Mechanical Engineering Technology (MET) is a broad field which prepares students to work as mechanical engineers designing and developing new and innovative products and technologies. Mechanical engineers with an MET degree are involved in every process, from designing delicate tools and parts, to working on huge gears in large vehicles, to operation and maintenance.
Teams of MET students complete design-build projects in both MET 100 Intro to MET in the first semester, and in MET 107 Machine Tool Lab I in the second semester. Teamwork training prepares graduates to work effectively and efficiently on larger projects.
The University of Maine Mechanical Engineering Technology program prepares students for a broad range or 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.
The College of Engineering recently celebrated the career of MET Professor Emeritus Herbert Crosby at the Gorman Emeriti Brunch! You can download his slides with many photos of the history of the Machine Tool Laboratory and student projects completed in it.
Download our UMaine MET Summer 2019 Newsletter!
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:
- demonstrate a sound knowledge of the fundamental principles of mathematics, science, and mechanical engineering technology;
- utilize critical thinking and problem solving skills that can be applied to a wide range of problems – both technical and non-technical;
- carry out the practice of engineering technology;
- use communication, teamwork, and leadership skills, appreciate social values, and understand the implications of technology;
- expand technical currency in response to the changing needs of society.
Prior to graduation, students are required to demonstrate the following learned capabilities:
- 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;
- an ability to design systems, components, or processes meeting specified needs for broadly-defined engineering problems appropriate to the discipline;
- 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;
- an ability to conduct standard tests, measurements, and experiments and to analyze and interpret the results to improve processes; and
- an ability to function effectively as a member or leader on a technical team.