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Mechanical Engineering Technology

Bachelor of Science

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Program Intro

Manufacturing robotic components, designing machine elements with 3-D printing, operating computer-controlled manufacturing processes, efficient thermal-management systems and failure-analysis simulation are all part of the discipline known as mechanical engineering technology.

Department of Engineering Technology

Our faculty have a wealth of real-world experience and are leaders in their respective disciplines. You will be mentored by experienced instructors and train in real-life laboratories and settings, gaining a theoretical and hands-on understanding of what it takes to succeed in a career in advanced manufacturing.

Program Educational Objective One

The program will produce graduates that are successful in their careers in the areas associated with the design, installation, manufacturing, testing, technical sales and marketing, maintenance, quality and other endeavors related to or founded on mechanical principles.

Program Educational Objective Two

The program will produce graduates that advance in their careers and continue their professional development including moving into management and other strategic roles.

Program Educational Objective Three

The program will produce graduates that facilitate engineering technology activities considering the ethical impact on society and the environment.

Graduates of the Mechanical Engineering Technology program will:

  • a.) Demonstrate an ability to select and apply the knowledge, techniques, skills, and modern tools of mechanical engineering technology to broadly-defined engineering technology activities including proficiency in the analysis, applied design, development, implementation, or oversight of more advanced mechanical components, systems, and processes.
  • b.) Demonstrate 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.
  • c.) Demonstrate an ability to conduct standard tests and measurements; to conduct, analyze, and interpret experiments; and to apply experimental results to improve processes.
  • d.) Demonstrate an ability to design systems, components, or processes for broadly-defined engineering technology problems.
  • e.) Demonstrate an ability to function effectively as a member or leader on a technical team.
  • f.) Demonstrate an ability to identify, analyze, and solve broadly-defined engineering technology problems.
  • g.) Demonstrate an ability to apply written, oral, and graphical communication in both technical and nontechnical environments; and an ability to identify and use appropriate technical literature.
  • h.) Demonstrate an understanding of the need for and an ability to engage in self-directed continuing professional development.
  • i.) Demonstrate an understanding of and a commitment to address professional and ethical responsibilities including a respect for diversity.
  • j.) Demonstrate knowledge of the impact of engineering technology solutions in a societal and global context.
  • k.) Demonstrate a commitment to quality, timeliness, and continuous improvement.

Curriculum Overview

The program offers courses that emphasize practical aspects of engineering along with abstract concepts and theories.

Introductory courses courses blend engineering knowledge, scientific principles and technical skills used in modern industries.

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Sample Courses

  • MET 16100 – Introduction To Engineering Technology
  • MET 14100 – Materials I

 

A deeper knowledge is built by integrating theory with extensive hands-on laboratory training, mathematics and science.

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Sample Courses

  • MA 16019 – Applied Calculus I For Technology
  • MET 23000 – Fluid Power

Experience deepens with opportunities to applied and industry-centered coursework.

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Sample Courses

  • MET 32900 – Applied Heat Transfer
  • MET 38200 – Controls And Instrumentation For Automation

The Senior Design Project provides the opportunity to pursue an idea from conception to design, then execute into a demonstrable project.

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Sample Courses

  • MET 49700 – Senior Project
  • MET 46100 – Computer Integrated Design And Manufacturing

Highlights

National collegiate competitions offer invaluable experiences to advance your education and career. PNW students recently won awards in SAE Baja Event, National Hydraulic Vehicle Challenge and SME 3D Printing Competition.

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Outcomes

Our graduates play a wide variety of roles in industry, including product design and development, manufacturing, production, supervision and plant operations as well as high-level management positions.

Scholarships

 

Beyond the Classroom

Society of Automotive Engineers

This cross-functional team of students leads, plans and implements solutions for their selected project.

 

Career Paths

Product Engineer: $68,839

Quality Assurance Manager: $71,922

Computer Aided Design (CAD) Operator: $42,140

Product Design Engineer: $65,985

Manufacturing Engineer: $64,548

Technical Services Supervisor: $82,627

 

Employers

Our program’s value is best demonstrated through the employers our graduates have worked for:

  • Aeromet Industries
  • Arcelor Mittal
  • Ford Motor Company
  • NiSource
  • Honeywell Aerospace
  • PepsiCo

Accreditation

The Mechanical Engineering Technology Bachelor of Science program is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET. This ensures that the program is independently reviewed and meets the quality expectation for that profession.

Our favorite thing about the classes that the MET program has to offer would definitely be the professors and staff, they are always willing to go the extra mile to help.

Diego, Arturo and Jonathan Arranaga – MET Alumni

The Mechanical Engineering Technology program has diversified my skill set throughout my collegiate career. This program has taught me fundamental engineering practices as well as the application of them through hands-on experience. With these skills I can apply the engineering design process to solve almost any problem.

Jacob Powers

Ryan Zalewa

Purdue University Northwest has advanced laboratories that allow you to design and operate manufacturing processes and run them in real time or virtually simulate them.

Ryan Zalewa
Mechatronics Engineering Technology

Meet the Faculty

Mohammad A. Zahraee

Mohammad A. Zahraee, Ph.D., P.E.

Associate Dean, College of Technology

Zahraee chaired two departments for over 11 years and has served as Associate Dean and Interim Dean of College of Technology. He has been PI or Co-PI for contracts and Grants valued over $5 Mil.

Jai P. Agrawal

Jai P. Agrawal, Ph.D.

Professor, Electrical Engineering Technology

Alireza Alavizadeh

Ali Alavizadeh, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Industrial Engineering Technology

Ali Alavizadeh is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Engineering Technology. His research interests include numerical methods and simulation in solid and fluid mechanics and complex systems.

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