Mechanical Engineering Technology (MET)
Mechanical Engineering Technology is a very diverse field, with areas of interest including mechanical design, research and development, testing, manufacturing, and consulting. Jobs may include the development of new products, the improvement of existing products, modification of existing products for easier manufacture, or the development of equipment for use in the production process. This is a more hands-on curriculum than a traditional Mechanical Engineering program, with laboratories included in the majority of technical courses.
A solid background is established in the introductory technical courses, which are all engineering-based. More hands-on courses include welding, machining, geometric dimensioning and tolerancing, fluid power systems, and electrical power systems. Interns may be exposed to multiple portions of the design process, including design, analysis, testing, and production.
Key Course Highlights
- General Engineering Coursework
- Three terms of Thermodynamics
- Two terms of Heat Transfer
- Two terms of Machine Design
- CAD, Solid Modeling and FEA
- Two terms of Materials
- Instrumentation and Electrical Power Systems
- Fluid Power Systems
- Welding and Machining
Internship Project Samples
- PCB Industry Survey
- Data Analysis/Validation
- Fixture and Tool Design
- Operations Management
- Process Improvement
- New Product Introduction
Active Company Participants
The following participating companies have taken MET students in the recent past (within the last 5 years):
MECOP currently accepts Mechanical Engineering Technology students from the following universities:
The following timeframes have been laid out by our participating universities for when an internship should be offered. These timeframes have been structured to allow students to participate in the program and not fall behind on their upper-division coursework schedule beyond the terms that internships overlap.
- Junior Year: Spring-Summer Internship
- Senior Year: Spring-Summer Internship
- Spring-Summer Internship: Internship occurring during Spring and Summer school terms (March through September).
- Summer-Fall Internship: Internship occurring during Summer and Fall school terms (June through December).
Each participating university discipline has a set of required courses that must be taken to stay on schedule for program participation. Theses requirements are optimized to provide the necessary skills to participate in MECOP's internships while minimizing the amount of time added to receiving a degree. If you are a student and want to discuss your current academic qualifications please see our directory of advisors for a list of staff members familiar with MECOP.
- For a full listing of coursework requirements, please visit: https://www.mecopinc.org/students/course-requirements
- Need a spreadsheet to plan your coursework? For sample worksheets, please visit: https://www.mecopinc.org/students/curriculum-plans
- Need to talk to an advisor familiar with MECOP? For advisor contact info, please visit: https://www.mecopinc.org/universities/advisors