Facilities Engineering Technology
The Facility Engineering Technology (FET) major provides an undergraduate education for industrial engineers employed in large-scale facilities; commercial buildings, power plants and manufacturing facilities. The curriculum provides a foundation in the fundamentals of mechanical and electrical system engineering, as well as practical training in the operation and maintenance of real-world commercial and industrial facilities.
Program Educational Objectives
FET graduates of the California Maritime Academy working in the engineering profession will meet the following program educational objectives:
- Graduates will have the knowledge and ability to perform analysis, applications engineering, and system or process development in large commercial, industrial, institutional and power generation facilities.
- Graduates will have the knowledge and ability to operate and maintain systems or processes in large commercial, industrial, institutional and power generation facilities.
- Graduates will have the knowledge and ability to communicate effectively using speaking, writing and presentation skills including the ability to put together a compelling argument.
- Graduates will demonstrate a respect for professional, ethical and social issues as well as a commitment to safety, quality and productivity.
Graduates of the Facility Engineering Technology program will have:
- a mastery of the knowledge, techniques, skills and modern tools of facilities engineering technology.
- an ability to apply current knowledge and adapt to emerging applications of mathematics, science, engineering and technology to problems associated with facilities equipment and systems.
- an ability to use proper laboratory practices, use instrumentation for measuring physical phenomena, analyze and interpret experiments and apply experimental results to improve processes and design.
- an ability to apply creativity in the design of systems, components or processes in the facilities environment.
- an ability to function effectively on teams.
- an ability to apply the principles of fluid mechanics, hydrostatic stability, solid mechanics, materials, dynamics and energy systems to technical problems related to facilities equipment, systems and structures.
- an ability to communicate effectively in a technical environment.
- a recognition of the need for and the ability to engage in lifelong learning including the need for updating technical knowledge and skills.
- an ability to understand and apply concepts of professional, ethical and social responsibilities.
- a respect for diversity and a knowledge of contemporary, professional, societal and global issues.
- a commitment to quality, safety, timeliness and continuous improvement.
- an ability to receive the certification as a Certified Plant Engineer-in Training.
- an ability to engage in the operation, maintenance, analysis and management of modern facilities including power plants, HVAC and energy conservation.
- an ability to perform economic analyses and industrial operations planning including managing technical projects involving scheduling and cost analysis.
- a knowledge to manage technical projects involving manufacturing for schedules, costs and quality assurance.
The FET curriculum includes three 60-day practical training experiences; one sea training period aboard the Training Ship GOLDEN BEAR and two industry co-operative education opportunities. The FET program also requires satisfactory completion of a qualifying examination administered by the Association for Facilities Engineering (AFE) to become a Certified Plant Engineer-in Training (CPE-IT).