Mechanical Engineering Technology students

Mechanical Engineering Technology

The Mechanical Engineering Technology (MET) degree program offers structured exposure to technical areas such as computer-aided drafting (CAD), computer-aided manufacturing (CAM), robotics, materials, product and process design, and machine design. The program includes two tracks - a two-year associate degree (2MET) and a four-year bachelor's degree. 

Graduates of the 2MET program become engineering technologists who work as machine, product, and process designers; computer-aided drafting and design (CADD) operators; personal computer integrated manufacturing specialists; planners; technical sales people; production supervisors; laboratory technologists; and managers. Graduates of the 2MET program may also pursue a four-year degree program in mechanical engineering technology (4MET) or electro-mechanical engineering technology (EMET). 

Graduates of 4MET are prepared to assume responsibility for the development and evaluation of machines and mechanisms; development, organization and supervision of manufacturing processes and procedures; the instrumentation, control and testing of a process; quality control; technical marketing and sales; design of mechanical systems for heating and cooling; and energy management. The strengths of the program include: hands-on training; extensive laboratory experience; state-of-the-art computer methods; and good job placement.

The MET program is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET,

The 2MET degree is offered at the following locations: Penn State DuBois; Penn State Erie, The Behrend College; and Penn State York. The 4MET degree is offered at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College and Penn State Harrisburg, The Capital College

Program Educational Objectives

Graduates of the MET associate degree program will:

  • Practice in the areas of applied design, manufacturing, testing, evaluation, technical sales, or 2D and 3D modeling
  • Communicate effectively and work collaboratively in multi-disciplinary teams
  • Learn and adapt to changes in a professional work environment
  • Demonstrate a high standard of professional ethics and be cognizant of social concerns as they relate to the practice of engineering technology

Student Outcomes

To support the achievement of educational objectives, the following student outcomes were established for the 2MET program. Students graduating from the 2MET program will:

  • Be able to apply the knowledge, techniques, skills, and modern tools of mechanical engineering technology to narrowly defined mechanical engineering technology activities.
  • Be able to apply a knowledge of mathematics, science, engineering, and technology to mechanical engineering technology problems that require limited application of principles but extensive practical knowledge.
  • Be able to conduct standard tests and measurements, and to conduct, analyze, and interpret experiments.
  • Be able to function effectively as a member of a technical team.
  • Be able to identify, analyze, and solve narrowly defined engineering technology problems.
  • Be able to communicate effectively regarding narrowly defined mechanical engineering technology activities.
  • Be able to recognize the need for and an ability to engage in self-directed continuing professional development.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of and a commitment to address professional and ethical responsibilities including a respect for diversity.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to quality, timeliness, and continuous improvement.

Additional Program Specific criteria for 2MET:

  • The application of applied mechanics, computer-aided drafting/design, experimental techniques/procedure to the fabrication, test, operation, or documentation of basic mechanical systems
  • The application of physics or chemistry to mechanical systems in a rigorous mathematical environment at or above the level of algebra and trigonometry
Enrollment in 2 MET Program
Campus 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19
DuBois 18 14 21 24 21
Erie 19 25 46 49 29
York 14 13 12 10 10
Degrees Awarded in 2 MET Program
Campus 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
DuBois 5 8 7 6
Erie 8 7 11 17
York 5 2 2 3
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Contact Information:

  • Penn State DuBois
    Douglas Miller
  • Penn State Erie
    The Behrend College
    Fredrick Nitterright
  • Penn State York
    Andrea Giorgioni
  • Penn State Harrisburg
    The Capital College
    Michael Dideban



The School of Engineering Design, Technology, and Professional Programs (SEDTAPP) delivers effective engineering education and unrivaled research opportunities through active, collaborative, project-based, and professionally oriented classroom experiences. SEDTAPP offers a variety of programs that partner faculty, students, and industry in the study of real-life engineering problems. Our programs teach students to solve real-life problems with innovative solutions. 

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