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What is Mechanical Engineering Technology?

The Mechanical Engineering Technology (MET) program, primarily an application oriented approach, allows students to gain experience with engineering fundamentals while in the classroom.  Mechanical Engineering, one of the broadest engineering fields, encompasses analysis, design, manufacturing, and maintenance of various systems.  Mechanical Engineering requires a strong understanding of mechanics, kinematics, thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, materials science, and energy.


What can I do with a Mechanical Engineering Technology Degree?

Because Mechanical Engineering cover such a broad field, the job market has endless possibilities.  To name a few possibilities, Mechanical Engineers can find jobs in designing, researching, developing, and manufacturing test tools, engines, machines, and other mechanical devices.

 Program Mission Statement

The Engineering Technology Division of the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown shares and supports the mission of Pitt-Johnstown.  The mission of the Engineering Technology Division is to:

  • Provide each student with a high quality, interdisciplinary, ABET accredited, baccalaureate engineering technology education, emphasizing engineering and scientific fundamentals
  • Provide each student with experiences in the application of current tools and professional practices stressing analysis, design, development, and management principles
  • Instill in each student an appreciation for the roles of collaboration, lifelong learning, ethical standards, and diversity in solving technological problems of industry and society
  • Instill in each student the desire to become a contributing member of their community and profession
  • Ensure graduates have the requisite leadership, communication and technical skills to compete in the regional, national, and global marketplace
  • Be a technical resource for regional businesses and industries

What kind of courses will I take?

The courses listed below are only a small glimpse into the Mechanical Engineering Technology courses available on our campus. To view the full list of Mechanical Engineering Technology course descriptions, click here.

Covers the basic laws of thermodynamic properties of substances encountered in real devices, the thermodynamic cycles associated with real devices, and the Carnot principles that govern these cycles. Rotating machinery, internal combustion engines, and refrigeration and air conditioning will be studied. The course then concentrates on the specifics of heat transfer, specifically conduction, convection, and radiation. This portion of the course uses real examples as the instrument for learning.

An overview of a variety of manufacturing processes that are available to process materials into finished products. Special emphasis is placed on the traditional processes from the standpoint of production methods, sequence of operations, and economic decision analysis. The impact of computer-aided design (CAD) using numerically controlled equipment to perform these processes and the integration of automation into manufacturing processes is introduced.

The course is an introduction to solid modeling using Pro/ ENGINEER. This course stresses modeling techniques to create parametric solid models with appropriate design intent and parametric relations. Investigating models to assess model relationships, history, measurements, and mass properties are important aspects of the course. Fundamentals of creating detail drawings of parts as well as creating assemblies from parts and generating assembly drawings for the designs are also covered.


Mechanical Engineering Technology Links

These links have been provided for those who want more information on both the Pitt-Johnstown Mechanical Engineering Technology Program, and the world of Mechanical Engineering Technology as a whole.

Pitt-Johnstown Mechanical Engineering Technology

Degree Requirements (.pdf)

Where are our Engineering Technology Graduates?

American Society of Mechanical Engineers

Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology

Jobs in Mechanical Engineering

Meet our MET Faculty

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Last Reviewed: January 10, 2012