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. 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.
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.
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.