Pursuing any Engineering Technology degree is hard work. In the Missouri State Mechanical Engineering Technology Program we are very serious about getting you the help that you need to be successful. When I say “we”, I’m including both our faculty and our current students.
As a faculty, we do all of the traditional things that you might expect in terms of providing support for our students. We work one on one with each student to guide them through the Mechanical Engineering Technology plan of study. We provide individualized help for the students in our courses. We monitor our students progress as they work through the plan of study, and offer guidance and assistance along the way.
Our student organizations, though, do even more. Our American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) student sections provide peer based one on one homework help and tutoring at multiple times every week. We have found that often, students who have been through a difficult class in a previous semester are more effective at tutoring than professors! You can find the current schedule for these homework help sessions here.
These student organizations provide more, in terms of student support, than homework help. The ASME and SAE student sections will provide you with opportunities to work with a team, and become a team leader. The SAE student section participates in the Society of Automotive Engineers’ Baja Competition. Our students design, and then build a Baja style dune buggy, and then compete with student teams from other universities. The vehicle is judged on speed, stability, engineering design, cost, and other factors. By participating in this competition, our students gain real world experience that will be valuable to them throughout their careers.
Our student organizations also provide networking opportunities, in which you may meet and get to know engineers and managers from industry. In this way, you can generate internship opportunities, and ultimately, career opportunities. They also offer periodic resume writing, interviewing skills, and salary negotiation workshops. These types of activities will help you hone your soft skills.
Research has shown that membership in a student organization tends to result in a higher level of academic success. When you participate in these types of activities, you end up learning more about yourself, and more about your strengths. You have opportunities to find out what you are good at, and to watch how other students handle difficult situations.
In future posts, I’ll be writing about how you can prepare for an academic career in Mechanical Engineering Technology from Missouri State University, about some of the types of laboratory and project based experiences you will have in the Mechanical Engineering Technology Program, and about some of the specialized topics in which you will gain experience in the Missouri State Mechanical Engineering Technology Program. In the meantime, if I can provide information that is useful to you, please contact me at MET@MissouriState.edu.
Kevin M. Hubbard, Ph.D., CMfgE
Coordinator: Mechanical Engineering Technology
Missouri State University