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History 


The Mechanical Engineering Technology (MET) program is historically linked to an early 2-year Associate degree program named Mechanical Design Technology.  This program emphasized design drafting.  In 1979, the BS degree program was started as a 2+2 program.  Additional courses in design, mechanical analysis, and manufacturing were added to the original associate degree program.  In subsequent years separate BS programs were developed with the names Mechanical Design Technology, Mechanical Power Technology, and Manufacturing Technology.  

 

In the late 1990’s, the Mechanical Design Technology and Mechanical Power Technology programs were combined to form the current Mechanical Engineering Technology (MET) program. The Manufacturing Technology program was discontinued, but a number of the manufacturing courses were carried over into the new MET curriculum.  

    

Recently, the labs that support the MET program have undergone substantial improvements. A new undergraduate interdisciplinary lab, ENDEAVOR, opened in the Fall of 2018. ENDEAVOR allows faculty to develop and implement new pedagogies focused on how undergraduate engineering, architecture, and engineering technology students understand, apply and innovate engineering principles and operations.  These pedagogies will enhance academic outcomes through hands-on education, interdisciplinary and collaborative problem-solving, and entrepreneurial innovation. 

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