MET Program Overview
The day and evening program is continually upgraded to reflect state-of-the art technology while meeting the needs of industry and employers of the mechanical engineering technology graduates. An advisory committee, which includes employers, graduates, and students of the program, meets with faculty and administrators to review curriculum, student and faculty recruitment, program needs, progress, problems and probable solutions, laboratory equipment, facilities, and to assist in the placement of graduates. The committee assures a high level of community awareness and support of the program.
Graduates enter the engineering profession as engineering technologists. About 15 percent choose to take the Fundamentals of Engineering (F.E.) examination following graduation, to begin the six-year process, as a minimum, to become a registered professional engineer. The latter is often required for forensic (expert witness) and/or consulting work, when the health and safety of the general public are involved. A smaller percentage attend graduate school. The majority obtains gainful employment in a variety of industries ranging from large aerospace companies to small manufacturing and custom-design businesses. Job titles range from technician and engineering technologist to engineer.
The MET program offers the bachelor of science degree, which is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission (ETAC) of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). The educational approach is hands-on with 63 percent of the courses requiring laboratory work in addition to lectures. It is structured with two distinct concentrations: manufacturing and mechanical. Students are required to take a four-hour assessment examination prior to graduation. The written exam is given in the Senior Experience course in each concentration.
The requirements for the Mechanical Engineering Technology major are being revised. Please consult with a Mechanical Engineering Technology advisor about the requirements.