Mechanical Engineering Technology students

Mechanical Engineering Technology

The Mechanical Engineering Technology (MET) degree program offers structured exposure to technical areas such as computer-aided drafting (CAD), computer-aided manufacturing (CAM), robotics, materials, product and process design, and machine design. The program includes two tracks—a two-year associate degree (2MET) and a four-year bachelor's degree. 

Graduates of the 2MET program become engineering technologists who work as machine, product, and process designers; computer-aided drafting and design (CADD) operators; personal computer integrated manufacturing specialists; planners; technical salespeople; production supervisors; laboratory technologists; and managers. Graduates of the 2MET program may also pursue a four-year degree program in mechanical engineering technology (4MET) or electro-mechanical engineering technology (EMET). 

Graduates of 4MET are prepared to assume responsibility for the development and evaluation of machines and mechanisms; development, organization, and supervision of manufacturing processes and procedures; the instrumentation, control, and testing of a process; quality control; technical marketing and sales; design of mechanical systems for heating and cooling; and energy management. The strengths of the program include hands-on training; extensive laboratory experience; state-of-the-art computer methods; and good job placement.

The A.S. and B.S in Mechanical Engineering Technology are accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET,, under the General Criteria and the Mechanical Engineering Technology Program Criteria.

The 2MET degree is offered at the following Penn State DuBois and Penn State York. Additionally, the 2MET degree is offered by The Behrend College at Penn State Erie.

Program Educational Objectives

The Associate Mechanical Engineering Technology program prepares students with technical and professional skills for the professional practice. Due to their experience in our program, within few years of graduation, we expect our graduates to have the ability to: 

  1. Safely practice in the areas of applied design, manufacturing, testing, evaluation, technical sales, or 2D and 3D modeling.
  2. Collaborate effectively in project team activities through recognizing the global, societal, and ethical contexts of their work.
  3. Work collaboratively in multi-disciplinary teams and assume an increasing level of responsibility and leadership within their organizations.
  4. Demonstrate troubleshooting skills by following protocols and using technical literature.

Student Outcomes

Student outcomes describe what students are expected to know and be able to do by the time of graduation. The Associate Mechanical Engineering Technology program is designed to enable students to:

  1. Apply knowledge, techniques, skills, and modern tools of mathematics, science, engineering, and technology to solve well-defined engineering problems appropriate to the discipline.
  2. Design solutions for well-defined technical problems and assist with the engineering design of systems, components, or processes appropriate to the discipline.
  3. Apply written, oral, and graphical communication in well-defined technical and non-technical environments; and an ability to identify and use appropriate technical literature.
  4. Conduct standard tests, measurements, and experiments and to analyze and interpret the results.
  5. Function effectively as a member or leader on a technical team.

*2MEB is 2MET at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College effective spring 2019.

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The School of Engineering Design and Innovation delivers effective engineering education and unrivaled research opportunities through active, collaborative, project-based, and professionally oriented classroom experiences. The school offers a variety of programs that partner faculty, students, and industry in the study of real-life engineering problems. Our programs teach students to solve real-life problems with innovative solutions. 

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