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Undergraduate Degree Programs

Penn State Altoona

Begin Date: Spring 2017
End Date: Spring 2017

Mechanical Engineering Technology

Penn State Erie, The Behrend College
University College: Penn State DuBois, Penn State York (2 MET)

PROFESSOR SVEN BILÉN, Head, School of Engineering Design, Technology, and Professional Programs, Penn State University Park
PROFESSOR IVAN ESPARRAGOZA, Director of Engineering Technology and Commonwealth Engineering, Penn State University Park
PROFESSOR DAVID JOHNSON, Program Coordinator, Penn State Erie, The Behrend College
PROFESSOR DOUGLAS MILLER, Program Coordinator, Penn State DuBois
PROFESSOR MARSHALL COYLE, Program Coordinator, Penn State York

This major helps graduates prepare for technical positions in manufacturing, machine and tool design, computer drafting and design, computer integrated manufacturing, materials selection and processes, technical sales, and other related industries in mechanical applications. The primary objective of the program is to provide a broad foundation in mechanical systems and applications; computer systems in drafting (CAD), manufacturing (CAM), and automation and robotics (CIM); production and product design; mechanics, dynamics, and strength of materials. Graduates of the Associate Degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology program will:

  • Practice in the areas of applied design, manufacturing, testing, evaluation, technical sales, or 2D and 3D modeling.
  • Communicate effectively and work collaboratively in multi-disciplinary teams.
  • Learn and adapt to changes in a professional work environment.
  • Demonstrate a high standard of professional ethics and be cognizant of social concerns as they relate to the practice of engineering technology.

Graduates of this major may qualify for admission to the baccalaureate degree majors in Mechanical Engineering Technology and Structural Design and Construction Engineering Technology programs at Penn State Harrisburg; the Mechanical Engineering Technology and the Plastics Engineering Technology programs at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College; or the baccalaureate degree major in Electro-Mechanical Engineering Technology offered at Penn State Altoona, Penn State Berks, Penn State New Kensington, or Penn State York. Two tracks are available to streamline the transition to these baccalaureate degree programs. A general track is provided for students who do not plan to continue their engineering technology education at the baccalaureate level.

For the Associate in Engineering Technology degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology, a minimum of 65 credits is required. This program is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET,

Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem: 1-2)

(12-15 of these 21 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)
(See description of General Education in front of Bulletin.)

(This includes 12-15 credits of General Education courses: 3 credits of GN courses; 3 credits of GQ courses; 6 credits of GWS courses, 0-3 credits of GH or GS.) A First-Year Seminar is required for students at Penn State Behrend.

CAS 100 GWS(3), IET 101(3), MCH T 111(3)[1] (Sem: 1-2)
IET 215(2), IET 216(2), MCH T 213(3), MCH T 214(1)[2], MET 206(3)[1], MET 210W(3), (Sem: 3-4)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (33-41 credits)
ENGL 015 GWS(3); ENGL 030 GWS(3) (Sem: 1-2)
MATH 022 GQ(3), MATH 026 GQ(3); MATH 040 GQ(5)[2][3]; MATH 081 GQ(3)[2][3], MATH 082 GQ(3)[2][3](Sem: 1-2)
PHYS 150 GN(3); PHYS 211 GN(4); PHYS 250 GN(4) (Sem: 1-2)
PHYS 151 GN(3); PHYS 212 GN(4); PHYS 251 GN(4) (Sem: 1-2)

Select at least 19-24 credits from one of the following three tracks: a. General Track, b. Baccalaureate Electro-Mechanical Engineering Technology (EMET) Track, or c. Baccalaureate Mechanical Engineering Technology (METBD or M E T) Track.

a) General Track
EDSGN 100(3), EET 105(3), MET 107(3) (Sem: 1-2)
EDSGN 110(2) or EG T 114(2) (Sem: 1-2)
S T S 200 GS(3); S T S 233 GH(3); S T S 245 GS;IL(3) (Sem: 3-4)
Select at least 6 credits from the approved supporting course list for Track a.

b) Baccalaureate Electro-Mechanical Engineering Technology (EMET) Track
CMPET 117(3)[2], CMPET 120(1)[2], EDSGN 100(3), EET 105(3) (Sem: 1-2)
EDSGN 110(2) or EG T 114(2) (Sem: 1-2)
EET 114(4)[2], EET 118(1)[2] (Sem: 3-4)
MATH 083 GQ(4)[2][3] or MATH 140 GQ(4)[2][3] (Sem: 3-4)
S T S 200 GS(3); S T S 233/PHIL 233 GH(3); S T S 245 GS;IL(3) (Sem: 3-4)

c) Baccalaureate Mechanical Engineering Technology (METBD or M E T) Track
EG T 120(3), EG T 121(3), MET 107(3) (Sem: 1-2)
EET 100(3) (Sem: 3-4)
Select 1 credit of First-Year Seminar (Sem: 1-2)
Select 6 credits from the approved supporting course list for Track c (Sem: 3-4)

[1] A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44.
[2] Students pursuing the baccalaureate track must take MATH 022 and MATH 026
[3] Students who choose to take MATH 081 and MATH 082 must select MATH 083. Students who choose to take MATH 022 and MATH 026 must select MATH 140.


Last Revised by the Department: Fall Semester 2016

Blue Sheet Item #: 45-01-062

Review Date: 08/23/2016

UCA Revision #1: 8/3/06
UCA Revision #2: 7/30/07




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