2019-2020 UMaine Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]
Mechanical Engineering Technology
OVERVIEW OF DEGREE REQUIREMENTS
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.
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.
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.