Mechanical Engineering Technology (BS)

Degree: Bachelor of Science
Major: Mechanical Engineering Technology
Program Code: 3453

About This Major . . .

The objective of the Mechanical Engineering Technology Program (MET) is to provide the knowledge necessary to apply state-of-the-art techniques to design and build products and systems to meet the current and future needs of society. The Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology is designed for a student who is doer or implementer - one who is able to apply mathematics, the natural and engineering sciences, engineering principles, and current engineering practices to the solution of design problems and to the operation and testing of mechanical systems.

The MET graduate applies established procedures that use current state-of-the-art techniques to work with mechanical systems.  Laboratory courses are an integral component of the MET program and are designed to develop student competence to apply experimental design methods, as well as provide a “hands-on” approach to designing and building products and systems to meet the current and future needs of society.  The employment of METs in manufacturing related areas should increase as the demand for improved machinery and machine tools grows and industrial machinery and processes become increasingly complex. Emerging technologies in biotechnology, and nanotechnology will create new job opportunities for METs. In addition to job openings from growth, many openings should result from the need to replace workers who leave the labor force. 

For more information on what you can do with this major, visit Career Services’ What to Do with a Major? resource.

All CMU baccalaureate graduates are expected to demonstrate proficiency in specialized knowledge/applied learning, quantitative fluency, communication fluency, critical thinking, personal and social responsibility, and information literacy. In addition to these campus-wide student learning outcomes, graduates of this major will be able to:

  1. Apply knowledge, techniques, skills and modern tools of mathematics, science, engineering, and technology to solve broadly-defined engineering problems appropriate to the discipline.(Critical Thinking/Applied Learning)
  2. Design systems, components, or processes meeting specified needs for broadly-defined engineering problems appropriate to the discipline. (Specialized Knowledge)
  3. Apply written, oral, and graphical communication in broadly defined technical and non-technical environments, and identify and use appropriate technical literature. (Information Literacy, Communication Fluency)
  4. Conduct standard tests, measurements, and experiments and analyze and interpret the results to improve processes.(Quantitative Fluency)
  5. Function effectively as a member as well as a leader on technical teams. (Specialized Knowledge)
  6. Recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts. (Ethical Reasoning)

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Institutional Degree Requirements

The following institutional degree requirements apply to all CMU baccalaureate degrees. Specific programs may have different requirements that must be met in addition to institutional requirements.

  • 120 semester hours minimum.
  • Students must complete a minimum of 30 of the last 60 hours of credit at CMU, with at least 15 semester hours in major discipline courses numbered 300 or higher.
  • 40 upper-division credits (an alternative credit limit applies to the Bachelor of Applied Science degree).
  • 2.00 cumulative GPA or higher in all CMU coursework.
  • A course may only be used to fulfill one requirement for each degree/certificate.
  • No more than six semester hours of independent study courses can be used toward the degree.
  • Non-traditional credit, such as advanced placement, credit by examination, credit for prior learning, cooperative education and internships, cannot exceed 30 semester credit hours for a baccalaureate degree. A maximum of 15 of the 30 credits may be for cooperative education, internships, and practica.
  • Pre-collegiate courses (usually numbered below 100) cannot be used for graduation.
  • Capstone exit assessment/projects (e.g., Major Field Achievement Test) requirements are identified under Program-Specific Degree Requirements.
  • The Catalog Year determines which program sheet and degree requirements a student must fulfill in order to graduate. Visit with your advisor or academic department to determine which catalog year and program requirements you should follow.
  • See “Requirements for Undergraduate Degrees and Certificates” in the catalog for a complete list of graduation requirements.

Specific to this degree:

  • 127 semester hours for the BS in Mechanical Engineering Technology.
  • Students must register for and complete the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam at an NCEES-approved test center prior to graduation. 

Essential Learning Requirements

(31 semester hours)

See the current catalog for a list of courses that fulfill the requirements below.  If a course is an Essential Learning option and a requirement for your major, you must use it to fulfill the major requirement and make a different selection for the Essential Learning requirement.

English 1
ENGL 111English Composition I-GTCO13
ENGL 112English Composition II-GTCO23
Mathematics 1
MATH 135Engineering Calculus I 23
Select one History course3
Select one Humanities course3
Social and Behavioral Sciences
SOCI 120Technology and Society-GTSS33
Select one Social and Behavioral Sciences course3
Fine Arts
Select one Fine Arts course3
Natural Sciences 3
PHYS 131
Fundamental Mechanics-GTSC1
and Fundamental Mechanics Laboratory-GTSC1
CHEM 151Engineering Chemistry-GTSC1 42
or CHEM 131 General Chemistry I-GTSC1
Total Semester Credit Hours31

Must receive a grade of “C” or better and must be completed by the time the student has 60 semester hours.


This is a 4 semester credit hour course. 3 credits apply to the Essential Learning requirements and 1 credit applies to Foundation Courses.


One course must include a lab.


This is a 4 semester credit hour course. 2 credits apply to Essential Learning requirements and 2 credits apply to Foundation Courses.

Other Lower Division Requirements

Wellness Requirement
KINE 100Health and Wellness1
Select one Activity course1
Essential Learning Capstone 1
ESSL 290Maverick Milestone3
ESSL 200Essential Speech1
Total Semester Credit Hours6

Essential Learning Capstone must be taken after completion of the Essential Learning English and Mathematics requirements, and when a student has earned between 45 and 75 hours. 

Foundation Courses

(13 semester hours, must pass each course with a grade of “C” or higher.)

Choose one of the following:3
Engineering Chemistry-GTSC1
and Engineering Chemistry Laboratory-GTSC1
General Chemistry I-GTSC1
and General Chemistry Laboratory I-GTSC1
MAMT 102Machining Fundamentals1
MATH 135Engineering Calculus I1
MAMT 105Print Reading and Sketching2
MAMT 106Geometric Tolerancing2
MATH 136Engineering Calculus II4
Total Semester Credit Hours13

Program Specific Degree Requirements

(77 semester hours, must pass each course with a grade of “C” or higher, and maintain a 2.0 cumulative GPA or higher in coursework in this area. Prerequisites for these courses must be passed with a grade of "C" or higher.)

Basic Engineering Courses
ENGR 101Introduction to Engineering1
ENGR 125Computer-Aided Design and Fabrication3
ENGR 140First-Year Engineering Project3
ENGR 224
Materials Science
and Materials Science Laboratory
ENGR 225Introduction to Manufacturing3
ENGR 261Statics and Structures3
ENGR 263Mechanics of Solids3
MET Courses
ENGR 305Engineering Economics & Ethics2
ENGR 312Engineering Thermodynamics3
ENGR 317
Fundamentals of Circuits and Electronics
and Fundamentals of Circuits and Electronics Laboratory
ENGR 321Fluid Mechanics3
ENGR 325Component Design3
ENGR 343Dynamics3
ENGR 345Engineering Integration I3
ENGR 385Engineering Integration II3
ENGR 401Professionalism Seminar1
ENGR 427Engineering Measurements2
ENGR 435Industrial Controls3
ENGR 445MET Design Project I3
ENGR 446Writing for Design Projects1
ENGR 485MET Design Project II3
Other Required Courses
CSCI 130Introduction to Engineering Computer Science4
ENGL 325Writing for Engineers3
STAT 305Statistics and Quality Control for Engineering3
Restricted Electives
Complete 12 semester hours at the 300 or 400 level with an ENGR prefix or MATH 236 or other course(s) with advisor approval. 12
Other Requirements
Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Exam Taken
Total Semester Credit Hours77
Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall SemesterSemester Credit Hours
ENGL 111 English Composition I-GTCO1 3
ENGR 101 Introduction to Engineering 1
ENGR 125 Computer-Aided Design and Fabrication 3
KINE 100 Health and Wellness 1
MAMT 105 Print Reading and Sketching 2
MAMT 106 Geometric Tolerancing 2
MATH 135 Engineering Calculus I 4
 Semester Credit Hours16
Spring Semester
ENGL 112 English Composition II-GTCO2 3
ENGR 140 First-Year Engineering Project 3
MAMT 102 Machining Fundamentals 1
MATH 136 Engineering Calculus II 4
PHYS 131
Fundamental Mechanics-GTSC1
and Fundamental Mechanics Laboratory-GTSC1
 Semester Credit Hours16
Second Year
Fall Semester
CSCI 130 Introduction to Engineering Computer Science 4
ENGR 261 Statics and Structures 3
Choose one of the following: 5
Engineering Chemistry-GTSC1
and Engineering Chemistry Laboratory-GTSC1
General Chemistry I-GTSC1
and General Chemistry Laboratory I-GTSC1
Essential Learning - Humanities 3
KINA Activity 1
 Semester Credit Hours16
Spring Semester
ENGL 325 Writing for Engineers 3
ENGR 224
Materials Science
and Materials Science Laboratory
ENGR 263 Mechanics of Solids 3
SOCI 120 Technology and Society-GTSS3 3
ESSL 290 Maverick Milestone 3
ESSL 200 Essential Speech 1
 Semester Credit Hours16
Third Year
Fall Semester
ENGR 225 Introduction to Manufacturing 3
ENGR 305 Engineering Economics & Ethics 2
ENGR 312 Engineering Thermodynamics 3
ENGR 321 Fluid Mechanics 3
STAT 305 Statistics and Quality Control for Engineering 3
ENGR 345 Engineering Integration I 3
 Semester Credit Hours17
Spring Semester
ENGR 317
Fundamentals of Circuits and Electronics
and Fundamentals of Circuits and Electronics Laboratory
ENGR 325 Component Design 3
ENGR 343 Dynamics 3
ENGR 385 Engineering Integration II 3
Restricted Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Fourth Year
Fall Semester
ENGR 401 Professionalism Seminar 1
ENGR 427 Engineering Measurements 2
ENGR 445 MET Design Project I 3
Essential Learning - Fine Arts 3
Essential Learning - History 3
Restricted Elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring Semester
ENGR 435 Industrial Controls 3
ENGR 446 Writing for Design Projects 1
ENGR 485 MET Design Project II 3
Essential Learning - Social/Behavioral Sciences 3
Restricted Elective 6
 Semester Credit Hours16
 Total Semester Credit Hours127

Advising Process and DegreeWorks

Documentation on the pages related to this program is intended for informational purposes to help determine what courses and associated requirements are needed to earn a degree. The suggested course sequencing outlines how students could finish degree requirements. Some courses are critical to complete in specific semesters, while others may be moved around. Meeting with an academic advisor is essential in planning courses and altering the suggested course sequencing. It is ultimately the student’s responsibility to understand and fulfill the requirements for her/his intended degree(s).

DegreeWorks is an online degree audit tool available in MAVzone. It is the official record used by the Registrar’s Office to evaluate progress towards a degree and determine eligibility for graduation. Students are responsible for reviewing their DegreeWorks audit on a regular basis and should discuss questions or concerns with their advisor or academic department head. Discrepancies in requirements should be reported to the Registrar’s Office.

Graduation Process

Students must complete the following in the first two months of the semester prior to completing their degree requirements:

  • Review their DegreeWorks audit and create a plan that outlines how unmet requirements will be met in the final semester.
  • Meet with their advisor and modify their plan as needed. The advisor must approve the final plan.
  • Submit the “Intent to Graduate” form to the Registrar’s Office to officially declare the intended graduation date and commencement ceremony plans.
  • Register for all needed courses and complete all requirements for each degree sought.

Submission deadlines and commencement details can be found at

If a student’s petition for graduation is denied, it will be her/his responsibility to consult the Registrar’s Office regarding next steps.