Department of Applied Engineering

Department Head: Dr. Dana Ingalsbe

3rd Floor, Merrill Hall

Accredited by The Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering

The Department of Applied Engineering offers a Bachelor of Science degree with a choice of majors for students desiring to pursue careers in applied engineering or management in industry. Additionally, the department offers a variety of minors and a two-year pre-engineering program for students planning to complete a traditional, professional engineering degree at another institution.

Courses leading to the Bachelor of Science degree are offered for the following majors:

  • Applied Manufacturing Engineering (Design and Automation or Manufacturing Management)
  • Applied Electronics Engineering
  • Industrial Leadership
  • Occupational Safety and Health Management

*The student must have earned an overall grade point average of 2.75 based upon a 4.00 scale to include all AE courses and MS courses with a "C" or better. 

The department also offers a variety of minors to benefit students majoring in other fields.

Requirements for these comprehensive degree programs include 66-67 semester hours of major courses. Students completing these programs are not required to have a minor in another academic discipline. All of the degrees offered through the department focus on the technological needs of manufacturing industries and, as degree programs of study, are designed to prepare management-oriented technical professionals. Programs offered within the department involve:

  • application of the knowledge and understanding of materials and production processes
  • concepts of management and human relations
  • safety
  • quality
  • communications
  • electronics
  • graphics
  • mathematics
  • physical sciences
  • computer fundamentals in a problem-solving approach

Program graduates find employment opportunities in a variety of well-paid, professional positions.

The majors have unique provisions for persons already in the workforce and/or two-year college graduates who desire to continue their education and obtain a baccalaureate degree. Technical specialty credit (up to 36 semester hours) is awarded to students who have completed a diploma or associate degree from an approved technical, community, or junior college in an approved technical field. Technical specialty credit may also be awarded for approved management, supervisory, or technical work experience (three semester hours per year for a minimum of three years up to a maximum of six years), or approved professional certification programs. In no case will technical specialty credit awarded exceed 36 semester hours, and it will only be awarded to students pursuing a major that is offered by the Department of Applied Engineering.

High school students preparing for admission to the programs are encouraged to strengthen their background in mathematics and the physical sciences. Algebra, plane geometry, trigonometry, solid geometry, general science, physics, chemistry, and any advanced mathematics are all beneficial subjects for those wishing to study technology and engineering.


The two-year Pre-Engineering program offers a curriculum that will permit the majority of students to transfer with junior standing to most undergraduate engineering programs at other colleges and universities. A suggested pre-engineering program would include:

Course Title Credits
EH Composition sequence6
EH 141Speech3
History sequence6
EC 221Principles of Microeconomics3
CY 105General Chemistry I3
CY 106General Chemistry II3
CY 107General Chemistry Laboratory I1
CY 108General Chemistry Laboratory II1
MS 125Calculus I4
MS 126Calculus II4
MS 227Calculus III4
MS 344Differential Equations3
PHS 221Physics for Scientists and Engineers I w/Lab4
PHS 222Physics for Scientists and Engineers II w/Lab4
EG 121Engineering Graphics I4
EG 201Applied Mechanics - Statics3
EG 202Applied Mechanics - Dynamics3
EG 255Engineering Computation3

Applied Engineering

AE 100  Technology Orientation  (2)  

Orientation to the department of Technology. Topics include: Personal and social skills, academic/study skills, Technology career planning, advising, program requirements, university organization. Field trips to various local industries required.

AE 201  Microcomputers: Applications and Techniques  (3)  

Two hours lecture and two hours lab per week. An introduction to microcomputer hardware and applications of the microcomputer in industry. Hands on experience with computer system hardware and software.

AE 207  Electrical, Fluid Power, and Mechanical Systems  (3)  

An introduction to electrical, mechanical and fluid power systems found in manufacturing. Topics include: safety, basic electricity, circuits, inductors and capacitors, AC basic, transformers and three phase power, relays, and motor starters, switches and sensors, hydraulics and pneumatics, mechanics and power transmissions. For Industrial Leadership majors only.

AE 210  Manufacturing Fundamentals  (3)  

An introduction to the fundamental practices of manufacturing, providing students with a foundational understanding of material processing, tools, and equipment.

AE 211  AC/DC Circuits  (3)  

Prerequisite(s): MS 112, MS 113, or MS 125 with minimum grade of C required.

Two hours lecture and two hours lab. Scientific and engineering notation; voltage, current, resistance and power, inductors, capacitors, network theorems, phase analysis of AC circuits.

AE 225  Electronic Devices I  (4)  

Prerequisite(s): MS 112, MS 113, or MS 125 with minimum grade of C required; and AE 211 with minimum grade of C required.

Three hours lecture and two hours lab. The first course in solid-state devices. Course topics include solid-state fundamentals, diodes, BJTs, amplifiers, and FETs.

AE 251  Computer-Aided Design  (3)  

Prerequisite(s): MS 112, MS 113, or MS 125 with minimum grade of C required.

Two hours lecture and two hours lab. Interpreting engineering drawings and the creation of computer graphics as applied to two-dimensional drafting and design.

AE 252  Programmable Controllers  (3)  

Prerequisite(s): AE 201 or CS 201 with minimum grade of C required.

Two hours lecture and two hours lab. Study of basic industrial control concepts using modern PLC systems.

AE 305  Industrial Supervision  (3)  

Prerequisite(s): Sophomore or higher standing.

Focus on the basic elements of supervision required to effectively supervise employees. Emphasis is on the application and practical skills necessary to be a successful supervisor using applied management techniques.

AE 307  Industrial Training  (3)  

Prerequisite(s): AE 201 or CS 201 with minimum grade of C required.

Study of time analysis methods used to determine training requirements, assessing personnel and training resources as well as planning, coordinating and evaluating training

AE 311  Electronics - Digital  (4)  

Prerequisite(s): AE 201 or CS 201 with minimum grade of C required.

Three hours lecture and two hours lab per week. Introduction to digital logic, binary numbers and codes, Boolean algebra, gating networks, flip-flops and registers, sequential and combinatorial logic circuits and semi-conductor memories.

AE 316  Advanced Electronics  (4)  

Prerequisite(s): AE 225, 311, or equivalents.

Three hours lecture and two hours lab per week. In-depth study of selected electronic concepts. Topics include: computer analysis of major digital logic families, introduction to state logic, transmission lines, and A/D conversion.

AE 317  Industrial Networking I  (3)  

Prerequisite(s): AE 201 or equivalent.

Network fundamentals, routing, LAN switching, wireless and wide area networks.

AE 318  Problems in Robotics Design and Programming  (3)  

Prerequisite(s): EG 255 and approval of instructor.

Problems involving the application and integration of robotic design, remote control of robots, and programming robots for autonomous control.

AE 319  Advanced Problems in Robotics Design and Programming  (3)  

Prerequisite(s): EG 255 and MS 112/113/125 or permission of instructor.

Problems involving the application and integration of robotic design, remote control of robots, and programming robots for autonomous control. This is the second of two courses that constructs and programs a robot to compete in the ATMAE annual robotics contest. The educational objectives are to gain proficiency in research, design, team work and project management.

AE 326  Electronic Devices II  (3)  

Prerequisite(s): AE 225.

Corequisite(s): AE 327.

Second course in solid state devices. Topics include: amplifier frequency characteristics, UJT, SCR, OPTO devices, operational amplifiers, filters, and voltage regulators.

AE 327  Electronic Devices Lab  (1)  

Corequisite(s): AE 326.

Three hours lab per week. Experiments involving basic electronic devices.

AE 330  Production and Inventory Control  (3)  

Prerequisite(s): Sophomore Status.

Examines the issues involved in effective manufacturing, production and inventory control and shows their interrelatedness.

AE 341  Work Measurement and Methods  (3)  

Prerequisite(s): MS 112, MS 113, or MS 125 with a minimum grade of C required.

Analysis of motions necessary to perform industrial operations; motion economy; development of ratings, allowances, standard data, formula construction, work sampling, wage payment and performance training.

AE 342  Employer-Employee Relations  (3)  

Prerequisite(s): Sophomore Status.

Theory and policy to perform industrial relations; organization and administration, theories of work, labor relations, commitment and morale, communications, employee benefits and services.

AE 343  Engineering and Technology Management  (3)  

Prerequisite(s): Sophomore Status.

Examination and planning of manufacturing operations, personnel, control methods, equipment and supplies.

AE 344  Engineering Economy and Cost Analysis  (3)  

Prerequisite(s): MS 112, MS 113, or MS 125; and AE 201 or CS 201; minimum grade of C required.

Technical and economic evaluation of manufacturing operations to determine cost and feasibility.

AE 355  Advanced Computer-Aided Design  (3)  

Prerequisite(s): AE 251 with minimum grade of C required.

Two hours lecture and two hours lab each week. A parametric, feature-based, solid modeling 3D computer-aided design course for mechanical design.

AE 361  Materials and Processes of Industry  (3)  

Prerequisite(s): AE 210 or equivalent.

Selection/altering of industrial materials to increase their value, and how they are used in manufacturing. Emphasis on metal and plastics but other materials are discussed.

AE 365  Strength of Industrial Materials  (3)  

Prerequisite(s): MS 113 or MS 125 with minimum grade of C required.

Internal stresses and deformation of bodies resulting from action of external forces; concepts and techniques of testing tensile, compression, shear, transverse, hardness, elasticity on various materials and fasteners.

AE 366  Control Systems Technology  (3)  

Prerequisite(s): AE 211.

Coverage of control systems fundamentals to include: open and closed loop systems, measuring instruments characteristics, sensors in control systems, manipulation methods, and types of control systems.

AE 370  Continuous Quality Improvement0  (3)  

Prerequisite(s): AE 210 or equivalent.

An introduction to the concept of continuous quality improvement and its implementation using process improvement teams.

AE 371  Quality Control in Industry  (3)  

Prerequisite(s): MS 112.

Methods and procedures employed in industrial quality control, theories of measurement, error, prediction, sampling, tests of significance and models.

AE 372  Statistical Analysis for Quality Control  (3)  

Prerequisite(s): MS 112, MS 113, or MS 125; AE 201 or CS 201; and AE 210; minimum grade of C required.

The use of applied statistics as employed in organizations for continuous quality control and improvement; theories of measurement; error, prediction, sampling, tests of significance, and models.

AE 380  Industrial Safety and Health  (3)  

Prerequisite(s): Sophomore status and AE 210 with minimum grade of C. Principles of hazard identification.

Engineering and administrative controls and personal protective equipment. Accident analysis and corrective action.

AE 382  Standards of Industrial Safety  (3)  

Prerequisite(s): AE 210 and AE 380.

Standards for plants and manufacturing operations. Enforcement of safety standards and OSHA checklist.

AE 384  Construction Safety  (3)  

Prerequisite(s): AE 380.

Concepts of construction safety and health and an in-depth coverage of federal and state construction safety regulations. Recognition and control of construction hazards, fall protection, scaffolding, excavation, and crane safety.

AE 390  Hazard Analysis and Control  (3)  

Prerequisite(s): AE 210, AE 211, and AE 380, with a minimum grade of C required.

Principles and methods for the analysis and design of processes, equipment, products, facilities, operations and environment.

AE 392  Fire Prevention and Protection  (3)  

Prerequisite(s): MS 112, MS 113, or MS 125, with a minimum grade of C required.

Fire chemistry and propagation. Recognition and control of fire hazards, fire codes, risk, reports and records, and emergency response.

AE 393  Junior Seminar (WI)  (1)  

Prerequisite(s): Junior standing and EH 322 or CBA 350 with minimum grade of C required.

Coverage of terms, concepts, tools, and skills needed (industrial business, ethics, technical presentations) to succeed as a professional in technological and engineering environments. (Writing Intensive Course)

AE 405  Industrial Leadership  (3)  

Prerequisite(s): AE 305 with a minimum grade of C. Focus on leadership styles and the analysis and development of leadership knowledge and skills to form an effective team.

Emphasis on personal and organizational leadership and change management.

AE 407  Industrial Organization and Function  (3)  

Prerequisite(s): AE 305 with a minimum grade of C. Application of the leadership role in the understanding of human behavior within an organization.

Emphasis on group dynamics, team building, quality of work-life, job design, organizational structure, and organizational change management.

AE 416  Manufacturing Automation and Robotics  (3)  

Prerequisite(s): AE 201 or CS 201, with minimum grade of C required.

Examination of how industrial controls, and industrial robots function in an automated manufacturing environment. Students learn the theory of operation, how to program, and the practical application of robotic systems. Topics will also include software applications and the integration of control systems for manufacturing.

AE 417  Industrial Networking II  (4)  

Prerequisite(s): AE 317 or equivalent.

Advanced routing and switching in an enterprise network.

AE 427  Industrial Networking III  (3)  

Prerequisite(s): AE 317 or equivalent.

Monitoring and maintaining complex, enterprise routed and switched IP networks.

AE 429  Applied Digital Communications Systems  (3)  

Prerequisite(s): AE 201 or equivalent.

A detailed study of digital communications techniques. Topics include: sampling and digital pulse modulation, communications networks and standards, protocol and troubleshooting, digital multiplexing and cellular communications.

AE 436  Inventory Management  (3)  

Prerequisite(s): AE 330.

Prepares students for positions in the field of production and inventory management through understanding of production scheduling, implementation and design.

AE 440  Manufacturing Management Systems  (3)  

Prerequisite(s): AE 343 or MGT 301 with minimum grade of C required; and AE 344 with minimum grade of C required.

The analysis, design, and implementation of world class manufacturing systems for the manufacture of superior, low cost parts. Topics include lean manufacturing, cellular manufacturing, manufacturing teams, integrated quality systems, and other current manufacturing management strategies.

AE 441  Project Management  (3)  

Prerequisite(s): AE 201 or CS 201 with minimum grade of C required, and AE 343 or MGT 301 with minimum grade of C required.

Prepare students for managing projects in manufacturing and service industries through understanding of how to plan, manage, and deliver projects on time and within budget and how to effectively contribute in project teams.

AE 442  Facilities Planning  (3)  

Prerequisite(s): AE 343 or MGT 301 with minimum grade of C required.

Macro and micro level examination of facility planning. Course includes techniques and procedures for developing an efficient facility layout, including collection, analysis, and development of vital and relevant data with emphasis on manufacturing facilities.

AE 451  Advanced Programmable Controllers  (3)  

Prerequisite(s): AE 252.

Two hours lecture and two hours lab. Study of advanced control concepts using modern programmable controllers with detailed study of selected controllers. Study of recent controller architectures with emphasis on data communications.

AE 460  Computer-Aided Manufacturing  (3)  

Prerequisite(s): AE 251 with minimum grade of C required.

Three hours lecture and one-hour lab. Utilization of computer technology in the automation of manufacturing systems.

AE 477  Additive Manufacturing  (3)  

Prerequisite(s): AE 210, AE 355, and AE 361.

A conceptual overview of additive manufacturing technologies. Course content covers process fundamentals, equipment, capabilities, materials, safety, and emerging applications, such as medical and aerospace applications.

AE 484  Industrial Ergonomics  (3)  

Prerequisite(s): MS 125 with a minimum grade of C required.

Concepts and techniques of work measurements, human factors, and industrial safety and hygiene are merged to provide a comprehensive view of the workplace.

AE 485  Industrial Safety Management  (3)  

Prerequisite(s): AE 380 and AE 343 or MGT 301 with minimum grade of C required.

Planning, implementation, and evaluation of industrial safety programs.

AE 486  Safety Performance Management  (3)  

Prerequisite(s): PSY 201 and AE 485.

Concepts and methodologies for evaluating performance of safety programs with emphasis on human behavior and the role of management in influencing safety performance.

AE 487  Systems Safety  (3)  

Prerequisite(s): AE 372 and AE 380 with minimum grade of C required.

Principles and techniques of systems safety analysis to assure safe operation of systems and facilities throughout the life cycle from design to disposal.

AE 488  Industrial Hygiene  (3)  

Prerequisite(s): AE 380.

Recognition, evaluation, and control of toxic hazards in the work environment. Acute and chronic systemic effects of environmental toxins in the workplace.

AE 489  Environmental Law and Hazardous Materials  (3)  

Prerequisite(s): AE 380 with a minimum grade of C required.

Practical management and control of hazardous materials and wastes for the safety professional.

AE 491  Industrial Leadership Seminar (WI)  (3)  

Prerequisite(s): EH 322 or CBA 350 with a minimum grade of C. Senior standing and instructor permission.

Students relate modern leadership practices to practical industrial situations. (Writing Intensive Course)

AE 493  Senior Seminar (WI)  (1)  

Prerequisite(s): EH 322 or equivalent, Senior Standing and consent of instructor.

Corequisite(s): AE 494.

Coverage of terms, concepts, tools, and skills needed (industrial business, ethics, tech presentations) to succeed as a professional in technological and engineering environments. Grades: Pass/Fail. (Writing Intensive Course)

AE 494  Applied Engineering Senior Internship (WI)  (2)  

Prerequisite(s): AE 393, and EH 322 or CBA 350 with a minimum grade of C. Senior Standing and instructor approval.

Provides Applied Engineering majors with practical industrial experiences via an approved internship arrangement. Grades: Pass/Fail. (Writing Intensive Course)

AE 495  Special Topics in Technology  (3)  

Prerequisite(s): Senior status and approval of department head.

Special topics of current interest to groups of students in the Technology program concerning content not presented in regular course offerings.

AE 496  Advanced Problems in Technology  (3)  

Prerequisite(s): Senior status, approval of department head and EH 322 or CBA 350.

Problems involving the application and integration of electronics, industrial safety, quality, industrial management, and/or computer integrated manufacturing technology. This may include an industrial practicum and/or internship.

AE 498  SME Prep  (2)  

Prerequisite(s): Senior status.

An in-depth and thorough coverage of the terms, concepts, tools and skill needed to obtain the certification of Certified Manufacturing Technologist.


EG 112  Engineering Methods  (3)  

Prerequisite(s): MS 113 or approval of instructor.

The use of applied mathematics in solving elementary scientific and engineering problems. Topics include basic mathematical analysis, the electronic calculator, unit systems, metrication, engineering statistics, laboratory procedures and measurements, and computer applications. Three hours lecture.

EG 121  Engineering Graphics I  (4)  

Prerequisite(s): MS 112 or higher.

Orthographic and isometric projections; multiview projection on principal and auxiliary planes; dimensioning; detail and assembly working drawings. Interactive tow-dimensional and three-dimensional computer-aided graphics based. Three hours lecture and two hours laboratory each week.

EG 201  Applied Mechanics - Statics  (3)  

Prerequisite(s): EG 112, PHS 211, and/or concurrently, MS 126.

Analysis of the principles of mechanics and their engineering applications. Forces; moments and couples; resultants of force systems; equilibriom, friction, centroids, moments of inertia.

EG 202  Applied Mechanics - Dynamics  (3)  

Prerequisite(s): EG 201 and MS 126.

Absolute and relative motion; force, mass and acceleration; work and energy; impulse and momentum; mechanical vibrations.

EG 226  Electrical Circuits Analysis I  (3)  

Prerequisite(s): PHS 211 and MS 125.

Electric and magnetic circuit concepts; transient and steady-state solutions of simple circuits. Phasor analysis of AC circuits and network theorems.

EG 251  Engineering Surveying  (3)  

Prerequisite(s): EG 112.

The use of tapes, levels, transits, and surveying instruments including the theodolite will be studied and applied to problems involving position, area, volume, grade, mapping, distance, evaluation, analysis or error, and land surveying. Two hours lecture and three hours lab.

EG 255  Engineering Computation  (3)  

Prerequisite(s): MS 125.

Programming, with introduction to numerical methods useful in the solution of engineering, scientific, and mathematical problems. The course is implemented using a high-level programming language. Two hours lecture and two hours integral non-scheduled laboratory required each week.

EG 320  Engineering Economy  (3)  

Prerequisite(s): MS 112 or equivalent.

Annual cost; present work, rate of return, and profit-cost methods of determining prospective differences among alternatives; depreciation, tax and cost analysis; and replacement and retirement analysis.

EG 328  Electrical Circuits Laboratory  (3)  

Prerequisite(s): EG 226.

Experiments related to electrical circuits. Application and verification of the principles in electrical circuits. Three hours laboratory hours per week.

EG 343  Strength of Materials  (4)  

Prerequisite(s): EG 201 and MS 126.

Stress-strain relationships; behavior of materials in tension, compression and shear; column formulae; combined stress computations; theorem of three moments; composite structural members.

EG 361  Thermodynamics  (3)  

Prerequisite(s): MS 227 and PHS 211.

Heat and work; thermodynamic systems and equations of state; the zeroth, first, and second laws of thermodynamics; change of phase; the combined first and second laws; irreversibility and availability of energy; mixtures of ideal gases; psychrometry.

EG 373  Fluid Mechanics  (3)  

Prerequisite(s): MS 126 and PHS 211.

Fluid statics; the conservation equations and their applications; dimensional analysis and similitude; flow in closed and open conduits; one-dimensional compressible flow.

EG 374  Fluid and Thermal Laboratory  (1)  

Laboratory in fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, and related areas. Typical experiments are flows in pipes and channels, flow control devices, gas laws, compressible flow, engine performance. Three laboratory hours per week.