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Mechanical Engineering Technology Major, B.S.E.T.

B.S.E.T. degree
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The Mechanical Engineering Technology major is designed to prepare students with knowledge, problem solving ability, and hands-on skills to enter careers in the design, installation, manufacturing, testing, evaluation, technical sales, or maintenance of mechanical systems. The mechanical engineering technologist makes significant contributions in supporting engineering design, testing, production, research, and development operations in a wide variety of industrial, aerospace, and government organizations. Students must complete the coursework in major requirements and electives.

Mechanical Engineering Technology Mission Statement

The mission of the Mechanical Engineering Technology program in the BS in Engineering Technology degree is to prepare students to be competent in the area of applied mechanical engineering with potential growth in management and leadership.

Program Educational Objectives for Mechanical Engineering Technology

The program educational objectives of the BSET–Mechanical Engineering Technology Program describe the expected accomplishments of graduates during their first few years after graduation.

The main goal of the BSET-Mechanical Engineering Technology program at CMU is to provide a competitive curriculum and learning environment that prepare graduates who will be able to:

  1. Attain employment and practice successfully in a mechanical engineering technology related profession;
  2. Work in multi-disciplinary teams providing technical knowledge and effective communication as engineering technologists;
  3. Remain technically current through continuous learning and self-improvement;
  4. Understand and exhibit professional, ethical and social responsibility as they pursue their career.

Mechanical Engineering Technology Program Criteria

In addition to the Engineering Technology Student Outcomes, graduates of the Mechanical Engineering Technology program will have demonstrated the following knowledge and/or skills:

  1. application of principles of geometric dimensioning and tolerancing
  2. use of computer aided drafting and design software
  3. perform selection, set-up, and calibration of measurement tools/instrumentation
  4. elements of differential and integral calculus
  5. manufacturing processes;
  6. material science and selection
  7. solid mechanics (such as statics, dynamics, strength of materials, etc.)
  8. mechanical system design
  9. thermal sciences (such as thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, heat transfer, etc.) 
  10. electrical circuits (ac and dc), and electronic controls
  11. application of industry codes, specifications, and standards
  12. technical communications typically used in presentation of engineering proposals, reports, and specifications. 

Admission Requirements, Retention & Termination Standards

The Mechanical Engineering Technology degree program consists of laboratory work that involves a close physical relationship with tools, moving machinery and electrical equipment necessitating specific safe practices. Examples include voltage checks, use of safety guards, and continuous observation of associated visual alarms, caution signs and auditory signals.

Mechanical Engineering Technology majors must meet with an E&T advisor at least once a semester to discuss their progress in meeting the degree requirements. Prerequisites will be strictly enforced for all engineering technology coursework.

Admission Requirements

Any student in good academic standing at CMU may declare a major in any of the engineering or engineering technology majors. However, students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.50 or higher to enroll in all 200-, 300-, and 400-level engineering (EGR) and engineering technology (IET) courses. Students wishing to substitute EGR or IET courses at 300 level or above must obtain pre-approval from the School Director unless those courses appear on CMU’s What Will Transfer website: https://netconnect.cmich.edu/whatwilltransfer

Retention & Termination Standards

In order to remain a major in Mechanical Engineering Technology, a student must meet the following criteria:

  1. Students must select courses in consultation with an engineering technology advisor.
  2. Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.50 or higher to enroll in all 200-, 300-, and 400-level engineering (EGR) and technology (IET) courses.
  3. At least 30 credits of IET courses must be taken at CMU to graduate with this major.
  4. If a student does not continue to meet the retention standards, s/he may be asked to withdraw from the major. The department maintains the right to terminate a student from the major if s/he is not progressing satisfactorily.

Program Requirements

Required Courses I (54 hours)

EGR 200Computer Aided Problem Solving for Engineers

3(2-2)

EGR 489WISenior Design I

3(Spec)

EGR 499WISenior Design II

3(Spec)

IET 130Industrial Materials and Testing

3(2-2)

IET 154Engineering Design Graphics

3(2-2)

IET 170Manufacturing Processes I

3(1-4)

IET 181QRAlternative Energy Analysis

3(2-2)

IET 226Parametric Design and Modeling

3(2-2)

IET 350Mechanism Design

3(3-0)

IET 352Applied Fluid Mechanics

3(3-0)

IET 356Thermodynamics

3(3-0)

IET 365Manufacturing Processes II

3(2-2)

IET 375Robotics

3(2-2)

IET 450Mechanical Computer-Aided Engineering

3(2-2)

IET 451Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing

3(2-2)

IET 453Heat Transfer

3(3-0)

IET 454Machine Design

3(2-2)

IET 472Instrumentation and Controls

3(2-2)

Required Courses II (3 hours)

Select one of the following:

EGR 251Engineering Statics

3(3-0)

IET 279Applied Statics

3(3-0)

Required Courses III (3 hours)

Select one of the following:

EGR 290Circuit Analysis I

3(3-0)

IET 291Applied Circuits

3(2-2)

Required Courses IV (3 hours)

Select one of the following:

EGR 253Engineering Dynamics

3(3-0)

IET 281Dynamics

3(3-0)

Required Courses V (3 hours)

Select one of the following:

EGR 255Strength of Materials

3(3-0)

IET 379Mechanics of Materials

3(3-0)

Technical Electives (6 hours)

Select 6 hours from the following:

EGR 120Introduction to Engineering

3(2-2)

IET 324WIProduct Design and Development

3(2-2)

IET 326Manufacturing Methods Analysis

3(3-0)

IET 327Industrial Safety

3(3-0)

IET 377Computer Numerical Control Programming

3(2-2)

IET 426Plant Layout and Materials Handling

3(3-0)

IET 428Manufacturing Quality

3(3-0)

IET 437Independent Study

2-5(Spec)

IET 458Surface Modeling

3(2-2)

IET 500Production Concepts

3(3-0)

MTH 133Calculus II

4(4-0)

STA 282QRIntroduction to Statistics

3(3-0)

Total: 72 semester hours