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Materials Science Technology

Course Descriptions

MST 110: Manufacturing Basics

Credits: 7.0

Introduction to basics of manufacturing, including Personal Protective Equipment, safety practices, and the proper use of equipment to perform basic manufacturing processes such as drilling and cutting on commonly used materials, including metals and composites.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Understand the usage, operation, and benefits of basic PPE equipment. [REASON]
  2. Describe standard safety practices for chemicals (MSDS), falls, power tools, electrical, etc. in a manufacturing environment. [COMMUNICATE]
  3. List the basic advantages/disadvantages of composites and metals and their proper handling techniques. [COMMUNICATE]
  4. Operate drilling and cutting equipment properly. [ACT]
  5. Measure process results, such as hole dimensions and fastener torque. [REASON]
  6. Develop listening comprehension especially as it relates to lectures and note taking. [COMMUNICATE]
  7. Develop oral questioning and listening abilities critical to academic and career success. [COMMUNICATE]
  8. Develop writing skills including basic grammar, summarizing, clarity, and accuracy. [COMMUNICATE]
  9. Increase vocabulary and vocabulary building skills especially as applied to course work and the manufacturing environment. [COMMUNICATE]
  10. Develop and apply study and test taking skills. [COMMUNICATE]

MST 120: Introduction to Metrology

Credits: Maximum 7.0 possible

Introduction to basic measurement techniques used in manufacturing/ QA environments and the equipment used to perform measurements. Prerequisite(s): Placement in MATH 060, BRDGE 093, or EAP 121.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Describe, select, and use a variety of measurement tools, such as calipers and microscopes. [REASON]
  2. Establish calibration intervals using usage history and gage studies. [REASON]
  3. Explain various inspection and testing concepts and processes, including Non DestructiveTesting (NDT). [REASON]
  4. Explain and apply sampling systems. [REASON]

MST 130: Quality Assurance Tools

Credits: Maximum of 7.0 possible

Introduction to quality assurance tools and concepts used in manufacturing and how to effectively apply and use them. Prerequisite(s): Placement into MATH 060, BRDGE 093 or EAP 121.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Calculate and apply simple control charts and describe their meaning. [REASON]
  2. Select, construct, and apply the seven quality tools: cause and effect diagrams, flow charts, check sheets, Parato diagrams, scatter diagrams, control charts, and histograms. [ACT]
  3. Explain quality concepts, such as 6-sigma, cost of quality, ISO certification and continuous improvement techniques. [COMMUNICATE]
  4. Describe the basic principles of audits and CAPA systems. [COMMUNICATE]
  5. Explain and apply basic statistical techniques such as, mean and standard deviation. [COMMUNICATE]

MST 155: Special Topics in Materials Science

Credits: Maximum of 5.0 possible

Study of special topics in the field of materials science.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Present exploration and expression on a focused area of interest or need in materials science. [REASON]
  2. Develop specific concepts or materials relevant to current materials science and practices. [REASON]
  3. Create a comprehensive activity which supplements the existing materials science courses. [REASON]
  4. Present work both orally and through written communications. [COMMUNICATE]

MST 159: Introduction to Composites and Materials

Credits: 1.0

Introduction to a variety of common materials used in fiber/matrix composites, their safety considerations and general properties which can be achieved with different manufacturing and orientation procedures.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Identify why composites are increasingly preferred over metals in industry applications. [REASON]
  2. Identify and describe how composites are used in the aerospace and other industries. [COMMUNICATE]
  3. Identify differences in working with composite structures versus metallic structures. [REASON]
  4. Define terms specific to the composites industry. [COMMUNICATE]
  5. Recognize the importance of following EPA and OSHA regulations. [REASON]
  6. Identify the health hazards of working with composite materials. [COMMUNICATE]
  7. Demonstrate and assess safety considerations when working with composite materials. [REASON]
  8. Identify the most common types of materials and their processing, properties, applications, proper storage and handling and environmental effects (fiberglass, Kevlar, carbon, fiber, epoxy, polyester and other materials in fiber matrix composites). [REASON]
  9. Define and identify the importance of the interface in composites. [REASON]
  10. Identify the importance of surface preparation in composites. [REASON]

MST 161: Introduction to Additive Mfg/Rapid Prototyping

Credits: 3.0

Topics include additive manufacturing fundamentals, terminology, main categories and Rapid Prototyping machine technology types, advantages vs. disadvantages of varied additive manufacturing technologies, basic skills in 3-D software, practical application of 3-D printing. Prerequisite(s): Completion of ENGR& 114, with a grade of 2.0 or better, or a grade of "S", or industry experience in CAD/CAM, or one year of experience in the Additive Manufacturing industry, or instructor permission.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Compare the differing properties and characteristics of common materials used for additive manufacturing models. [REASON]
  2. Develop a part using 3D-CAD software. [REASON]
  3. Perform initial part-build setup on a 3D printer. [REASON]
  4. Describe the various additive manufacturing processes. [COMMUNICATE]
  5. Define the terminology used in additive manufacturing today. [COMMUNICATE]
  6. Describe the different hardware systems used in the production of prototypes, with emphasis on the specific additive manufacturing machines used in lab activities for this course. [COMMUNICATE]
  7. Identify and discuss three main categories of additive manufacturing processes, including specific additive manufacturing machine types used in each of the three categories. [COMMUNICATE]
  8. Describe the procedures for setting up a additive manufacturing process for a part run. [COMMUNICATE]
  9. Demonstrate skill in the use of measurement tools, and dimensional analysis of additive manufacturing models. [ACT]
  10. Apply learned skills to finish additive manufacturing model projects. [ACT]

MST 162: Additive Manufacturing/Molding/Casting

Credits: 3.0

Provides the student with knowledge and skills in additive manufacturing technology. Primary topics will include vacuum forming fundamentals, silicon molding, urethane, investment casting, Computer Numerical Control (CNC) operations and post processing of lab created projects. Prerequisite(s): Completion of MST 161, with a grade of 2.0 or better or a grade of "S", or instructor permission.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Develop, create and post process parts using all processes taught in this class. [REASON]
  2. Describe the various additive manufacturing processes. [COMMUNICATE]
  3. Describe the principles of vacuum forming and material requirements. [COMMUNICATE]
  4. Describe the principles of silicon molding, urethane molding, investment casting and material requirements. [COMMUNICATE]
  5. Perform the process of vacuum forming and material requirements. [ACT]
  6. Perform the process of silicon molding, urethane molding, investment casting and material requirements. [ACT]
  7. Apply learned skills to create a student/team designed functional part from the design phase to post processing. [ACT]

MST 163: Additive Manufacturing/Metal Printing

Credits: 3.0

Obtain knowledge and skills in additive manufacturing technology. The focus will be on using the advanced capabilities of 3D modeling software, the operation and theory of metal printing equipment, and the use of scanning equipment in the additive manufacturing industry. Prerequisite(s): Completion of MST 161 and MST 162 with a grade of 2.0 or better, or a grade of "S", or instructor permission.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Infiltrate a metal printed part using the correct process. [REASON]
  2. Demonstrate product testing procedures using created parts. [COMMUNICATE]
  3. Describe the principles, process, and operation of 3D metal printing equipment. [COMMUNICATE]
  4. Create new part files using scanning equipment. [ACT]
  5. Apply learned skills to create a student/team designed functional part from the design phase to post processing. [ACT]

MST 169: Fiber Reinforced Composites: Manufacturing

Credits: 2.0

Explores a variety of methods used to fabricate and manufacture fiber reinforced composites. Also addresses the advantages and disadvantages of different processes, safety and tooling considerations. Prerequisite(s): MST 159.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Describe a variety of methods to fabricate and manufacture fiber reinforced composites, the advantages and disadvantages of each, the process variables for each and the different materials used for each of the following methods: a. Autoclave processing (ply cutting to hand lay-up to vacuum bagging to curing in autoclave) b. Liquid composite molding (infusion molding including RTM and VARTM) c. Filament Winding d. Tape Lay-up e. Compression Molding f. Pultrusion. [COMMUNICATE]
  2. Describe the need for and process of co-curing and co-bonding. [REASON]
  3. Drill, trim and finish composite parts to specification. [ACT]
  4. Weigh, measure, mix and prepare chemicals and specimens per specifications. [ACT]
  5. Identify proper tools to use in composite manufacturing. [REASON]
  6. Use lay-up and support tooling. [ACT]
  7. Describe primary issues to be considered when fabricating a mold. [COMMUNICATE]
  8. Assemble parts to specifications. [ACT]
  9. Define/develop specifications, procedures and objectives from blueprints/drawings. [REASON]
  10. Describe the following safe practices: a. Logging tools (ingress/egress) and explain when it is necessary to tether tools b. Using appropriate lifting techniques c. Describing catch nets, scaffolding, and staging d. Setting up and maintain safe work area e. Describing buddy system and lock out/tag out procedures f. Monitoring breathing zones and wind direction g. Following clean room and controlled environment procedures. [COMMUNICATE]

MST 175: Introduction to Materials Science

Credits: 5.0

Mechanical, chemical and thermal properties of engineering materials including metals, alloys, ceramics, polymers and composites. Includes materials microstructure, atomic bonding, atomic arrangement, crystal structure, co-existing phases, interfaces, defects and impurities. Prerequisite(s): ENGL 100 with a grade of at least 2.0. Placement into MATH 090.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Explain the differences in properties of different materials, including metals, alloys, ceramics, polymers and composites. [COMMUNICATE]
  2. Relate the properties of materials to microstructure. [REASON ]
  3. Describe the basics of processing techniques for altering the microstructure and properties of different materials. [COMMUNICATE]
  4. Apply the basic principles of material selection to specific applications. [REASON]

MST 180: Polymer Technology

Credits: 5.0

Course provides an overview of thermoset and thermoplastic polymers. Topics include: Chemical composition, physical properties, deformation, mechanical behavior, fabrication, processing and manufacturing of polymers. Prerequisite(s): ENGL 100 with a grade of at least 2.0. Plancement into MATH 090.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Describe the basic properties and characteristics of polymers. [COMMUNICATE]
  2. Explain and apply the basics of deformation, elasticity, and mechanical behavior in polymeric materials. [REASON]
  3. Explain the relationship between polymer structure and properties. [REASON]
  4. Identify the different types of polymers, including elastomers and fibers. [COMMUNICATE]
  5. Explain the various fabrication techniques of polymeric materials, and explain the advantages and disadvantages. [COMMUNICATE]
  6. Apply and explain the application of polymers to engineering and composite manufacturing. [REASON]
  7. Perform basic qualification and selection of polymer materials. [REASON]

MST 189: Fiber Reinforced Composites: Repair

Credits: 1.5

Students will gain an understanding of inspection, documentation and composite repair. The Techniques covered will include surface, potted, taper sanded, and bolted methods. Prerequisite(s): MST 169.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Perform quality inspection. [REASON]
  2. Document the part condition before repair. [COMMUNICATE]
  3. Identify sources of composite damage. [REASON]
  4. Describe different repair techniques for different sorts of composite damage. [COMMUNICATE]
  5. Define foreign object damage (FOD) and identify sources of FOD. [COMMUNICATE]
  6. Conduct basic repairs. [ACT]

MST 190: Awareness of Critical Composite Maintenance and Repair Issues

Credits: 3.0

Provides an overview of composites repair technology and procedures in commercial aerospace. Applicable to engineers, technicians, inspectors who interface with composite materials technology. Registration is permitted first seven weeks as space is available. Prerequisite(s): MST 250 with a grade of 2.0 or higher or instructor permission.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Distinguish between skills needed for structures engineers, inspectors and technicians dealing with composite maintenance and repair, including identifying the steps required in repair design, process planning, inspection, and approval. [REASON]
  2. Identify composite damage types and sources and their significance to structural integrity. [REASON]
  3. Identify and describe information contained in source and regulatory documentation. [COMMUNICATE]
  4. Describe composite laminate fabrication and bonded repair methods, including typical processing defects that occur in composite laminate fabrication and bonded repair. [COMMUNICATE]
  5. Describe composite laminate bolted assembly and repair methods. [COMMUNICATE]
  6. Describe latest developments in research on maintenance and repair of composite materials. [COMMUNICATE]

MST 191: Awareness of Critical Composites and Maintenance and Repair Issues: Lab

Credits: 1.0

Apply principles learned in MST 190 in a hands-on laboratory setting. Emphasis is on bonded composite repair practice, pre- and post-repair inspection, and the use of approved documentation in repair design to satisfy regulatory requirement. Registration is permitted first seven weeks as space is available. Prerequisite(s): MST 190 with a grade of 2.0 or higher or concurrent enrollment in MST 190 or instructor permission.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Using supplied materials, identify composite damage types and sources and their significance to structural integrity. [REASON]
  2. Demonstrate the use of composite laminate fabrication and bonded repair methods, including typical processing defects that occur in both methods. [REASON]
  3. Perform a bonded composite repair. [REASON]
  4. Using supplied materials, demonstrate composite damage and repair inspection procedures. [REASON]
  5. Describe composite laminate bolted assembly and repair methods, and perform and inspect a bolted composite repair. [COMMUNICATE]
  6. Write an appropriate repair procedure and in-process quality control plan based on a chosen repair option. [COMMUNICATE]

MST 200: Introduction to Composites

Credits: 5.0

General overview of composite materials and fabrication procedures. Covers composite constituents, material forms, mold design and development, ASTM standards, fabrication processes, composite applications, bonding, fastening, laminating, and finishing techniques. Prerequisite(s): ENGL 100 with a grade of at least 2.0. Plancement into MATH 090.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Explain the basic properties, characteristics and constituents of composite materials. [COMMUNICATE]
  2. Explain the functions and elements of ASTM standards. [COMMUNICATE]
  3. Explain and apply the different fabrication processes for composite materials, including bonding, fastening, laminating, and finishing techniques. [REASON]
  4. Describe the primary usage of composite materials in today's industry and potential for future applications. [REASON]
  5. Perform basic fabrication processes in making composite structures. [ACT]
  6. Follow procedures when using lab equipment, and apply safety procedures when working in the lab. [ACT]

MST 210: Applied Statics

Credits: 5.0

Study of forces acting on structures at rest: free-body diagrams, trusses, friction and related material, which may include hydrostatic pressures and loads, cables and arches. Prerequisite(s): MATH& 142 (was MATH 132) with a grade of at least 2.0 and PHYS& 121 (was PHYS 101) or concurrent enrollment.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Explain and apply the principles of vector mechanics, vector algebra, and of representation of physical quantities by a vector notation. [REASON]
  2. Explain the physical meaning of a force and a moment equilibrium. Draw a correct and complete Free Body Diagram of forces and moments for a structure. [COMMUNICATE]
  3. Explain and apply the method of joints and the method of sections for the analysis of trusses. [REASON]
  4. Explain and apply the concept of friction on surfaces, calculate friction forces, and draw the proper FBD showing friction forces. [REASON]
  5. Explain the difference between static and dynamic friction. Explain and apply the principles of internal forces in structures, and draw shear and moment diagrams for beams. [COMMUNICATE]

MST 211: Lean Manufacturing

Credits: 5.0

Introduction to lean manufacturing using the six sigma process improvement structure. Manage the value stream of processes with techniques such as identifying waste, transition to pull, use of kanbans, 5S, and supply chain management. Prerequisite(s): ENGL& 101 (was ENGL 105) and MATH 090, each with a grade of 2.0 or higher.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Describe basic continuous improvement processes including lean, six sigma, and total quality management. [COMMUNICATE]
  2. Map and analyze a value stream. [REASON]
  3. Describe the eight types of waste which exist in manufacturing and transactional processes. [COMMUNICATE]
  4. Explain the difference between push and pull manufacturing. [REASON]
  5. Calculate process cycle time, process cycle efficiency, critical work in process, and inventory turns. [REASON]
  6. Set up a replenishment pull system. [ACT]
  7. Describe key features of a supply chain management program and stocking strategy. [COMMUNICATE]
  8. Identify process constraints. [COMMUNICATE]
  9. Implement quick changeover techniques. [ACT]
  10. Demonstrate the ability to work in teams. [ACT]

MST 220: Applied Strengths of Materials

Credits: 5.0

Study of forces acting on structures at rest; free body diagrams, trusses, friction. Analysis of tension, compression, shear, deformation, and stress acting on members. Prerequisite(s): MST 210 with a grade of at least 2.0.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Explain and apply the principles of vector mechanics, vector algebra, and of representation of physical quantities by a vector notation. [REASON]
  2. Explain the physical meaning of a force and a moment equilibrium. [COMMUNICATE]
  3. Draw a correct and complete Free Body Diagram of forces and moments for a structure. [COMMUNICATE]
  4. Select and apply tools to analyze tension, compression, shear, deformation, torsion, and stress of members. [REASON]
  5. Apply the basics of materials testing procedures to measure mechanical properties. [REASON ]
  6. Correctly use computerized materials test instrumentation and interpret test results. [REASON]
  7. Run tensile, compressive, flexural, peel tests, and interpret test curves. [ACT]

MST 250: Composites Engineering Design

Credits: 5.0

Overview of structural design utilizing composite materials including material and process selection, structural design, aesthetic qualities, assembly, and practical design information. This is a lab-based course focusing on product design. Prerequisite(s): MST 200 or concurrent enrollment.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Apply the basic principles of structural design utilizing composite material. [REASON]
  2. Explain the advantages of planning a design to meet the manufacturing requirements. [COMMUNICATE]
  3. Apply the basic principles of material and process selection, structural design, aesthetic design, and assembly. [REASON]
  4. Perform design, construction, and fabrication of laminated parts. [ACT]
  5. Use appropriate terminology as it relates to composite structure design and manufacturing. [COMMUNICATE]
  6. Perform simple repairs of composite structures. [ACT]
  7. Follow appropriate processes for structural and nonstructural evaluation, material handling, surface preparation. [REASON]

MST 255: Special Topics in Materials Science

Credits: Maximum of 5.0 possible

Study of special topics in the field of materials science.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Present exploration and expression on a focused area of interest or need in materials science. [REASON]
  2. Develop specific concepts or materials relevant to current materials science and practices. [REASON]
  3. Create a comprehensive activity which supplements the existing materials science courses. [REASON]
  4. Present work both orally and through written communications. [COMMUNICATE]

MST 260: Composites Manufacturing

Credits: 5.0

Overview of processes involved in development and production of composite products. Includes tooling, fabrication, machining, assembly, quality assurance, repair, lay-up, vacuum bagging, and cureprocessing of wet laminating techniques and pre-impregnated materials. Prerequisite(s): MST 250 with a grade of at least 2.0.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Apply the basic principles of structural design utilizing composite materials. [REASON]
  2. Explain the advantages of planning a design to meet the manufacturing requirements. [COMMUNICATE]
  3. Apply the basic principles of materials and process selection, structural design, aesthetic design, and assembly. [REASON]
  4. Perform design, construction, and fabrication of laminated parts. [ACT]
  5. Use appropriate terminology as it relates to composite structure design and manufacturing. [COMMUNICATE]
  6. Perform simple repairs of composite structures. [ACT]
  7. Follow appropriate processes for structural and nonstructural evaluation, material handling, and surface preparation. [REASON]

MST 291: Materials Science Technology Internship

Credits: 1.0 to 10.0

Students working toward the MST degree, who are in the second year of their course work, receive on-the-job training in material science. One credit for each 30 hours worked. Registration is permitted first seven weeks as space is available. Prerequisite(s): Instructor signature is required for registration.

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate substantive skills by the end of the quarter (having developed new work skills or perfected old ones). [REASON]

MST 292: Career Planning

Credits: 2.0

Designed to give students an overview of engineering technology careers. Includes field trips, resume building, interviewing skills, and job searching skills. Prerequisite(s): Placement in ENGL& 101 (was ENGL 105).

Course Level Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Search for information on specific careers. [EXPLORE]
  2. Obtain company information and assess best fit with personal professional interests and goals. [ACT]
  3. Write and format an effective resume. [COMMUNICATE]
  4. Access local and regional resources to support job searching. [EXPLORE]