Mechanical Engineering Technology, B.S. (Capital)

Program Code: MET_BS

Entrance to Major

Entry to the Mechanical Engineering Technology major requires a 2.00 or higher cumulative grade-point average.


Associate degree students should file a re-enrollment form during the final semester of their associate degree. Students re-enrolling from an associate's degree into the bachelor's degree should run a degree audit from LionPATH, using the MET major code, to determine their curriculum requirements.

Degree Requirements

For the Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology, a minimum of 128 credits is required:

Requirement Credits
General Education 45
Requirements for the Major 104

21 of the 45 credits for General Education are included in the Requirements for the Major. This includes: 3 credits of GWS courses; 9 credits of GN courses; 6 credits of GQ courses, 3 credits of 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
CHEM 110Chemical Principles I Keystone/General Education Course3
CHEM 111Experimental Chemistry I Keystone/General Education Course1
ENGL 202CEffective Writing: Technical Writing Keystone/General Education Course3
IET 308Statistical Quality Control3
MATH 140Calculus With Analytic Geometry I Keystone/General Education Course4
MET 321Analytical Techniques2
MET 338Thermal/Fluids Laboratory1
MET 358Process Design Engineering3
MET 370Engineering Materials Laboratory1
MET 438Thermal Engineering B3
MET 454Automatic Controls3
MET 458Controls Laboratory1
MET 481Project Design3
MET 486Project Design3
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
ENGR 320YDesign for Global Society Keystone/General Education Course3
MET 332Thermal Engineering A3
MET 336Engineering Fluid Mechanics3
MET 341Mechanical Measurements and Instrumentation3
MET 431Heat Transfer3
Additional Courses
EDSGN 100Cornerstone Engineering Design3
or EGT 120 Introduction to Graphics and Solid Modeling
EET 101
EET 109
Electrical Circuits I
and Electrical Circuits Laboratory I
or EET 320 Industrial Electricity and Electronics
IET 101Manufacturing Materials, Processes, and Laboratory3
or IET 311 Elements of Metallurgy
IET 215
IET 216
Production Design
and Production Design Laboratory
or IET 321 Manufacturing Processes
MET 210WMachine Design3
or MET 365 Design of Machine Elements
PHYS 150Technical Physics I Keystone/General Education Course3-4
or PHYS 211 General Physics: Mechanics Keystone/General Education Course
PHYS 151Technical Physics II Keystone/General Education Course3-4
or PHYS 212 General Physics: Electricity and Magnetism Keystone/General Education Course
STAT 200Elementary Statistics Keystone/General Education Course4
or MATH 141 Calculus with Analytic Geometry II Keystone/General Education Course
Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better
Select 3 credits from the following:3
Mechanics I: Statics
Mechanics for Technology: Statics
Select 3 credits from the following:3
Select 3 credits from the following:3
Strength of Materials
Strength of Materials
Strength and Properties of Materials
Supporting Courses and Related Areas
Select 5-9 credits from the department approved list of courses5-9
Select 12 credits from 300-400 level technology and engineering elective courses in consultation with an academic adviser and in support of the student's interests12

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.



Issam Abu-Mahfouz, Ph.D., P.E.
Program Chair
Olmsted Building W239
Middletown, PA 17057

Suggested Academic Plan

The suggested academic plan(s) listed on this page are the plan(s) that are in effect during the 2020-21 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).

Mechanical Engineering Technology, B.S. at Harrisburg 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 30H3STAT 200 or MATH 1414
MATH 1404PHYS 150 or 2113-4
CHEM 1103CAS 1003
CHEM 1111General Education Course3
EDSGN 100S3General Education Course3
General Education Course3 
 17 16-17
Second Year
PHYS 151 or 2123-4ET 321, EMCH 212, or MET 206*3
ET 300, EMCH 211, or MET 111*3ET 322, EMCH 213, or MET 213*3
IET 3083EET 320 or 101 and 1093-4
IET 321 or 215 and 2163-4ENGL 202C3
General Education Course3Elective as approved by adviser3
 15-17 15-16
Third Year
IET 311 or 1013MET 3212
MET 332*3MET 3583
MET 336*3MET 3653
MET 3381MET 4383
MET 3701ENGR 320Y*†3
General Education Course3Elective as approved by adviser3
General Education Course (GHW)1.5 
 15.5 17
Fourth Year
MET 341*3MET 431*3
MET 4543MET 4863
MET 4581300-400 level Technology or Engineering Elective3
MET 4813300-400 level Technology or Engineering Elective3
300-400 level Technology or Engineering Elective3General Education Course (GHW)1.5
300-400 level Technology or Engineering Elective3Elective as approved by adviser3
 16 16.5
Total Credits 128-132

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.

Program Notes

Technology or Engineering Electives include:

  • MET 308 - Computer Aided Solid Modeling and Analysis (3)
  • MET 417 - Finite Element Analysis (3)
  • MET 432 - Fluid Power (3)
  • MET 435 - Building Energy Systems (3)
  • MET 462 - Internal Combustion Engine Design (3)
  • ENVE 430 - Sustainable Engineering (3)
  • or others offered by the program.

Career Paths

Mechanical Engineering Technology is a broad engineering discipline that provides a number of career possibilities. The Mechanical Engineering Technology program prepares students to provide high-level technical support to a variety of industrial, commercial, consulting, and governmental organizations.


Mechanical Engineering Technology graduates should experience good employment potential. Opportunities are expected to grow to keep pace with the demand for technical products. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and O*NET, opportunities for Mechanical Engineering Technologists will grow at a rate of 5-9% through 2026.

Professional Resources


This program is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET.


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.



Olmsted Building, W239
Middletown, PA 17057