Mechanical Engineering Technology (A.ENGT.)

Mechanical Engineering Technology (A.ENGT.)

The A.ENGT. in Mechanical Engineering Technology is a valuable academic credential that stands alone, or can be the foundation for further undergraduate study. This associate degree program typically is completed in two years.

Mechanical engineering technologists enjoy a broad range of career options. Penn State Behrend associate-degree graduates pursue careers in fields such as applied product design, manufacturing process development, field service engineering, tool and die design, quality control, plant supervision and management, and technical sales. This program prepares you to be effective team members in the modern industrial enterprise. It emphasizes applied design and analysis, complementing instruction in manufacturing and engineering materials. You’ll learn to conceptualize new product designs; analyze design for mechanical performance using computer technologies; select appropriate materials for construction; consider how to manufacture the product; and ensure that quality control measures are maintained.

Why Penn State Behrend?

The School of Engineering at Penn State Behrend offers you the opportunity to learn in state-of-the-art facilities, conduct research with award-winning faculty, and be recruited by companies around the world.

You’ll learn relevant theoretical knowledge in your MET course work, then apply what you’ve learned in class during your hands-on laboratories.

Nearly every class has a related laboratory, and in most cases the lecture and lab will be taught by the same faculty member, giving you continuity between the two learning experiences. Faculty members have significant industrial experience themselves, so their focus is preparing you for a successful career in industry.

If you decide that you are interested in continuing your education beyond the associate degree, you can seamlessly apply the credits you earned in the A.ENGT. to Behrend’s four-year B.S. in Mechanical Engineering Technology program.

Accreditation Matters

The A. ENGT. in Mechanical Engineering Technology is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, Also, the School of Engineering at Penn State Behrend consistently places in the Top 50 in U.S. News & World Report’s ranking of the nation’s undergraduate engineering programs

Who Hires Mechanical Engineering Technology Majors?

Employers of recent Behrend two-year MET graduates include Ameridrives, Eriez Manufacturing, and Zurn Industries.

Your Career Starts Here

Penn State Behrend has a comprehensive support system that will help you to identify and achieve your goals for the college classroom and beyond. Meet with your academic adviser often and take advantage of the services offered by the Academic and Career Planning Center beginning in your first semester. 



Current Students:

See the Recommended Academic Plan for more detailed recommendations, and refer to the University Bulletin for more requirements and course descriptions.

Prospective Students:

Below is a typical course sequence for the Associate of Science in Mechanical Engineering Technology.

Semester 1

  • First Year Seminar (1 credit)
  • Introduction to Graphics and Solid Modeling (3 credits)
  • Manufacturing Materials, Processes, and Laboratory (3 credits)
  • Technical Mathematics I (3 credits)
  • English Composition (3 credits)
  • Arts Course (3 credits)

Total Credits: 16

Semester 2

  • Applied Solid Modeling (3 credits)
  • Technical Mathematics II (3 credits)
  • Mechanics for Technology: Statics (3 credits)
  • Introductory Physics I (4 credits)
  • Production Design (2 credits)
  • Humanities Course (3 credits)

Total Credits: 18

Semester 3

  • Computer Applications for Technologists (3 credits)
  • Strength and Properties of Materials (3 credits)
  • Strength and Properties of Materials Laboratory (1 credit)
  • Dynamics (3 credits)
  • Production Design Laboratory (2 credits)
  • 2MET Track Electives (6 credits)

Total Credits: 18

Semester 4

  • Electric Circuits, Power, and Electronics (3 credits)
  • Machine Design (3 credits)
  • Introductory Physics II (4 credits)
  • Effective Speech (3 credits)
  • Social Science Course (3 credits)

Total Credits: 16

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

This represents a typical course sequence; your schedule will vary depending on your interests. It is recommended that you consult your academic adviser before scheduling any courses and for specific program planning. See for detailed degree requirements and course descriptions.