2023-2024 Academic Catalog 
    Jul 21, 2024  
2023-2024 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Mechanical Engineering Technology, BS

About the Program

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The mission of the Mechanical Engineering Technology program is to provide career educational opportunities to students who have a hands-on aptitude and are oriented towards applications. The Bachelor of Science degree program prepares graduates for technical positions in manufacturing and production industries. Students with a degree in mechanical engineering technology fill a wide variety of industrial positions in product development, manufacturing, production, supervision, and plant operations. Many graduates continue their careers into high level management positions. The primary goal of the curriculum is to provide graduates with a solid technical foundation, which will enable them to adapt and grow into a wide variety of employment opportunities, including in Industry 4.0 environment. Students will complete a Senior Design Project, which is a one-year capstone individual/team project that provides the opportunity to pursue an idea from conception to design, then execute into a demonstrable project.

By participating nationally competed student clubs, student are able to strengthen project management skills and team work.

The mechanical engineering technology program is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, Inc. http://www.abet.org. This ensures that the program is independently reviewed and meets the quality expectation for that profession.

Degree Requirements

  • 120 Credit Hours
  • Minimum GPA of 2.0 required for graduation

PNW General Education Core (31 Credits Minimum)

Other Required Courses (18 Credits)

  • MET/IET Electives (6 Credits) - Any two 30000 level or higher MET or IET courses or MCET 48100 or MCET 48200 (Suggested MET and IET courses include: MET 34700, MET 30500, MET 31500, MET 42000, MET 42100, MET 42600, IET 31000, IET 37801, IET 35500, IET 40200, IET 41100).
  • COM/OLS Elective (3 Credits) - One (1) COM or OLS course 30000 level or higher.
  • Computer Science Elective (3 credits) - ECET 21000 or ITS 14000 - ITS 14000 is suggested for students interested in taking ITS 36500 Machine Learning Foundations.
  • College of Technology Elective (6 Credits) - Any 10000 level or higher technology elective in the following subject codes: MET/IET/MCET/ECET/OLS/CGT/ITS/CEMT that has not previously been taken to fulfill another program requirement. 

Civics Literacy Proficiency

The Civics Literacy Proficiency activities are designed to develop civic knowledge of Purdue Northwest students in an effort to graduate a more informed citizenry.

Students will complete the Proficiency by passing a test of civic knowledge, and completing one of three paths:

  • Attending six approved civics-related events and completing an assessment for each; or
  • Completing 12 podcasts created by the Purdue Center for C-SPAN Scholarship and Engagement that use C-SPAN material and completing an assessment for each; or
  • Earning a passing grade for one of the approved courses (or transferring in approved AP or departmental credit in lieu of taking a course)

For more information visit the Civics Literacy Proficiency website.

Total 120 Credits Required

Degree Map


Minimum Grade and Grade Point Average (GPA):  2.0 GPA

Experiential Learning (EL):  One EL course required.  EL courses are noted by (e) next to the course title.

General Education Core:  General Education notations can be found within the course description.  Please click on a course to see if it meets a Gen Ed requirement.

Milestone Courses noted by (m) next to the course title have been identified as being critical to your success in this field of study. 

Please see the Additional Information and Guidelines section below for more information.

Semester 7 (15 Credits)

Semester 8 (15 Credits)

Additional Information and Guidelines

Note 1: Intro to Engineering Technology MET 16100 meets the Freshman Experience General Education Core requirements.

Note 2: Social Science elective – select from Gen Ed Core List  

Note 3: MET / IET Electives – MET / IET elective is any 30000 level or higher MET or IET course. Also accepted is MCET 48100 or MCET 48200 or OLS 24200. (Suggested MET and IET courses include: MET 34700, MET 30500, MET 31500, MET 42000, MET 42100, MET 42600, IET 31000, IET 37801, IET 35500, IET 40200, IET 41100).

Note 4: Humanities elective - select from Gen Ed Core List  

Note 5: COT elective - Any course with listed prefix MET/IET/MCET/ECET/OLS/CGT/ITS/CEMT that compliments student area of interest.

Note 6: ABET requires at least 40 credits of non-MET, IET, ECET CEMT, CGT, ET, MCET or ITS courses (specifically not more than 2/3 of the total curriculum are to be discipline specific content). MET curriculum has 25 from Gen Ed +16 MA, STAT, OLS or COM credits not in the Gen Ed Core.



The 8 semester plan of study is a recommended sequence of classes designed to show how this program can be completed within four years.

Visit the 15 to Finish website for information and resources.

For career information, click here to visit the Careers and Employment Trends page.

For Financial Aid eligibility, click here. Annual FAFSA filing deadline is March 10. Financial Aid recipients are required to complete 30 credits per calendar year to stay eligible for the standard financial aid award.

Financial Guarantee: If you follow the degree map and find a course unavailable, you may be able to take the course for free in a future semester.  Certain exclusions apply.