Mechanical Engineering Technology

The mission of the Mechanical Engineering Technology (MET) program is to prepare students for successful Mechanical Engineering Technology careers, responsible citizenship, and continued professional growth. The MET program seeks to produce graduates with a good foundation in engineering fundamentals as well as one strong in applications, design, problem recognition and resolution, project management, communication, and professional and ethical responsibility. The MET undergraduate program is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, 415 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD, 21201, or by telephone: (410) 347-7700. The educational objectives of the MET program follow.

The Mechanical Engineering Technology program strives to prepare graduates who:

  • Successfully establish themselves as professionals within a diverse range of engineering technology activities
  • Conduct themselves ethically in all activities
  • Contribute to industry and society, through service activities and professional organizations
  • Advance in their profession, maintain currency within the profession, and demonstrate leadership qualities

The undergraduate Mechanical Engineering Technology program is designed with an applications-oriented structure. Many of the technical science courses have an accompanying laboratory component providing hands-on activities, as well as emphasizing measurement, data collection and analysis, documentation, and written/oral report preparation/presentation.

The program aims to develop core competencies in engineering fundamentals (statics, strengths of materials, materials science, fluid dynamics, and electrical circuits), manufacturing applications (manufacturing processes, machining, welding, design for manufacturing and tooling, and quality assurance), mechanical design (computer-aided design, mechanisms, machine design, fluid power technology, measurement and test, etc.), and thermal sciences (thermodynamics, heat transfer, and heating, ventilation, and air conditioning). Extensive course work in the physical sciences and Mathematics is included.

Technical elective courses are chosen by the student in consultation with an academic advisor. Courses in the humanities and social sciences are also included. The overall curriculum is designed to provide the student with an ability to apply scientific and engineering knowledge and methods combined with technical skills in support of engineering activities.

Mechanical engineering technology (MET) is concerned with the application of scientific and engineering knowledge in support of engineering activities. Specifically, the mechanical engineering technologist provides the professional services needed in transforming the results of scientific endeavors into useful products and services. Students who choose a career in mechanical engineering technology may pursue any number of career paths including, but not limited to: machine and product design, product and system evaluation, research laboratory experimental support, prototype evaluation, plant operation and management, quality assurance, technical sales, manufacturing methods improvement, HVAC systems design and installation, project management, and energy exploration.

The mechanical engineering technologist's mission is to make necessary analysis and plans to convert design drawings into finished products in the most efficient and safe manner. He or she is the professional who produces design drawings and sets up and operates manufacturing equipment, handles inspections, analyzes production problems, and manages the implementation of improvement activities and projects.

The demand for the engineering technologist in general, and mechanical engineering technologists in particular, has been strong for the past several years, and average starting salaries are very competitive; indications are that this trend will continue. MSU Mechanical Engineering Technology graduates are actively recruited, and many of our alumni hold positions of considerable responsibility in industry and government.

Student Performance and Retention Requirements

No further requirements apply in order to advance in the Mechanical Engineering Technology program

Freshman YearCredits
CHMY 121IN - Introduction to General Chemistry4  
WRIT 101W - College Writing I3  
M 165Q - Calculus for Technology I3  
ETME 100 - Introduction to Mechanical Engineering Technology1  
University Core Electives6  
COMX 111US - Introduction to Public Speaking (formerly COM 110US)
or CLS 101US - Knowledge and Community
or US 101US - First Year Seminar
M 166Q - Calculus for Technology II  3
EMEC 103 - CAE I-Engineering Graphics Communications  2
PHSX 205 - College Physics I  4
University Core Electives  3
Year Total: 17 15
Sophomore YearCredits
Business Elective*3  
EMEC 250 - Mechanical Engineering Materials3  
EMAT 252 - Materials Struct and Prop Lab1  
EGEN 203 - Applied Mechanics3  
ETME 202 - Mechanical Engineering Technology Computer Applications1  
PHSX 207 - College Physics II4  
EGEN 208 - Applied Strength of Materials  3
ETME 215 - Manufacturing Processes  3
ETME 216 - Manufacturing Process Laboratory  1
EGEN 324 - Applied Thermodynamics  3
ETME 203 - Mechanical Design Graphics  3
EELE 250 - Circuits, Devices and Motors  4
Year Total: 15 17
Junior YearCredits
EGEN 331 - Applied Mechanics of Fluids3  
EGEN 350 - Applied Engineering Data Analysis2  
EMEC 360 - Measurement & Instrumentation3  
EMEC 361 - Measurement & Instrument Lab1  
ETME 310 - Machining and Industrial Safety3  
ETME 340 - Mechanisms4  
EGEN 310R - Multidisciplinary Engineering Design  3
ETME 303 - CAE Tools in Mechanical Design  3
ETME 321 - Applied Heat Transfer  3
ETME 311 - Joining Processes  3
ETME 341 - Machine Design  4
Year Total: 16 16
Senior YearCredits
EGEN 325 - Engineering Economic Analysis
or EGEN 330 - Business Fundamentals for Technical Professionals
ETME 422 - Principles of HVAC I3  
ETME 424 - Thermal Processes Lab1  
ETME 489 - Capstone: Mechanical Engineering Technology Design I2  
Professional Electives*6  
ETME 415 - Design for Manufacturing and Tooling  3
ETME 499R - Capstone: Mechanical Engineering Technology Design II  3
EGEN 488 - Fundamentals of Engineer Exam  0
Professional Electives*  6
University Core Electives  3
Year Total: 15 15
Total Program Credits: 126

From approved elective list.

A minimum of 126 credits is required for graduation; 42 of these credits must be in courses numbered 300 and above.