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Author: Judy Donahue

ENG1001, ENG1100, ENG1101, ENG1102

Fundamentals of engineering courses –

The Spatial Visualization test must be passed prior to enrolling in ENG1001 or ENG1101.  Take ENG1002 along with your first ENG course if you do not achieve a score of at least 19 on the Spat Vis test.  Transfer students with credit for ENG1101 must pass the Spatial Visualization test before enrolling in ENG1102. (or take ENG1002 prior to taking ENG1102)

Email efadvise@mtu.edu or go to the Engineering Fundamentals Department to take the spatial visualization test:  Dillman 112,   487-3057

Pre-calc students (MA1031, 1032) take ENG1001 in fall, then ENG1100 in spring, then ENG1102 next fall.

  • ENG1101 has a co-req of MA1160/61  (or pre-req)
  • ENG1102 has a co-req of MA2160  (or pre-req)
  • ENG1001, ENG1101, ENG1102 (transfer students) have Spatial Visualization test as pre-req or take ENG1002 as co-req

ENG Courses

Objectives of Engineering Fundamentals courses:

  • To develop an appreciation for the engineering profession
  • To develop proficiency in the use of computers to solve engineering problems
  • To introduce fundamental engineering and design concepts
  • To improved technical communication skills
  • To understand ethics and it’s importance in the engineering profession


Engineering Design Options

Part of being a nationally accredited degree program, includes the application of your major skills and knowledge in engineering design.
BS-RE, BS-EE and BS-CpE Engineering Design requirements may be fulfilled by one of the following options:

1) Senior Design – the Year-long engineering design-focused project team. Real-life engineering problem, sponsored by a company that loves to recruit Tech engineers!

EE4901 + EE4910  or   MEEM4901 + MEEM4911 or BE4901 and BE4910.

2) Enterprise:  Students may use four semesters of enterprise project work, beginning with junior year or at that point when you have 4 semesters left until graduation:  ENT3950, ENT3960, ENT4950 and ENT4960.
(ENT1950, ENT1960, ENT2950, ENT2960, and ENT3980 may not be applied to engineering design requirements) Add business and leadership skills to your resume, along with practicing your major skills in engineering design.

3) EPSEuropean Project Semester:  be a part of a team overseas and fulfill your design requirements in one semester, working on a project with students from other countries.  Look for details on the Study abroad website and attend Study Abroad 101. Your project must be approved by the ECE Department beforehand, to satisfy  EE3901(4900), EE4901, EE4910. Provide detailed project description to your academic advisor. Some HASS credits may be possible.  Senior Class standing at time of project, and EE3131 and EE3171 for EE’s,  or EE3173 for CpE’s must be complete prior to EPS.

4) Other – occasionally another team project experience may apply.  If you find another opportunity where you can apply your major design skills on a team project (such as with another engineering department), you may bring your project course syllabus to the Undergraduate Program Committee for review and possible approval. (see Judy or Liz first)

Engineering Design Prerequisites must be complete, so that you are “Senior Design Ready”.

Engineering Design outcomes:

  • Ability to design a system, component or process- CpE’s: including an integrated hardware/software system to meet desired needs.  EE: using EE skills and modern EE tools
  • Function on multi-disciplinary team(s) as demonstrated by the execution of a team project that is too large, complex, or diverse for a single person
  • Identify, formulate and solve engineering problems, including the ability to evaluate hardware/software trade-offs (CpE’s).
  • Understand professional and ethical responsibility
  • communicate effectively in IEEE-compatible written and oral presentation styles
  • use relevant techniques, skills and modern EE and/or  computer-engineering tools, including methods and tools for modeling and simulation of digital system performance and dependability
  • ability to function in a major design experience incorporating most of economic, environmental, sustainability, manufacturability, ethical, health and safety, social and political considerations


Senior Rule

While you are a senior, and if you have room in your schedule, you may take credits and reserve them for a “graduate transcript” making the credits available for possible use toward a future graduate degree. Credits taken under “Senior Rule” may not apply to your undergraduate degree.  It is up to your future graduate program whether the credits will be accepted or not.

Information and Senior Rule Form.


ECE Learning and Help Center: EERC 123

The ITC Learning and Help Center is hosting limited Virtual Hours for Fall 2020  via this Zoom Link during the following times:

Afternoons:
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday:  1 pm – 4 pm
Tuesday: 1 pm – 3 pm

Evenings:
6 pm – 8 pm Sunday through Thursday

Can in-person coaching sessions be scheduled? If you need face-to-face help, feel free to contact one of the coaches and see if they can meet you in EERC room 123 at a mutually convenient time.


CpE and EE Double Major

If you enjoy both hardware and software, or can’t decide between EE and CpE, consider a double major (or a Master’s degree – even better!)

To  Add a double-major and/or change your primary major, use the Curriculum change portlet in MyMichiganTech.

Meet all requirements for both majors.
Flowchart: Here is a sample CpE + EE Double major 5 year plan. This can be done in 4.5 years with heavier credit loads, or if you are ahead on course completions.

Meet with Judy for questions and help with planning.  You can start out following the CpE flowhart and add additional courses later on.  It is usually best to make CpE your primary major and EE your secondary major.  You may switch those prior to graduation, if you’d rather have EE as your primary major on your diploma.


Study abroad

Thinking about a Study-Abroad semester?  Mini video(coming soon) – info and tips. (pdf quick viewing)

How about going somewhere warm (or cold) during winter, spring or summer, earning credits (typically gen ed), and having a great experience!

The study-abroad program advisor is Ms. Vienna Chapin, studyabroad@mtu.edu. Attend one of the workshops in the Pavlis Honors College,  to find out how to get started:
Tuesdays at 2 pm  and Wednesdays at 11am, 722 M&M Building.

Start your via-TRM portal today!

Go to above link to search for programs  and for application deadlines. EE and CpE Seniors can meet their engineering design requirements in the European Project Semester(EPS) program. The project must be pre-approved for your major prior to beginning EPS. (see blog entry regarding engineering design options)

In addition to the programs listed on the Study Abroad website, be sure to ask about faculty-led international experiences, such as railroad engineering in Finland, or HASS courses in England, Greece and Costa Rica, summer programs.

Contact information:    Study Abroad,  722 M&M,  487-1876, studyabroad@mtu.edu

How can an international experience help you get a job?  Most students grow in certain qualities that will not just add a line to your resume, but boost your skills in areas such as relations, communication, empathy, leadership, integrity, ethics, self-confidence and conflict resolution while you learn about another land and culture. This experience can give your resume a boost when applying for jobs at companies with affiliates in multiple countries.

It certainly gives you an immersive experience in another culture! Through USAC, Viterbo, Italy in Summer 2014 was amazing!  Walking around exploring a medieval walled city, hearing only Italian and not understanding more than a few words, was a unique experience. I absorbed everything I could and enjoyed every second, even  in times of stress (catch the right train?).  Italy is as beautiful as the pictures in magazines. The towns with their Duomos – are magnificent! So much to see and learn! History is well-preserved in central Italy.

Check out the USAC programs – many countries to choose from! More programs are found on the Study Abroad website.

Ciao!


Requirements to change major to ECE major (CpE, EE, or RE)

If you are already an EE, RE or CpE student, changing/adding a major within the ECE Department is easy. Simply submit your request through the curriculum change portal in MyMichiganTech.

If you are interested in changing your major to Electrical Enginering (EE), Robotics Engineering (RE) or Computer Engineering (CpE) from another major, you should be aware of a few requirements.

To transfer into the EE or RE major:

  • Must have MA2160 (Calculus II) complete
  • ENGPA 2.75 or higher
    • Or a GPA in CS/EE/MA course of 2.75+ (based on 25 credits of those subjects)
  • Cumulative GPA 2.5 or higher
  • Cannot be on probation status currently
  • Two most recent full semesters must be good academic standing (off probation)

To transfer into the CpE major:

  • Must have MA2160 (Calculus II) complete
  • ENGPA 2.75 or higher
    • Or a GPA in CS/EE/MA course of 2.75+ (based on 25 credits of those subjects)
  • Cumulative GPA 2.5 or higher
  • Cannot be on probation status currently
  • Two most recent full semesters must be Good Academic Standing  (off probation)

What to shoot for early on: Achieve an A or B in programming (CS1121, CS1122 or CS1131), Math (MA1160, MA2160, MA2321, MA3521) and Physics (PH2100 and PH2200) courses to be successful in subsequent ECE classes and career.