​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Program Description

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

JobMedian PayJob Growth through ​2022​
Mechanical engineering technician$51,980 per year5% (2,200 more jobs)
Mechanical engineer$80,580 per year5% (11,600 more jobs)
Civil engineer$79,340 per year20% (53,700 more jobs)

For More Information

Visit the School of Engineering and Technology or contact:

School of Engineering and Technology
ET Building 100
Email: etdept@cmich.edu
Phone: 989-774-3033

Program Overview

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.

(Click on the course name or number for a complete course description.)

Mechanical Engineering Technology Major

Engineering Technology Student Outcomes All Engineering Technology programs share the following Student Outcomes : By the time of graduation from any of the Engineering Technology programs, students are expected to have: 1. An ability to apply knowledge, techniques, skills, and modern tools of mathematics, science, engineering, and technology to solve broadly-defined engineering problems appropriate to the discipline 2. An ability to design systems, components, or processes meeting specified needs for broadly-defined engineering problems appropriate to the discipline 3. An ability to apply written, oral, and graphical communication in broadly-defined technical and non-technical environments; and an ability to identify and use appropriate technica literature 4. An ability to conduct standard tests, measurements , and experiments and to analyze and interpret the results to improve processes 5. An ability to function effectively as a member as well as a leader on technical teams. 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.
Total: 72 semester hours
Required Courses I
(54 hours)
EGR 200
Computer Aided Problem Solving for Engineers
3
EGR 489WI
Senior Design I
3
EGR 499WI
Senior Design II
3
IET 130
Industrial Materials and Testing
3
IET 154
Engineering Design Graphics
3
IET 170
Manufacturing Processes I
3
IET 181QR
Alternative Energy Analysis
3
IET 226
Parametric Design and Modeling
3
IET 350
Mechanism Design
3
IET 352
Applied Fluid Mechanics
3
IET 356
Thermodynamics
3
IET 365
Manufacturing Processes II
3
IET 375
Robotics
3
IET 450
Mechanical Computer-Aided Engineering
3
IET 451
Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing
3
IET 453
Heat Transfer
3
IET 454
Machine Design
3
IET 472
Instrumentation and Controls
3
Required Courses II
(3 hours)
Select one of the following:
EGR 251
Engineering Statics
3
IET 279
Applied Statics
3
Required Courses III
(3 hours)
Select one of the following:
EGR 290
Circuit Analysis I
3
IET 291
Applied Circuits
3
Required Courses IV
(3 hours)
Select one of the following:
EGR 253
Engineering Dynamics
3
IET 281
Dynamics
3
Required Courses V
(3 hours)
Select one of the following:
EGR 255
Strength of Materials
3
IET 379
Mechanics of Materials
3
Technical Electives
(6 hours)
Select 6 hours from the following:
EGR 120
Introduction to Engineering
3
IET 324WI
Product Design and Development
3
IET 326
Manufacturing Methods Analysis
3
IET 327
Industrial Safety
3
IET 377
Computer Numerical Control Programming
3
IET 426
Plant Layout and Materials Handling
3
IET 428
Manufacturing Quality
3
IET 437
Independent Study
2-5
IET 458
Surface Modeling
3
IET 500
Production Concepts
3
MTH 133
Calculus II
4
STA 282QR
Introduction to Statistics
3