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Mechanical Engineering Technology (B.S.)

The Mechanial Engineering Technology program focuses on the methods, materials, machinery and manpower needed to solve real-world problems. The program is focused on providing graduates with skills to develop and implement technological solutions in the areas of product design and development, manufacturing, manufacturing processes, quality control, materials, fluid power, heat power, mechanics and cost analysis.

Mechanical engineering technicians work with scientists and engineers as valuable members of professional teams. Engineering technicians have practical skills and often begin their careers with assignments in simple design, product testing, computer-aided drafting or customer service. Graduates accept jobs with titles such as laboratory technicians, engineering aides, plant maintenance personnel, designers/CAD specialists, production assistants and technical salespeople. With additional experience, promotion is possible into positions such as industrial supervisors, machine and tool designers, technical buyers, production expediters and cost estimators.

The MET program provides additional study in mechanical engineering technology plus courses that provide background in related technical and nontechnical topics essential in modern industry. Graduates fill a variety of technical positions, i.e., product design/development, process design/development, plant operations, facilities management, quality assurance, field technical service, production supervision, technical sales, marketing, research, etc.

The department provides programs in mechanical engineering technology at a number of statewide locations. The MET bachelor's degree is offered at Columbus, New Albany, and South Bend, in addition to West Lafayette. The MET associate's degree is offered at Kokomo and Richmond.

Many students transfer into MET from other programs at Purdue and from other institutions as well. MET is covered by Indiana’s Single Articulation Pathway to facilitate transfer from other Indiana-supported institutions.

Graduates are in great demand by such firms as Babcock & Wilcox, American Axle Manufacturing, Cessna Aircraft, Cummins, General Electric, Johnson Controls, Caterpillar, Motorola, TRW Automotive, U.S. Steel, Honda, Wabash National and other companies.


The B.S. mechanical engineering technology programs at the West Lafayette, New Albany and Columbus locations are accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

Credit Hours Required for Bachelor's Degree: 126

First SemesterSecond Semester
(3) COM 11400 (Fundamentals of Speech 
(3) ENGL 10600 (First-Year Composition)
(5) MA 15900 (Precalculus) (3) MA 22100 (Calculus for Technology I)
(3) MET 14400 (Materials and Processes II) (3) MET 11100 (Applied Statics)
(1) MET 16200 (Computational Analysis 
Tools in MET)
(3) MET 14300 (Materials and Processes I)
(3) TECH 12000 (Technology and the Individual) (4) PHYS 22000 (General Physics)
(2) CGT selective    
(17) (16)

Sophomore Year

Third SemesterFourth Semester
(3) ECET 21400 (Electricity Fundamentals) (3) MET 21400 (Machine Elements)
(3) MET 10200 (Production Design and 
(3) MET 23000 (Fluid Power)
(4) MET 21100 (Applied Strength of Materials) (3) MET 24500 (Manufacturing Systems)
(3) MET 21300 (Dynamics) (3) MET 28400 (Introduction to Industrial Controls)
(4) PHYS 22100 (General Physics) (2) Technical selective
    (3) Humanities and social science elective
(17)   (17)  

Junior Year

Fifth SemesterSixth Semester
(3) CHM 11100 (General Chemistry) (3) ECON 21000 (Principles of Economics)
(3) CNIT 17500 (Visual Programming) (3) MET 32000 (Applied Thermodynamics)
(3) MA 22200 (Calculus for Technology II) (3) MET 34600 (Advanced Materials in
(3) MET 22000 (Heat and Power) (3) STAT 30100T (Elementary Statistical Methods)
(3) TECH 32000 (Technology and the Organization) (3) TECH 33000 (Technology and the Global Society)
(15)   (15)  

Senior Year

Seventh SemesterEighth Semester
(3) IET 45100 (Monetary Analysis for Industrial Decisions) (3) COM 32000 (Small Group Communication)
(3) MET 31300 (Applied Fluid Mechanics) (3) ENGL 42100 (Technical Writing)
(6) MET electives (3) Humanities and social science elective
(2) Basic/Life/Health Science Interdisciplinary elective (6) MET electives
(14)   (15)