Jul 14, 2024  
2024-2025 University Catalog 
    
2024-2025 University Catalog

Mechanical Engineering Technology, BS

Location(s): West Lafayette, Indianapolis, Polytechnic Statewide Anderson, Polytechnic Statewide Columbus, Polytechnic Statewide Kokomo, Polytechnic Statewide New Albany, Polytechnic Statewide Richmond, Polytechnic Statewide South Bend


About the Program


The Mechanical Engineering Technology major is part of the Mechanical Engineering Technology program. The mechanical engineering technology program is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, https://www.abet.org, under the commission’s general criteria and program criteria for Mechanical Engineering Technology and similarly named programs.

The careers of mechanical engineering technology graduates take them to a variety of employers (e.g. Rockwell Automation, Fender Guitars, Lockheed Martin, Caterpillar) yet they have many skills in common: problem-solving, leadership and teamwork. The program focuses on the methods, materials, machinery and manpower necessary to effectively operate in a manufacturing environment. You’ll learn how to manage people, machines, and production resources to ensure maximum efficiency and safety.

Mechanical Engineering Technology Website

School of Engineering Technology Major Change (CODO) Requirements  

Degree Requirements


120 Credits Required

Departmental/Program Major Courses (120 credits)


MET Selectives (12 credits included within major credits)


  • MET Elective or approved Focus Area elective - Credit Hours: 9.00
  • Technical Selective or approved Focus Area Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00

Other Departmental/Program Course Requirements (61 credits)


Professional Requirement


The SOET Professional Experience requirement is intended to document those experiences which help expose SOET students to the expectations of their professional prior to graduation. This may occur through industrial experience, technical or administrative involvement with community service, military service, et cetera. Approval has been granted for the following experiences. Additional experiences may also satisfy this graduation requirement. Requests for approval should be submitted to the SOET Curriculum Subcommittee Chair for consideration, allowing at least four academic weeks for review and response. See supplemental information for approved experiences.

Grade Requirements


  • Students must earn a “D-” or better in all courses unless otherwise noted.

GPA Requirements


  • 2.0 Graduation GPA required for the Bachelor of Science degree.

Course Requirements and Notes


  • Courses at Purdue University may only be attempted a maximum of three (3) times, including W, WF, I, IF and all graded attempts.

Non-course / Non-credit Requirements


  • Complete a Professional Requirement.
  • Complete an Intercultural Requirement.

Pass/No Pass Policy


  • MET does not allow P/NP grading for any classes that are used to meet degree requirements, all degree requirements must be taken for a grade.

Transfer Credit Policy


Transfer credit from other institutions, including courses taken as dual or concurrent credit in high school, and credit from testing such as Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate that are an exact match for Purdue courses, may be applied to degree requirements.

For undistributed credit to be applied to degree requirements, the course or courses will need to be evaluated by the Curriculum Committee for approval.  Additional approvals will be required for courses to meet University Core Curriculum requirements.  In both cases approval is not automatic.

University Requirements


University Core Requirements


For a complete listing of University Core Course Selectives, visit the Provost’s Website.
  • Human Cultures: Behavioral/Social Science (BSS)
  • Human Cultures: Humanities (HUM)
  • Information Literacy (IL)
  • Oral Communication (OC)
  • Quantitative Reasoning (QR)
  • Science #1 (SCI)
  • Science #2 (SCI)
  • Science, Technology, and Society (STS)
  • Written Communication (WC) 

Civics Literacy Proficiency Requirement


The Civics Literacy Proficiency activities are designed to develop civic knowledge of Purdue students in an effort to graduate a more informed citizenry. For more information visit the Civics Literacy Proficiency website.

To obtain the Civics Literacy Proficiency, students will complete an educational activity as part of their chosen Civics Literacy Pathway and pass the Purdue Civics knowledge test.  The knowledge test can be completed at any time while the pathway is being perused.  There are three different pathways:

  • Civics Event pathway - Attend six approved civics-related events and pass the required exam; or
  • Civics Literacy Podcast pathway - Complete 12 podcasts created by the Purdue Center for C-SPAN Scholarship & Engagement that use C-SPAN material and pass the required exam; or
  • Approved course pathway - Complete  one of the following approved courses and pass the required exam.

More details about each pathway and how to complete the requirement can be found on the Civics Literacy Student Dashboard in myPurdue.

Upper Level Requirement


  • Resident study at Purdue University for at least two semesters and the enrollment in and completion of at least 32 semester hours of coursework required and approved for the completion of the degree. These courses are expected to be at least junior-level (30000+) courses.
  • Students should be able to fulfill most, if not all, of these credits within their major requirements; there should be a clear pathway for students to complete any credits not completed within their major.

Sample 4-Year Plan


15 Credits


15 Credits


Fall 2nd Year


14 Credits


Spring 2nd Year


16 Credits


15 Credits


Spring 3rd Year


15 Credits


Fall 4th Year


15 Credits


Spring 4th Year


15 Credits


Pre-Requisite Information


For pre-requisite information, log in to mypurdue.purdue.edu and click here.

Critical Course


The ♦ course is considered critical.

In alignment with the Degree Map Guidance for Indiana’s Public Colleges and Universities, published by the Commission for Higher Education (pursuant to HEA 1348-2013), a Critical Course is identified as “one that a student must be able to pass to persist and succeed in a particular major. Students who want to be nurses, for example, should know that they are expected to be proficient in courses like biology in order to be successful. These would be identified by the institutions for each degree program.”

Disclaimer


The student is ultimately responsible for knowing and completing all degree requirements. Consultation with an advisor may result in an altered plan customized for an individual student. The myPurduePlan powered by DegreeWorks is the knowledge source for specific requirements and completion.

Comparative information about Purdue University and other U.S. educational institutions is also available through the College Navigator tool, provided by the National Center for Education Statistics, and through the U.S. Department of Education College Scorecard.