Dec 03, 2020  
2020-2021 UMaine Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2020-2021 UMaine Undergraduate Catalog

Mechanical Engineering Technology


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OVERVIEW OF DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

Minimum number of credits required to graduate: 127

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. ENG 101 requires a C or better to move on to ENG 317.

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

Course satisfying the writing intensive requirement within the major: MET 234

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.

Program Description

Throughout the program students are preparing for professional practice by developing both technical and interpersonal skills.  Early in the program students learn to create 3D computer models and communicate with 2D drawings. Then they learn to bring drawings to reality in our workshop.  They develop skills working on diverse teams.

Students acquire math and science skills through a structured math sequence and courses in physics and chemistry.  They continue to 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.

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.

Program Educational Objectives

The graduates of the UMaine Mechanical Engineering Technology Program, within a few years after graduation, are expected to:

     1.  demonstrate a sound knowledge of the fundamental principles of mathematics, science, and mechanical engineering technology;

     2.  utilize critical thinking and problem solving skills that can be applied to a wide range of problems - both technical and non-technical;

     3.  carry out the practice of engineering technology;

     4.  use communication, teamwork, and leadership skills, appreciate social values, and understand the implications of technology;

     5.  expand technical currency in response to the changing needs of society.

Student Outcomes

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

     1.  an ability to apply knowledge, techniques, skills and modern tools of mathematics, science, engineering, and technology to solve broadly- defined engineering problems appropriate to the discipline;

     2.  an ability to design systems, components, or processes meeting specified needs for broadly-defined engineering problems appropriate to the discipline;

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

     4.  an ability to conduct standard tests, measurements, and experiments and to analyze and interpret the results to improve processes; and

     5.  an ability to function effectively as a member or leader on a technical team.

Computers

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 - Second Semester


Fourth Year - First Semester


Fourth Year - Second Semester


  • Credits: 2
  • Artistic and Creative Expression Elective Credits: 31
  • Engineering Sustainability Technical Elective Credits: 32
  • Population and the Environment Elective Credits: 31
  • Technical Elective Credits: 32

Student must see their advisor for approval of all electives.


  • 1General Education Requirement Electives do not have to be taken in the order shown.
  • 2The technical elective,  three MET technical electives, the computer science elective, and the engineering sustainability elective must be chosen from the list of approved “MET Technical Electives”. One MET technical elective 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. The technical elective, three MET technical electives, the computer science elective, and the engineering sustainability elective must be chosen from the list of approved “MET Technical Electives”.  One MET technical elective must include a laboratory component.

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