Program Objectives and Outcomes
The objectives of the Mechanical Engineering Technology Program broadly defined to reflect the nature of the mechanical profession. The Program is designed, executed, and continuously improved in order to prepare graduates to:
- work in industrial, professional services, and governmental organizations that create, design, improve, and maintain products, processes, and systems that are integral to national and international economies.
- work on and lead multidisciplinary teams that are charged to design sustainable and environmentally considerate power systems, heating, ventilating, air-conditioning, and refrigeration systems, machines, automation and control systems, consumer products, and manufacturing processes.
- stay current through continuing education opportunities, professional conferences, and other self-learning experiences; have the ability to obtain and maintain professional licensing; and have the ability to attend graduate school.
- Students have the 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;
- Students have the ability to design systems, components, or processes meeting specified needs for broadly-defined engineering problems appropriate to the discipline;
- Students have the 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;
- Students have the ability to conduct standard tests, measurements, and experiments and to analyze and interpret the results to improve processes; and
- Students have the ability to function effectively as a member as well as a leader on technical teams.
The primary mission of the Mechanical Engineering Technology (MET) Program at Penn State Harrisburg is to prepare undergraduate students for successful careers in mechanical engineering technology-related industries. Through the integrated efforts of faculty, staff, and administration, the mission of the MET Program remains consistent with the mission of the University.
The Program focuses on an applied team-based approach to engineering problem-solving that is founded on scientific principles, utilizes state-of-the-art equipment and software, requires effective oral and written communication, and responds to changing conditions in the marketplace. As effective educators, our faculty members engage in scholarly activities in order to stay current and pursue research initiatives in various fields of expertise. The Mechanical Engineering Technology Program prepares students to meet changing industrial and professional needs, and it will be revised accordingly to meet those needs.
The Mechanical Engineering Technology Program will remain the premier regional mechanical engineering technology degree and will be among the best nationally.