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

Program Code: EMTBK_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 ETAC 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 109-114

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.

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.)

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

Knowledge Domains

  • Arts (GA): 6 credits
  • Health and Wellness (GHW): 3 credits
  • Humanities (GH): 6 credits
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS): 6 credits
  • Natural Sciences (GN): 9 credits

Integrative Studies (may also complete a Knowledge Domain requirement)

  • Inter-Domain or Approved Linked Courses: 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.

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
ENGL 202CEffective Writing: Technical Writing Keystone/General Education Course3
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
MET 111Mechanics for Technology: Statics3
Additional Courses
Select 3 credits of GH or GS of 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 10-11 credits from:10-11
Effective Speech Keystone/General Education Course
Effective Speech Keystone/General Education Course
Technical Calculus Keystone/General Education Course 2,3
Calculus With Analytic Geometry I Keystone/General Education Course
Calculus with Engineering Technology Applications Keystone/General Education Course
Calculus with Analytic Geometry II Keystone/General Education Course
Select 6-8 credits of GN courses from two of the following groups:6-8
Group 1
Technical Physics I Keystone/General Education Course
General Physics: Mechanics Keystone/General Education Course
Introductory Physics I Keystone/General Education Course
Group 2
Technical Physics II Keystone/General Education Course
General Physics: Electricity and Magnetism Keystone/General Education Course
Introductory Physics II Keystone/General Education Course
Group 3
Chemical Principles I Keystone/General Education Course
and Experimental Chemistry I Keystone/General Education Course
Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better
MATH 250Ordinary Differential Equations 43
or MATH 211 Intermediate Calculus and Differential Equations with Applications Keystone/General Education Course
Select 5-6 credits of the following:5-6
College Algebra II and Analytic Geometry Keystone/General Education Course
and Plane Trigonometry Keystone/General Education Course
Algebra, Trigonometry, and Analytic Geometry Keystone/General Education Course
Technical Mathematics I Keystone/General Education Course
and Technical Mathematics II Keystone/General Education Course 1
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

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.



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


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


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 2021-22 academic year. To access previous years' suggested academic plans, please visit the archive to view the appropriate Undergraduate Bulletin edition (Note: the archive only contain suggested academic plans beginning with the 2018-19 edition of the Undergraduate Bulletin).

Electro-Mechanical Engineering Technology, B.S. at Berks 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
ENGL 15 or 30H (GWS)3CAS 100A or 100B (GWS)3
MATH 223MATH 83 (GQ)*‡4
MATH 263EET 114*4
EDSGN 1003EET 118*1
EET 1053MET 111*3
First Year Seminar1EMET 1001
 16 16
Second Year
MATH 210 (GQ)*3ENGL 202C (GWS)3
CMPET 117*3MATH 211*3
CMPET 120*1EET 2753
EGT 1142IET 3332
EMET 222*3General Education Course (GA or GH or GS)3
IET 1013General Education Course (GA or GH or GS)3
 15 17
Third Year
EET 212W*4CMPET 2113
EMET 2252EMET 3253
EMET 230*3EMET 3263
EMET 2153EMET 330*3
PHYS 150 (GN)3PHYS 151 (GN)3
STS 233Z (GH)3EMET 3503
 18 18
Fourth Year
EMET 4031EMET 4053
EMET 4104EMET 4403
CHEM 110 (GN)3Technical Elective3
CHEM 111 (GN)1General Education Course (GA or GH or GS)3
Technical Elective3General Education Course (GHW)3
General Education Course (GA or GH or GS)3 
General Education Course (GA or GH or GS)3 
 18 15
Total Credits 133

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University 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.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

College Notes:

Technical Elective: Choose two (2) from the following: CMPSC 121, 200, 201, EMET 394, 402, 430, 432, 495, 496, ENGR 310, IST 402, 431, 432, MATH 220, 231, ME 300, MGMT 301, MKTG 301, or STAT 200.

Course Offerings:

Fall Only: MATH 210, CMPET 117, CMPET 120, EGT 114, EMET 222, MCHT 214, EET 212W, EMET 230, EMET 350, PHYS 150, STS 233, EMET 403 (and Summers), EMET 410 (and Summers), IET 333

Spring Only: EET 114 (and Summers), EET 118 (and Summers), MET 111, MATH 211, EET 275, IET 215, IET 216, CMPET 211, EMET 325, EMET 326, EMET 330, PHYS 151

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 Electro-Mechanical Engineering Technology program at Penn State Berks is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org.

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.



Gaige Building
Reading, PA 19610



Learning Resources Center 145
3000 Ivyside Park
Altoona, PA 16601



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