Industrial Mechanical Systems

Course Number: MEC 123
Transcript Title: Industrial Mechanical Systems
Created: May 30, 2018
Updated: July 10, 2019
Total Credits: 5
Lecture Hours: 40
Lecture / Lab Hours: 0
Lab Hours: 30
Satisfies Cultural Literacy requirement: No
Satisfies General Education requirement: No
Grading options: A-F (default), P-NP, audit
Repeats available for credit: 0


RD 115, WR 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement tests scores

Course Description

Covers a broad exposure to industrial mechanical systems, including power transmission components, fasteners, tool lubrication and rigging. Develops a working knowledge of operation, assembly/disassembly, specifying and troubleshooting of various industrial components and practices. Prerequisites: RD 115, WR 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement tests scores. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes

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

  1. Apply safe practices when installing and operating industrial mechanical systems.
  2. Identify power transmission components and fasteners.
  3. Research specifications and operation parameters of equipment through manufacture literature and documented industry practices. 
  4. Install and operate industrial equipment using manufacture and industry procedures.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Evaluation is done via labs, quizzes, take home assignments, in class exercises, and exams.

Course Activities and Design

The determination of teaching strategies used in the delivery of outcomes is generally left to the discretion of the instructor. Here are some strategies that you might consider when designing your course: lecture, small group/forum discussion, flipped classroom, dyads, oral presentation, role play, simulation scenarios, group projects, service learning projects, hands-on lab, peer review/workshops, cooperative learning (jigsaw, fishbowl), inquiry based instruction, differentiated instruction (learning centers), graphic organizers, etc.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

  • Safety - lock out/tag out, hazard communication, material handling, personal protective equipment
  • Basic mechanical theory as applied to power transmissions
  • Identification and application - fasteners, nuts and bolts, lubrication, and bearings
  • Mathematical quantities - scalar, vector, scientific notation, and frame of reference
  • Technical research and application - manufacture handbooks, equipment operating manuals, standard industrial procedures and practices¬†