Electro-Mechanical Engineering Technology, B.S. (Altoona)

Program Code: EMTAL_BS

Program Description

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.

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.

What is Electro-Mechanical Engineering?

The Bachelor of Science degree in Electro-Mechanical Engineering Technology responds to a growing demand for engineers with a broad range of technical skills. The program emphasizes knowledge in the field of technology related to the design, maintenance, and operation of electromechanical systems, essentially automation and robotics. These systems incorporate electronic, mechanical, instrumentation and control elements. The program provides students with hands-on experience with these elements, technical knowledge, and the soft skills needed to be successful in the field of engineering. In this curriculum, students receive early exposure to technology by scheduling technical courses in the major. A laboratory component that promotes the understanding of the subject matter through the experiential application of theory accompanies most technical courses. This program culminates with a senior capstone project in which students work together in a team to design and implement an engineering project from initial proposal through product demonstration.

You Might Like This Program If...

You are interested in math and science but prefer spending time applying your skills in a laboratory or field setting as opposed to studying the theory behind these subjects in a classroom setting. If you like to take things apart, to see how they work, this may be for you. There is a greater emphasis on engineering applications while building an understanding of scientific theory.

Direct Admission to the Major

Incoming first-year students who meet the program admission requirements are admitted directly into the major. Admission restrictions may apply for change-of-major and/or change-of-campus students.

For more information about the admission process for this major, please send a request to the college, campus, or program contact (listed in the Contact tab).

Degree Requirements

For the Bachelor of Science degree in Electro-Mechanical Engineering Technology, a minimum of 130 credits is required:

Requirement Credits
General Education 45
Requirements for the Major 110-116

24 of the 45 credits for General Education are included in the Requirements for the Major. This includes: 6 credits of GQ courses; 9 credits of GN courses; 6 credits of GWS courses; 3 credits of GH or GS courses.

Requirements for the Major

To graduate, a student enrolled in the major must earn a grade of C or better in each course designated by the major as a C-required course, as specified by Senate Policy 82-44.

Prescribed Courses
CMPET 211Embedded Processors and DSP3
EDSGN 100Cornerstone Engineering Design3
EET 105Electrical Systems3
EET 275Introduction to Programmable Logic Controls3
EGT 114Spatial Analysis and Computer-Aided Drafting2
EMET 100Computation Tools for Engineering Synthesis1
EMET 215Manufacturing Engineering3
EMET 225Applied Dynamics2
EMET 325Electric Drives3
EMET 326Mechanical Drives3
EMET 350Quality Control, Inspection, and Design3
EMET 403Electromechanical Design Project Preparation1
EMET 405Fluid Mechanics and Heat Transfer3
EMET 410Automated Control Systems4
EMET 440Electro-Mechanical Project Design3
IET 101Manufacturing Materials, Processes, and Laboratory3
IET 333Engineering Economics for Technologists2
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
CMPET 117Digital Electronics3
CMPET 120Digital Electronics Laboratory1
EET 114Electrical Circuits II4
EET 118Electrical Circuits Laboratory1
EET 212WOp Amp and Integrated Circuit Electronics4
EMET 222Applied Mechanics3
EMET 230Computerized I/O Systems3
EMET 330Measurement Theory and Instrumentation3
ENGL 202CEffective Writing: Technical Writing Keystone/General Education Course3
MET 111Mechanics for Technology: Statics3
Additional Courses
MATH 210Calculus with Engineering Technology Applications Keystone/General Education Course3-4
or MATH 141 Calculus with Analytic Geometry II Keystone/General Education Course
Select 3 credits of GH or GS from the following:3
Design for Global Society Keystone/General Education Course
Critical Issues in Science, Technology, and Society Keystone/General Education Course
Ethics and the Design of Technology Keystone/General Education Course
Globalization, Technology, and Ethics Keystone/General Education Course
Select 6-8 credits of GN courses from two of the following groups:6-8
Group 1
Chemical Principles I Keystone/General Education Course
and Experimental Chemistry I Keystone/General Education Course
Group 2
Technical Physics I Keystone/General Education Course
General Physics: Mechanics Keystone/General Education Course
Introductory Physics I Keystone/General Education Course
Group 3
Technical Physics II Keystone/General Education Course
General Physics: Electricity and Magnetism Keystone/General Education Course
Introductory Physics II Keystone/General Education Course
Select 3 credits from the following:3
Introduction to Programming Techniques
Programming and Computation I: Fundamentals
Programming for Engineers with MATLAB Keystone/General Education Course
Programming for Engineers with C++ Keystone/General Education Course
Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better
MATH 83Technical Calculus Keystone/General Education Course 14
or MATH 140 Calculus With Analytic Geometry I Keystone/General Education Course
MATH 250Ordinary Differential Equations 23
or MATH 211 Intermediate Calculus and Differential Equations with Applications Keystone/General Education Course
Select 3 credits from the following:3
Effective Speech
Effective Speech Keystone/General Education Course
Effective Speech Keystone/General Education Course
Select 3-5 credits from the following:3-5
Plane Trigonometry and Applications of Trigonometry Keystone/General Education Course
Algebra, Trigonometry, and Analytic Geometry Keystone/General Education Course
Technical Mathematics II Keystone/General Education Course 3
Supporting Courses and Related Areas
Select 3-4 credits of science courses, in consultation with an adviser, from the approved department list3-4
Select 6 credits of General Technical Elective courses, in consultation with an adviser, from the approved department list6

Students taking MATH 83 must take MATH 210 and MATH 211.


Note that MATH 250 does not carry a C-requirement.


Students taking MATH 81 and MATH 82 must take MATH 83.

General Education

Connecting career and curiosity, the General Education curriculum provides the opportunity for students to acquire transferable skills necessary to be successful in the future and to thrive while living in interconnected contexts. General Education aids students in developing intellectual curiosity, a strengthened ability to think, and a deeper sense of aesthetic appreciation. These are requirements for all baccalaureate students and are often partially incorporated into the requirements of a program. For additional information, see the General Education Requirements section of the Bulletin and consult your academic adviser.

The keystone symbol Keystone/General Education Course appears next to the title of any course that is designated as a General Education course. Program requirements may also satisfy General Education requirements and vary for each program.

Foundations (grade of C or better is required and Inter-Domain courses do not meet this requirement.)

  • Quantification (GQ): 6 credits
  • Writing and Speaking (GWS): 9 credits

Breadth in the Knowledge Domains (Inter-Domain courses do not meet this requirement.)

  • Arts (GA): 3 credits
  • Health and Wellness (GHW): 3 credits
  • Humanities (GH): 3 credits
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS): 3 credits
  • Natural Sciences (GN): 3 credits

Integrative Studies

  • Inter-Domain Courses (Inter-Domain): 6 credits


  • GN, may be completed with Inter-Domain courses: 3 credits
  • GA, GH, GN, GS, Inter-Domain courses. This may include 3 credits of World Language course work beyond the 12th credit level or the requirements for the student’s degree program, whichever is higher: 6 credits

University Degree Requirements

First Year Engagement

All students enrolled in a college or the Division of Undergraduate Studies at University Park, and the World Campus are required to take 1 to 3 credits of the First-Year Seminar, as specified by their college First-Year Engagement Plan.

Other Penn State colleges and campuses may require the First-Year Seminar; colleges and campuses that do not require a First-Year Seminar provide students with a first-year engagement experience.

First-year baccalaureate students entering Penn State should consult their academic adviser for these requirements.

Cultures Requirement

6 credits are required and may satisfy other requirements

  • United States Cultures: 3 credits
  • International Cultures: 3 credits

Writing Across the Curriculum

3 credits required from the college of graduation and likely prescribed as part of major requirements.

Total Minimum Credits

A minimum of 120 degree credits must be earned for a baccalaureate degree. The requirements for some programs may exceed 120 credits. Students should consult with their college or department adviser for information on specific credit requirements.

Quality of Work

Candidates must complete the degree requirements for their major and earn at least a 2.00 grade-point average for all courses completed within their degree program.

Limitations on Source and Time for Credit Acquisition

The college dean or campus chancellor and program faculty may require up to 24 credits of course work in the major to be taken at the location or in the college or program where the degree is earned. Credit used toward degree programs may need to be earned from a particular source or within time constraints (see Senate Policy 83-80). For more information, check the Suggested Academic Plan for your intended program.

Program Educational Objectives

The Electro-Mechanical Engineering Technology program is designed to provide a curriculum that prepares students to pursue a career in the industry and to develop in their profession. Due to their experience in the Electro-Mechanical Engineering Technology program, within few years of graduation, we expect our graduates to have the ability to:

  1. Continue to develop and synthesize analytical skills in the specification, procurement, or integration of electromechanical systems.
  2. Apply empirical skills in the operation, testing, or maintenance of electromechanical systems.
  3. Collaborate effectively in project team activities through recognizing the global, societal, economical, and ethical contexts of their work.
  4. Communicate persuasively through the preparation and delivery of technical and non-technical documentation and communications.

Student Outcomes

Graduates of the Electro-Mechanical Engineering Technology program should demonstrate:

  1. An ability to apply knowledge, techniques, skills, and modern tools of mathematics, science, engineering, and technology to solve broadly-defined engineering problems appropriate to the discipline.
  2. An ability to design systems, components, or processes meeting specified needs for broadly-defined engineering problems appropriate to the discipline.
  3. An ability to apply written, oral, and graphical communication in broadly-defined technical and non-technical environments; and an ability to identify and use appropriate technical literature.
  4. An ability to conduct standard tests, measurements, and experiments and to analyze and interpret the results to improve processes.
  5. An ability to function effectively as a member or leader on a technical team.

Academic Advising

The objectives of the university's academic advising program are to help advisees identify and achieve their academic goals, to promote their intellectual discovery, and to encourage students to take advantage of both in-and out-of class educational opportunities in order that they become self-directed learners and decision makers.

Both advisers and advisees share responsibility for making the advising relationship succeed. By encouraging their advisees to become engaged in their education, to meet their educational goals, and to develop the habit of learning, advisers assume a significant educational role. The advisee's unit of enrollment will provide each advisee with a primary academic adviser, the information needed to plan the chosen program of study, and referrals to other specialized resources.



Jordan Bittner
Program Coordinator, Instructor of Engineering
Learning Resources Center 145
3000 Ivyside Park
Altoona, PA 16601


Marietta Scanlon
Program Coordinator, Assistant Teaching Professor
Gaige 219
Reading, PA 19610


Nathaniel Bohna, Ph.D.
Program Coordinator, Associate Teaching Professor in Engineering
2201 University Drive
301A Eberly Building
Lemont Furnace, PA  15456

New Kensington

Joseph Cuiffi, Ph.D.
Program Coordinator, Assistant Teaching Professor in Engineering
3550 Seventh Street Rd.
13 Tech. Bldg.
New Kensington, PA 15068


Harley H. Hartman, P.E.
Program Coordinator, Assistant Teaching Professor in Engineering
Main Classroom Building, Room 35
York, PA 17403

Suggested Academic Plan

The suggested academic plan(s) listed on this page are the plan(s) that are in effect during the 2023-24 academic year. To access previous years' suggested academic plans, please visit the archive to view the appropriate Undergraduate Bulletin edition (Note: the archive only contains suggested academic plans beginning with the 2018-19 edition of the Undergraduate Bulletin).

Electro-Mechanical Engineering Technology, B.S. at Altoona Campus

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
EDSGN 1003MATH 82 (GQ)3
MATH 81 (GQ)3MET 111*3
General Education Course3CMPET 117*3
EET 1053CMPET 120*1
IET 1013ENGL 15, 30H, or ESL 15 (GWS)‡†3
EMET 1001General Education Course3
PSU 31 
 17 16
Second Year
MATH 83 (GQ)*4MATH 210*3
EGT 1142General Education Course (GN)3-4
EET 114*4EET 212W*4
EET 118*1EMET 2153
EMET 222*3EET 2753
General Education Course3EMET 2252
 17 18-19
Third Year
EMET 230*3EMET 330*3
CMPET 2113EMET 3253
MATH 211*3EMET 3263
ENGL 202C (GWS)‡†3CAS 100A (GWS)‡†3
General Education Course3General Education Course (GN)3-4
General Education Course (GN)3-4General Education Course (GHW)3
 18-19 18-19
Fourth Year
EMET 4053EMET 3503
EMET 4104EMET 4403
Technical Elective3General Education Course3
IET 3332General Education Course3
General Education Course3Technical Elective3
EMET 4031 
 16 15
Total Credits 135-138

Course requires a grade of C or better for the major

Course requires a grade of C or better for General Education


Course is an Entrance to Major requirement

Course satisfies General Education and degree requirement

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy Cultural Diversity Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ), Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS) and Integrative Studies (Inter-domain) requirements. N or Q (Honors) is the suffix at the end of a course number used to help identify an Inter-domain course, but the inter-domain attribute is used to fill audit requirements. Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of 'C' or better.

College Notes:

Sequential Nature of the Program:

Courses offered during each semester of the EMET program generally build upon material taught in previous semesters. Many courses have prerequisites listed in the Undergraduate Degree Programs Bulletin. Therefore, if a student fails to take a course during the targeted semester, he/she may be unable to schedule courses in subsequent semesters as well.  The end result may be a degree program that extends beyond the traditional four years. 

Note 1: Math Sequence

High school graduates who test into technical mathematics: Math 81, 82, 83, 210 and 211. Additionally, Math 40 or Math 22 and Math 26 may be used to substitute for Math 81 and 82. 

High school graduates who test into calculus: Math 83, 210 and 211 or Math 140, 141, and 250. Students who complete either of these sequences to fulfill the math requirements will need to complete additional technical elective credits. Please see an adviser for more information.

Note 2: Science Courses

Students are required to complete nine credits of science. At least two courses from the following list must be completed:

  • 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);

Students may complete no more than one selection from the following.  (If the student completes three selections from the first list, no additional courses are required):

  • BIOL 011 GN(3) and BIOL 012 GN(1);
  • BIOL 110 GN(4);
  • BIOL 141 GN(3);
  • CHEM 112 GN(3) and CHEM 113 GN(1);
  • EGEE 101 GN(3);
  • EGEE 102 GN(3);

Due to limited faculty resources, several program courses are only offered during one semester of the year. In addition, EMET courses are not traditionally offered during the summer months.

Approved technical elective courses are:

  • CMPSC 201C (3) or CMPSC 121 (3);
  • EMET 401 (1), EMET 402 (2), EMET 403 (1), EMET 394 (1-3), EMET 430 (3),
  • ENTR 300 (3), ENTR 320 (3),
  • MATH 220 (2), MATH 231 (2), STAT 200 (4)
  • MGMT 301 (3), MKTG 301 (3)

Other courses may be accepted toward technical elective credits.  Please check with your adviser for more information.

Career Paths

The inclusion of both electrical and mechanical coursework in the EMET program makes our students highly marketable to employers.

EMET graduates may pursue engineering work that entails design, prototyping, testing, operation, or maintenance of equipment. Others may work in the areas of research and development, quality control, inspection of procedures and processes, manufacturing, or sales and service. These careers could be in a variety of industries including aerospace, agriculture, automotive, communications, computers, construction, energy, pharmaceuticals, plastics, or robotics to name a few.


Opportunities for Graduate Studies

Students may choose to further their engineering education through graduate school. EMET graduates are prepared to continue their education into technical or professional Master’s Degree programs. Graduate program admissions requirements vary by program and institution. Students intending to pursue this academic path are encouraged to investigate intended programs of interest early in their studies to tailor their course choices during their undergraduate studies.

Since the EMET program is ABET ETAC-accredited, EMET graduates are candidates to sit for the Fundamental of Engineering (FE) Exam, the first step in the engineering licensure process. Acceptable accreditation standards vary from state to state for professional licensure, so students must verify their state's requirements.



The Bachelor of Science in Electro-Mechanical Engineering Technology at Penn State Altoona is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, https://www.abet.org, under the General Criteria and the Electromechanical Engineering Technology Program Criteria.

Professional Licensure/Certification

Many U.S. states and territories require professional licensure/certification to be employed. If you plan to pursue employment in a licensed profession after completing this program, please visit the Professional Licensure/Certification Disclosures by State interactive map.



Learning Resources Center 145
3000 Ivyside Park
Altoona, PA 16601



Gaige Building
Reading, PA 19610



2201 University Drive
Lemont Furnace, PA 15456


New Kensington

3550 Seventh Street Rd.
New Kensington, PA 15068


University Park

213 Hammond Building
University Park, PA 16802



1031 Edgecomb Avenue
York, PA 17403