ECPI University Now Offering Mechanical Engineering Technology Degree

New Program Developed in Response to Demand for Skilled Professionals

ECPI University is pleased to announce that it is now offering a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering Technology degree at its Virginia Beach campus. The curriculum focuses on core areas such as:

• Mechanical design and analysis
• Material science and manufacturing processes
• Thermal-fluid-energy sciences
• Computer aided engineering graphics and analysis
• Electro-mechanical devices
• Instrumentation and controls

“Forbes Magazine recently named Hampton Roads as the 7th ranked region in the United States for Manufacturing growth,” says ECPI University Virginia Beach Campus President Kevin Paveglio. “With the assistance of our curriculum advisory board – comprised of employers in the manufacturing sector – we have designed a program to meet the demand. This should be a win for everyone, including graduates who enter rewarding careers and the Commonwealth of Virginia which becomes more economically competitive.”

ECPI University’s curriculum prepares graduates for entry-level employment in various public and private industries in such areas as:

• Mechanical Product Design & Fabrication
• Automation & Manufacturing
• Power Generation & Plant Management
• Transportation: Vehicles & Infrastructure
• Systems Control

For more information about this program, please visit www.ecpi.edu/technology/program/mechanical-engineering-technology.

 

 

 

Mayor’s Roundtable

ECPI University was pleased to host Virginia Beach Mayor Will Sessoms today for one of his mayoral roundtables. Today’s discussion: encouraging manufacturing in Virginia Beach, most notably education for young people and workforce development.

Cutting-Edge Manufacturing Camp for Students

ECPI knows a thing or two about manufacturing, and that is why the university decided to be a sponsor of the Manufacturing Technology Summer Camp hosted by STIHL Inc. The camp ran July 13 through 16 in which more than 30 high school students from schools in North Carolina, Southeastern Virginia and District of Columbia participated. Designed to promote careers in modern manufacturing, the camp activities included classes on cutting-edge manufacturing technologies such as computer-controlled machining and robotics.

“This four-day, hands-on camp is designed to introduce students to modern manufacturing through tours, presentations, small projects, and a competitive manufacturing activity,” said Simon Nance, the director of the camp as well as manager of training and development for STIHL Inc.

With federal funding for vocational training and education at risk of being cut by 20 percent, business and education partnership programs like this are becoming increasingly important. The camp culminated with a two-hour competition on Saturday, July 16. Students were organized into five teams and collaborated to manufacture clocks. The teams were evaluated based on production efficiency, inventory management, quality standards, and innovative thinking. Each school with a winning team member won a First Technical Challenge startup kit from FIRST Robotics, and each student earned a $1,000 Virginia Industry Foundation scholarship for his or her future education.

Winning team members of the Stihl competition.

The winning team members were:

Christopher Benedetto, Kellam High School, Virginia Beach, VA, Brad Holmes, Landstown High School, Virginia Beach, VA, Sinh Ly, Landstown High School, Virginia Beach, VA, Joseph Frandsen, Granby High School, Norfolk, VA, Sharissa Marshall, Grassfield High School, Chesapeake, VA

The competition was judged by academic, corporate and community leaders including Norfolk councilwoman Angelia Williams and Ron Villanueva, delegate of the 21st district of Virginia. Other judges included Dee Tomczak from Virginia FIRST Robotics and Paul Dockery from ECPI University. “It was great seeing the youth go from not knowing much about manufacturing to putting together an entire production plan for the competition,” said Paul. “It was a great example why ECPI likes to be involved in STEM (science, technology, electronics, and math) activities in the community that are building our future workforce.”