The Mechanical Engineering Technology (MET) program offers a wide variety of opportunities to students interested in pursuing a career in the mechanical engineering technology field. Students may choose to complete two years of study and earn an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) Mechanical Engineering Technology degree , or they may continue on their formal education to earn the Bachelor of Science in Applied Science (BSAS) Mechanical Engineering Technology degree.
The MET program includes both classroom and laboratory experiences. The curriculum stresses the application of established engineering and computer knowledge and methods to the solution of practical problems. They include the study of sciences and mathematics supporting technology as well as methods, processes, skills, and materials used in technology.
Graduates of the MET AAS degree program work as engineering technicians. The industry-oriented two-year degree allows them to quickly find employment in their chosen field. Due to the practical nature of the program, they immediately become productive in careers involving design, drafting, testing, and production of industrial machines and consumer products. Most AAS graduates choose to continue their education, often with employer support.
Graduates of the BSAS degree program work as engineering technologists. Because their education is more extensive, they are prepared for more responsibility and more rapid advancement. Application-oriented courses in hydraulics, tool design, machine design, and robotics prepare them for more advanced design work, while courses dealing with manufacturing systems analysis, quality control, and industrial management prepare them for supervisory positions in industry. Graduates also find employment as technical sales representatives or as technical writers. Because their education includes management training, they may serve as supervisors in planning, design, construction, production and maintenance activities. The practical nature of the program means placement of graduates has always been outstanding, and YSU's Mechanical Engineering Technology graduates have risen to the highest levels in their companies.
Graduates of the Mechanical Engineering Technology program at YSU will, in their first several years of employment, have the ability to:
- Work competently in technical and professional careers related to the field of Mechanical Engineering Technology
- Communicate effectively in a professional environment
- Continue growth in professional knowledge
- Achieve recognition and/or compensation consistent with their educational achievements.
Graduates in Mechanical Engineering Technology will have the following:
Associate/Bachelor of Science in Applied Science Degree Program
The following educational outcomes apply to the Mechanical Engineering Technology program within the College of Engineering and Technology. Graduates of the MET program will possess the following skills or abilities at graduation.
Learning Outcome 1: be able to apply principles of mathematics and applied science, to perform technical calculations and solve technical problems of the types commonly encountered in mechanical engineering technology careers. (consistent with ETAC/ABET Criterion 2 Outcomes a, b, f );
Learning Outcome 2: demonstrate the ability to identify, formulate, and present creative solutions to technical problems in a variety of specialty areas within the broad field of mechanical engineering technology. (consistent with ETAC/ABET Criterion 2 Outcome d);
Learning Outcome 3: be able to function competently in a laboratory setting, making measurements, operating technical equipment, critically examining experimental results, and properly reporting on experimental results, including their potential for process improvement. (consistent with ETAC/ABET Criterion 2 Outcomes a, b, c, f, g);
Learning Outcome 4: be able to use modern computational tools for technical problem solving, including scientific calculators, computers and appropriate software. (consistent with ETAC/ABET Criterion 2 Outcomes a, b, f);
Learning Outcome 5: demonstrate a broad education and knowledge of contemporary issues in a global and societal context, as necessary to develop professional and ethical responsibility, including responsibility to employers and to society at large. (consistent with ETAC/ABET Criterion 2 Outcomes i, j);
Learning Outcome 6: recognize the need for life-long learning, especially concerning maintenance and improvement of technical skills (consistent with ETAC/ABET Criterion 2 Outcome h); and
Learning Outcome 7: demonstrate an ability to communicate effectively and function effectively with members of multi-disciplinary teams and with other workers in an industrial setting, including those from a variety of backgrounds. (consistent with ETAC/ABET Criterion 2 Outcomes e, g, j).
Program outcomes for the Associate's and Bachelor's Degrees differ only in that the Bachelor's Degree has expectations of greater extent of achievement.
The mechanical engineering technology (MET) program is designed as a “two-plus-two” program. Students may earn an Associate in Applied Science degree after two years of full-time study. With this degree, they may begin a career in industry. The associate degree graduate can continue for two more years of full-time study to earn the bachelor’s degree.
The Mechanical Engineering Technology Program retains its tradition as a small school in maintaining close contact between its students and faculty. The majority of the Mechanical Engineering Technology faculty are licensed professional engineers with a master's or higher academic degree and with many years of industrial experience. The Mechanical Engineering Technology program also utilizes dynamic part-time faculty who use their expertise and experience to bring the students a real-world education.