Design, develop, test and manufacture sustainable products and machines via innovative technologies related to energy, materials and manufacturing.

Mechanical Engineering Technology

Mechanical Engineering Technology Major

A major in the Mechanical Engineering Technology Program
in the School of Engineering Technology

The careers of Purdue 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.

Areas of emphasis include advanced material processes, sustainable energy, and product realization.

The degree is Engineering Technology, the career is engineering.™

Special features

  • Prepares graduates for careers in product improvement, industrial processes plant operations, and entrepreneurial endeavors
  • Learn communication skills that allow you to interact with technical and non-technical colleagues
  • Benefit from faculty experience in industrial careers
  • Participate in applied research projects with professors to gain experience solving real-world technical problems
  • Rising sophomores, juniors and seniors majoring in Mechanical Engineering Technology may be eligible for the Kiewit Scholars program, which awards annual scholarships and provides personal and professional growth opportunities for future leaders in the design and construction industry.
  • Degree in 3: Highly motivated and hard-working students can earn their degree in three years with an accelerated plan of study. Learn more about Degree in 3 for this major.
  • Two degrees in five years: earn your bachelor’s and master’s degrees in only five years with a special plan of study.
  • Utilize the Polytechnic learning environment to become a career-ready graduate
  • If you participated in PROJECT LEAD THE WAY courses during high school, you can redeem up to 12 credit hours toward this major.

What can I do?

Mechanical engineer
Project engineer
Production engineer
Quality engineer

Where can I go?

General Electric
Rolls Royce
General Motors
John Deere


The mechanical engineering technology program is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET,, under the commission’s general criteria and program criteria for Mechanical Engineering Technology and similarly named programs.

In MET, you build close relationships with professors. I still talk with professors from classes two or three years ago, even if I need help understanding things in my current classes. I ask them about potential career fields, too.
Walter Kansoriwula
Mechanical Engineering Technology
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About the school/department

The School of Engineering Technology at Purdue University provides degree programs in mechanical, manufacturing, electrical, industrial, and supply chain engineering technologies, capitalizing on where the disciplines overlap. The learning environment mirrors the engineering teams most graduates will work in. Faculty research projects provide immediate industry results and help students put theory into practice.

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