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BEGIN DATE: Summer 2006
End Date: Summer 2016


Materials Engineering Technology

University College (2MATE): Penn State DuBois

PROFESSOR CRAIG STRINGER, Program Coordinator, Penn State Dubois
PROFESSOR IVAN M. ESPARRAGOZA, Director of Engineering Technology, Penn State Brandywine
PROFESSOR SVEN BILÉN, Head, School of Engineering Design, Technology, and Professional Programs, Penn State University Park

The curriculum of the program provides students with an introduction to the range of practical skills needed to be an engineering technician in materials-related industries and organizations The program emphasizes particulate materials technology, but the student is prepared for entry-level positions in other materials-related organizations.

Among the responsibilities of a materials technician are carrying out a variety of destructive and nondestructive tests or special problem-solving projects that require property or failure analysis. Other duties may entail preparing or examining samples under a microscope, using materials specifications or blueprints, or developing and debugging materials processing procedures.

The primary goal of the program is achieved through a core of materials engineering topics, including structure and properties of engineering materials, materials testing, powder metallurgy, and materials characterization. The technical courses are supported by foundation courses in written and oral communications, technical mathematics and calculus, chemistry, physics, computer-aided drafting (CAD), and basic engineering topics. This program is one of the Pennsylvania Department of Education-approved Tech Prep programs. Secondary school students who have graduated from a program covered by a signed Penn State Articulation Agreement may be eligible for special admission procedures and/or advanced placement. Graduates of the Associate Degree Materials Engineering Technology program will:

  • Have a broad knowledge in the area of materials engineering, materials testing, materials characterization, particulate materials processing, technical problem solving, and hands on application of engineering technology.
  • Have the ability to further their education through additional degree study in related fields, short courses, and/or industrial training.
  • Be prepared to communicate effectively and work collaboratively in multi-disciplinary, team orientated work environments.
  • Have the ability to learn and adapt to rapid changes in chosen technical field of education and professional work environments.
  • Demonstrate a high standard of professional ethics and be cognizant of social concerns as they relate to the practice of engineering technology.

For the Associate in Engineering Technology degree in Materials 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)

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

(This includes 12 credits of General Education courses: 6 credits of GWS courses; 3 credits of GN courses; 3 credits of GQ courses.)

CAS 100 GWS(3), CHEM 110 GN(3), CHEM 111 GN(1), EET 101(3), EET 109(1), EG T 101(1), EG T 102(1), ENGL 015 GWS(3), ET 002(1), MATH 081 GQ(3), MATH 082 GQ(3), PHYS 150 GN(3) (Sem: 1-2)
IET 109(3), MAE T 201(3)[1], MAE T 202(3)[1], MAE T 203(3)[1], MAE T 204W(3), MAE T 205(4)[1], MATH 083 GQ(4)[1] (Sem: 3-4)

Select 6 credits from the following technical courses: EGT 114(2), EGT 201(2), EGT 297(2), MCH T 111(3), MCH T 213(3), MCH T 214(1), MAE T 297(3) (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.

Last Revised by the Department: Spring Semester 2006

Blue Sheet Item #: 34-05-127A

Review Date: 5/2/07

UCA Revision #1: 8/9/06
UCA Revision #2: 7/30/07



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