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1. The College of Engineering, offering courses in mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, civil engineering, chemical engineering, fire protection engineering, and architecture. 2. The
Armour Scientific Academy.
3. The Evening Classes.
The courses in the College of Engineering are each four years in length, and lead to the degree of Bachelor of Science. The Scientific Academy provides courses of three and four years, which prepare students to enter the College of Engineering of Armour Institute of Technology, or the leading universities and colleges. The Evening Classes offer courses in engineering which are especially adapted to the needs of those who are employed during the day and cannot avail themselves of the opportunities afforded by day classes. Many correspondence school students are now availing themselves of the opportunity for work in the laboratories, shops, and drafting rooms,
The Armour Institute of Technology is especially proud of its equipment, and although it is impossible here to enumerate and describe the
apparatus and machinMAIN BUILDING, ARMOUR INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
ery, suffice it to say that money and pains have
not been spared in sestands pre-eminently as a school of en curing the latest and most approved apgineering
pliances. In the main building of the The present plan of organization in Institute are located the departments of cludes:
Electrical Engineering, Civil Engineer
ing, Chemical Engineering, and the operate the engines and dynamos, and be Steam Engine, hydraulic and testing responsible for the entire equipment. It laboratories of the Department of Me is the aim not only to give the student chanical Engineering. In all depart a knowledge of machinery, but to drill ments the effort is made to educate him in the judgment required in the an engineer practically as well as the operation of it. Also, in connection with oretically, and it is with this point in view the laboratory work, inspection visits that the different laboratories have been are made throughout the year. A study equipped.
is made of power plants, commercial The Electrical Engineering Depart- lighting and isolated stations, as well as ment is especially well equipped for work machine driving and other industrial in electrical units and measurements; and applications. Manufacturing methods during the first years of his course, the student gets splendid practical training in testing and calibrating instruments of various kinds. The Dynamo Laboratory has been fitted up with especial reference to the study of electrical machinery from a commercial, as well as a theoretical, standpoint. The dynamos, motors, and transformers represent the most advanced ideas in the choice of material, design, and construction.
There are twenty dynamos and motors, representing ten standard types. The plant furnishing power has a capacity of 2,400 amperes direct and 500 amperes alter
IN THE FOUNDRY. nating current. The driving of the laboratory machinery by motors gives a are studied through inspections of large wide range of speeds as well as a very manufacturing firms located in the city. close adjustment of the same. The In no city in the country, with the posA. C. power available is 25-, 66-, sible exception of New York, can such and 133-cycle single-phase alternat a wide variety of gigantic electrical appliing; and by varying the prime movers, cations be found as in Chicago. These all intermediate cyclic speeds can be ob visits are made for the purpose of gathertained. Provision is made for 25- and ing data for dynamo, motor, and station 60-cycle 2- and 3-phase power and 60 design, and also in order to acquaint the cycle 6-phase; and the laboratory, on student with the general application of the completion of a specially designed electrical power. This advantage is thormachine, will also have 133-cycle 2- and oughly appreciated by the students of 3-phase power; 2- and 3-phase rotary the Armour Institute of Technology. converters, synchronous and induc The Institute offers exceptional facilition motors, are provided, all of ties for the study of Civil Engineering. Its them ranging from 10 to 20 H. P. location in Chicago enables its instrucThe equipment includes both the open tors to increase the value of their instrucand closed-coil types of arc dynamos. tion by the examination and study of The transformer list ranges from 1 to 20 important structures. The study of K. W. capacity. Provision is also made bridge engineering and structural work for high-potential insulation tests. For combines both the theory of stresses and this purpose the Institute is provided actual practice in designing. Probwith one transformer giving 40,000 lems in design are worked out, details volts, and with one giving 100,000 volts, are carefully considered, the shop cost of of 25 K. W. capacity.
different kinds of details is discussed, and In connection with the regular labora careful attention is given to true economy tory work, each student is required to in design. Emphasis is put upon the take practical charge of the Institute practical side of municipal engineering; plant for a certain length of time, to surveys of towns are taken by the stu
dents, or from notes from surveys in the able its graduates to enter understandinstructors' practice; and actual designs ingly upon the further investigation of of sewerage and water-works systems the several specialties of the profession; made. Paving and street improvements and at the same time to impart such a are handled in a similar manner. The knowledge of the usual professional praccost of different classes of work is dis tice as shall make students of this branch cussed, and estimates of cost made of of engineering useful in any position to systems designed. Lectures are given which they may be called. While the from time to time by practicing engi adaptation of theory to practice can be neers of prominence in their specialty. thoroughly learned only by experience,
The progress made along the lines of there are many ways in which the work industrial chemistry for the past few of the professional engineer can be caryears has created a demand for a class of ried out in an engineering school. The technically trained men who are not only technical branches are under the direct chemists, but engineers as well. In 1901 a course in Chemical Engineering was established which gives a thorough training in all branches of chemistry, and also includes enough of the studies in engineering to enable the graduate to cope successfully with the problems of the industrial world. The chemical laboratories are well equipped, and every effort has been made to secure the latest and most approved apparatus for the practical as well as the theoretical side of this most important science.
In response to urgent requests from insurance companies, architects and contractors, a course in Fire Protection
INSTRUCTORS' ROOM, Engineering was inaugurated at the
MACHINE SHOP DEPARTMENT. opening of the college year in Septem instruction of those who have had prober, 1903. This course is four years in fessional experience as well as a full length, and leads to the degree of Bach scientific training. The instructors who elor of Science. Through the courtesy of have the several branches in charge aim the Board of Directors of the Underwrit to prepare the students, as far as posers' Laboratories, the technical labora sible, for the requirements of actual practory work of this course will be given at tice. the Underwriters' Laboratories, 67 East The laboratories of the Mechanical 21st street, Chicago. These laboratories, Engineering Department, with the exmaintained by the stock fire insurance ception of the Gas Engine laboratory, companies, are peculiarly well fitted for are situated in the basement of the main the work, because all new devices, ap building, and include the following: pliances, and materials that enter into Steam Engine laboratory, testing laborathe question of fire protection or have tory, hydraulic laboratory, cement-testa bearing on the fire hazard, are taken ing laboratory, and oil-testing laborathere to be tested. The records of that
tory. The Steam Engine laborainstitution already cover the reports of tory comprises four 250-H: P. handmore than two thousand tests and experi fired Sterling boilers, and one 350ments in this special field. A feature of H. P. Sterling boiler, with Greene this course is a series of lectures by prom traveling grate, a 9 x 12 x 24 cross inent insurance officials, architects, and compound-condensing Corliss engine, contractors, upon the practical character with double eccentrics and reheater of their work.
receiver, built by the Allis-Chalmers The aim of the Mechanical Engineer- Company; a 70-H. P. Russell automatic ing course is to lay a foundation of sound high-speed engine, a 300-H. P. Ball & theory, sufficiently broad and deep to en Wood direct-connected engine, a 7x9x
14 H. S. and G. compound-condensing double-suction centrifugal pump, hyengine, a horizontal engine connected to draulic ram, Pelton wheel, 120-gallon a ventilating fan, a small vertical marine
pulsometer, two injectors, three weirs, engine, a small vertical engine direct-con twelve weighing tanks, 3-inch Worthing; nected to a 72-inch exhaust fan, a West ton meter, 3-inch Venture meter, 12 x 18 inghouse automatic air-brake system, Worthington duplex steam pump, 100-sq. various pumps, feed-water heaters, and ft. Wheeler condenser, two transmission complete apparatus for testing indicators, dynamometers for measuring power apgages and thermometers.
plied to belted pumps, 6 x 8 vertical steam The laboratory for the Testing of Ma engine made by the students, one 5,000terials of Construction is provided with a gallon reservoir, one 10-H. P., D, C, mo
100-ton Riehlé testing machine, a 30-ton tor, stem traps, small pumps, and other Olsen, a 10-ton Riehlé, a Thurston auto miscellaneous apparatus.
The cementgraphic torsion machine, an Olsen 4,000 and oil-testing laboratories are equally foot-pound torsion machine, a 2,000 well equipped. pound Riehlé cement machine, a Fair Across from the main building, on the banksfield cement machine, a 2,000 north side of Thirty-third street, stands pound Olsen wire-testing machine, ex the new Machinery Hall, the gift of Mrs. tensometers, and other instruments used Philip D. Armour. The building was in connection with the testing of all ma erected in 1902. It is four stories in terials of construction, two transmission height, and built of brick and stone to dynamometers, a traction dynamometer, conform with the general appearance of a belt-testing machine, and an impact the main building. The basement contesting machine.
tains the office
the Professor The following apparatus has recently of Mechanical Engineering, and the been added to the Hydraulic Laboratory : Gas Engine laboratory. The One Marsh steam pump, one 120-gallon mainder of the basement is used for