​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​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.

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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. 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. geometric dimensioning and tolerancing; computer aided drafting and design; and a basic knowledge and familiarity with industry codes, specifications, and standards 2. selection, set-up, and calibration of instrumentation and the preparation of laboratory reports and systems documentation associated with the development, installation, or maintenance of mechanical components and systems 3. basic engineering mechanics 4. differential and integral calculus 5. manufacturing processes; material science and selection; solid mechanics (such as statics, dynamics, strength of materials, etc.) and mechanical system design 6. thermal sciences, such as thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, heat transfer, etc. 7. electrical circuits (ac and dc), and electronic controls 8. application of industry codes, specifications, and standards; and using technical communications, oral and written, typical of those required to prepare and present proposals, reports, and specifications. 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 select and apply the knowledge, techniques, skills, and modern tools of the discipline to broadly-defined engineering technology activities; 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; 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 ability to engage in self-directed continuing professional development; 9. An understanding of and 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
(48 hours)
EGR 200
Computer Aided Problem Solving for Engineers
IET 130
Industrial Materials and Testing
IET 154
Engineering Design Graphics
IET 170
Manufacturing Processes I
Alternative Energy Analysis
IET 226
Parametric Design and Modeling
IET 350
Mechanism Design
IET 352
Applied Fluid Mechanics
IET 356
IET 365
Manufacturing Processes II
IET 375
IET 450
Mechanical Computer-Aided Engineering
IET 453
Heat Transfer
IET 454
Machine Design
IET 472
Instrumentation and Controls
IET 499
Industrial Projects Capstone
Required Courses II
(3 hours)
Select one of the following:
EGR 251
Engineering Statics
IET 279
Applied Statics
Required Courses III
(3 hours)
Select one of the following:
EGR 290
Circuit Analysis I
IET 291
Applied Circuits
Required Courses IV
(3 hours)
Select one of the following:
EGR 253
Engineering Dynamics
IET 281
Required Courses V
(3 hours)
Select one of the following:
EGR 255
Strength of Materials
IET 379
Mechanics of Materials
Technical Electives
(6 hours)
Select 6 hours from the following:
EGR 120
Introduction to Engineering
Product Design and Development
IET 326
Manufacturing Methods Analysis
IET 327
Industrial Safety
IET 377
Computer Numerical Control Programming
IET 426
Plant Layout and Materials Handling
IET 428
Manufacturing Quality
IET 437
Independent Study
IET 451
Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing
IET 458
Surface Modeling
IET 500
Production Concepts
MTH 133
Calculus II
Introduction to Statistics