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Mechanical Engineering Technology (MET)
Indiana State University’s Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering technology (MET) prepares graduates to enter careers in the design, installation, manufacturing, testing, evaluation, technical sales, or maintenance of mechanical systems or processes.
The MET program focuses on engineering design (mechanical design), analysis, management, and manufacturing. With emphasis on computer-aided design (CAD) and its integration with other computer-aided engineering (CAE) tools or technologies (e.g. computer-aided manufacturing, rapid prototyping), students develop hands-on experience and technical problem-solving skills. Students also study management aspects of engineering design, in preparation to manage people, resources, and systems related to design and manufacturing while focusing on the design of mechanical products and systems. Most program faculty have relevant industrial work experience in addition to expertise in teaching and applied research, which contributes to the high quality of the laboratory-based instruction.
The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) is the lead professional society for developing program criteria, guiding program relevance, and making continuous improvement.
The Mechanical Engineering Technology degree program will be a leader in integrating teaching, research, and creative activity in an engaging, challenging, and supportive learning environment preparing productive citizens for Indiana and the world.
The mission of the Mechanical Engineering Technology (MET) degree program at Indiana State University is to prepare graduates with knowledge, problem solving ability, and hands-on skills in a state-of-the-art MET education.
The Mechanical Engineering Technology undergraduate program is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.
Program Educational Objectives (PEOs)
Graduates two to three years into their career should have the foundation to:
- PEO 1 (Technology) apply disciplinary reasoning, critical thinking, and hands-on skills to identify, analyze and solve problems
- PEO 2 (Communication) communicate effectively in both oral and written form to articulate technical knowledge, ideas, and proposals
- PEO 3 (Management &/or Teamwork) Perform effectively, think independently and work collaboratively in a team environment in a membership or leadership role .
Student Outcomes (SOs)
Students at the time of graduation are prepared to demonstrate:
(1) an ability to apply knowledge, techniques, skills and modern tools of mathematics, science, engineering, and technology to solve broadly-defined engineering problems appropriate to the discipline
(2) an ability to design systems, components, or processes meeting specified needs for broadly-defined engineering problems appropriate to the discipline
(3) an ability to apply written, oral, and graphical communication in broadly-defined technical and non-technical environments; and an ability to identify and use appropriate technical literature
(4) an ability to conduct standard tests, measurements, and experiments and to analyze and interpret the results to improve processes
(5) an ability to function effectively as a member as well as a leader on technical teams
The following curricular topics are covered:
- Application of principles of geometric dimensioning and tolerancing;
- Use of computer aided drafting and design software;
- Perform selection, set-up, and calibration of measurement tools/instrumentation;
- Elements of differential and integral calculus;
- Manufacturing processes;
- Material science and selection;
- Solid mechanics (such as statics, dynamics, strength of materials, etc.);
- Mechanical system design;
- Electrical circuits (ac and dc) and electronic controls;
- Application of industry codes, specifications and standards; and
- Technical communications typically used in preparation of engineering proposals, reports, and specifications.
- The capstone experience, ideally multidisciplinary in nature, must be project-based and include formal design, implementation and test processes.