Applied Engineering and Technology Department: Lab Facilities

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Applied Engineering and Technology Department: Lab Facilities

The Applied Engineering and Technology Department maintains the following state-of-the-art labs for research and instructional use. The labs are housed in these facilities:

Graphics  Pressroom (HSL 137) supports  lithographic printing from beginning level to advanced and includes all aspects of product development from  printing to finishing. Student projects include 8-page pamphlets, brochures, posters and multi-signature booklets. Equipment includes  one offset duplicator (Multi 1650), one semi-automatic true two-color offset press (AB DICK 9995) with UV drying capabilities, Bostitch Stitcher, single-hole paper drill and a 28-inch paper cutter.

Robotics/Automation Center (EBE 167) is home to the robotics engineering technology program and a number of automation-related labs. It houses a CNC vertical milling machine, a LYNX lathe, a rapid prototyping machine, an Amatrol Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM) cell and numerous agile robotic platforms. It also features bench-top work stations with related hand tools and a large open floor robotics test area.

Computer-Aided Design/Drafting Lab (EBE 155) features 27 networked PCs  running AutoCAD, Inventor, Revit Architecture  and SoldWorks and associated software for engineering design,  solid modeling and analysis.  An HP LaserJet© printer is used for  smaller drawings, while an HP DesignJet© printer can create drawings up to D-size.  For rapid prototyping, a Stratasys Dimension BST 3D printer uses STL files to create precise deposition prototypes.

Computer Science/Computer Engineering Technology Projects Lab (EBE 301) contains reconfigurable furniture and PCs to facilitate individual students and work groups as they plan, design, develop, test and analyze computer science and computer  engineering technology senior-level projects. 

Digital/Embedded Systems Lab (EST 361) is used by CET and EET programs for digital electronics and microprocessor-based courses from introductory to embedded engineering levels. Each of the 12 workstations features a  networked Windows  PC, digital trainer, an 18-channel mixed-signal oscilloscope, function generator, power supply and microprocessor evaluation platform. The PCs host various engineering-related software tools, including LabVIEW, Multisim, AutoCAD Electrical and Code Warrior cross development platform.

Digital Prepress Lab (HSL 133B) has capabilities for scanning, page layout and image manipulation. It features 40 Macintosh© G5 2.3 GHz computers with DVD ROMs and 20-inch Color Sync monitors. Adobe InDesign© and Adobe Photoshop© are the primary software packages used for graphic design, digital image editing, page layout and desktop publishing. Color proofs are generated via large format inkjet and laser printers. Also available are flatbed and negative scanners and CD burners. This facility also includes Sheetfed Offset, Flexographic and Web Offset training simulators. 

Dr. Jay D. Helsel CADD/Drafting Lab (HSL 141) is an information/digital communication learning environment with SMART technology and networked computers for 35 students to design, develop and produce messages in various media. Students investigate and develop skills in CADD, graphic design, parametric modeling, digital audio, digital video, graphic production, websites and e-portfolios.

Linear Systems Lab (EST 371) supports 12 workstations, each with a networked PC  with Internet access, a Tekronix© function generator, a Tektronix© Digital Phosphorous Oscilloscope, a Wavetek© digital multimeter and a Tenma© triple output power supply. Four electric power workstations have a DC motor and generator, single-phase and three-phase AC motors and alternators, transformers and a dynamometer.  An HP laser printer is available for printing lab reports and assignments.

Electronics and Energy Control STEM Lab (HSL 201) A learning environment with SMART technology that houses 18 networked computers to develop STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) by integrating DC, AC, digital electronics, computer programming and microcontrollers with sensor systems and agile robotics. This lab is equipped with digital instrumentations, digital multi-meters, digital trainers, function generators, oscilloscopes, breadboard prototyping, robotic fabrication kits and additional specialized electronic equipment is available. 

Audio Production Lab (HSL 112) houses a specialized Digital Audio Workstation suite with three Macintosh Intel computers with digital reference speakers, 20-inch displays, dynamic microphones, MIDIs and ProToolsTM Digidesign 003 interface control surfaces. Software for recording, editing and final production include ProToolsTM LE, GarageBandTM, AudacityTM, Final Cut ExpressTM and i-MovieTM.  

Materials Testing Lab (EBE 165) includes a universal testing machine capable of tensile, compression, flexural, shear and other common mechanical tests on a variety of materials, and other material testing equipment.

Metrology Lab (EBE 161) features a variety of measuring devices and equipment, including a Brown & Sharpe Coordinate Measuring Machine (CMM), Leitz Libra measuring microscope and other precision measurement equipment.

Multimedia Technology Lab (HSL 204) is equipped with Macintosh© computers where students can design, create and publish print media, video, interactive multimedia presentations, web pages, animations and audio. Students can access the laboratory anytime there is not a class using their Cal Card.

Photography Studio and Darkroom (HSL 110) includes 12 enlargers for black and white as well as color photography. An automated processor is available for color prints. Single lens reflex and digital photography techniques are taught.

Screen Printing and Flexography Lab (HSL 126) provides hands-on experiences in a variety of aspects related to those two printing processes, from image design and manipulation  to printing and finishing. Student projects include posters, decals, textile prints, labels and process color printing on a variety of materials incorporating a variety of ink systems. Specialized equipment includes seven flatbed semi-automatic screen printing presses, six-color textile printer and dryer, three-color flexographic web press, sheet photopolymer platemaker,  and screen imaging facilities.


Digital Printing Lab (HSL 123) incorporates narrow and wide format full color digital printing capabilities through a variety of digital imaging processes. Student projects are designed to show how digital printing provides superior quality and color consistency for shorter run lengths. Creative communication solutions are incorporated through the use of variable data printing related to digital marketing.

Computer Engineering Systems Lab (EBE 351) is shared by students from multiple programs including CET, EET and CS. This lab supports projects-based courses such as computer networking, control systems and senior projects. With its mix of workstations and lecture area, this lab also supports laboratory preps and technical presentations. The 12 workstations each feature a modern, networked Windows PC hosting various engineering-related software packages as well as access to a high-end Unix server used in various CET/EET courses.