Mechanical Engineering Technology

Mechanical Engineering Technology Degree at Purdue University

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.

Areas of emphasis include nano/micro-manufacturing, sustainable energy, green manufacturing and robotics.

The degree is Engineering Technology, the career is engineering.

Special features

  • Prepares graduates for careers in product improvement, industrial processes and plant operations
  • 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
  • Two degrees in five years: earn your bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering technology in only five years with a special plan of study.
  • Utilize the Polytechnic learning environment to become a career-ready graduate

Brad Morton Alumni Profile
The Purdue MET program taught me to look at every issue from two perspectives: what is possible and what is needed. Finding the right balance requires a mind that can bridge the theory and its practical application to find a solution that exceeds every aspect of the customer’s needs. The curriculum in the College of Technology develops the mind to strike that balance.
Brad Morton
Mechanical Engineering Technology '77

Placement Data

Number of Graduates Percent of Grads Reported Placement Rate Average Salary
46 91% 95% $56,001

Potential Job Titles

  • Mechanical engineer
  • Production engineer
  • Design engineer
  • Application engineer
  • Quality engineer
  • Project engineer
  • Renewable energy systems
  • Hybrid electric and fuel cell vehicles
  • Mechatronics, precision machine design
  • Machine design
  • High speed machining
  • Acoustics
  • Alloy design

In addition to the fees charged to all Purdue students (technology fee, repair and rehabilitation fee, student fitness and wellness fee), students in the Purdue Polytechnic Institute pay a differential general service fee of $286.00 each semester.

Full information about tuition and fees is available on the Purdue Bursar’s Office Web site.

Add an international perspective to your education by taking advantage of study abroad opportunities. College-wide, there are nearly 47 programs that offer educational experiences in another country. Experiences can last a week, a month, a summer or a semester depending on the program. The list of study abroad programs, internship and service learning options is updated annually

The MET department helps facilitate study abroad opportunities with current students. MET students are currently taking advantage of study abroad internships in Australia, China, Germany, Switzerland, and Ireland.