Want to visit campus, but unable to do so at the moment? We’ve got you covered. The video below takes you on a tour through the department – including many of our labs, classrooms, and other academic spaces. Filmed by one of our own Engineering Technology students, this video will not only give you a view of the department from a student’s perspective, but it will hopefully also answer some of the questions you have.
We still recommend setting up an in-person tour of the department when that option is available again. Please contact the department or use our online tour submission form to start that process. We hope to see you on campus soon!
– The Faculty and Staff of the Department of Engineering Technology –
The lab consists of a Nelson and Pade F-5 aquaponic system. An F-5 can annually produce 110 lbs of fish and >1,000 heads of lettuce, other leafy crops or a variety of vegetables such as tomatoes, beans, cucumbers and more. The F5 has a single 110-gallon fish tank and 2—3’ x 5’ plant grow beds. The F5 was set-up as a hands-on class project (ENGR 202) and is managed by an ERIC staff member with student support. The lab is used for student employment, class demonstrations, laboratory activities, and community engagement.
The biodiesel lab consists of two processing systems. The first is a BioPro™ 190 Automated Biodiesel Processor that reclaims waste oil from UW Oshkosh dining services and from dining activities at Fox Valley Technical College in Appleton. The second system is a customized series of seed presses and processors that can extract oils from commercial seeds such as canola, sunflower, and soy. There are two students employed at the facility and are responsible for collection, processing, and distribution of the biodiesel product to our biodigester operations. The lab is used for student employment, class demonstrations, laboratory activities, and community engagement.
Communications Research Lab Room HS 327
This lab has a collection of software defined radios (USRPs), a spectrum analyzer, a mobile robot, a mmWave Imaging kit, LiDAR sensor and Matlab/Simulink software. These provide students the opportunity to get involved in scholarly research, learn about emerging and exploratory technologies, and gain first-hand innovative problem-solving experience in wireless communications, signal processing and Internet-of-Things (IoT).
• 2 Universal Software Radio Peripheral -Texas Instruments, N210
• 2 Universal Software Radio Peripheral -Texas Instruments, X310
• 1Spectrum Analyzer -Tektronix RSA306
• 1 Millimeter Wave Imaging Kit -IMAGEVK-74 by Mini-Circuits
• 1 Mobile robot-Qbot 2e by Quanser
Engineering Computer Lab Room HS 304
In addition to the computers dedicated to all students, the Department of Engineering Technology students have ID card access to the Engineering Technology Computer Lab, which contains 20 workstations with large format printers, #d printing, large format monitors running AutoCAD, Solid Works, Matlab, ARC GIS and other software required for courses. The lab has both standard and large format printing in color and black and white. It is open 24 hours a day for student use and study needs.
• 24 HP Workstations with 24” Flat Screen
• HP LaserJet Black & White 700 M712 Printer for up to 11”x17” prints
• HP Color Laser Jet Enterprise M750 Printer for up to 11” x 17” Prints
• HP ScanJet Pro 2500
• 24 AutoCad Electrical/Mechanical Software Seats
• 24 SolidWorks Software Seats
• 5 Microsoft Project Software Seats
• 5 Matlab Software Seats
• 13 Solarpath Software Seats
3D Printer Rapid Prototype Lab Room HS 304A
• 2 HP Computers with 3D Printing Software (i.e. Slicer, Parameter Setting, etc)
• 2 Dremel Model 3D45 3D Filament Printers
• Ultimaker 2 Extended + 3D Filament Printer
• Formlabs 3D Resin Based Printer
Environmental Research and Innovation Center (ERIC)
The Environmental Research and Innovation Center was developed as a state-of the- art contract testing facility that performs a unique mission that is not suited to traditional academic departments. The ERIC supports businesses nationally by working with them to develop value-added products from their current waste products. The activities of the ERIC are driven by their client’s needs and students work on projects that would be analogous to those brought to a consulting company. The ERIC is certified by US EPA, WI DNR, US Composting Council, American Biogas Council, and the WI Dept. of Ag. Trade and Consumer Protection. It is a state-of-the-art facility with five fulltime staff supporting its activities. The ERIC employs over 50 students per year in handson research and testing activities. The activities include field sampling and testing as well as lab and pilot-scale studies. The lab is used for student employment, class demonstrations, laboratory activities, and community engagement. There is also a 400W windmill that was set-up as a class project (ENGR 375).
Electronics Lab Room HS 369
This lab is equipped with brand new bench-top instruments (oscilloscopes, signal generators, DMMs, Power Supply, trainer boards – 15 units of each), components and accessories to support instruction on electrical/electronic circuits, semiconductor devices, and analog/digital circuits. Software suites of PSpice, Multisim, Matlab and Simulink are available for simulation of circuits, electronics, communications, and signals/systems. Microcontrollers and robots are available for developing projects, and emulating technological applications. Both the hardware and software resources of this lab allow students to complement theoretical learning, enhance computational problem solving, and acquire valuable practical hands-on skills and insights through design, implementation, analysis and troubleshooting of concepts, systems and projects.
- 15 Oscilloscope -Tektronix MDO3012
- 15 DC power supply -Keithley 2230-30-1
- 15 function generator (AFG)- Tektronix AFG1022
- 15 digital multimeters (benchtop)- Keithley 2110-120
- 15 Analog and Digital Design Workstation-Global Specialties PB-503
- 1 Digital multimeters (handheld)-BK Precision 388B
- 1 IC tester (analog)-BK Precision Linear IC Tester Model 570A
- 1 IC tester (digital)- BK Precision Digital IC Tester Model 575A
- 2 LCR meter- BK Precision 879B
- 5 Microcontrollers- Arduino
- 20 Microcontrollers- ESP32+micro USB cables
- 5 Assembled robots- Global Specialties: RP6V2-C: AUTONOMOUS ROBOTIC VEHICLE KIT
- 5 Assembled robots- Global Specialties: R680: BANSHI ROBOTIC ARM
- 10 Resistance box- TT No. 455ME200 (Model RS-200)
- 10 Tool set box- Multi-purpose tool kit
- Breadboads, components, cutters, wires- Mixed collection
Environmental Research and Assessment Lab Room HS 148
The lab supports research and teaching pertaining to the fragmentation of phosphorus species into those that are bio-available and not available for algal uptake. The knowledge will support efforts to reduce harmful and nuisance algal blooms. We use a Dual Culture Diffusion Apparatus to determine the temporal variability in the fraction of bio-available phosphorus in the Fox River and the spatial variability in bioavailable phosphorus in the Lake Decatur system.
• Drying oven
Fluids Lab Room HS 368
The Fluids Lab provides a basic introduction to dynamics of fluids. Students will become familiar with methods to measure flow, use and application of pumps and dynamics of closed (pipe) and open channel flow
- Water table with magnetic flow meter
- 5 meter long flow channel for use of open flow channel dynamics and student developed inserts for use in calculations in entrance and exit losses.
- Open flow channel with a length of 2.5 meter with several inserts developed by students under the channel
- For open flow channel measurement of volume vs time we have several weir inserts which can be used in conjunction with the flow tables. Students evaluate the accuracy of different weirs and derive the attendant parameters to “calibrate” the weirs.
- Pipe-flow rack, developed by students to experiment with pipe-flow, derivation of roughness coefficients, to measure head-loss in pipes and valves / 90 degree elbows. To measure headloss we use a contractor grade Hydronic Differential Pressure Manometer from Dwyer (Series 490A)
- Piping rack with water table
- Eleven 90 degree bends to measure headloss
- Hydronic Differential Pressure Manometer from Dwyer (Series 490A)
- TO determine permeability and Darcy’s coefficient we have two Humboldt constant head tank testing equipment used in field testing. Students use this setup to determine what the permeability is for different media and determine if certain aggregate is suitable for application in mount septic drain fields
- Pump testing equipment to determine the effects of two pumps in parallel and two pumps in series on head and volume
- Pump testing equipment to determine the effects of two pumps in parallel and two pumps in series on head and volume
Material Testing Lab
• PASCO Material Testing System ME-8244 (32 sets)
Mechatronics Lab Room HS 306
The lab contains 15 workstations with a standard software suite plus AutoCAD, AutoCAD Electrical, and Rockwell Studio 5000 packages. There are three Allen-Bradley ControlLogix 1769-L30ERM PLCs with digital and analog I/O modules integrated into training stations that can also be configured for benchtop interfacing as required. The lab also has a multi-station conveyor system with an ABB IRB 120 robot.
• 16 HP Computers with RSLinx, Factory Talk 5000 and Studio 500 Software Seats
• 4 Programmable Logic Control Trainers with Allen Bradley PanelView Plus 600
• 3 Programmable Logic Control Trainers with Allen Bradley PanelView Plus 1000
• ABB Robot Type IRB 120
• Robot Studio Software Seat
• Control Panel for Controlling Conveyor System & Robot
• 10 Logic Control Wiring Simulators
Teaching and Energy Research Industrial Lab (TERIL) Room HS 301
The Teaching and Energy Research Industrial Lab has been established to follow trends observed in the engineering industry and to forge a strong connection with the industrial sector. TERIL consists of several small-scale experimental units commonly used in manufacturing. The lab’s infrastructure supports teaching and research within the university’s mechanical engineering technology program, and provides innovative and applicable ways to learn about technology firsthand..The TERIL is a valuable addition to offer courses such as EGRT 342 Measurement, Control & Data Acquisition to enrich students in preparation for professional careers.
Own-designed and constructed experimental units:
• Pumping station: 4 x centrifugal pumps, 4 x power meters (Acuvim II), 4 x Variable Speed Drive (Automation Direct GS2 AC Drive), 4 x flowmeters (IFM SM2001), 1x NI Compact DAQ 9174 USB Chassis, National Instruments modules (NI 9201 Analog Input, NI 9264 Analog Output)
• Chiller station: 3 Ton Industrial Chiller (PACIFIC RIM INTERNATIONAL MACHINERY HC – 03WCI), Automation Direct DURApulse AC Variable Speed Drives:(i) GS3-23P0 for compressor and (ii) GS3-21P0 for recirculation pump, power meter (Acuvim II), Eemax 240-Volt 13 kW 2.4 GPM Tankless Electric Water Heater, magnetic-inductive flowmeter ProSense FMM75-1002, National Instruments CompactDAQ Chassis (cDAQ 9174) with modules: (NI 9205 and NI-9211)
• Compressed Air system: 2x Chicago Pneumatic QRS 10 compressors, Allen-Bradley PowerFlex 520 Variable Speed Drive, FTB-933 flowmeters, 2x power meters (Accuvim II), National Instruments CompactDAQ Chassis (cDAQ 9171) with AI module (NI 9205).
• Flameless combustion Furnace (prototype being under patenting process), vortex flowmeter (RWG05), 1x NI Compact DAQ 9174 USB Chassis, National Instruments modules (NI 9201 Analog Input, NI 9213)
• 2x Dell PC with National Instruments LabVIew software• Meters and loggers:
• Combustion Multi-Gas Analyzer BACHARACH ECA450
• 1200A 3-Phase Power Analyzer/Datalogger EXTECH 382100
• Wireless TRMS Multimeter EXTECH EX 540
• Pressure loggers with transducers EXTECH SDL 700 and EXTECH PT 150
• True RMS AC Voltage/Current Datalogger EXTECH DL 150
Department of Engineering and Engineering Technology