Mechanical Engineering Technology

Mechanical Engineering Technology
Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering Technology
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The Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering Technology programs at the Virginia Beach and Newport News, VA campuses and Online are accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET,

Mechanical Engineering Technology Overview

If you want a hands-on career in design, testing, manufacturing, or operations, then the Mechanical Engineering Technology field may be just what you've been looking for. Here's the best part: there are jobs that are waiting to be filled right now. That's because modern manufacturing is staging a major comeback, thanks to robotics and advanced electronics.

However, many employers cannot find the highly-skilled workers they needed to work with such advanced equipment. According to the Manufacturing Institute, 67% of respondents in a recent survey reported moderate to severe shortages of qualified workers, and 56% expect those shortages to grow worse in the next three to five years.* Now if you're thinking that manufacturing is a dirty, grimy job, think again. Today's plants and facilities look more like science labs!

If this sounds like something you'd be interested in, right now could be the perfect time to earn a degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology at ECPI University! In as little as 2.5 years, you could earn a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering Technology through our year-round schedule.

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Core Curriculum

70 semester credit hours

Course IDCourse NameCredits
EET113DC & AC Circuits3
EET223Electronic Devices & Operational Amplifiers3
CIS126Introduction to Programming3
EET207Applied Engineering Programming3
EET192Engineering Graphics Communications3
EET192LIntroduction to 3-D Modeling LAB1
MET213Advanced 3-D Modeling3
EET191Materials Science3
MET221Manufacturing Processes3
MET320Machine Tools3
MET320LMachine Tools LAB1
MET322CNC Machines3
MET313Applied Strength of Materials3
MET313LMaterials LAB1
MET412Machine Design3
MET414Applied Finite Element Analysis3
MET230Hydraulics and Pneumatics Systems3
MET230LHydraulics and Pneumatics Systems LAB1
MET330Applied Fluid Mechanics3
MET330LApplied Fluid Mechanics LAB1
MET432Applied Thermodynamics3
MET434Applied Heat Transfer3
MET434LHeat Transfer and Thermodynamics LAB1
MET400Senior Project3
MET400LSenior Project LAB1

Arts and Sciences

37 semester credit hours

Course IDCourse NameCredits
CAP480Arts and Sciences Capstone 3
COM115Principles of Communication 3
ENG110College Composition 3
ENG120Advanced Composition 3
HUM205Culture and Diversity: Exploring the Humanities 3
MTH131College Algebra 3
MTH200Pre-calculus 3
MTH220Applied Calculus I 3
MTH320Applied Calculus II 3
PHY120Physics 3
PHY120LPhysics LAB 1
ECO201Macroeconomics* 3
ECO202Microeconomics* 3
PSY105Introduction to Psychology* 3
PSY220Positive Psychology* 3

*For allowable substitutions of arts and sciences courses, see the Arts & Sciences Department page.

Self Integration and Computer Literacy

9 semester credit hours

Course IDCourse NameCredits
CIS101Computer Configuration I3
COR090Career Orientation Seminar0
EET102Engineering Math & Software Applications3
FOR110Essentials for Success3


8 semester credit hours

Course IDCourse NameCredits
BUS102Fundamentals of Customer Service 3
BUS121Introduction to Business 3
BUS328Business Process Improvement 3
BUS328LBusiness Process Improvement LAB 1
PMT472 Applied Project Management3
PMT472L Applied Project Management Lab1
CIS106Introduction to Operating Systems 3
CIS121Logic and Design 3
CIS126LIntroduction to Programming LAB 1
CIS150Introduction to Networking 3
CIS226Introduction to Object Oriented Programming 3
EET130Digital Systems I 3
EET220Industrial Applications 3
EET230Digital Systems II 3
EET331Programmable Controllers and Robotics 3
EET331LProgrammable Controllers and Robotics LAB 1
EET390Motor Drives 3
EET390LMotor Drives LAB 1
MET405Externship-MET Sr. III 3
MET406Externship-MET Sr. II 2
MET407Externship-MET Sr. I-a 1
MET408Externship-MET Sr. I-b 1
MET409Externship-MET Sr. I-c 1
MET420Instrumentation & Industrial Controls 3
MET420LInstrumentation & Industrial Controls LAB 1
Program Description

ECPI University's Mechanical Engineering Technology program focuses on problem solving and real-world application of applied engineering science and technology. Mechanical engineering technologists are real problem solvers with responsibilities ranging from those of a support technician to plant manager.

Our Mechanical Engineering Technology degree program focuses on core areas such as:

  • Mechanical design and analysis
  • Material science and manufacturing processes
  • Thermal-fluid-energy sciences
  • Computer aided engineering graphics and analysis
  • Electro-mechanical devices
  • Instrumentation and controls

Building upon ECPI's tradition of providing an interactive and "real world" hands-on education in technology, students will have the opportunity to:

  • Acquire knowledge, techniques, skills, and use modern tools of Mechanical Engineering Technology
  • Conduct, analyze, and interpret experiments and apply experimental results to design and improve mechanical processes

Incorporate quality, aptitude, continuous improvement in both skills and professional behavior

Possible Career Track

ECPI University's curriculum prepares graduates for entry-level employment in various public and private industries in such areas as:

  • Mechanical Engineering Technology
  • Mechanical Product Design & Fabrication
  • CAD & Computer Graphics
  • Automation & Manufacturing
  • Machining & Mechanical Maintenance
  • Power Generation & Plant Management
  • Climate Control: Heating, Ventilation, & Air Conditioning
  • Transportation: Vehicles & Infrastructure
  • Aerospace & Aerodynamics Industry
  • Systems Control

Mechanical Engineering Technology graduates are employed in a wide spectrum of positions such as:

  • Mechanical Engineering Consultant
  • Product and Materials Testing Technologist
  • Drafting and Computer Graphics Engineer
  • Manufacturing and Quality Management Engineer
  • Industrial Engineer
  • Product Engineer
  • Plant Maintenance and Production Manager
  • Transportation Engineer
  • Power and Energy Engineer

Program Objectives

Building upon ECPI’s tradition of providing an interactive and “real world” hands-on education in technology, you are expected to:

  • Acquire knowledge, techniques, skills and modern tools of Mechanical Engineering Technology
  • Conduct, analyze, and interpret experiments and apply experimental results to design and improve mechanical processes
  • Function effectively as a team member for preparation of reports and presentations
  • Incorporate quality, aptitude, and continuous improvement in expertise and professional behavior

Program Outcomes

The learning outcomes of the BS MET program include the following:

  • Select and apply current knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering and technology
  • Select and apply current knowledge, techniques, skills, and modern tools of mechanical engineering technology
  • Design systems, components, or processes
  • Conduct tests, measurements, experiments, and interpret results thereof
  • Identify, analyze and solve key problems, and improve processes
  • Communicate effectively by preparing technical reports, documenting work or writing papers, and by making individual and group presentations
  • Demonstrate an understanding of professional, ethical, and social responsibilities while collaborating effectively with diverse team members to achieve a designated task
  • Commitment to quality, timeliness, and continuous improvement
June 25, 2021Total EnrollmentDegrees Awarded (July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021)
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