Posts Tagged ‘Mechanical Technology’

New Grant Funding at SUNY Canton Increases Learning Opportunities for High School and College students

Monday, September 16th, 2013
Perkins Grant

Pictured is Toni-Ann Manzi, a SUNY Canton Powersports Performance and Repair student from Staten Island, working with one of the College’s rapid-prototype printer kits.

Students in SUNY Canton’s Mechanical Engineering Technology program are building rapid prototype machines for area high schools. The kits to build the sophisticated three-dimensional printers were purchased through the most recent Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Grant.

“We were awarded approximately $178,000 for the 2013-2014 academic year to be used on six projects,” said SUNY Canton Grants Coordinator JoAnne Fassinger. “Part of this project will be to reach out to area high schools to spark interest, especially among female students, in the engineering fields by providing them access to three-dimensional printers.”

Students at the College will assemble and calibrate some of the machines, which students can use to print complicated projects in plastic. Then they will be distributed to area high schools. “Canton Central [Hugh C. Williams] High School will be receiving our first machine,” said Assistant Professor Daniel J. Miller, the Mechanical Engineering Technology program director.

Other grant funded purchases at the College include: new equipment in the Electrical, Mechanical and General Engineering Technology programs; new welding equipment for the Automotive Technology Program; new computer servers for the Information Technology computer laboratory; and new equipment for the Dental Hygiene program.

Additionally, the College used a portion of the funding to create an Engineering Tutoring lab in Nevaldine Technology Center. Students can go to this specific lab to receive individual attention outside of class.

 

About SUNY Canton:

SUNY Canton offers a variety of career-driven bachelor’s degrees in addition to its associate and certificate programs. In the past year, the College added two new bachelor’s degrees and expanded its facilities with a new athletic center, nicknamed Roos House, and the Grasse River Suites Residence Hall. The College’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to their academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers flexible and convenient online courses and programs. The College’s 14 athletic teams compete as provisional members of the NCAA Division III as well as the USCAA.

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SUNY Canton Mechanical Engineering Technology Students Create Shock Value

Monday, March 28th, 2011

A broken all-terrain vehicle shock helped lead a team of SUNY Canton mechanical engineering technology students to become finalists in a national competition.

Pictured are (l to r) mechanical engineering technology students Joel R. Landry of Malone, Brandon M. Trimboli of Norwood, and Kyle C. Szelestey of Salisbury Mills.

Joel R. Landry of Malone, Kyle C. Szelestey of Salisbury Mills, and Brandon M. Trimboli of Norwood recently found out that their project was among the top 10 considerations in the nation for the Dimension Printing 2011 Extreme Redesign Challenge at the collegiate level.

The project took shape when another student blew out the rear shock on his Honda ATV. Instead of repairing the damaged unit, the three aspiring engineers collaborated in their courses to design a brand new suspension system.

“Our (Advanced Computer Drafting) class assignment was to create a real-world solution using modern materials,” Trimboli explained. “We decided to reverse engineer the shock to improve its performance.”

Using what they had learned in their studies, the students generated renderings and designs of a brand-new shock creating a lower center of gravity on the vehicle and better overall control for the rider. Elements of their design have the potential to become high-end replacement parts within the ATV industry.

“Our design is top-notch,” Szelestey said. “We are curious where this project will take us from here.”

To take their project past the initial design phase, the students began printing out scale reproductions of the individual parts on the College’s Dimension Printer. They then assembled each light beige component into a functioning plastic reproduction of their concept.

Assistant Professor Daniel J. Miller said that the addition of the rapid prototyping machine has added further potential for experimentation and invention within the Mechanical Engineering Technology program.

“Students previously had to cast or mill prototypes in metal,” Miller said. “Now they can run a program to print out scale models of their projects in plastic.”

Other student projects that have taken shape on the Dimension Printer include a scale-model working wind turbine and custom lightweight bicycle parts.

“One of our strengths is that we encourage students to apply theoretical calculations in real-world applications,” noted school Dean David J. Wells. “We emphasize efficiency and innovation all of our technology related curricula.”

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Coordinator, or call 315/386-7528.


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SUNY Canton’s Canino School Adds New Bachelor’s Degree

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

SUNY Canton’s Canino School of Engineering Technology has added another four-year degree program to its growing list of offerings.

The New York State Education Department and the State University of New York have approved a bachelor’s of technology degree in mechanical technology. The College is now accepting students into the program with classes scheduled to begin in the Fall 2011 semester, SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy announced.

“In the last few months, we have added three in-demand technology degree programs that speak to the needs of the region and industry,” Kennedy said. “The faculty members in the Canino School of Engineering Technology do an outstanding job of listening to the programmatic needs of students who are looking to continue getting a quality education at an affordable price. They respond to those needs while also ensuring what we offer is directly aligned with what employers are looking for.”

The curriculum stems directly from the highly successful ABET-accredited mechanical engineering technology and air conditioning technology associate degree program at the College. The new degree will allow graduates from the current two-year program to further their studies without having to transfer to distant or more expensive institutions.

More information about the new program can be found at: http://www.canton.edu/csoet/mech/

“In recent years, I have worked with a growing number of students coming to the program who have intentions of pursuing a bachelor’s degree,” said Daniel J. Miller, assistant professor of mechanical engineering technology and program director of the two year degree program. “The current associate degree program historically sees 100 percent placement upon graduation with two-thirds of those graduates continuing their education elsewhere. Our hands-on approach to learning and problem solving, as well as our hard working and dedicated faculty and staff, are the main reasons students enroll and want to stay at SUNY Canton. We provide an education that assures them their degree will enable them to find work within the industry.”

There will be two tracks within the program: mechanical manufacturing and heating; and ventilation and air conditioning. Students who complete the degree program will be able to analyze, design and implement machine and manufacturing processes, air conditioning and building energy systems, and the up-to-date automation and control systems and their applications in the related field.

Students in the program will also benefit from the recent completed renovation of the mechanical engineering technology labs in the Nevaldine Technology Center.

Dr. Lin Tian, assistant professor of air conditioning engineering technology, prepared the proposal and will serve as the program coordinator. She anticipates 20-25 students to enroll in the major this upcoming fall, with enrollment growing as large as 70 within five years.

“No matter the track a student pursues, they will have the professionalism required within the engineering field, project analysis experience and management skills that meet the industrial needs of high-level engineering technicians,” Tian said. “The faculty members are excited about this opportunity to better serve our students and the community.”

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, mechanical engineers held the fourth highest employment of all engineering in 2008. Many mechanical engineering professionals fall into the industrial engineering category, the third highest engineering employment sector. Extensive continued growth over the next ten years is expected.

“Our strong faculty support will make this program successful,” said Dr. David Wells, dean of the Canino School of Engineering Technology. “It provides an exceptional complement to our other new bachelor’s degrees in electrical and civil and environmental technology. We help prepare our students for a wide array of career opportunities. The approval of this degree program furthers that mission.”

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Coordinator, or call 315/386-7528.


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SUNY Canton Assistant Prof Selected for California Training

Wednesday, February 20th, 2008
Haas Training

Mechanical Engineering Technology Assistant Professor Daniel Miller works with Massena Central School Teacher Suzanne Creurer on one of the college’s Haas CNC Machines. Miller will soon be attending a Haas Training session in Oxnard, Calif.

Haas Automation Inc. has selected SUNY Canton Mechanical Engineering Technology Assistant Professor Daniel J. Miller out of hundreds of applicants to attend a two-day training session in Oxnard, Calif.

Miller will attend the premier Computer Numerical Controlled (CNC) machine tool manufacturer’s first educational conference to learn first hand how the company builds their high-tech products. Haas will be picking up most of Miller’s expenses for his trip to their state-of-the-art manufacturing facility.

“I’ve wanted to visit their facility for some time,” Miller said. “There are tremendous career opportunities for graduates of the Mechanical Engineering Technology program with Haas. We’re in a really good position to provide well trained industry-ready professionals.”

Miller will join 20 other educators from across the nation to meet with the company’s general managers and industry-leading officials. They all have the chance to exchange ideas and compare practices. “It’s very exciting to see what other people are doing in their programs and to bring that knowledge back to the classroom,” Miller said.

SUNY Canton currently has 13 Haas CNC machines utilized daily by students in the Mechanical Engineering Technology curriculum. Companies and government organizations using Haas products include NASA, Caterpillar, Harley Davidson, Ford, Owens Corning, and Alcoa.

The company sold 13,000 machines last year and plans to sell 15,000 this year, positioning them as the largest American manufacturer of precision CNC machines. Haas also sponsors two NASCAR cars.

SUNY Canton offers a wide variety of career-driven bachelor’s, associate, and certificate programs, as well as three master’s degrees in conjunction with SUNYIT, Utica. Most of SUNY Canton’s new four-year programs are designed so students can take them on-campus, online, or both. SUNY Canton OnLine features more than 65 courses online each semester. The college’s athletic teams have joined the NAIA’s Sunrise Conference, enabling students to compete in their respective sports for four years.

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Coordinator, or call 315/386-7528.

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