*Changed Program Criteria Name to Engineering Graphics (deleted Design)

PROGRAM CRITERIA FOR ENGINEERING GRAPHICS /DESIGN/DRAFTING/DESIGN ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY (MECHANICAL) AND SIMILARLY NAMED PROGRAMS**
 
Lead Society: American Society of Mechanical Engineers
Cooperating Society:  SME
 
**Underline means new changes. Strikethrough means deleted.

These program criteria apply to engineering technology programs with an emphasis on mechanical components and systems, that include drafting/design or similar modifiers in their titles. that include engineering graphics, design or drafting or similar modifiers in their titles and have an emphasis on mechanical components and systems.  An accreditable program in engineering graphics or design or drafting engineering technology will prepare graduates with knowledge, hands-on skills and problem-solving ability to enter careers related to preparation of engineering drawings and basic design of mechanical components and systems.  Level and scope of career preparation will depend on the degree level and specific program orientation as portrayed by its program educational objectives.

Objectives

An accreditable program in Drafting/Design Engineering Technology will prepare graduates with knowledge, problem solving ability, and hands on skills to enter careers in drafting and basic design of mechanical components and systems.  Graduates of associate degree programs shall have competency in drafting, including at least one commercial CAD software package appropriate to the program objectives.  Baccalaureate degree graduates are prepared with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to enter careers in applied mechanical design. 
Outcomes

Graduates of associate degree programs must demonstrate knowledge and technical competency appropriate to the objectives of the program in:

engineering materials, applied mechanics, and manufacturing methods.
applied drafting practice emphasizing mechanical components and systems, as well as fundamentals of descriptive geometry, orthographic projection, sectioning, tolerancing and dimensioning, and basic computer aided drafting and design with technical depth in at least one of these areas.
the application of physics and engineering materials having an emphasis in applied mechanics, or in-depth application of physics having emphasis in mechanical components and design.
Graduates of baccalaureate degree programs, in addition to outcomes required of associate degree graduates, must demonstrate competency in the application of manuals, handbooks, material and/or equipment specifications, and related software in advanced drafting/design.  Competency in the application of current codes and standards must be demonstrated with open-ended design experiences that integrate materials, manufacturing, design analysis, or graphics.  Understanding of concepts relating to the environmental and economic impacts of design must also be demonstrated.  Graduates must also demonstrate competency in:

d.      design of machine elements, advanced drafting including current three dimensional computer representations as related to mechanical design, and manufacturing methods.  Advanced proficiency must be demonstrated in at least three drafting / design related areas, consistent with the technical orientation of the program.

e.       the in-depth application of physics and engineering materials having emphasis in drafting, manufacturing, and design of mechanical components.
I. PROGRAM CRITERIA FOR ASSOCIATE LEVEL PROGRAMS

Curriculum

The curriculum must prepare associate degree graduates with the knowledge, techniques, skills, and use of modern equipment in engineering graphics/design/drafting engineering technology.  Graduates typically enter the profession as engineering technicians or are prepared for transfer to a baccalaureate degree program, as appropriate to the program educational objectives.  Graduates must have competency in engineering graphics/drafting, basic mechanical design and development, specifications related to mechanical components and systems and manufacturability of components.  The following curriculum topics are required (unless the program’s faculty and primary constituents approve the substitution of other specific, mechanically-related technical subjects supporting attainment of program educational objectives):

a.       use of 3D parametric computer-aided drafting and design software used for a variety of mechanical drawing techniques (such as orthographic, section, auxiliary, assembly models, detailed working drawings and rendered images);

b.      apply principles of

1.      geometric dimensioning and tolerancing;

2.      fundamentals of engineering materials, applied mechanics;

3.      manufacturing methods;

c.       use of basic knowledge and familiarity with industry codes, specifications, and standards (ASME, ANSI or others); and

d.      an integrating or capstone experience utilizing skills acquired in the program.

 Faculty

The program must demonstrate that faculty members are maintaining currency in their specialty areas.
II. PROGRAM CRITERIA FOR BACCALAUREATE LEVEL PROGRAMS

Curriculum

The curriculum must prepare baccalaureate degree graduates with the knowledge, techniques, skills, and use of modern equipment in engineering graphics/design/drafting engineering technology.  Baccalaureate degree graduates build on the strengths of associate degree programs by gaining the knowledge, skills and abilities for entry into careers in applied mechanical design using advanced software tools and techniques.  The depth and breadth of expertise demonstrated by baccalaureate graduates must support the program educational objectives.  The following curriculum topics are required (unless the program’s faculty and primary constituents approve the substitution of other specific, mechanically-related technical subjects supporting attainment of program educational objectives):

a.       use of 3D parametric computer-aided drafting and design software for a variety of mechanical drawing techniques (such as orthographic, section, auxiliary, assembly models, detailed working drawings and rendered images);

b.      apply principals of

1.      geometric dimensioning and tolerancing;

2.      fundamentals of engineering materials, applied mechanics;

3.      manufacturing methods;

c.       applications of calculus and statistics;

d.      use of advanced 3D parametric modeling tools for design and analysis;

e.       application of physics, materials, manufacturability, environmental and economic concepts to design of machine or mechanical elements;

f.        use of industry codes, specifications and standards (ASME, ANSI or others); and

g.      technical communications typically used in preparation of engineering proposals, reports, and specifications.

 

The capstone experience, ideally demonstrated via an open-ended project-based experience, must include a formal design or drafted product with analysis, and presentation materials.

 

Faculty

The program must demonstrate that faculty members are maintaining currency in their specialty areas.

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