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 function effectively as leaders on professional teams.
- 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).