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Undergraduate Degree Programs

Penn State Erie, The Behrend College

Mechanical Engineering Technology

Penn State Erie, The Behrend College (METBD)

This major may be taken either as a four-year baccalaureate program or in a "2+2" degree format. The latter allows graduates of associate degree programs in mechanical engineering technology or related areas to gain greater breadth and depth of knowledge in mechanical engineering technology. The baccalaureate program emphasizes applied design and analysis, complementing a hands-on manufacturing and materials focus. The graduate gains valuable knowledge of total manufacturing processes ranging from applied design to manufacture.

This major includes instruction in materials engineering, thermodynamics, heat transfer, hydraulics, finite-element analysis, and use of parametric solids modeling design packages, as well as supporting course work in mathematics and science. Oral and written communications are stressed, as is the ability to work within a team-oriented environment. The major culminates with a capstone design project involving an actual design or manufacturing problem sponsored by regional industry. This program is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org.

Graduates have qualified for careers in a wide variety of industries that manufacture or use mechanical systems. Careers include positions in applied product design, manufacturing process development, field service support, supervision of manufacturing facilities, tool and die design, quality control, plant supervision and management, and technical sales.

Entrance to Major Requirements:
To be eligible for entrance to the Mechanical Engineering Technology major, a student must have: 1) attained at least a 2.00 cumulative grade-point average; 2) completed MATH 081 or MATH 026, and MATH 082 or MATH 022, and MATH 083 or MATH 140, and PHYS 250, and earned a grade of C or better in each of these courses.

For the B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology, a minimum of 131 credits is required. A student enrolled in this major must earn at least a grade of C in each 300- and 400-level course.

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

GENERAL EDUCATION: 45 credits
(18 of these 45 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)
(See description of General Education in this bulletin.)

FIRST-YEAR SEMINAR:
(Included in ELECTIVES or GENERAL EDUCATION course selection)

UNITED STATES CULTURES AND INTERNATIONAL CULTURES:
(Included in GENERAL EDUCATION course selection)

WRITING ACROSS THE CURRICULUM:
(Included in GENERAL EDUCATION course selection)

ELECTIVES: 0-1 credit

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 103-106 credits
(This includes 18 credits of General Education courses: 9 credits of GN courses; 6 credits of GQ courses; 3 credits of GWS courses.)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (73 credits)
ENGL 202C GWS(3), MCH T 111(3)[1], MET 107(3), PHYS 250 GN(4)[1], PHYS 251 GN(4) (Sem: 1-4)
MCH T 213(3)[1], MCH T 214(1), IET 215(2), IET 216(2), MET 206(3)[1], MATH 210 GQ(3)[1], MET 210W(3)[1](Sem: 3-4)
CHEM 110 GN(3), CHEM 111 GN(1), MATH 211 GQ(3), MET 306(3)[1], MET 320(3)[1], MET 330(3)[1], MET 331W(4)[1], MET 341(3)[1], MET 415(3)[1] (Sem: 5-6)
MET 425(3)[1], MET 432(3)[1], MET 470(3)[1], MET 480(1)[1], MET 485(3)[1] (Sem: 7-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (22-24 credits)
EET 100(3); or EET 101(3); or EET 105(3) and EET 109(1); IET 101(3)[1] or MET 105(3)[1] (Sem: 1-4)
MATH 026 GQ(3)[1] or MATH 081 GQ(3)[1], MATH 022 GQ(3)[1] or MATH 082 GQ(3)[1], MATH 083 GQ(4)[1] or MATH 140 GQ(4)[1] (Sem: 1-4)
EG T 120(3) and EG T 121(3); or EG T 101(1), EG T 102(1), EG T 114(2), EG T 201(2), and EG T 205(1) (Sem: 1-5)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (8-9 credits)
Select 6 credits of technical electives from school-approved list (Sem: 7-8)
Select 2-3 credits of business electives from school-approved list (Sem: 6-8)

[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: Fall Semester 2010

Blue Sheet Item #: 39-03-028

Review Date: 11/9/2010

UCA Revision #1: 8/18/06

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