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Undergraduate Degree Programs

Penn State Altoona

Begin Date: Fall 2012
End Date: Fall 2017

Electro-Mechanical Engineering Technology

Altoona College
Berks College
University College: Penn State New Kensington, Penn State York

PROFESSOR SVEN BILÉN, Head, School of Engineering Design, Technology, and Professional Programs, College of Engineering, University Park
PROFESSOR IVAN E. ESPARRAGOZA, Director of Engineering Technology and Commonwealth Engineering, Penn State Brandywine
PROFESSOR JENNILYN VALLEJERA, Program Coordinator, Penn State Altoona
PROFESSOR TERRY SPEICHER, Program Coordinator, Penn State Berks
PROFESSOR JOSEPH CUIFFI, Program Coordinator, Penn State New Kensington
PROFESSOR HARLEY HARTMAN, Program Coordinator, Penn State York

The Electro-Mechanical Engineering Technology (B.S. EMET) degree program provides the basic undergraduate education required for a career as an electro-mechanical engineering technologist. The program emphasizes a breadth of knowledge in all fields of engineering technology related to typical, highly-automated manufacturing, production, or assembly plant processes. Basic coverage is provided in all major areas to technology involved in the operation and control of manufacturing and production processes, including instrumentation and monitoring methods, principles of machine design, automated control techniques, thermal and fluid sciences, computerized manufacturing systems, principles of electrical and electronic circuit operation, computer-aided drafting and design, economics of production, and statistical analysis and quality control.

The primary aim of the EMET program is to provide graduates with the knowledge and skills necessary to apply current methods and technology to the development, design, operation, and management of electro-mechanical systems, particularly in those industries where automated systems are prevalent.

Program Educational Objectives:

Specific educational objectives of the program expect that graduates of the program, within five years of graduation will be:

  1. Capable of and actively involved in the specification, procurement, or integration of electromechanical systems
  2. Capable of and actively involved in the operation, testing, or maintenance of electromechanical systems
  3. Capable of and actively participating in project team activities
  4. Capable of and actively involved in the preparation and delivery of technical documentation and communication

Program Outcomes (Student Outcomes):

At graduation, EMET students should have:

a) An ability to select and apply the knowledge, techniques, skills, and modern tools of their disciplines to broadly-defined engineering technology activities,
b) An ability to select and apply a knowledge of mathematics, science, engineering, and technology to engineering technology problems that require the application of principles and applied procedures or methodologies,
c) An ability to conduct standard tests and measurements; to conduct, analyze, and interpret experiments; and to apply experimental results to improve processes,
d) An ability to design systems, components, or processes for broadly-defined engineering technology problems appropriate to program educational objectives,
e) An ability to function effectively as a member or leader on a technical team,
f) An ability to identify, analyze, and solve broadly-defined engineering technology problems,
g) An ability to communicate effectively regarding broadly-defined engineering technology activities,
h) An understanding of the need for and an ability to engage in self-directed continuing professional development,
i)  An understanding of and a commitment to address professional and ethical responsibilities including a respect for diversity,
j)  A knowledge of the impact of engineering technology solutions in a societal and global context, and
k) A commitment to quality, timeliness, and continuous improvement.

In addition, EMET graduates must demonstrate the knowledge and technical competency to:

a) Use computer-aided drafting or design tools to prepare graphical representations of electromechanical systems.
b) Use circuit analysis, analog and digital electronics, basic instrumentation, and computers to aid in the characterization, analysis, and troubleshooting of electromechanical systems.
c) Use statics, dynamics (or applied mechanics), strength of materials, engineering materials, engineering standards and manufacturing processes to aid in the characterization, analysis, and troubleshooting of electromechanical systems.
d) Use appropriate computer programming languages for operating electromechanical systems.
e) Use electrical/electronic devices such as amplifiers, motors, relays, power systems, and computer and instrumentation systems for applied design, operation, or troubleshooting electromechanical systems.
f) Use advanced topics in engineering mechanics, engineering materials, and fluid mechanics for applied design, operation, or troubleshooting of electromechanical systems.
g) Use basic knowledge of control systems for the applied design, operation. or troubleshooting of electromechanical systems.
h) Use differential and integral calculus, as a minimum, to characterize the static and dynamic performance of electromechanical systems.
i) Use appropriate management techniques in the investigation, analysis, and design of electromechanical systems.

The major is organized as a four-year baccalaureate program with the corresponding Penn State admission requirements. Graduates of an associate degree in either electrical or mechanical engineering technology from Penn State may re-enroll in the EMET program. The College of Engineering ENGR students may enroll through "Change of Major" procedures. Students from an engineering technology program at another institution or community college accredited by TAC of ABET may transfer into the program with advanced standing.

For the B.S. degree in Electro-Mechanical Engineering Technology, a minimum of 130 credits is required. This program is accredited at Penn State Altoona, Penn State Berks, Penn State New Kensington, and Penn State York of the University College by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET,

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

(21 of these 45 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR) (See description of General Education in front of Bulletin.)

(Satisfied by the FYE program at the campus at which the student is enrolled in the EMET program)

(Included in GENERAL EDUCATION course selection)


(This includes 24 credits of General Education courses: 6 credits of GQ courses; 9 credits of GN courses; 6 credits of GWS courses; 3 credits of GH or GS courses.)

CMPET 117(3)[1], CMPET 120(1)[1], EDSGN 100(3), EET 105(3), IET 101(3), MCHT 111(3)[1] (Sem: 1-2)
EET 114(4)[1], EET 118(1)[1], EET 275(3), EGT 114(2), EMET 222(4)[1], ENGL 202C GWS(3), IET 215(2), IET 216(2), MCHT 214(1)[1] (Sem: 3-4)
CMPET 211(3), EET 212(4)[1], EMET 230(3)[1], EMET 325(3), EMET 326(3), EMET 330(3)[1], EMET 350(3) (Sem: 5-6)
EMET 403(1), EMET 405(3), EMET 410(4), EMET 440(3), IET 333(2) (Sem: 7-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (27-31 credits)
Select 5-6 credits from MATH 40 GQ(5)[1]; or [MATH 22 GQ(3)[1] and MATH 26 GQ(3)[1]; or [MATH 81 GQ(3)[1] and MATH 82 GQ(3)[1] * (Sem: 1-2)
Select 3 credits of GH or GS from: STS 200 GS(3), STS 233 GH(3), or STS 245 GS;IL(3) (Sem: 2-8)
CAS 100A GWS(3) or CAS 100B GWS(3) (Sem: 3-4)
Select 4 credits from MATH 83 GQ(4)[1]** or MATH 140 GQ(4)[1] (Sem: 3-4)
Select 3-4 credits from MATH 210 GQ(3)[1] or MATH 141 GQ(4)[1] (Sem: 3-4)
Select 3 credits from MATH 211 GQ(3)[1] or MATH 250(3)*** (Sem: 4-5)
Select 6-8 credits of GN courses from two of the following groups: PHYS 150 GN(3) or PHYS 211 GN(4) or PHYS 250 GN(4); PHYS 151 GN(3) or PHYS 212 GN(4) or PHYS 251 GN(4); CHEM 110 GN(3) and CHEM 111 GN(1) (Sem: 4-6)

Select 3-4 credits of science courses, in consultation with an adviser, from the approved department list (Sem: 4-6)
Select 6 credits of General Technical Elective courses, in consultation with an adviser, from the approved department list (Sem: 7-8)

[1] A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44.
*students taking MATH 81 GQ(3) and MATH 82 GQ(3) must take MATH 83 GQ(4)
**students taking MATH 83(4) must take MATH 210(3) and MATH 211(3)
***Note that MATH 250 does not carry a C-requirement

Last Revised by the Department: Fall Semester 2012

Blue Sheet Item #: 41-03-047

Review Date: 11/13/2012

UCA Revision #1: 8/3/06 UCA Revision #2: 7/27/07




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