Joseph T. Buba Department of Physics and Technology
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The Joseph T. Buba Department of Physics and Technology offers instruction in engineering, astronomy, electronics, physics and manufacturing engineering technology. It prepares students for rapid employment in industrial research or advanced study in graduate school, and emphasizes small class sizes for personalized attention and assistance.
The Physics programs offer a broad background in fundamental physics while delivering specialized experiences in astronomical applications. The department participates in a cooperative engineering dual program—sometimes called a “3+2” program. As part of the 3/2 engineering track, students complete three years of study at Edinboro in basic science, math and introductory engineering followed by two years or more of study at a cooperating university to complete their engineering degree requirements. The student receives both an Edinboro degree and an engineering degree from the cooperating university.
The Department’s Technology component prepares students for placements in industry, manufacturing and applied technology, as well as positions that require financial planning and marketing decision-making for industrial firms. Paid internships at high-profile firms in the greater Erie area, graduate assistantships and summer research initiatives are available to department students.
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This interdisciplinary program was developed jointly by the Department of Physics & Technology and the Department of Business and Economics in order to address industry needs. This curriculum will allow graduates to progress professionally from engineering technology positions within a firm to positions that require analytical and financial decision-making for their employers. The program will prepare students for careers such as production team leaders, quality coordinators, new product development coordinators, production analysts, operations analysts, industrial sales specialists, among others.
The program is defined at the baccalaureate level and will be attractive to students currently working in the manufacturing sector and to those that are pursuing, or had previously completed, associate-level training in manufacturing engineering technology at Edinboro University or other specialized training at community colleges or technical schools.
Edinboro University and the Colleges of Engineering and of Earth and Mineral Sciences of The Pennsylvania State University, the Behrend College of Pennsylvania State University, Case Western Reserve University, and the School of Engineering of the University of Pittsburgh have established cooperative educational programs in liberal arts and engineering. An enrolled student at Edinboro University will spend three years, or the equivalent, studying liberal arts subjects along with basic mathematics, physics, chemistry, and introductory engineering courses. After satisfactory completion of the Edinboro phase of the program and recommendation by the Engineering Studies Committee of Edinboro University, they will spend two years or the equivalent at one of the cooperative universities, where they will complete the engineering course requirements as specified by that institution. Successful completion of this program will lead to an appropriate baccalaureate degree from each institution. Since normal progression through the cooperative program will consist of 3 years of study at Edinboro University and 2 years of study at the cooperating university, the program is called a 3/2 Program in Engineering. Case Western Reserve University refers to their cooperating program as the Binary Program, and also allows transfer into curricula other than engineering.
The Theoretical Physics Track is intended for those who wish to pursue physics as a career. Many graduates of this program continue their education with M.S. or Ph.D. work. Others seek immediate employment in industry, government, or university labs. A baccalaureate physics degree is more or less equivalent to a “generalized” engineering degree, and most employers hire such degree holders with this in mind.
The Associates of Applied Science in Applied Technology combines training in specialized technology and business administration to prepare graduates for careers in engineering technology leadership. The A.A.S. program provides an opportunity for those with technical certification or training from other accredited institutions to complete a relevant associate degree, while the program is flexible enough to serve students that wish to complete all technical training at Edinboro University. This program will prepare students for occupations such as engineering technicians, industry team leaders, quality coordinators, new product development coordinators and sales specialists among others. The A.A.S. program will be attractive to students currently working in the manufacturing sector and to those pursuing certificate-level training in engineering technology at a university or other specialized training at community colleges or technical schools..
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The Associates of Applied Science in Applied Technology combines training in specialized technology and business administration to prepare graduates for careers in engineering technology leadership. The A.A.S. program provides an opportunity for those with technical certification or training from other accredited institutions to complete a relevant associate degree, while the program is flexible enough to serve students that wish to complete all technical training at Edinboro University. This program will prepare students for occupations such as engineering technicians, industry team leaders, quality coordinators, new product development coordinators and sales specialists among others. The A.A.S. program will be attractive to students currently working in the manufacturing sector and to those pursuing certificate-level training in engineering technology at a university or other specialized training at community colleges or technical schools.
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The Associate of Applied Science in Aeronautical Science program emphasizes courses that prepare graduates of the program for careers in aviation as professional pilots. Graduates gain the required knowledge in the areas of mathematics, physics, communications, and aeronautics in order to immediately pursue a career as a commercial pilot. The flight and ground school training is provided by a flight school certified by the Federal Aviation Administration or, alternatively, this training may be satisfied by possession of a current license/certification at the appropriate level. This portion of the training has additional associated costs that depend on how the flight training requirements are satisfied.
Graduates of the associate program will earn the following in technical flight training which may be offered on or off campus and has associated costs:
The Associate of Applied Science in Electric Utility Technology program emphasizes courses that prepare graduates of the program for careers as a lineworker or substation electrician in the electric utility industry. The program is a unique in that it combines classroom learning with hands-on training. Graduates gain the required knowledge in the areas of mathematics, physics, communications, business, and electronics in order to immediately pursue a career as an electric utilities lineman. The A.A.S. program provides an opportunity for those with related training to complete a relevant associate degree. The A.A.S. program will be attractive to students currently pursuing Power Systems Institute (PSI) training provided by FirstEnergy. Graduates of the Associate of Applied Science in Electric Utilities Technology will be able to:
• Satisfactorily complete the Power Systems Institute (PSI) and related field experience
• To become proficient in analytical and quantitative computations appropriate to the occupational environment
• Develop communications skills appropriate to a technical setting
• Assess and operationalize a management and business plan in a technological environment, and
handle personal finances responsibly
The Manufacturing Engineering Technology (MET) program is an Associate of Engineering Technology degree program that prepares the student for employment in a variety of manufacturing jobs. A manufacturing engineering technician may be involved in design and selection of tooling and fixturing, selection of appropriate equipment, proving out new tooling, troubleshooting manufacturing problems, and as liaison between manufacturing and engineering. Other manufacturing engineering technicians specialize in the processes and methods area of manufacturing and are involved with quality control, CNC programming, work standards, production costs, scheduling, and manufacturing methods.
The MET program at Edinboro University is designed for students who have no prior experience in the manufacturing field. However, students who have experience are encouraged to seek life experience credit or credit by examination for their previous manufacturing experience.
The Minor in Astronomy requires a grounding in algebra and trigonometry and provides introductory physics instruction followed by a selection of courses from a menu of astronomy topics including the sun, solar system, galaxies, black holes, relativity and cosmology. Students who have either a lifelong interest in space or astronomy, or simply a yearning to know more about the universe in which we live, would find the minor program instructive.
The Minor in Introductory Applied Physics requires a grounding in algebra and trigonometry
and provides introductory physics instruction followed by a selection of courses from a menu
of physics topics including sound, nuclear energy, astronomy or light and color. Each course
from the menu has a required laboratory and lecture component. Science students who are
required to take introductory physics will find the minor suitable for a more focused study on
topics introduced during the required physics sequence. Speech, language and hearing
students may especially be interested in the Nature of Sound course.
The Minor in Manufacturing Engineering Technology (MMET) integrates knowledge from areas of study such as science, math, computers, mechanical engineering and electronics. MMET instills proficiency in developing tools, processes, machines and equipment to make quality products at a reasonable cost. The minor also involves working with and coordinating people from several other fields. In addition to providing a background in the fundamentals of manufacturing engineering technology, the program places an emphasis in the application of computer systems to modern manufacturing. This may include topics such as engineering materials, computer-aided design (CAD), programmable logic controllers (PLC), and computer-aided manufacturing (CAM).
The Minor in Physics requires a rigorous introduction in mathematics and introductory calculus based physics followed by Modern Physics and two courses in experimental laboratory work. The minor is most suitable for students who have strong math and analytical reasoning skills and want to acquire a firm grasp of the laws of nature. Chemistry majors that take the calculus based physics sequence need only take one additional course to complete the minor requirements. The skill sets learned in a physics minor are broad and transferable to a wide array of occupations and enhances the student’s problem solving skills and marketability.
The Quality Assurance certificate program will introduce students to the concepts and procedures involved with maintaining a consistently high level of quality in manufactured products. The curriculum will focus on the planned and systematic activities implemented in a quality system so that quality requirements for a product or service fulfill the goals of the manufacturer and the customer. Students will understand the systematic measurement, comparison with a standard, monitoring of processes and an associated feedback loop that confers error prevention. Methods for establishing and implementing regulations and guidelines for quality and safety are introduced as well as essential quality tools and when it is appropriate to use them. The program is offered during evening hours, and is designed to be completed in two or more semesters followed by a three-hour internship in quality assurance working directly in their field.