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Engineering Technology - Option 2: Mechanical Engineering Technology Product Design BS

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As a Mechanical Engineering Technology (MET) graduate at the University of Central Missouri, you would typically have a position that deals with design, application, research & development, and manufacturing of products or machines that produce a product. Some examples of your future job might be the design and implementation of machining fixtures or the management of a design or engineering department in a manufacturing company. Graduates from this program can start off at the supervisory level but typically move up to leader or management positions very quickly.

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Student Projects

As a Mechanical Engineering Technology (MET) major you will not only have the opportunity to design using the most modern CADD 3D software packages but you will also have a good understanding of materials, processes, engineering economics, and lean concepts utilized in industry. Students who obtain their mechanical engineering degree understand engineering theory and are able to applying those theories in numerous laboratories and real-world settings. Some examples of the theory-to-application learning that takes place in our courses include: precision machining projects; 3D CADD design and virtual testing; rapid prototyping; destructive testing; computer numerical control machining; inspection using coordinate measuring equipment; welding projects; and much more.

As a Mechanical Engineering Major focused on product design, one of the most exciting projects you can be part of is the NASA Human Rover Challenge, where students design and fabricate a human powered vehicle to traverse simulated lunar and martian terrain. In addition, you will have the opportunity to showcase your skills and knowledge through a capstone class during your senior year, where you will work with a local industry to help solve one of their actual problems with design, production, quality, etc.


First Destination Success Rates

These reports highlight UCM graduates six months after graduation on their First Destination Success (FDS). FDS can be defined as graduates who are actively engaged in work/educational experiences (full-time, part-time, military, volunteer/program of service, or continuing education). Prospective students and families can gain knowledge by looking at major statistics.

2017-2018 Salary Summary

2017-2018 Graduates – Employers & Job Titles

2016-2017 Salary Summary

2016-2017 Graduates – Employers & Job Titles

2015-2016 Salary Summary

2014-2015 Salary Summary

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Who will hire you?

UCM Engineering Technology graduates with focus in Mechanical Engineering all have proficiency in areas such as CADD, Electronics, Manufacturing, Project Management, Quality, and Engineering Economy, and have real-world experience through an industrial internship. This gives our graduates ultimate flexibility in the engineering workforce. Job titles our graduates have include:

  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Electronics Engineer
  • Civil Engineer
  • Industrial Engineer
  • Manufacturing Engineer
  • Quality Engineer
  • Production Engineer
  • Facilities Engineer

Graduates with a University of Central Missouri Mechanical Engineering Technology degree work for companies such as:

  • Honeywell
  • General Motors
  • Ford
  • General Electric
  • Black & Veatch
  • Burns & McDonnell
  • Gardner Denver
  • and many more

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Student Organizations

The University of Central Missouri's Mechanical Engineering Technology students have numerous opportunities and venues to interact with each other, as well as with industrial professionals who may hire them at some point in the future.

Several student organizations on campus help enhance the student’s social and professional network. Some of these include the American Design Drafting Association (ADDA), the American Society for Quality (ASQ), and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), to which many Engineering Technology students belong.

SME creates a setting where students have fun, compete with other organizations in various activities, meet and socialize with industrial professionals in their field, participate in community service activities, and develop a network of peers they will socialize and communicate with for a lifetime. Some of the more recent activities include:

  • Homecoming float competition
  • NASA Human Rover Competition
  • Solar car design and build
  • Consultant for Warrensburg FIRST Robotics team
  • FIRST Robotics Regional Competition volunteers
  • Annual SME Industry-Day Golf Tournament
  • SME Fall Picnic & Trap Shoot
  • SME game night and potluck
  • SME Intramural teams
  • SME Leadership Conference
  • SME Industrial Tours

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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


UCM Scholarship Finder

For Any Major within the School of Technology

  • FIRST Robotics Scholarship (Incoming Freshman - STEM related)
  • Jacob M. Cunningham Memorial Scholarship (includes Graduate Students) 

Engineering Technology

  • General Electric Scholarship Honoring Gene Harmon in Engineering Technology
  • Glenn W. Stahl Memorial Scholarship
  • Linda Holman Struchtemeyer Scholarship (Incoming Freshman - Manufacturing Option)
  • Dr. Stephen Lacey Engineering Technology Scholarship
  • Taiwan Commemorative Scholarship


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 Services, 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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UCM’s Engineering Technology program is currently ABET accredited in all option areas (Electronics, Mechanical, Industrial, and Civil). It is a unique program that combines the learning of engineering theories with hands-on application of those theories.

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