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Mechanical Engineering Technology

The philosophy of the Engineering Technology Division is applications oriented, utilizing current state-of-the-art techniques as opposed to theoretical development and/or modification of those techniques.  To this end, faculty members have been appointed only if they have sufficient professional/industrial experience.  Most faculty members also hold Master’s Degrees and Professional Registration.  Several hold earned Doctorates. 

This same philosophy has dictated the curriculum.  In the first two years, all students are given a thorough working knowledge of basic engineering subjects such as Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Engineering Drawing, Introduction to Engineering, Computer Programming, Engineering Mechanics, Strength of Materials, and Basic Electrical Engineering Technology classes.

In the next two years, the students take courses which orient them to the specific responsibilities of the Mechanical Engineering profession.  These courses include subjects such as Thermodynamics, Fluid Mechanics, Heat Transfer, Machine Design, Materials, Manufacturing Processes, and two courses in Mechanical Measurements.  In addition, the student is required to choose six Social Science/Humanities elective courses.  All Pitt-Johnstown Engineering Technology students are also required to take two courses in basic writing and communication and one course in technical writing. 

Culminating the program is the Senior Project in which the student is expected to handle a typical design situation.  This includes both a formal, written report as well as an oral presentation of the project to the students and faculty of the Engineering Technology Division. 

Finally, all seniors are strongly encouraged to take the Pennsylvania Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Examination.  Nearly every student takes the exam, and based on reports we have received, most earn their Engineering-In-Training (EIT) certificate.  Pitt-Johnstown Engineering Technology graduates have also been well received by employers, with starting salaries that match the national averages for Mechanical Engineering graduates. 

The Engineering Technology faculty and the University welcome inquiries about our program and our graduates.  We invite you to call us if you would like to discuss our program and our product - the well educated, practically oriented, enthusiastic graduate.



The Mechanical Engineering Technology Program is accredited by the Technology Commission of ABET, 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012, Telephone: (410) 347-7700.

Last Reviewed: February 2009