This major helps graduates prepare for technical positions in manufacturing, machine and tool design, computer drafting and design, computer integrated manufacturing, materials selection and processes, technical sales, and other related industries in mechanical applications.
The primary objective of the program is to provide a broad foundation in mechanical systems and applications; computer systems in drafting (CAD), manufacturing (CAM), and automation and robotics (CIM); production and product design; mechanics, dynamics, and strength of materials.
This program also articulates with Pennsylvania Department of Education-approved Tech Prep programs. Secondary students who have graduated from a program covered by a signed Penn State Tech Prep Articulation Agreement may be eligible for special admission procedures and/or advanced placement.
What is Mechanical Engineering Technology?
Mechanical engineering technology is the understanding of how products and machinery work and how they are designed, made, and used.
You Might Like This Program If…
- You are interested in computer-aided drafting (CAD) and computer-aided manufacturing.
- You enjoy physics, math and statistics.
- You have a passion for robotics and automation.
- You have an interest in programming and data acquisition.
Graduates of the Associate Degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology program will:
- Practice in the areas of applied design, manufacturing, testing, evaluation, technical sales, or 2D and 3D modeling.
- Communicate effectively and work collaboratively in multi-disciplinary teams.
- Learn and adapt to changes in a professional work environment.
- Demonstrate a high standard of professional ethics and be cognizant of social concerns as they relate to the practice of engineering technology.
Some typical career options include, but are not limited to:
- CAD operator
- Laboratory technician
- Technical sales representative
- Product designer
Graduates of this major may qualify for admission to the baccalaureate degree majors in Mechanical Engineering Technology and Structural Design and Construction Engineering Technology programs at Penn State Harrisburg; the Mechanical Engineering Technology and the Plastics Engineering Technology programs at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College; or the baccalaureate degree major in Electro-Mechanical Engineering Technology offered at Penn State Altoona, Penn State Berks, Penn State New Kensington, or Penn State York.
Internships are not a requirement within the program, but there may be opportunities provided by local industry to interested students. Internships can be completed as noncredit or up to 6 credits which are applicable to the program.
For the Associate in Engineering Technology degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology, a minimum of 64 credits is required. This program is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.
Many US 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.
Lecturer in Engineering
Room 5, Ralph G. and Madeline B. Swenson Engineering Center