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Mechanical Engineering Technology Program
The field of Mechanical Engineering Technology (MET)
primarily with the practical application of
engineering knowledge to support engineering activities. The mechanical engineering technologist provides the professional expertise needed to transform the results of engineering endeavors into useful products and services. Working
in this very broad field, the mechanical engineering
technologist is a versatile and skilled practician. The
MET has responsibility for making engineering come to life
in the form of products, tools, systems and devices.
There are many
career possibilities for MET graduates. The MET
can be the professional who directs the setup and operation of manufacturing equipment, handles inspections, and analyzes & solves production problems. Design of tooling to support manufacturing
operations is a common MET task, and many METs are
involved in the specification of equipment for heating/ventilation/air conditioning components in building systems.
The MET often works between the craftsperson and the engineer. He or she differs from the craftsperson by having detailed knowledge of the scientific and engineering theory behind the operation, and differs from the mechanical engineer by having intimate knowledge of the technical and fabrication procedures required for the production of goods and services.
With this useful skill-set the technologist often moves into first-line supervisory positions. METs
are ideally suited to get involved as a critical team
member of startup companies.
Technology graduates employed in the field
in problem-solving activities using applied methods. They
utilize effective communication techniques and are key
members of multidisciplinary professional teams. MET grads
engage in life-long learning activities, and some attend
graduate school. METs contribute to industry and society
through service activities and professional organizations;
they fulfill their responsibilities ethically, and they
enjoy good opportunities for advancement in their profession.
Engineering Technology provides an educational experience
that is laboratory-focused, with emphasis on applications
and hands-on learning. The American Society of Mechanical
Engineers published a good discussion of various
Mechanical Engineering career paths including MET - see
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