Mechanical Engineering Technology
What is Mechanical Engineering Technology?
The bachelor of science program in mechanical engineering technology (MET) comprises the hardware- and computer-oriented aspects of mechanical design, manufacturing and energy systems. The MET program is a sophisticated and practical foundation for professional careers in a variety of industries. The program furnishes a fundamental theoretical foundation with emphasis on realistic, technical problem-solving and projects. Emphasis is placed on the practical hardware and software of mechanical machinery and energy systems.
The degree program blends lecture and laboratory study with up-to-date computer applications in mechanical design, automation, testing and field service. It provides rigorous background study in technical mathematics, physical sciences, communication skills and global cultures. All major courses include lecture and laboratory study and incorporate modern computer techniques.
Admission criteria for this program vary based on the relative strength of test scores, class rank, GPA and co-curricular activities. Please see the Freshman Class Profile for this major in the Quick Facts sidebar on this page for the range of academic credentials typically accepted into this program. Test scores in the lower range may be acceptable with higher class rank and/or GPA.
Freshmen applying to this program should also have completed the following college preparatory subjects:
- English (4 units)
- Mathematics, including algebra, geometry and either pre-calculus or calculus (4 units)
- Science, including Chemistry and Physics (3 units)
- Social sciences (3 units)
- Electives (5 unit)
Successful mechanical engineering technologists will have excellent skills in design, controls and energy systems. Typically, they are interested in design, systems design for manufacturing, energy, the environment, and quality control.
The mechanical engineering technology program prepares students for productive employment in virtually any industrial organization that designs, tests, manufactures or otherwise uses mechanical apparatus. Employment opportunities exist throughout the United States and in several foreign countries. Bachelor’s degree graduates enjoy a broad spectrum of opportunities and generally obtain positions requiring high measures of technical expertise and responsibility.
Typical employment includes responsible positions in the engineering disciplines of design, testing, field installation and first-line manufacturing management in virtually every industry. Employment opportunities exist in the areas of mechanical design analysis, machinery and software testing, field installation, power plant operations, and production planning. Recent employers include: General Electric, Toyota, Jacobs Engineering, Kroger Co., Duke Energy, Campbell Hausfeld, Procter & Gamble and R.A. Jones & Company.
Cooperative education (co-op) is a learning experience that enables students to alternate academic studies with paid, on-the-job training. The co-op program is required for all full-time students who wish to receive the bachelor's degree. Co-op students participate in a year-round schedule. Each work section is 15 weeks in length. Alternating 15-week sessions continue until the fifth and final year, in which all students return to school.
Transfer students in good standing from accredited colleges and universities will be considered for admission to the college at the first, second and third-year levels. The degree requirement of professional practice experience normally precludes acceptance beyond the third-year level. For further detailed information such as required grade point average, please refer to the Transfer Students page.
Students changing majors from other programs or colleges within UC will be considered based on the same criteria as outside transfers.
Freshmen must begin the program during fall semester. Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis. High school students who wish to be considered for scholarships must apply by December 1 of their senior year.