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Fuel Cell Technology

The mechanical engineering technology fuel cell major incorporates mechanical, electrical and chemical technologies to provide education for the application of scientific and engineering principles focused on sustainable alternative energy sources with emphasis on fuel cell technology and the systems required to support a fuel cell power system.

In the classroom, laboratory, and field, students will be introduced to the fundamentals of sustainable alternative energy sources, fuel cell technology, and the balance of plant systems to operate sustainable alternative energy systems. The program emphasizes the establishment of basic engineering knowledge and knowledge of sustainable alternative energy systems with emphasis on fuel cell systems. The program covers principles of engineering technology in a broad spectrum of disciplines from mechanical, electrical, and electro-chemical engineering technology.

Graduates of this technical major may work as technicians in mechanical engineering technology and sustainable alternative energy laboratories and design offices, mechanical and energy estimating, public agencies and as technical sales staff.

The mechanical engineering technology program is accredited by the Technology Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (TAC of ABET).

A graduate of this program will earn an associate of applied science degree in mechanical engineering technology.

Two certificates are available for the Fuel Cell course of study, the first certificate is a Certificate of Competency for completing the required fuel cell courses. The second certificate is a one-year Ohio Board of Regents Fuel Cell Certificate for completing the required course work outlined in the certificate course of study.

A potential list of employers of these graduates would be LG  Fuel Cell Systems Inc., Lockheed Martin, Contained Energy, Technology Management Inc., Nextech Materials, Ltd, Catacel Corp., Plug-Power, and over 900 companies in the Ohio Fuel Cell Supply Chain Database.

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Associate Degree Course Sequence

SSC101  Student Success Seminar
MET229  Introduction to Alternative Energy and Fuel Cells
CHM141  General Chemistry I
MTH135  Pre-Calculus
ENG124  College Composition
DET125  Basic AutoCAD
MET124  Statics & Strength of Materials
MET230  Analysis and Applications of Types of Fuel Cells
CSE122  Programming Logic & Problem Solving
PHY121  College Physics I with Algebra
COM123  Small Group Communication
MET222  Fluid Power
MET231  Fuel Cell Systems
DET230  Advanced AutoCAD (Inventor)
MTH221  Concepts of Calc. or MTH223 Analytical Geo – Calc. I
EST130  Electrical Circuits and Devices
MET227  Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer
MET232  Fuel Cell Project
ENG221  Technical Report Writing
MET225  Manufacturing Processes or AIT122 Machine Tools
Arts & Humanities Elective


One-Year Certificate Course Sequence

SSC101  Student Success Seminar
MTH135  Pre-Calculus
MET229  Alternative Energy Sources/Fuel Cells
MET230   Analysis/Applications of Fuel Cells
EST130 Electrical Circuits and Devices
DET125  Basic AutoCAD
MET225  Manufacturing Processes
MET231  Fuel Cell Systems
MET232  Fuel Cell Project
EET227  PLCs and Industrial Controls I
EET128  National Electric Code & Electrical System Design
CSE122  Programming Logic and Problem Solving