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Mechanical Engineering Technology (B.S.)

The Mechanical Engineering Technology (B.S.E.T.M.E.) Program prepares students for diverse and dynamic careers in industry. B.S.E.T.M.E. graduates work in fields that require understanding of the relationships and dependencies among materials, product development, manufacturing systems and processes, or energy production, transformation and transmission (including alternative energy). The program emphasizes hands-on laboratory experiences, and courses stress the practical application of mathematics, science, and engineering to solve real world problems. The B.S.E.T.M.E. program provides students with a well-rounded education focused on the knowledge of existing and new developments in their technical specialty. The program offers students the opportunity to specialize in one of three tracks: design, energy, or manufacturing. B.S.E.T.M.E. graduates work with their minds as well as their hands to solve problems related to their chosen area of specialization.

The Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering Technology (B.S.E.T.M.E.) program is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET,

Admission Requirements

This program is designed to admit students who satisfy the general undergraduate admission requirements of the University and have an associate degree or equivalent college-level course work in one of the following or related technical areas:

  • Aerospace Technology
  • Automotive Technology
  • Climate Control
  • Computer-Aided Design
  • Drafting
  • Energy Technology
  • Fluid Power
  • Manufacturing
  • Mechanical Design
  • Mechanical Technology
  • Powerplant

A minimum grade point average (g.p.a.) of 2.50 is required for admission to the program. Students with a g.p.a. of 2.0 to 2.5 may be admitted as pre-engineering technology students, and may transfer into the engineering technology program upon successful completion of MAT 1800 and PHY 2130 with a g.p.a. of 2.50. 

Required Background: Any student deficient in any course listed under Lower Division Technical Transfer Credit will be required to remove the deficiency before completing fifteen credits in basic science/mathematics and technical core courses.

A Mathematics Placement Examination is required of entering students who have not already earned advanced credit in pre-calculus.


Program Requirements

Candidates for the B.S.E.T.M.E. degree must earn a minimum of 124 credits, which includes University General Education requirements. University policy allows a maximum of sixty-four semester credits transferred from community colleges to Wayne State, but students following University-approved articulation agreements with community colleges are able to exceed the maximum of sixty-four credits; a minimum of thirty semester credits must be earned from Wayne State, and at least twenty-four must be in the Division of Engineering Technology courses. All coursework must be completed in accordance with the academic procedures of the University and the College and must conform to Division academic standards.

In order to graduate, the University requires a minimum 2.0 g.p.a. in total resident credit, and the Division a minimum 2.0 g.p.a. in total coursework in the area of specialization; as well as satisfaction of all University Undergraduate General Education requirements.

The Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering Technology requires a minimum of 124 credits as outlined in the following curriculum.

Basic Science and Mathematics
MAT 1800Elementary Functions (QE)4
ET 3430Applied Differential and Integral Calculus4
ET 3450Applied Calculus and Differential Equations4
CHM 1020Survey of General Chemistry (NSI)4
PHY 2130Physics for the Life Sciences I (NSI)4
PHY 2131Physics for the Life Sciences Laboratory (NSI)1
PHY 2140Physics for the Life Sciences II4
PHY 2141Physics for the Life Sciences Laboratory1
MCT Upper Division Core
ET 3030Statics3
ET 3050Dynamics3
ET 3850Reliability and Engineering Statistics3
ET 3870Engineering Economic Analysis3
ET 4999Senior Design Project3
ET 5870Engineering Project Management3
MCT 3010Instrumentation3
MCT 3100Mechanics of Materials3
MCT 3410Kinematics and Dynamics of Machines3
MCT 4150Applied Thermodynamics3
MCT 4180Fluid Mechanics3
MIT 3520Manufacturing Processes Theory3
Focus Elective (select one of the following courses)3
Design of Machine Elements
Energy Sources and Conversion
Computer-Aided Design and Manufacturing (Students planning to take MIT 4700 should first take MIT 3600 to satisfy their Upper Division Tech Free Elective.)
Upper Division Tech Free Elective3
Lower Division Technical Transfer Credit
ET 2140Computer Graphics3
ET 2160Computer Applications for Engineering Technology2
ET 2200Engineering Materials3
EET 2000Electrical Principles3
Hands-on manufacturing course1
Lower Division Tech Electives20
Communication Requirements9
(BC) Basic Composition course
(IC) Intermediate Composition course (ENG 3050 required)
(OC) Oral Communication course
Other General Education Requirements15
(CI) Professional Ethics (PHI 1120 required)
(SI) Social Inquiry
(DEI) Diversity, Equity, Inclusion
(GL) Global Learning Inquiry
(CIV) Civic Inquiry
Total Credits124

Engineering Technology Honors

Engineering Technology Honors demands a higher level of performance and offers more personal supervision by faculty than the regular curriculum. It is recommended for qualified students who have an interest in research and plan to go on to graduate or professional schools. The Honors Program is open to students seeking the Bachelor of Science in Computer Technology, Electrical/Electronic Engineering Technology, Electromechanical Engineering Technology, and Mechanical Engineering Technology. A cumulative grade point average of at least 3.3 is required for consideration for admission to and continuance in the program. Students are admitted on the recommendation of the Departmental Honors Program advisor. Interested students should contact the advisor and complete the Honors Plan of Work form when declaring their engineering technology major or at the beginning of the senior year. If a student has declared a major in engineering technology prior to entering the Honors Program, a new Declaration of Major must be completed for the Bachelor of Science with Honors.

Department Honors Requirements (12 credits minimum)

  • Students must meet all the ordinary requirements of the Engineering Technology major, and must have a 3.3 GPA overall
  • One 42XX honors seminar (HON 4200-4280) (Cr. 3)
  • Thesis-Honors Option with ET 4999 (Cr. 3)
  • Two Honors Options courses within the engineering technology major, taught by full-time faculty member (Cr. 3-4 each)
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