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The primary aim of the Mechanical Engineering Technology program is to provide graduates with the knowledge and skills necessary to apply state-of-the-art methods and technology to the development, applied design, operation, and management of mechanical systems. The program is specifically intended to prepare graduates for careers in highly-automated industries where these systems are used and to prepare them both to meet current challenges and to be capable of growing with future demands of the field. Specific educational objectives of the program are to:

  1. Have a broad knowledge in the areas of applied design, manufacturing, testing, evaluation, and technical sales, 2D & 3D modeling.
  2. Be prepared to communicate effectively and work collaboratively in multi-disciplinary teams.
  3. Be able to learn and adapt to changes in a professional work environment.
  4. Demonstrate a high standard of professional ethics and be cognizant of social concerns as they relate to the practice of Engineering Technology.

engineering student conducting tests and measurements at the computer in a lab

The program achieves these objectives by developing students’ abilities to accomplish a variety of specific outcomes while they are enrolled in the degree program. Once they achieve these outcomes, graduates of the MET program will be able to:

  1. Be able to apply the knowledge, techniques, skills, and modern tools of mechanical engineering technology to narrowly defined mechanical engineering technology activities.
  2. Be able to apply a knowledge of mathematics, science, engineering, and technology to mechanical engineering technology problems that require limited application of principles but extensive practical knowledge.
  3. Be able to conduct standard tests and measurements, and to conduct, analyze, and interpret experiments.
  4. Be able to function effectively as a member of a technical team.
  5. Be able to identify, analyze, and solve narrowly defined engineering technology problems.
  6. Be able to communicate effectively regarding narrowly defined mechanical engineering technology problems.
  7. Be able to recognize the need for and an ability to engage in self-directed continuing professional development.
  8. Demonstrate an understanding of and a commitment to address professional and ethical responsibilities including a respect for diversity.
  9. Demonstrate a commitment to quality, timeliness, and continuous improvement.


2+2 Opportunities and a Bachelor's degree at Penn State DuBois

The MET program contains a variety of courses to provide an educational experience focused at developing the skills needed by industries.  In addition, the MET program is articulated with several Bachelor of Technology programs located at: Behrend College, Altoona Campus, New Kensington, and Capital College in Harrisburg.

Students in the A.S. in Mechanical Engineering Technology program can also work toward earning the Bachelor of Science in General Engineering - Applied Materials track at Penn State DuBois.  Speak with Dr. Douglas Miller if interested.


 the chart depicts there are some differences in the type of jobs an engineer would do when compared to an associate degree technician

As the chart depicts there are some differences in the type of jobs an engineer would do when compared to an associate degree technician.  However, there is a section of overlap where there are similar jobs for both engineers and technicians.  In addition to the mathematical differences between engineering and technology there is the difference of engineering being more theoretical while technology is more hands-on.

Local jobs and Career tracks

engineering student working at the welding station in the lab

Graduates of the Penn State DuBois Mechanical Engineering Technology program can be found in virtually all industries within central Pennsylvania.  Job titles for graduates include: designer, draftsperson, technician, inspector, and engineering technician.