The program is planned as a four year Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology degree with a Mechanical Engineering Technology major and design, manufacturing, or electromechanical emphasis. Thirty percent of the courses are general education requirements, twenty percent are basic mathematics/science requirements, and fifty percent of the courses are technical requirements. Classes are accomplishment oriented. The goal of instruction is to convert textbook information into real world solutions.
Our primary mission is to foster an alliance between students, faculty and industry, that will provide an ethical, efficient and knowledgeable graduate who has the ability to excel in a Mechanical Engineering Technology career. The Mechanical Engineering Technology program provides an applications oriented academic major that meets the ever-increasing requirements of an engineering education program, emphasizing topics generally considered a part of mechanical engineering technology, drafting, machine design, thermal science, fluid power, etc. Instruction focus includes 1) fundamental math, science and engineering subjects, 2) use of concepts and tools available to industry to support design and manufacturing, 3) production of parts, components, or finished products and simulation of systems, 4) problem solving skills, and 5) team participation.
The Mechanical Engineering Technology program has had at or near 100% placement throughout the program's history. Graduates typically take jobs with engineering titles working in product design, tool design, liaison, NC programming, manufacturing planning, system design/integration, etc. The graduates are popular with the aircraft, fluid power, equipment manufacturing, and automotive industry. Most job offers are from companies in Kansas and Missouri, however graduates from the program are working across the U.S. and around the world. Companies that have regularly recruited and employed our graduates include AGCO, Black & Veatch, ConocoPhillips, EN Engineering, La Barge, Inc., Lockheed Martin, and Hawker Beechcraft.
The faculty are required to have appropriate degrees and industrial work experience. The group’s expertise covers the areas of machine design, heat transfer, fluid systems, rapid prototyping, graphic communications, and more. Their industrial experience includes aircraft system design and research and development, and industrial product design and manufacture, natural gas distribution systems design and installation.
PSU Mechanical Engineering Technology Objectives and Outcomes, approved on October 15, 2010.
Mechanical Engineering Technology Program graduates will:
1. be sought after and employed by local and regional industry
2. demonstrate the technical skills to support industry needs and/or solve technical problems
3. demonstrate the knowledge and skill to operate across the breadth of the mechanical engineering technology discipline.
Mechanical Engineering Technology Program students will demonstrate:
a. an appropriate mastery of the knowledge, techniques, skills, and modern tools to support design, analysis, manufacture and test of mechanical systems.
b. an ability to apply fundamental principles of math and science, current theoretical knowledge and adapt to the rapidly changing applications of engineering, and technology.
c. an ability to evaluate and improve system performance by conducting, analyze and interpret experiments, and evaluating experimental results.
d. ingenuity and resourcefulness in the modification and improvement of, or creation of designs of systems, components, or processes.
e. teamwork to support the conceptual design and development, and detailed design, analysis and manufacture (implementation) of a product (or process).
f. an ability to identify, analyze and solve technical problems associated with the design and manufacture of mechanical systems.
g. the ability to support information exchange on technical and project management topics through data files, reports and presentations.
h. an understanding of the need for and participation in continuing education and enhancement of professional knowledge.
i. awareness of professional, ethical and social responsibilities as it applies to careers in engineering technology.
j. a consideration for diversity and an idea of how their decisions could impact professional, societal and global issues today and in the future.
k. a commitment to getting a job done right, on time, and with a vision of improvement for the next generation product or process.
l. the ability to apply the principles of engineering graphics and machine design to the design, analysis and production of mechanical systems.
m. the awareness of varied applications in the mechanical engineering technology discipline and potential for integration of systems and processes with automotive, construction, electronics, manufacturing and plastics disciplines.
The Mechanical Engineering Technology program maintains an Industrial Advisory Committee (IAC) composed of leaders from local and national industries. This committee meets twice a year to advise the program on industry trends and to provide feedback to students on their Capstone projects. The current roster of this committee includes representatives from such companies as Black & Veatch, Boeing, Cessna, Garmin International, John Deere, PowerFlame, Leggett & Platt, Lockheed Martin, and many others.