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STATE COLLEGE – Students of South Hills School of Business & Technology's Engineering Technology (ET) program begin more complex design and assembly projects for a number of their courses as they continue working through the second year of courses required to earn their Specialized Associate Degree. The ET program is a seven-term program offered at the Main Campus of South Hills located in State College, PA. In the Machining Processes course, the students complete a steam engine project, and they design and build a remote controlled robotic vehicle as a capstone project for the Mechanical Design course.

Steam Engine Project

Second-year ET students machine engine parts to build one-cylinder engines as a project in the Machining Processes course which is taken in the Fourth Term. The students learn manual milling, turning, drilling, reaming, counter boring, tapping internal threads, and cutting external threads. Once the steam engines are assembled, the students run the one-cylinder engines on 20 psi compressed air and make adjustments as needed. This course is a prerequisite for the CNC Programming course, which students take in the following term.

Robot Project

In the Sixth Term's Mechanical Design course, second-year ET students are grouped into teams that must work together to design and build robotic vehicles as a course final project. The vehicles are radio-controlled with servo steering (power steering) and have a servo-controlled gripper with tilt. The teams then run their vehicles through an obstacle course with several different challenges, one of which is to use the vehicle's gripper to retrieve a ball and return with it to the finish line. In order to build the vehicles, the teams must collaborate to make design choices about the type of drive system, placement of wheels, steering system, and retrieval method.

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