Aug 11, 2022  
2021-2022 General Catalog [Current] 
    
2021-2022 General Catalog [Current]

Department of Engineering and Technology


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Matthew Roberts – TH 129A – (435) 586-7708
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Jamie M. Campbell – TH 129 – (435) 586-7977
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Overview of Programs

Engineers and Technologists play an increasingly important role in solving the varied problems of a complex and increasingly international society. Their work focuses on design, but it may include analysis, diagnostic measurements, supervision, operations, communications, and many other skills. There are many rewarding and high-paying job opportunities in the fields of Engineering and Technology, requiring proven skills and leadership.

The Department of Engineering and Technology offers a learning-centered environment with ABET-accredited programs in Engineering and Engineering Technology. The department also offers the students an opportunity to develop a broad range of academic skill in the program discipline area of Construction Management.

Mission

The Department of Engineering and Technology is made up of undergraduate academic programs in three areas-engineering, technology, and construction management. Our mission is to:

  • Foster a student-centered learning environment,
  • Nurture a student-oriented culture of curiosity, creativity, and discovery,
  • Maintain a commitment to continuous improvement,
  • Encourage community engagement,
  • Establish and maintain high-quality accredited programs, and
  • Prepare graduates to be successful in professional careers.

Department Vision

Establish a supportive educational environment for students of engineering and technology that is intellectually stimulating, academically rigorous, ethically sound, environmentally conscious, and practically relevant to help prepare students to be engaged in their communities and careers where they will serve responsibly and add value through creatively and proactively solving problems.

Department/Program Learning Outcomes

Construction Management

The Construction Management student outcomes prepare graduates to attain the program educational objectives. These outcomes undergo periodic review and revision to ensure they meet the needs of the program constituencies. Graduates from the Construction Management programs will have:

  1. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve broadly defined technical or scientific problems by applying knowledge of mathematics and science and/or technical topics to areas relevant to the discipline.
  2. An ability to formulate or design a system, process, procedure or program to meet desired needs.
  3. An ability to develop and conduct experiments or test hypotheses, analyze and interpret data and use scientific judgment to draw conclusions.
  4. An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
  5. An ability to understand ethical and professional responsibilities and the impact of technical and/or scientific solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts.
  6. An ability to function effectively on teams that establish goals, plan tasks, meet deadlines, and analyze risk and uncertainty.

Engineering

Graduates of the Southern Utah University Engineering Program are considered successful if, after four (4) years from their graduation, they

  • Are employed in the engineering profession or are engaged in further education or work in another field that makes use of the fundamentals of mathematics, physical science, and engineering science;
  • Have become or are aspiring to become licensed professional engineers if engaged in the engineering profession where it is needed; and
  • Demonstrate commitment to professionalism, ethical responsibility, and a concern for society and the environment, such as by active participation in professional societies or similar organizations fostering continued professional and personal development and service;

The outcomes embraced by the Engineering program for students are those proposed by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). Each graduate will take from the Engineering program:

  1. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics;
  2. An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors;
  3. An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences;
  4. An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts;
  5. An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives;
  6. An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions; and
  7. An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

Learning outcomes for A.P.E. students are the same, though it is recognized that progress toward these outcomes may be more limited in the shorter two-year program.

Mechanical Engineering

At SUU, the Mechanical Engineering curriculum prepares students to succeed in industry, lead diverse teams towards a common goal, continually develop professional and technical skills, and encourages students to engage and contribute to their community and society.  We strive to help our students learn key skills such that within a few years after graduation, they can:

  • Apply and communicate their engineering knowledge, critical thinking, professional skills and problem solving abilities in professional engineering practice in a broad range of engineering fields, or in non-engineering fields;
  • Complete advanced degrees in mechanical or other engineering disciplines if desired;
  • Lead multidisciplinary teams on significant projects from inception to completion;
  • Conduct interdisciplinary research;
  • Actively participate in professional organizations and embrace leadership roles; and
  • Apply their engineering background and develop new skills beyond engineering to contribute to their communities, society and the engineering profession.

The outcomes embraced by the Mechanical Engineering program for students are those proposed by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). Each graduate will take from the Engineering program:

  1. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics;
  2. An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors;
  3. An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences;
  4. An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts;
  5. An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives;
  6. An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions; and
  7. An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

Engineering Technology

The student outcomes embraced by the Engineering Technology programs are those proposed by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). Graduates from the Engineering Technology programs will have

  1. An ability to apply knowledge, techniques, skills and modern tools of mathematics, science, engineering, and technology to solve broadly-defined engineering problems appropriate to the discipline;
  2. An ability to design systems, components, or processes meeting specified needs for broadly-defined engineering problems appropriate to the discipline;
  3. An ability to apply written, oral, and graphical communication in broadly-defined technical and non-technical environments; and an ability to identify and use appropriate technical literature;
  4. An ability to conduct standard tests, measurements, and experiments and to analyze and interpret the results to improve processes; and
  5. An ability to function effectively as a member as well as a leader on technical teams.

Other Information

The Disciplines

Engineering and Technology graduates work to meet the present and future technological needs of a complex society. Their work provides everything from basic necessities such as power, fuel, and water, to the modern conveniences of satellite communications, high rise office buildings, and supersonic aircraft. Graduates today are well-versed and capable of solving problems in a wide range of engineering fundamentals. They communicate with the public, other engineers, technicians, and with scientists in many different disciplines all over the world to better understand society’s needs and what is available to meet a specific need. Graduates are proficient problem solvers and well trained in the latest, as well as traditional, methods of analysis, design, and construction. Department curriculum combines and emphasizes study in fundamental and advanced areas of science, technology, and engineering that are traditionally taught in a variety of engineering and technology disciplines. Graduates typically find work in consulting offices, manufacturing businesses, industrial companies, and government agencies, some of which utilize small, highly versatile engineering and technology staffs. Engineering and Technology graduates are also sought as technical and program managers in larger institutions where they work with specialists to meet program or project objectives. Cross-disciplinary engineering and technology solutions encompass an increasingly wide spectrum of methodologies, technologies, and materials to generate optimized, economical solutions for the complex problems encountered in a constantly changing world. Engineering and Technology graduates are equipped with the knowledge and broad background necessary to effectively function in a multidisciplinary problem-solving environment. They achieve a level of mastery in science, technology, engineering, and design that enables them to pursue successful careers in industry, consulting, or public service, or to continue their education in graduate studies.

Curriculum

The Engineering and Technology curriculum is founded upon fundamentals in mathematics, physics, chemistry, communications, and includes engineering and technology courses common to many in Civil, Mechanical, Electrical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering and Technology programs. Advanced engineering and technology topics maintain an emphasis on cross-disciplinary applications, versatility, and improved problem solving and communication skills. Engineering and Technology studies culminate in multidisciplinary team projects that integrate the principles of scientific research and analysis with the applied art of engineering and technology design. Opportunities for internships and service learning add depth to the educational experience.

Engineering Credit Transfer

Southern Utah University has course articulation agreements with other schools in the Utah System of Higher Education. Students transferring to SUU from any of these schools will be able to transfer courses taken at any of these schools provided the courses are equivalent in content and number of credit hours to those in the SUU engineering curricula. Transfer of SUU credits to another institution is normally on the same basis.

Engineering Technology Credit Transfer

Southern Utah University has course articulation agreements with a large number of other schools of higher education in the State of Utah. Students transferring to SUU from any of these schools will be able to transfer courses taken at any of these schools provided (1) the courses are equivalent in content and number of credit hours to those in the curricula and (2) a grade of “C” or better has been earned for the courses. In all other instances, transfer of credit will be determined by the faculty on a case-by-case basis. Transfer students should have completed Trigonometry and College Physics with the lab by the time they arrive at SUU so they are Calculus-ready. If transfer students have not completed Trigonometry and College Physics with the lab, they can expect to take longer than two (2) years to graduate.


Programs

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