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2019-2020 UMaine Undergraduate Catalog 
2019-2020 UMaine Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Mechanical Engineering Technology

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Minimum number of credits required to graduate: 128

Minimum Cumulative GPA required to graduate: 2.0

Minimum Grade requirements for courses to count toward major: The 3-course math sequence (MAT 122, MAT 126, MAT 127) requires a C or better in each class to move on to the next class.

Other GPA requirements to graduate: MET Majors must accumulate a GPA of 2.0 in all required MET classes.

Required Course(s) for fulfilling Capstone Experience:  MET 464 and MET 465.

Contact Information: Prof. Karen Horton, 211 Boardman Hall, (207) 581-2136

The UMaine Mechanical Engineering Technology program prepares students for a broad range of engineering activities including the development, design, testing, and manufacturing of products; the design, operation and maintenance of processes, and technical sales and marketing. The scope of mechanical engineering technology includes transportation, power generation, energy conversion, climate control, machine design, manufacturing and automation, and the control of engineering systems and devices. The specific program educational objectives are to:

  • Provide students with a sound knowledge of the fundamental principles of mathematics, science, and mechanical engineering technology.
  • Develop in graduates critical thinking and problem solving skills that can be applied to a wide range of problems - both technical and non-technical.
  • Provide the skills necessary for the practice of engineering technology.
  • Provide a well-balanced educational experience that will help the student develop communication and teamwork skills, an appreciation of social values and an understanding of the implications of technology.
  • Ensure that courses required for a degree in the program remain technically current and responsive to the changing needs of society.

Program Description
In their first year students learn to create 3D computer models and communicate with 2D drawings. Then they learn to bring drawings to reality in our workshop. Students acquire math and science skills through a structured math sequence and courses in physics and chemistry.

The second and third years build a solid foundation of engineering knowledge and skills. Topics include heat and work, materials, support and motion of rigid bodies and fluids, manufacturing processes, and electrical circuits. Students also learn to write and speak about technical issues as well as measure all things mechanical.

In the fourth year students learn how to design complex mechanisms, then apply all their learnings to a senior capstone project. The capstone project is widely regarded because students find a real-world problem, design a solution, then build and test their design.

Students are urged to work in a technical job during each summer recess. If the job meets certain requirements students may obtain 3 hours of co-operative education degree credit via MET 394.

The Mechanical Engineering Technology (MET) program is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, https://www.abet.org.

Student Outcomes
Prior to graduation, students are required to demonstrate the following learned capabilities:

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

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.
Incoming students are required to have a laptop computer. Visit our website for requirements.

Required Courses in Suggested Sequence for the B.S. in Mechanical Engineering Technology

First Year - Second Semester

Third Year - First Semester

Third Year - Second Semester

Fourth Year - First Semester

Fourth Year - Second Semester

  • Credits: 2
  • Artistic and Creative Expression Elective Credits: 31
  • Population and the Environment Elective Credits: 31
  • Free Elective Credits: 3
  • Technical Elective Credits: 3

Student must see their advisor for approval of all electives.

  • 1General Education Requirement Electives do not have to be taken in the order shown.
  • 2MET 484 meets the Ethics and Human Values/Social Context requirements.
  • 3The three MET technical electives must be chosen from the list of approved “MET Technical Electives”, one of which must include a laboratory component.

Mechanical Engineering Technology Technical Electives

The following is a list of approved technical electives. Students should always consult their advisor when registering for technical electives since some of these electives are essentially the same course taught in the context of a different curriculum. Three technical electives must be chosen from Mechanical or Electrical Engineering Technology courses, including one with a laboratory.  The remaining technical electives can be selected from any of the approved technical electives. The computer science elective can be selected from among the list of “Computer Science Electives”. 

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