Idaho State University Undergraduate Catalog 2009-2010
Energy Systems Mechanical Engineering Technology
of Applied Science degree and Bachelor of Applied Technology degree in
Energy Systems Instrumentation and Controls Engineering Technology are
Coordinator and Instructor: Beaty
Instructors: Larson, Maclure, Shepherd, Womack
To prepare students for employment as mechanical engineering
technicians in electrical power generation fields. Electrical
generation technologies addressed include nuclear, coal, gas, and
Acceptance is based upon available openings and other factors such as grade point average and attendance.
For a Program Information Packet, visit
http://www.isu.edu/ctech/programs.shtml, which leads to descriptions of
each program in general, course descriptions, lists of course
sequences, and a cost of books, tools, uniforms, fees, and other
This program requires students to achieve certain grades in order to
advance each semester. Specific information is available in the
program's student handbook.
Associate of Applied Science Degree: Energy Systems Mechanical Engineering Technology
Students must register concurrently for the lab course associated with each theory course.
ESET 120 Introduction to Energy Systems 2 cr
General Education Requirements **
ESET 120L Introduction
to Energy systems Laboratory 1 cr
ESET 121 Basic Electricity and Electronics 4 cr
ESET 121L Basic Electricity
and Electronics Laboratory 4 cr
ESET 122 Electrical System
and Motor Control Theory 2 cr
ESET 122L Electrical System
and Motor Control Theory Laboratory 1 cr
ESET 123 Mechanical Power Transmission 3 cr
ESET 123L Mechanical Power
Transmission Laboratory 4 cr
ESET 124 Mechanical System and Machine Design 2 cr
ELTR 141 Applied Mathematics I 4 cr
ELTR 142 Applied Mathematics II 4 cr
ESET 240 Pumps 4 cr
ESET 240L Pump Applications Laboratory 3 cr
ESET 241 Valves 4 cr
ESET 241L Valve Application Laboratory 2 cr
ESET 242 Process Measurement
for Mechanical Engineering 2 cr
ESET 243 Fluid and Pneumatic Power 3 cr
ESET 243L Fluid Power Laboratory 2 cr
ESET 244 Rotating Equipment Maintenance 4 cr
ESET 244L Machine Alignment 3 cr
ESET 245 Fundamentals of Heat Exchangers 2 cr
ESET 246 Metals and Metallurgy 2 cr
ESET 298 Independent Study 1-8 cr
MATH 253* Introduction to Statistics 3 cr
TGE 158 Employment Strategies 2 cr
ENGL 10 English Composition 3 cr
COMM 101 Principles of Speech 3 cr
PHYS 101, 101L Elements of Physics, and Lab 4 cr
Goal 6, 7, 9, 10A, 11, or 12 3 cr
Total 81-88 cr
*MATH 170 may be substituted for MATH 253.
**Of the 16 credits of General Education coursework required for the degree, 7 credits are part of the required curriculum.
Official articulation agreements have been established with other
post-secondary and secondary schools. Where these agreements exist, the
specific block of training (i.e. session/semester/year) will be
accepted as equivalent to that taught at Idaho State University and
will count equally toward graduation.
The courses listed above will be taught in sequential blocks of
instruction. Successful completion of a course is required before the
student can progress in the program. If the student fails any math,
theory, or lab course, then that course must be repeated and a passing
grade obtained before the student can advance in the program. The
student must exit the program and make up the deficiency through
Technical General Education or other appropriate methods. The student
will then be allowed to repeat the course at the next available program
Once a student successfully completes ELTR 141 and 142, Applied
Mathematics I and II, s/he may enroll directly into an academic math
course which requires MATH 147 as a prerequisite.
ESET 120 Introduction to Energy Systems 2 credits.
Basic terminology and functions of power generation processes,
equipment, and material. Introduction to Rankin, Carnot, and Brayton
cycles and principles of heat transfer and fluid flow. COREQ: ESET
ESET 120L Introduction to Energy Systems Laboratory 1 credit.
Laboratory exercises in the maintenance and function of selected power
plant process equipment, primary process equipment, and their
sub-components. COREQ: ESET 120. F
ESET 121 Basic Electricity and Electronics 4 credits.
Fundamental principles of electricity, Ohm’s law,
Kirchoff’s laws, and circuit analysis applied to DC and AC
circuits. COREQ: ESET 121L. F
ESET 121L Basic Electricity and Electronics Laboratory 4 credits. Basic principles of electrical measurement and testing of DC and AC Circuits. COREQ: ESET 121. F
ESET 122 Electrical Systems and Motor Control Theory 2 credits.
Introduction to electrical system distribution and basic motor control
including two- and three-wire control using a variety of devices and
motor magnetic controllers. Control relays, time relays, solenoid
valves, latching relays, and motor control centers. PREREQ: ESET 121
and ESET 121L or permission of instructor. COREQ: ESET 122L. S
ESET 122L Electrical Systems and Motor Control Theory Laboratory 1 credit.
Applications of electrical systems and motor controls. PREREQ: ESET 121
and ESET 121L or permission of instructor. COREQ: ESET 122. S
ESET 123 Mechanical Power Transmission 3 credits.
Bearings, belt and mechanical drives, chain and chain drives,
couplings, clutches, gears, and fluids in the transmission of power
used in the industrial processes. PREREQ: ESET 121 and ESET 121L or
permission of instructor. COREQ: ESET 123L. S
ESET 123L Mechanical Power Transmission Laboratory 4 credits.
The application of bearings, belt and mechanical drives, chain and
chain drives, couplings, clutches, gears, and fluids in the
transmission of power used in the industrial processes. PREREQ: ESET
121 and ESET 121L or permission of instructor. COREQ: ESET 123. S
ESET 124 Mechanical Systems and Machine Design 2 credits.
Design considerations for machine elements used in mechanisms and
machines, including advanced strength of materials; material selection;
shaft design; selection of gear, chain, and belt drives; design and
selection of bearings; design of brakes and clutches; and
characteristics and selection of electric motors. PREREQ: ESET 122. S
ESET 240 Pumps 4 credits.
Introductory hydraulic engineering concepts that pertain to centrifugal
pumps, including pump seals, packing techniques, and bearings.
Operation and maintenance of various industrial pump types. Emphasis on
centrifugal pump maintenance and repair. PREREQ: ESET 123 and ESET 123L
or permission of instructor. COREQ: ESET 240L. F
ESET 240L Pump Applications Laboratory 3 credits.
Applications in the installation, testing, and maintenance of various
pump types. PREREQ: ESET 123 and ESET 123L or permission of instructor.
COREQ: ESET 240. F
ESET 241 Valves 4 credits.
Introduction to basic construction, components, materials, and function
of valve types common to power generation systems. PREREQ: ESET 123 and
ESET 123L or permission of instructor. COREQ: ESET 241L. F
ESET 241L Valve Applications Lab 2 credits.
Applications of valve installation and maintenance including valve
disassembly, reassembly, maintenance, and quality control practices.
PREREQ: ESET 123 and ESET 123L or permission of instructor.
COREQ: ESET 241. F
ESET 242 Process Measurements for Mechanical Engineering 2 credits.
Principles of temperature, pressure, strain, flow, force, and vibration
measurements. Techniques of computerized data acquisition and
reduction. Lecture plus laboratory work in selected topics. F
ESET 243 Fluid and Pneumatic Power 3 credits.
Review fluid and pneumatic power mechanics with an emphasis on
symbology, circuit operation and design, pneumatic and hydraulic
component operation, and terminology. PREREQ: ESET 123 and ESET
123L or permission of instructor. COREQ: ESET 243L. F
ESET 243L Fluid and Pneumatic Power Laboratory 2 credits.
Applications of fluid and pneumatic power mechanics with an emphasis on
symbology, circuit operation and design, pneumatic and hydraulic
component operation, and terminology. PREREQ: ESET 123 and ESET 123L or
permission of instructor. COREQ: ESET 243. F
ESET 244 Rotating Equipment Maintenance 4 credits.
Predictive maintenance techniques as a tool for prolonging equipment
life and preventing problems. Includes vibration, lubricant and trend
analysis techniques for extending bearing life. Machine, shaft, and
gear alignment practices and methods as a procedure to extend the life
of bearings, couplings, seals, and to reduce vibration in equipment,
components and gears. PREREQ: ESET 123 and 124. S
ESET 244L Machine Alignment 3 credits.
Applications and use of tools and equipment used in the alignment
process. Includes use of dial indicators and electronic and laser
measuring devices. PREREQ: ESET 124 or permission of instructor. S
ESET 245 Fundamentals of Heat Exchangers 2 credits.
Introduces construction of various heat exchanger types and their
operation. Includes flow patters, temperature profiles, and analysis
techniques to determine performance and efficiency. S
ESET 246 Materials and Metallurgy 2 credits.
Lecture, demonstration, and laboratory emphasizing the practical
approach to basic principles of materials and metallurgical science,
including behavior of materials under various conditions. S
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