Introduction to Engineering Technology

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  • Edition: 7th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2008-04-30
  • Publisher: Pearson
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This book presents an overall view of the engineering world and explains how the technician and technologist fits into that world, stressing the importance of a good attitude and close attention to detail.Introduction to Engineering Technology, Seventh Editionalso provides students with an opportunity to use the language and tools of the math-sciences, such as using an engineering calculator, understanding basic applied math (such as algebra and trigonometry, with emphasis on applied), and the value of good communication skills.

Author Biography

Jeffrey L. Rankinen is an associate professor at the Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. He is a member of the Electronics and Computer Engineering Technology department. Jeff teaches basic electronics courses, while his specialty areas include optical communications and nanotechnology. In addition to teaching credit courses, Jeff is a Tyco Electronics AMP NETCONNECT instructor for the AMP ACT 1 and ACT 2 certification courses in premises cabling systems. He also actively consults for local industry in the area of fiber optic installation and repair. His educational credentials include a Ph.D. from the Pennsylvania State University in Materials, an M.S. from the Pennsylvania State University in Electrical Engineering, a B.S. from the Rochester Institute of Technology in Electrical Engineering and A.A.S. degrees in electronics and computer science from the Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Table of Contents

Engineering Technology as a Careerp. 1
History of Engineering and Technologyp. 2
The Industrial Teamp. 6
The Career Decisionp. 16
A Career in Engineering Technologyp. 22
Problemsp. 23
Selected Readingsp. 25
Career Choices in the Engineering Technologiesp. 26
Chemical Engineering Technicianp. 26
Civil and Architectural Engineering Technicianp. 29
Electrical/Electronic Engineering Technicianp. 33
Computer Engineering Technicianp. 38
Industrial Engineering Technicianp. 40
Mechanical Engineering Technicianp. 44
Problemsp. 50
Selected Readingsp. 51
Survival Skills-Preparing for the Engineering Technologiesp. 52
Pursuing a Technology Degreep. 54
Using an Engineering Libraryp. 62
Problem Solvingp. 64
Professionalismp. 75
Problemsp. 79
Selected Readingsp. 81
The Calculatorp. 82
Purchasing a Calculatorp. 82
Signed Numbers and Algebraic Logicp. 85
Powers and Rootsp. 92
Using Scientific Notationp. 94
Graphing with a Calculator-"A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words"p. 100
Programming a Calculatorp. 108
Problemsp. 110
Selected Readingsp. 117
Measurement Systemsp. 118
The Fundamental Unitsp. 118
Conversion of Units Within the English Systemp. 126
Conversion of Units Within the International Systemp. 131
Conversion of Units Between Systemsp. 135
The Use of Dimensional Analysisp. 137
Precision of the Inch and Millimeter Scalesp. 143
Problemsp. 145
Selected Readingsp. 152
Right-Triangle Trigonometry and Geometry for Technologistsp. 153
Right-Triangle Relationshipsp. 153
Right-Triangle Applicationsp. 160
Vector Applicationsp. 166
Geometry Applications for Technologistsp. 173
Solid Geometry for Technologistsp. 180
Problemsp. 184
Selected Readingsp. 191
The Technical Laboratoryp. 192
Performing an Experimentp. 194
Reducing Errors in the Laboratoryp. 195
Data Collection and Calculating Resultsp. 201
Presenting Data-Graphingp. 209
Reportingp. 215
Problemsp. 225
Selected Readingsp. 230
The Personal Computerp. 231
Mainframe Computers Led to the PCp. 231
Glossary 8.1p. 238
The Personal Computer Systemp. 240
The Operating Systemp. 252
Application Software-A Surveyp. 255
Notebooks, PDAs, and Future Trendsp. 273
Glossary 8.2p. 276
Problemsp. 278
Selected Readingsp. 280
Networking, the Internet, and Industrial Automationp. 281
Computer Networksp. 281
The Internetp. 289
Using the Internetp. 300
Process Controlp. 307
Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs)p. 312
Personal Computers (PCs)-User-Friendlyp. 316
Distributed Controlp. 317
Problemsp. 321
Selected Readingsp. 323
Your Future in Technologyp. 324
The Evolving Computer-A Base for High Technologyp. 326
Roboticsp. 334
Optical Systemsp. 339
Materials Technologyp. 348
The Environmentp. 356
Meeting the High-Technology Needs of the World-A Challengep. 361
Problemsp. 363
Selected Readingsp. 365
Professional Organizations in Engineeringp. 366
Algebraic Rulesp. 367
Trigonometryp. 370
Glossary of Abbreviations and Acronymsp. 373
Answers to Odd-Numbered Problemsp. 375
Indexp. 385
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