CMU’s mechanical engineering technology program prepares students with the knowledge, problem-solving ability and hands-on skills for careers in the design, installation, manufacturing, testing, evaluation, technical sales or maintenance of mechanical systems. Students in this field frequently work in engineering design, testing, production, or research and development operations — often in industrial, aerospace and government organizations. Importantly, CMU’s mechanical engineering technology program is accredited by the Association of Technology, Management and Applied Engineering.
Points of Pride
- CMU's undergraduate engineering programs were ranked 86th among the nation's universities that offer bachelor's and master's degrees in engineering by U.S. News & World Report for 2015.
- CMU's Society of Automotive Engineers baja student team Chippewa Performance ranked higher in October 2014 than every other Michigan university at the Louisville SAE Midnight Mayhem invitational in Bedford, Kentucky. The team was second in the country, after the Rochester Institute of Technology.
- CMU engineering majors complete design projects as part of their studies. One example is the annual cardboard boat race across Rose Ponds for freshman engineering students. It takes place each year at Homecoming and was named one of the "102 Things You Gotta Do Before You Graduate" by Sports Illustrated on Campus.
- CMU offensive tackle Eric Fisher — a mechanical engineering major — was the No. 1 pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.
Put Your Degree to Work
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics sample data
|Job||Median Pay||Job Growth through 2022|
|Mechanical engineering technician||$51,980 per year||5% (2,200 more jobs)|
|Mechanical engineer||$80,580 per year||5% (11,600 more jobs)|
|Civil engineer||$79,340 per year||20% (53,700 more jobs)|
The course listings below are a representation of what this academic program requires. For a full review of this program in detail please see our official online academic bulletin AND consult with an academic advisor. This listing does not include the General Education courses required for all majors and may not include some program specific information, such as admissions, retention, and termination standards.
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Mechanical Engineering Technology Major
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.
Program Educational Objectives for Mechanical Engineering Technology
The program educational objectives of BSET–Mechanical Engineering Technology Program describe the expected accomplishments of graduates during their first few years after graduation. The main goal is to provide a competitive curriculum and learning environment that prepare graduates who will be able to:
1. Attain appropriate 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 Student Outcomes
By the time of graduation from Mechanical Engineering Technology program , students are expected to have:
1. An ability to select and apply the knowledge, techniques, skills, and modern tools of the discipline to broadly-defined engineering technology activities, including skills in mechanical design/analysis, manufacturing processes, mechanics, and thermo-fluids;
2. An ability to select and apply a knowledge of mathematics, science, engineering, and technology to engineering technology problems that require the application of principles and applied procedures or methodologies;
3. An ability to conduct standard tests and measurements; to conduct, analyze, and interpret experiments; and to apply experimental results to improve processes and designs appropriate to the level of mechanical engineering technology;
4. An ability to design systems, components, or processes for broadly-defined engineering technology problems appropriate to program educational objectives;
5. An ability to function effectively as a member or leader on a technical team;
6. An ability to identify, analyze, and solve broadly-defined engineering technology problems;
7. An ability to apply written, oral, and graphical communication in both technical and non-technical environments; and an ability to identify and use appropriate technical literature;
8. An understanding of the need for and an ability to engage in self-directed continuing professional development;
9. An understanding of and a commitment to address professional and ethical responsibilities including a respect for diversity;
10. A knowledge of the impact of engineering technology solutions in a societal and global context;
11. A commitment to quality, timeliness, and continuous improvement.
Total: 66 semester hours
Required Courses I
Computer Aided Problem Solving for Engineers
Engineering problem solving involving circuit elements, batteries, one- link robot, two-link robots, springs, and cables using physical experiments, MATLAB and/or equivalent. Prerequisite: Cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher. Pre-requisites/Co-requisites: MTH 132; permission of E&T advisor.
Industrial Materials and Testing
An overview of industrial materials including metals, plastics, composites and ceramics. Topics include material properties, material selection, and material testing.
Engineering Design Graphics
Focus on engineering design fundamentals, design processes, and the utilization of graphics within design. Computer-Aided design and product data management techniques are covered.
Manufacturing Processes I
Introduction to the processing of metal materials through casting, fabricating, machining, and basic welding.
Alternative Energy Analysis
A quantitative comparison and analysis of current alternative energy technologies and systems. Quantitative Reasoning.
Parametric Design and Modeling
Development and production of engineering and technical models with a mechanical computer-aided design system. An introduction to parametric design and modeling. Prerequisite: IET 154; permission of E&T advisor; cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.
Study of mechanisms with graphical and analytical analysis of displacement, velocity, acceleration, motion, gearing, gear trains, linkages, and cams. Prerequisite: IET 279 or EGR 251 with a grade of C- or better; permission of E&T advisor.
Applied Fluid Mechanics
Study of the basic principles and their application to practical applied problems in the fluid statics, fluid dynamics, flow in pipes, and open channel flow. Prerequisites: IET 281 or EGR 253; permission of E&T advisor.
Study of thermodynamics and basic tools necessary to obtain quantitative solutions to common engineering applications involving energy and its conversion, conservation and transfer. Prerequisites: PHY 145, PHY 175; or PHY 130, PHY 170; permission of E&T advisor; cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.
Manufacturing Processes II
Introduces basic polymer formulation, properties of plastics materials, methods of molding plastics, and the fabrication and decoration of plastic articles. Prerequisites: CHM 120 or 131; IET 130, 170; permission of E&T advisor.
Introduction to industrial robotics including robot classifications, components and functions, programming, and applications. Prerequisites: CPS 180 or EGR 200; IET 291 or EGR 290; One of the following: MTH 132, 133, 217; permission of E&T advisor.
Mechanical Computer-Aided Engineering
Mechanical components design, structural analysis, and mechanism analysis by using computer aided design system and simulation tools. Prerequisites: IET 226, 350, 379; permission of E&T advisor.
Fundamental laws of heat transfer by mechanism of conduction, convection and radiation, and boundary layer concepts. Prerequisites: IET 352, 356; permission of E&T advisor.
Theory and application of machine element fundamentals in design and analysis of mechanical systems for safe operation. Prerequisites: IET 350; IET 379 or EGR 255; permission of E&T advisor.
Instrumentation and Controls
A study of instrumentation and control technology including process control fundamentals, signal conditioning, sensor measurements, control components and feedback control characteristics. Prerequisites: IET 352, 356, 375; permission of E&T advisor.
Industrial Projects Capstone
The integration of appropriate methods, procedures, and techniques for the analysis of industrial projects and implementation of solutions via a team approach. Prerequisites: IET 450, 454 with a signed Mechanical Engineering Technology Major or IET 324, 458 with a signed Product Design Engineering Technology Major or IET 377, 500 with a signed Industrial Engineering Technology Major.
Required Courses II
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The course will cover free body diagrams and equilibrium of particles and rigid bodies, internal forces in machines, and beams, friction, and application to machines. Prerequisite: MTH 132 with a grade of C- or better; PHY 145 with a grade of C- or better; permission of E&T advisor; cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher. Pre/Co-Requisite: EGR 120.
This course will cover force systems, resultants and equilibrium, trusses, frames, beams, and shear and moments in beams. Prerequisites: One of the following: MTH 130, 132, 133; PHY 130 or 145; PHY 170 or 175; permission of E&T advisor; cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.
Required Courses III
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Circuit Analysis I
Introduction to circuit elements, variables, resistive circuits, circuit analysis techniques, network theorems, inductance and capacitance, sinusoidal steady state analysis and power calculations. Prerequisites: MTH 133 with a grade of C- or better; PHY 145 with a grade of C- or better; permission of E&T advisor; cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher. Pre/Co-requisite: EGR 120; PHY 146.
A study of the fundamentals of applied circuits including Direct Current (DC) circuits, Alternating Current (AC) circuits, and basic electronics. Prerequisites: One of the following: MTH 130, 132, 133; permission of E&T advisor; cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher. Pre/Co-requisites: PHY 131 or 146; PHY 171 or 176.
Required Courses IV
Select one of the following:
Fundamentals of engineering dynamics covering kinematics and kinetics of particles and rigid bodies. Prerequisites: EGR 251 with grade of C- or better; MTH 133 with a grade of C- or better; permission of E&T advisor; cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.
Study and engineering application of relationship between the forces acting on a body, the mass of the body, and the motion of the body. Prerequisites: IET 279 or EGR 251 with a grade of C- or better; MTH 132 or 133; permission of E&T advisor; cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.
Required Courses V
Select one of the following:
Strength of Materials
Introductory course in mechanics of materials that covers mechanical stress and strain, deformations, torsion, bending and shearing stresses, and deflections of beams. Prerequisites: EGR 251 with grade of C- or better; MTH 133 with grade of C- or better; permission of E&T advisor; cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.
Mechanics of Materials
Introduction to methods of determining the internal stresses and deflections of basic load-carrying members of construction and machine applications. Prerequisites: IET 279 or EGR 251 with a grade of C- or better; MTH 132 or 133; permission of E&T Advisor.
Select 6 hours from the following:
Introduction to Engineering
A general introduction to engineering with an emphasis on problem solving, engineering tools, engineering design processes, and teamwork. Pre/Co-requisite: One of the following: MTH 130, 132, 133.
Fluid Power Technology
A study of hydraulic and pneumatic technologies related to the generation, transmission, and control of fluid power in fluid power systems. Prerequisites: MTH 130 or IET 180; permission of E&T advisor; cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher. Recommended: IET 120 or MTH 105.
Product Design and Development
Ideation, conceptualization, and development of consumer products. Utilization of freestyle and NURBS based computer-aided design tools to solve product design problems. Writing Intensive. Prerequisite: IET 226; permission of E&T advisor.
Manufacturing Methods Analysis
Study of methods, materials, tools, and equipment for productivity measurements and improvement. Prerequisites: IET 170; one of: STA 282, 382, 392; permission of E&T advisor.
A study of the principles and practices of safety management with emphasis on occupational safety standards and loss control. Prerequisite: CHM 120 or CHM 131; permission of E&T advisor.
Computer Numerical Control Programming
Programming and operation of CNC machines, including CNC vertical milling center and turning center. Emphasis on manual programming, CAM design, and machine setup and operation. Prerequisites: IET 154, 170; permission of E&T advisor.
Supervised work experiences in industry. CR/NC only. Prerequisite: departmental permission.
Plant Layout and Materials Handling
Study of plant layout through the development of overall layout including location, planning, detailing, diagrams, and design of manufacturing and service facilities for efficient flow. Prerequisite: IET 326; permission of E&T advisor.
Study of specific quality techniques used by production departments to monitor processes, products, and reliability so quality can be improved. Prerequisites: STA 282 or 382; junior standing; permission of E&T advisor.
Individual investigation and research to increase ones technical competency. Prerequisite: departmental pre-registration.
Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing
Fundamentals of Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing concepts as interpreted in ASME standard Y14.5. This course may be offered in an online or hybrid format. Prerequisite: IET 226; permission of E&T advisor.
Covers the process of planning and developing tools, fixtures, and devices for efficient and economical manufacture of a product. Prerequisites: IET 170, IET 226; permission of E&T advisor.
Development and production of computer generated graphical images for solid-based models and basic system assemblies utilizing mass properties and boolean operations. Recommended: IET 226; permission of E&T advisor.
Development and production of industrial and engineering designs with conceptual and parametric surface modeling tools. Utilization of curve and surface functions to interpret engineering designs. Prerequisites: IET 226, MTH 132; permission of E&T advisor. Recommended: IET 324.
Computer-Aided Design Engineering Analysis
Development and production of computer-generated graphical images for advanced finite element models, setting of load and thermal constraints; introduction to mechanism analysis. Recommended: IET 458; permission of E&T advisor.
Advanced Computer Numerical Control Programming
Advanced CNC programming techniques including advanced GM codes, 3D surface machining, and multi-axis programming in CNC vertical milling center and turning center. Prerequisites: IET 226, 377; permission of E&T advisor.
Comprehensive review of current factors which influence productivity. Emphasis is placed on the integration of people, methods, machines, materials, and management. This course may be offered in an online or hybrid format. Prerequisites: IET 327; STA 282; or graduate standing and statistics competency; permission of E&T advisor.
The study of human characteristics, capacities and limitations for the design of productive, safe, and comfortable work spaces, tools, equipment, tasks, and facilities. Prerequisites: IET 327; or senior/graduate standing and permission of instructor; permission of E&T advisor.
A study of electro mechanical devices, industrial robotics, programmable logic controllers (PLCs), and automated work cell designs. Prerequisites: IET 375; MTH 132; CPS 150 or CPS 180; permission of E&T advisor.
Techniques of integration, applications of definite integrals, improper integrals, elementary differential equations, infinite series, Taylor series, and polar coordinates. Prerequisite: MTH 132.
Introduction to Statistics
Descriptive statistics, probability, sampling distributions, statistical inference, regression. Course does not count on major, minor in mathematics. Credit may not be earned in more than one of these courses: STA 282, STA 382, STA 392. Quantitative Reasoning. This course may be offered in an online or hybrid format. Recommended: MTH 105 or competency.