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BS in Mechanical Engineering Technology

Overview

Mechanical engineering technology involves understanding how products and machinery work and how to design, make or use them. From water wheels and steam engines to high-performance automobiles, air-conditioned environments and jet aircraft, mechanical engineering technology has changed society for the better.

As a mechanical engineering technology student, you will study the foundations of mechanics, materials and energy. You will learn technical skills such as drafting, CAD, how to use computers, how to test materials and how to make parts. You will learn to apply these principles and skills to the various fields of mechanical engineering technology--such as product and machine design, power generation, utilities and manufacturing--through laboratories and design projects. Full-time students gain valuable industrial experience through the required cooperative education program. The BS in Mechanical Engineering Technology program is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org .

Typical Course Sequence - BS in Mechanical Engineering Technology

Mechanical engineering technology, BS degree, typical course sequence

CourseSem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
MCET-101Fundamentals of Engineering3
MFET-105Machine Tools Lab1
MFET-120Manufacturing Processes3
 LAS Perspective 13
MATH-171LAS Perspective 7A: Calculus A 3
 LAS Foundation 1: First Year Seminar†3
MCET-110Foundations of Metals2
MCET-111Characterizations of Metals Lab 1
MCET-150Engineering Communications and Tolerancing 3
PHYS-111LAS Perspective 5: College Physics I4
MATH-172LAS Perspective 7B: Calculus B3
 LAS Foundation 2: First Year Writing3
 Year One: College Experience0
 Wellness Education*0
Second Year
MCET-220Principles of Statics3
 LAS Perspective 2, 36
MATH-211Multivariable Calculus and Differential Equations3
PHYS-112College Physics II4
MCET-210Foundations of Non-Metallic Materials2
MCET-211Characterizations of Non-Metallic Materials Lab1
MCET-221Strength of Materials4
EEET-215Circuits and Electronics2
EEET-216Circuits and Electronics Lab   1
STAT-145Introduction to Statistics I 3
COMM-203Effective Technical Communications3
Third Year
STAT-146Introduction to Statistics II4
MCET-320Mechanical Dynamics w/ Applications3
CHEM-131LAS Perspective 5: General Chemistry for Engineers3
 LAS Perspective 43
MCET-330Fluid Mechanics and Fluid Power3
MCET-299Career Seminar0
MCET-499Cooperative Education (spring, summer)0
Fourth Year
MCET-450Mechanical Analysis and Design I3
MCET-400Experimental Methods3
MCET-430Thermal Fluid Systems I3
 LAS Immersion 1, 26
 Technical Electives6
MCET-550Mechanical Analysis and Design II3
MCET-551Mechanical Analysis and Design II Lab1
MCET-530Thermal Fluid Systems II3
 LAS Perspective 43
MCET-499Cooperative Education (summer)Co-op
Fifth Year
MCET-499Cooperative Education (fall)Co-op
 Technical Electives6
 Free Electives6
 LAS Immersion 33
MCET-535Thermal Fluid Systems Lab2
Total Semester Credit Hours128

 

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Typical Course Sequence - BS/MS Mechanical Engineering Technology

Accelerated dual degree option

An accelerated dual degree option allows students to earn a BS in mechanical engineering technology and an MS in manufacturing and mechanical systems integration in five years.

Mechanical engineering technology, BS degree/Manufacturing and mechanical systems integration, MS degree, typical course sequence

CourseSem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
MCET-101Fundamentals of Engineering3
MFET-105Machine Tools Lab1
MFET-120Manufacturing Processes3
 LAS Perspective 13
MATH-171LAS Perspective 7A: Calculus A3
 LAS Foundation 1: First Year Seminar†3
MCET-110Foundations of Metals2
MCET-111Characterization of Metals Lab1
MCET-150Engineering Communication and Tolerancing3
PHYS-111LAS Perspective 5: College Physics I4
MATH-172LAS Perspective 7B: Calculus B3
 LAS Foundation 2: First Year Writing3
 Year One: College Experience0
 Wellness Education*0
Second Year
MCET-220Principles of Statics3
 LAS Perspective 2, 36
MATH-211Multivariable Calculus and Differential Equations3
PHYS-112College Physics II4
MCET-210Foundations of Non-Metallic Materials2
MCET-211Characterization of Non-Metallic Materials Lab1
MCET-221Strength of Materials4
EEET-215Circuits and Electronics2
EEET-216Circuits and Electronics Lab1
STAT-145Introduction to Statistics I3
COMM-203Effective Technical Communications3
MCET-299Career Seminar0
MCET-499Cooperative Education (summer)Co-op
Third Year
STAT-146Introduction to Statistics II4
MCET-320Mechanical Dynamics w/ Applications3
CHEM-131LAS Perspective 5: General Chemistry for Engineers3
 LAS Perspective 43
MCET-430Thermal Fluid Systems I3
MFET-650Manufacturing and Mechanical Systems Fundamentals3
MCET-530Thermal Fluid Systems II3
 Concentration Course3
CQAS-682Six Sigma Fundamentals3
MCET-499Cooperative Education (summer)Co-op
Fourth Year
CHEM-131LAS Perspective 5: General Chemistry and Engineers3
MCET-330Fluid Mechanics and Fluid Power3
MCET-450Mechanical Analysis and Design I3
MCET-400Experimental Methods3
CQAS-670Designing Experiments for Process Improvement3
MCET-550Mechanical Analysis and Design II3
MCET-551Mechanical Analysis and Design II Lab1
MCET-535Thermal Fluid Systems Lab2
 LAS Immersion 23
 Concentration Course3
GRCS-701Research Methods3
MCET-499Cooperative Education (summer)Co-op
Fifth Year
GRCS-702Graduate Writing Strategies3
DECS-744Project Management3
 Concentration Course3
 Technical Electives6
 Free Electives6
 LAS Immersion 33
ACCT-703Accounting for Decision Makers3
Choose one of the following:3
    Technical Elective 
   MFET-788   Thesis Preparation 
Choose one of the following:3
     Capstone or Thesis 
    Technical Elective and Comprehensive Exam 
Total Semester Credit Hours155

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Course descriptions

The link below will take you to the RIT course catalog search.  When the page opens, please click on M, and then choose MCET.  This will display the list of all Mechanical Engineering Technology specific courses.  Click on any course to display the detailed descriptions.

RIT COURSE CATALOG

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Job Outlook

Employment of mechanical engineers is projected to grow 5 percent from 2012 to 2022, slower than the average for all occupations. Job prospects may be best for those who stay informed regarding the most recent advances in technology. Mechanical engineers can work in many industries and on many types of projects. As a result, their growth rate will differ by the industries that employ them.

Mechanical engineers should experience faster than average growth in architectural, engineering, and related services as companies continue to contract work from these firms. Mechanical engineers will also remain involved in various manufacturing industries—specifically, transportation equipment and machinery manufacturing. They will be needed to design the next generation of vehicles and vehicle systems, such as hybrid-electric cars and clean diesel automobiles. Machinery will continue to be in demand as machines replace more expensive human labor in various industries. This phenomenon in turn should drive demand for mechanical engineers who design industrial machinery.

Mechanical engineers are projected to experience faster than average growth in oil and gas extraction because of their knowledge and skills regarding thermal energy.

 

•           Overall job opportunities in engineering are expected to be good, but will vary by specialty.

•           A bachelor’s degree is required for most entry-level jobs.

•           Starting salaries are significantly higher than those of college graduates in other fields.

•           Continuing education is critical for engineers wishing to enhance their value to employers as technology evolves.

 

(Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics O.O.H.)

Employment

Mechanical engineers held about 258,100 jobs in 2012. About 51% of jobs were in manufacturing industries and another 30 percent were in the professional, scientific, and technical services sector, primarily in architectural, engineering, and related services. Many engineers also worked in management and the construction, , and wholesale trade industries. (Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics O.O.H.)

Salary Information

Co-op:    $17.65                     $10.00 - $37.00
BS:          $58,000                   $34,000 - $84,000

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ABET Program Accreditation Information

The Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering Technology program is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org .

Annual Student Enrollment and Graduation Data

Please find enrollment and graduation data for all ABET accredited programs here.

Program education objectives

Graduates from RIT's Mechanical Engineering Technology Program will be:

1.  Leaders in an industrial workplace with strong ethics and communications skills; able to participate on and lead teams with diverse technical and personal backgrounds.

2.  Able to translate customer needs into successful products by determining product specifications while integrating multiple sets of constraints and needs.

3.  Able to employ strong computational skills using a variety of tools to analyze and effectively communicate design and engineering decisions.

4.  Able to integrate a broad practical mechanical engineering technology background with current advances to produce cutting edge products while minimizing cost and environmental impacts.

5.  Life-long-learners who are able to grow professionally by seeking out opportunities for training and certifications.

Student outcomes

General Criteria

a. an ability to select and apply the knowledge, techniques, skills, and modern tools of the discipline to broadly-defined engineering technology activities;

b. an ability to select and apply a knowledge of mathematics, science, engineering, and technology to engineering technology problems that require the application of principles and applied procedures or methodologies;

c. an ability to conduct standard tests and measurements; to conduct, analyze, and interpret experiments; and to apply experimental results to improve processes; 

d. an ability to design systems, components, or processes for broadly-defined engineering technology problems appropriate to program educational objectives; 

e. an ability to function effectively as a member or leader on a technical team;

f. an ability to identify, analyze, and solve broadly-defined engineering technology problems;

g-w. an ability to apply written and graphical communication in both technical and non-technical environments; and an ability to identify and use appropriate technical literature; 

g-o. an ability to apply oral and graphical communication in both technical and non-technical environments;

h. an understanding of the need for and an ability to engage in self-directed continuing professional development; 

i. an understanding of and a commitment to address professional and ethical responsibilities including a respect for diversity; 

j. a knowledge of the impact of engineering technology solutions in a societal and global context;

k. a commitment to quality, timeliness, and continuous improvement.

Program Specific Criteria

MCET1. Utilize geometric dimensioning and tolerancing, and computer aided drafting and design to document component design

MCET2. Select, set-up, and calibrate instrumentation typically used in mechanical components and systems;

MCET3. Prepare laboratory reports documenting testing associated with the development, installation or maintenance of mechanical components and systems;

MCET4. Utilize differential and integral calculus to solve engineering problems;

MCET5. Select manufacturing processes;

MCET6. Utilize material science to inform material selection;

MCET7. Apply solid mechanics, such as statics, dynamics, strength of materials to solve engineering problems,

MCET8. Design mechanical systems

MCET9. Apply thermal sciences, such as thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, heat transfer to solve engineering problems,

MCET10. Ability to analyze electrical circuits (ac and dc) and electronic controls;

MCET11. Utilize industry codes, specifications, and standards in the design and testing of engineering components or systems

MCET12. Prepare technical communications, oral and written, typical of those required to prepare and present proposals, reports, and specifications.

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