Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering Technology

The Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering Technology (BSMCT) Program prepares students for diverse and dynamic careers in industry. The BSMCT graduates work in fields that require understanding of the relationships and dependencies among materials, product development, manufacturing systems and processes, or energy production, transformation and transmission (including alternative energy). This profession calls for a broad outlook on solving complex problems. It involves design, development and production. It keeps pace with ever-evolving technology, and mechanical engineering technologists serve as an interface between society and technology.

Possible applications for a BSMCT degree include:

  • Transportation/automotive
  • Utilities
  • Equipment design
  • Manufacturing: consumer products, chemical products, farm equipment, industrial equipment, paper and wood products
  • Alternative energy

The program emphasizes hands-on laboratory experiences, and courses stress the practical application of mathematics, science, and engineering to solve real world problems.

The BSMCT program provides students with a well-rounded education focused on the knowledge of existing and new developments in their technical specialty.

The BSMCT program at WSU is Accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET. Accreditation is a process that ensures the curriculum and instruction are of high quality, and that students will be prepared for employment after graduation.

Curriculum highlights

The BSMCT program is unique as it allows students to choose a specialty track. These tracks, which include energy, design, and manufacturing consist of 12 credit hours. Each gives students a chance to focus on a particular aspect of mechanical engineering, thus differentiating their degrees.

  • Energy Track—Courses include Applied Thermodynamics, Heat Transfer, Energy Source and Conversion, Fluid Mechanics
  • Design Track—Courses include Mechanics of Materials, Kinematics and Dynamics of Machines, Applied Thermodynamics, Design of Machine Elements
  • Manufacturing Track—Courses include Manufacturing Processes, Process Engineering, Computer Aided Manufacturing, Statistical Quality Control

All mechanical engineering technology students take the same “technical core” courses, which emphasize applications engineering topics such as statics, dynamics and instrumentation. In addition to their core classes and specialty track, BSMCT students choose an additional eight credits of upper level courses. These classes can be along the same line of their specialty track, or they can pick classes in another track, to “cross-train” and further strengthen their educational background.

With the help of the academic advisor, students can work out a plan that will fit their interests as well as set them on the path to a great career in mechanical engineering technology.

Educational outreach

Wayne State students pursuing a Bachelor's of Science in Mechanical Engineering Technology may have the option of taking classes at the Advanced Technology Center or at the Schoolcraft Center. Contact Joyce Lien, Engineering Technology advisor, at or 313-577-0800 for additional information.

Career outlook

The below chart shows a recent breakdown of B.S. mechanical engineering technology alumni employed in various industries.