To define Mechanical Engineering Technology, let’s start with what it is not: Its not a traditional pure Mechanical Engineering degree. Take a look at the Missouri State University Mechanical Engineering Technology plan of study here.
You may have noticed courses with names like Computer Integrated Manufacturing and Systems Integration, which deal with automation and sensor fusion. Possibly, courses like Product Conceptualization and Mechanical Design and Analysis caught your eye. These courses will provide you with training in how to design and build mechanisms, machines, and devices which are effective and economical, and which really work!
Or it could be that your attention was drawn to courses like Cost Analysis, Project Management, and Production Planning and Control, or even Accounting. These are what we call enterprise skill courses, and they provide you with the ability to manage and control a technical enterprise, speak the same language as an executive, and someday become an executive yourself.
Did you notice that our program is very laboratory and project intensive? If you took a look around the rest of Missouri State University’s Mechanical Engineering Technology program web site, you probably noticed our student sections of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE). These student organizations are valuable resources for our students.
If you came to the conclusion that the Mechanical Engineering Technology Program at Missouri State University is a hands on, industry focused, practice oriented program that will help you gain the skills you need to help your company make a profit on day one of your career, then we would have to agree with you.
In future posts, I’ll be writing about the types of internships our students have, the types of jobs our graduates get, the salary you will earn, and other topics that I hope will be of interest to you. 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