Mechanical Engineering Technology

About the Major

Mechanical engineering technology students put knowledge into action, developing skills in generating and use of mechanical and fluid energy, developing machines and products, production processes, installing and maintaining machines, and in solving repetitive engineering problems. An engineering technology degree is different than engineering because class and laboratory work focus on applications. As you learn theories of how things work, you will apply them in immediate, relevant ways.

Skills and abilities this major develops include: mechanical skills, detail orientation, math skills (for analysis, design and troubleshooting), creativity, and communication skills.

Major Possibilities

Sample Coursework

  • Machine design
  • Thermodynamics
  • Manufacturing processes
  • Applied strength materials 
  • Machine elements
  • Fluid power
  • Heat and power

Possible Careers

  • Corporate engineering manager
  • Emissions test cell engineer
  • Manufacturing engineer
  • Mechanical design engineering
  • Mechanical process engineer
  • Packaging engineer

Where could I work?

  • Cummins
  • Element Materials Technology
  • Emerson Climate Technologies
  • Heartland Food Products Group
  • Matrix Technologies, Inc.
  • Steinway and Sons
  • Technicolor

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Cluster

This major belongs to the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) cluster. The STEM cluster is the academic home of University College students pursuing majors in the sciences, technology, engineering, informatics, and computing. The STEM cluster partners with students on their academic advising and career plans to guide them into their degree-granting schools.

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