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Undergraduate Degree Programs


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 FREDRICK NITTERRIGHT, 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.


To support the achievement of educational objectives, the following student outcomes were established for the 2MET program. Students graduating from the 2MET program will: 

1. Be able to apply the knowledge, techniques, skills, and modern tools of mechanical engineering technology to narrowly defined mechanical engineering technology activities.

2. Be able to apply a knowledge of mathematics, science, engineering and technology to mechanical engineering technology problems that require limited application of principles but extensive practical knowledge.

3. Be able to conduct standard tests and measurements, and to conduct , analyze, and interpret experiments.

4. Be able to function effectively as a member of a technical team.

5. Be able to identify, analyze, and solve narrowly defined engineering technology problems.

6. Be able to communicate effectively regarding narrowly defined mechanical engineering technology activities.

7. Be able to recognize the need for and an ability to engage in self-directed continuing professional development.

8. Demonstrate an understanding of and a commitment to address professional and ethical responsibilites including a respect for diversity.

9. Demonstrate a commitment to quality, timeliness, and continuous improvement.


Additional Program Specific criteria for 2MET

A. The application of applied mechanics, computer-aided drafting/design, experimental tehcniques/procedures to the fabrication, test, operation, or documentation of basic mechanical systems

B. The application of physics or chemistry to mechanical systems in a rigorous mathematical environment at or above the level of algebra and trigonometry. 

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.

ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS: Students must have a minimum 2.0 GPA to change to this Associate degree after admission to the University.

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)[1], MCHT 111(3)[1] (Sem: 1-2)
IET 215(2), IET 216(2), MCHT 213(3), MCHT 214(1)[2], MET 206(3)[1], MET 210(3), (Sem: 3-4)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (31-41 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); EGT 114(2) (Sem: 1-2)
STS 200 GS(3); STS 233 GH(3); STS 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); EGT 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)
STS 200 GS(3); STS 233/PHIL 233 GH(3); STS 245 GS;IL(3) (Sem: 3-4)

c) Baccalaureate Mechanical Engineering Technology (METBD or M E T) Track
EGT 120(3), EGT 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: Spring Semester 2017

Blue Sheet Item #: 45-04-048C

Review Date: 1/10/2017

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




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