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Engineering Technologies, Safety, and Construction

College of Education and Professional Studies

B.S. Mechanical Engineering Technology

About the Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering Technology

Are you interested in applying scientific methods, harnessing mathematical principles, and leveraging critical thinking? Mechanical engineers invent, design, analyze, build, and test machines, systems, structures and materials to fulfill objectives and requirements while considering the limitations imposed by practicality, regulation, safety, and cost.  

Mechanical Engineering Technology (MET) is the profession in which knowledge of applied mathematical and natural sciences, coupled with principles of technology gained by study and laboratory activity, is used to implement technological advances. 

Mechanical Engineering Technologist vs. Mechanical Engineer: 

A mechanical engineering technologist develops and implements new technology to solve technical problems, while a mechanical engineer conceptualizes and designs methods for new technology. Both roles are in high demand and crucial to advancing mechanical engineering. To learn more, see our general overview.



Degree Explanation

Offered at the Ellensburg, WA campus, the mission of the Mechanical Engineering Technology Program is to provide a Bachelor of Science degree to students seeking an education leading to a career in the engineering or manufacturing fields. The secondary mission is to maintain a healthy relationship of education excellence, faculty research, student involvement, and corresponding contact with the mechanical engineering industry to provide mutual support for our academic, industry, and extended community. 

For information regarding admission requirements, required and elective courses, please reference the MET Curriculum page and the 2022-2023 Academic Catalog.  You may also view our MET Student Handbook, Courses Suggested for Entrance, and the MET Academic Plans (2yr/4yr).

To learn more about cost, visit the registrar.

  • To provide a Bachelor of Science degree in a four-year program that enables students to find employment related to Mechanical Engineering Technology.
  • To continue to improve the quality of our program through constant feedback and modification.
  • To continue to improve the efficacy of our program by recruiting students of diverse backgrounds and interests.
  • To continue to improve and evolve our courses and offerings to respond to our state‘s needs and student‘s interests.
  • To continue to improve our program by building mutually beneficial partnerships with industry, professional groups and other entities, with a focus on student involvement.
  • The MET Program has faculty members specializing in areas including mechanical systems, manufacturing, composites, castings, heat transfer and energy methods.  Please see our faculty list for more specifics.  Our labs focus on foundry, machining, composites, production technology, energy conversion, and systems. Service work is not done, but industry support is prominent and students have access to these resources as the classes are enacted.  Samples of specific resources are listed below:
  • The CWU Foundry is an industrial-grade green sand system (2 cubic yards) with flasks up to 12x18”.  There are two furnaces (gas and induction) with 30’ of pour line under the crane.  The pattern shop has a new CNC with various support materials.  Our sand analyses include distribution, compaction, and moisture.
  • The CWU Materials Lab has testing equipment for tensile, impact, fatigue, hardness, and creep.  Process equipment includes three injection molders, roto-molding, drape-molding, hot-press and vacuum.  The composites lay-up area has a 10-15’ stainless steel table, three reusable vacuum bags, an oven and all support materials (e.g. manifolds, bag materials, reinforcements, release plies, glues, pre-pregs).
  • The machining lab has three industrial-grade 3-axis CNC’s (Miltronics) and two CNC lathes with much other manual equipment (e.g. horizontal saw, knee-mills, grinders). 
  • The woods lab has a Techno CNC router (4x8’) and all necessary equipment to produce cabinets (e.g. planer, jointer, sander, pin-router). 
  • The fluids/energy lab has a suite of student equipment to interact with appropriate concepts such as wind tunnel, frictionless dynamics, and engines.
  • The power lab has hydraulics trainers, power stations, CNC plasma cutter (4x4’), a variety of welding tools and many forming/punch tools.

If you would like to learn more information about the Mechanical Engineering Technology Senior Projects, please visit our overview page.

MET students are strongly encouraged to become involved in professional organizations. A student chapter of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) is a professional organization for MET students at CWU. A majority of MET students participate in ASME activities. Benefits of ASME membership include student loans, scholarships and the ability to place a resume on an ASME national/international job search bulletin board. In addition the student ASME chapter provides professional development by providing club activities such as field trips to industrial companies, industry speakers at meetings, and trips to ASME student regional conferences and leadership seminars. An interested student may learn more about ASME membership from Dr. John Choi, the faculty advisor.

Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME)  is another student chapter for the MET students. The student SME chapter provides professional development by providing club activities such as field trips to industrial companies, industry speakers at meetings. An interested student may learn more about ASME membership from Professor Charles Pringle, the faculty advisor.

CWU also has a student chapter of the American Foundry Society (AFS), advised by Dr Craig Johnson, with students from MET and Industrial Technology programs. The AFS chapter meets with industry professionals and visits working foundries. Other opportunities include trips to AFS national conferences and Foundry Education Foundation (FEF) scholarships. Other student organizations such as the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) and the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) have been active in the past and could be reactivated if there is enough student interest.

Although not specifically required by the major, students are encouraged to apply for technical internships over the summer months. In addition to complementing their classroom education, internships also help to bolster resumes when seeking permanent employment upon graduation. Employment opportunities for summer internships and permanent positions are announced in class and posted in located in Hogue room 215. Students are also encouraged to establish a placement file with the Career Services office located in Barge Hall and to check with their office or stop by Hogue for posted opportunities about internships or job placement.

Course Fees
Subject Catalog Long Title Fee Description Flat OR Per Unit Amount

MET

176 Machining Mechanical Engineer Tech Fee Flat Amt $30.00

MET

177 Machining ETSC Lab Fees Flat Amt $5.00

MET

178 Casting Processes Mechanical Engineer Tech Fee Flat Amt $30.00

MET

179 Casting Processes ETSC Lab Fees Flat Amt $5.00

MET

180

Hydraulics/Pneumatics

Mechanical Engineer Tech Fee

Flat Amt

$35.00

MET

181

Applied Thermodynamics Laboratory

Mechanical Engineer Tech Fee

Flat Amt

$20.00

MET

182

Applied Thermodynamics Laboratory

ETSC Lab Fees

Flat Amt

$5.00

MET

183

Fluid Dynamics

Mechanical Engineer Tech Fee

Flat Amt

$20.00

MET

184

Fluid Dynamics

ETSC Lab Fees

Flat Amt

$5.00

MET

185

Applied Heat Transfer

Mechanical Engineer Tech Fee

Flat Amt

$20.00

MET

186

Applied Heat Transfer

ETSC Lab Fees

Flat Amt

$5.00

MET

187

Technical Dynamics

Mechanical Engineer Tech Fee

Flat Amt

$20.00

MET

188

Technical Dynamics

ETSC Lab Fees

Flat Amt

$5.00

MET

189

Lean Manufacturing

Mechanical Engineer Tech Fee

Flat Amt

$40.00

MET

190

Metallurgy/Materials and Processes

Mechanical Engineer Tech Fee

Flat Amt

$30.00

MET

191

Metallurgy/Materials and Processes

ETSC Lab Fees

Flat Amt

$5.00

MET

192

CAD/CAM Manufacturing

Mechanical Engineer Tech Fee

Flat Amt

$40.00

MET

193

CAD/CAM Manufacturing

ETSC Lab Fees

Flat Amt

$5.00

MET

194

Plastics and Composites

Mechanical Engineer Tech Fee

Flat Amt

$30.00

MET

195

Plastics and Composites

ETSC Lab Fees

Flat Amt

$5.00

MET

196

Ceramics and Composites

Mechanical Engineer Tech Fee

Flat Amt

$30.00

MET

197

Ceramics and Composites

ETSC Lab Fees

Flat Amt

$5.00

MET

198

Mechanical Design I

Mechanical Engineer Tech Fee

Flat Amt

$30.00

MET

199

Mechanical Design I Laboratory

ETSC Lab Fees

Flat Amt

$5.00

MET

200

Mechanical Design II

ETSC Lab Fees

Flat Amt

$5.00

MET

201

Mechanical Design II Laboratory

Mechanical Engineer Tech Fee

Flat Amt

$30.00

MET

202

Finite Element Analysis

ETSC Lab Fees

Flat Amt

$5.00

MET

203

Applications of Mechanics of Materials

Mechanical Engineer Tech Fee

Flat Amt

$30.00

MET

204

Applications of Mechanics of Materials

ETSC Lab Fees

Flat Amt

$5.00

MET

205

Professional Certification Exam Preparation

ETSC Lab Fees

Flat Amt

$5.00

MET

206

Senior Project I

Mechanical Engineer Tech Fee

Flat Amt

$35.00

MET

207

Senior Project II

Mechanical Engineer Tech Fee

Flat Amt

$35.00

MET

208

Senior Project III

Mechanical Engineer Tech Fee

Flat Amt

$35.00

NOTE: approximately 25 additional fee requests submitted for FY23 fall implementation to add $5 fee to additional lab courses


Careers and Outcomes

Professionals involved with structures and motion in mechanical systems are often designers of mechanical systems, work in metallurgical laboratories, space vehicles, as well as the more common devices and products. Each year, our graduates have a nearly 100% job placement.

  • Aerospace 
  • Robotics 
  • Manufacturing Processes 
  • Renewable Energy 
  • Hydropower  
  • Building Energy/Heating 
  • Ventilation 
  • Air Conditioning (HVAC) Systems.  

Popular minor additions to this degree include the Robotics and Automation minorEngineering Technology Minor, and Engineering Technology Management Minor.


Accreditation Information and Support

ABET Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission LogoThe Electronics Engineering Technology program is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission (ETAC) of ABET, a non-governmental organization which accredits college and university programs in the disciplines of applied science, computing, engineering and engineering technology at the associate, bachelor and master degree levels. 

ABET is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA)

(Ratified 2017-May IAB)


1.  MET graduates will perform effectively within their chosen work environments and will enhance their professional skills through continuing professional development.

2.  MET alumni will demonstrate responsible citizenship by participating in professional organizations and community engagement.

  1. an ability to apply knowledge, techniques, skills and modern tools of mathematics, science, engineering, and technology to solve broadly-defined engineering problems appropriate to the discipline;
  2. an ability to design systems, components, or processes meeting specified needs for broadly-defined engineering problems appropriate to the discipline;
  3. an ability to apply written, oral, and graphical communication in broadly-defined technical and non-technical environments; and an ability to identify and use appropriate technical literature;
  4. an ability to conduct standard tests, measurements, and experiments and to analyze and interpret the results to improve processes; and
  5. an ability to function effectively as a member as well as a leader on technical teams.

a. Application of principles of geometric dimensioning and tolerancing;
b. Use of computer aided drafting and design software;
c. Perform selection, set-up, and calibration of measurement tools/instrumentation;
d. Elements of differential and integral calculus;
e. Manufacturing processes;
f. Material science and selection;
g. Solid mechanics (such as statics, dynamics, strength of materials, etc.);
h. Mechanical system design;
i. Thermal sciences (such as thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, heat transfer, etc.);
j. Electrical circuits (ac and dc) and electronic controls;
k. Application of industry codes, specifications and standards; and
l. Technical communications typically used in preparation of engineering proposals, reports, and specifications.

Academic year Enrollment (fall) BS Degrees Awarded (June)
2021-2022 109  
2020-2021 131 23
2019-2020 141 35
2018 - 2019 111 25
2017 - 2018 113 24
2016 - 2017 106 30
2015 - 2016 128 35
2014 - 2015 103 26
2013 - 2014 88 21
2012 - 2013 85 21
2011 - 2012 75 10
2010 - 2011 60 12

Washington industry has supported the MET program through equipment grants, scholarships, seminars, field trips, summer jobs for students and faculty and research projects that involve students. The MET Program has several industrial advisory committee members that provide oversight review to the program. This committee insures that the MET students receive an education that is relevant in the workplace.

Industrial Advisory Board (IAB)

Member Company Contact Industry
Bradford A. Moravec Boeing Chief Engineer
Propulsion & Fuel Systems
bradford.a.moravec
@boeing.com
Aerospace 
Rosemary Brester CEO/President Hobart Machining Company rosemary@hobart
machined.com
Aerospace Parts Manufacturing
Larry Brester CEO/President Hobart Machining Company rosemary@hobart
machined.com
Aerospace Parts Manufacturing
Patrick Kinney Pacific Northwest National Laboratory patrick.kinney@pnnl.gov Environmental
Chuck Harmon-III Boeing P-8 dynamic Ground Loads charles.h.harmon-iii@boeing.com

Aerospace

Amanda (Lilly) Hede Washington River Protection Solutions amanda.l.hede@gmail.com Environmental
Julie Bennett Boeing EMC, Lightning, and Antenna labs julie.k.bennett@boeing.com

Aerospace

Ben Grogan Aromatics Inc. ben@aromaticsbotanicals.com Manufacturing

 

 


Questions? Contact us. 

Charles Pringle, PE
Program Coordinator, Professor
Charles.Pringle@cwu.edu

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