Before the new facility, the engineering school’s utilization of laboratory space and equipment was not as efficiently designed. Different departments would have their own laboratory space, that for some courses was underutilized, while in contrast other departments were operating at maximum capacity with no flexibility. The solution was a shared laboratory facility with standardized modular equipment that could be utilized by the mechanical, civil, chemical and petroleum engineering departments.
Once the State of Texas had approved the new building in 2016, the next step was to establish what equipment would be required for each department and the laboratory arrangement that would work to be most effective. Equipment committees that included Technicians and faculty members were established. Lists of teaching objectives and a wish list of equipment compiled. During this period, the team pulled in quotes from across the engineering education industry and despite only having had a few years of experience using TecQuipment products, made the shift to standardize across the board with TecQuipment’s teaching equipment.
Trust and Local Support
“One of the reasons we chose TecQuipment as our equipment provider was that we had trust in what they delivered. Colleagues who had used TecQuipment products vouched for the quality and suitability of the products, and the support and conduct of both TecQuipment and their local representative in the region, TecSolutions,” explained Director of Undergraduate Laboratory Instruction Dr David Staack from the J. Mike Walker ’66 Department of Mechanical Engineering at Texas A&M University.
The Laboratory Equipment Set-Up
Texas A&M’s engineering graduates are among the most highly recruited in the USA, typically receiving two or more job offers with higher-than-average salaries at graduation. This is testament to their teaching and ability to prepare students for the world of work: one key element of this is incorporating practical teaching in the laboratories.
The Zachry Engineering Education Complex has a series of common labs that house TecQuipment’s teaching equipment, plus a design center.
- Phillips 66 Fluids Laboratory
- Shell Transport Phenomena Laboratory
- Three Heat Exchanger Service Modules with VDAS, along with three experiments (Concentric Tube Heat Exchanger, Shell and Tube Heat Exchanger, Plate Heat Exchanger and the Filmwise and Dropwise Condensation and Boiling Experiment.)