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Engineering Technology, BS - Mechanical Engineering Technology Option

Degrees for Mechanical Engineering

Do you remember when you were a kid, taking things apart just to see how they worked? Do you still think about why stuff is built a certain way, with particular materials? Then you probably have degrees for mechanical engineering on your radar and with good reason. The University of Central Missouri should be at the top of your list of the best schools for mechanical engineering technology.

Our Engineering Technology BS in Mechanical Engineering Technology combines a product design degree with applied theory, where learning happens not only in the classroom but also in the lab — more than 20 of them to be precise.

Achieving your MET degree goals is in your own hands

At UCM, you’ll not only study but also practice developing, implementing and improving technology used to make things. The result? Undergraduate students earning degrees for Mechanical Engineering Technology at UCM graduate with a broad knowledge of engineering theory that prepares them for a variety of jobs in the field.

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ABET-accredited MET degree program

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95%–100% job placement rate

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Access to over 20 engineering tech labs

What you will study

Among colleges for mechanical engineering technology, the University of Central Missouri stands out with its hands-on approach to a product design degree. You’ll gain an in-depth understanding of materials, processes, engineering economics and lean concepts used in the engineering industry. 

Work in teams with other engineering technology majors to make an idea come to fruition, from design to fabrication. Cast aluminum, weld metals, develop rapid prototypes, work on precision machines, use 3D CADD design and virtual testing software, master computer numerical control machining and inspect using coordinate measuring equipment and more.

Your theory-to-application learning comes to life in our engineering technology labs, including: 

  • Automation & Robotics
  • Computer Numerical Control (CNC)
  • Inspection & Quality Control (Metrology)
  • Destructive & Non-Destructive Testing
  • Precision Machining
  • Foundry

The University of Central Missouri earns its reputation as one of the best schools for mechanical engineering technology with access to its state-of-the-art equipment at an affordable cost.


Excellence in Engineering Technology

  • UCM Mechanical Engineering Technology graduates with a product design degree experience a 95% to 100% job placement rate after graduation each year.
  • Our ABET-accredited program makes the University of Missouri one of the best schools for mechanical engineering technology.
  • A Best Value College for Engineering Technology (College Factual, 2022)


Unique learning opportunities in mechanical engineering technology

The applied theory of mechanical engineering informs every experience while earning an MET degree at the University of Central Missouri. Fun, team-oriented projects and activities available to students pursuing degrees for Mechanical Engineering Technology include:

  • NASA Human Rover Challenge: Showcase your skills to other colleges for mechanical engineering technology as you design and build a human-powered vehicle that can transverse simulated lunar and Martian terrain. 
  • Capstone projects with local industry: Gain invaluable, real-world experience by working through an actual challenge facing a local company in UCM’s well-rounded product design degree that includes fabrication and quality assurance.
  • The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME): Form lasting relationships with peers, faculty and industry professionals through competitions and social activities such as a homecoming float design contest and game night. You can network with engineering technology majors at UCM, as well as other colleges for mechanical engineering technology.


What can you do with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering Technology from UCM?

MET degree majors graduate from the University of Central Missouri well-positioned for career success right away. Our graduates have earned up to $86,000 in their first mechanical engineering technology jobs. Engineering industry leaders such Burns & McDonnell, Gardner Denver, Ford and Honeywell have hired UCM grads with Bachelor of Science degrees for Mechanical Engineering Technology.

Design your own future with your MET degree from UCM

Employers respect graduates with product design degrees from the University of Central Missouri. The program boasts a job placement rate between 95% and 100%. 
Use our interactive tool below to discover how your MET degree positions you for long-term career success.




Financial assistance options for your Mechanical Engineering Technology degree

In addition to being one of the best schools for mechanical engineering technology, the University of Central Missouri has been recognized for its commitment to keeping student debt low. We offer a variety of resources to help you finance your college education.

Undergraduate students earning degrees for Mechanical Engineering Technology from UCM may also qualify for exclusive scholarships, such as:

  • General Electric Scholarship Honoring Gene Harmon in Engineering Technology
  • Glenn W. Stahl Memorial Scholarship
  • Dr. Stephen Lacey Engineering Technology Scholarship

You can learn more about program-specific scholarships at the UCM Scholarship Finder.


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Take your degree further.

Increase your marketability to employers and transition into a management role with a graduate degree from UCM.

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Make yourself more marketable.

At UCM, you can add on a minor complementary to your MET degree to enhance your skills and improve your job marketability:

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Explore programs related to mechanical engineering technology.

Consider other UCM engineering or design programs, such as:


The University of Central Missouri's Engineering Technology degree curriculum by its nature is based both in theory and experiential learning. In order to apply theories studied in the classroom, students experience a wide variety of state-of-the-art laboratories. Students in the Engineering Technology program with focus on Mechanical Engineering Technology will work in facilities that house over 15 student laboratories, including:

  • Automation & Robotics
  • Computer Numerical Control (CNC)
  • Inspection & Quality Control (Metrology)
  • Destructive & Non-Destructive Testing
  • Precision Machining
  • Foundry
  • Plastics
  • R&D
  • CADD
  • Rapid Prototyping
  • Electricity & Electronics
  • PLCs
  • Hydraulics & Pneumatics
  • Networking
  • Concrete & Masonry
  • Wood Processing
  • Sheet Metal Forming
  • Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) & Barcoding
  • Welding


An internship is required for the Engineering Technology degree. It is the student’s responsibility to secure the internship before graduation, but valuable assistance can be obtained through UCM Career and Life Design Center, Engineering Technology faculty, and industrial alliances.

Many students work their internship(s) during the summer. However, more and more companies want students to work an extended internship, sometimes called a co-op. This requires the student to either withdraw from UCM classes for one semester or work the internship while taking classes during the spring or fall. Typically, the student is paid a competitive wage during the internship and many times it will directly lead to a job upon graduation.

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The Engineering Technology Program at Central Missouri University is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET,


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