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Begin Date: Summer 2011
End Date: Fall 2016

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. This program also articulates with Pennsylvania Department of Education-approved Tech Prep programs. Secondary students who have graduated from a program covered by a signed Penn State Tech Prep Articulation Agreement may be eligible for special admission procedures and/or advanced placement. 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.

For the Associate in Engineering Technology degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology, a minimum of 64 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)

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

(This includes 15credits of General Education courses: 3 credits of GN courses; 3 credits of GQ courses; 6 credits of GWS courses, 3 credits of GH or GS.)

ENGL 015 GWS(3), CAS 100 GWS(3), CMPET 117(3), CMPET 120(1), MCH T 111(3)[1] (Sem: 1-2)
EG T 114(2), IET 215(2), IET 216(2), MCH T 213(3), MET 206(3)[1], MET 210W(3), PHYS 151 GN(3) (Sem: 3-4)

EDSGN 100(3) or EG T 120(3) (Sem: 1-2)
MATH 026 GQ(3) or MATH 081 GQ(3)[2]] (Sem: 1-2)
EET 100(3) or EET 105(3) (Sem: 1-2)
IET 101(3)[1] or MET 105 (3)[1] (Sem: 1-2)
MATH 022 GQ(3) or MATH 082 GQ(3)[2](Sem: 1-2)
MCH T 112(1) or MCH T 214(1) (Sem: 1-2)
S T S 200 GS(3) or S T S 233 GH(3) or S T S 245 GS;IL(3) (Sem: 1-2)

Select at least 8 credits from one of the following tracks a, b, or c:

a) General Track
AE T 297(1-9), CHEM 101 GN(3), CHEM 110 GN(3), CHEM 111 GN(1), CMPSC 101 GQ(3); EDSGN 210(2) or EG T 201(2); EET 100(3), EET 114(4), EET 118(1), EG T 297(1-9), IET 105(2), IET 109(3), IET 297(1-9), IST 110 GS(3), IST 210(4), IST 220(3), IST 250(3), MATH 083 GQ(4) or MATH 140 GQ(4)[3], MET 281(4), SUR 111(3), or select 3 credits in consultation with an advisor from 200-level MET courses (Sem: 3-4)

b) CAD/IST Track
EG T 201(2) (Sem: 3-4)
IST 210(4) or IST 220(3) or IST 250 (3) (Sem: 3-4)
Select 3 credits in consultation with an advisor from MET 200-level courses (Sem: 3-4)

c)Baccalaureate Degree Track
CHEM 110 GN(3); EDSGN 210(2) or EG T 201(2); EET 114(4), MATH 140 GQ(4), STAT 200 GQ(4) (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 2011

Blue Sheet Item #: 39-06-068

Review Date: 04/12/2011

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




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