting And Design/ Computer-Aided Engineering (CADD/CAE)      3 credits

The course is an introduction to solid modeling using Pro/ ENGINEER. This course stresses modeling techniques to create parametric solid models with appropriate design intent and parametric relations. Investigating models to assess model relationships, history, measurements, and mass properties are important aspects of the course. Fundamentals of creating detail drawings of parts as well as creating assemblies from parts and generating assembly drawings for the designs are also covered. Prerequisite: ET 0011 and ET 0035.

MET 1173 Finite Element Methods          3 credits

The fundamentals of the finite element method are presented. A general approach to the development of the finite element method is given. Emphasis is placed on understanding the theory behind the development of the method as well as applications to engineering analysis problems. Application problems are solved by the students during the course on a general-purpose finite element analysis program. Students perform model generation, solution, and post processing of results. . PREQ: ET 0030 or 0031 and MATH 1035 and MET 1170.

MET 1184 Sophomore Met Seminar        0 credits

Seminar is designed to acquaint the student with engineering practice outside the academic arena. Speakers from industry and private practice are invited to discuss various aspects of real-world engineering.

MET 1186 Junior Met Seminar   0 credits

Seminar is designed to acquaint the student with engineering practice outside the academic arena. Speakers from industry and private practice are invited to discuss various aspects of real-world engineering.

MET 1188 Senior Met Seminar   0 credits

Seminar is designed to acquaint the student with engineering practice outside of the academic arena. Speakers from industry and private practice are invited to discuss various aspects of real world engineering.

MET 1195 Senior Project Proposal            1 credit

Students are organized into project teams, various project ideas are considered, a final project topic is chosen and researched, and a formal proposal is written. This course should be taken the semester prior to the senior design project course. Senior status is required.

MET 1198 Special Project—Independent Study   1–4 credits

Directed study, Independent study or internship designed to give the student an opportunity to study a particular aspect of the discipline in some depth.

MET 1199 Senior Design Project                3 credits

Applies previously learned material—such as motion and forces in mechanisms, fluid power systems, and mechanical components analysis—to a design. Project involves design of a new or modified mechanical system with demonstrated feasibility. Senior status required. Prerequisite: MET 1195.