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

Our program

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

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Accreditation

Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering Technology (BSMCT) Program is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

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.

  • Design Track—Courses include Mechanics of Materials, Kinematics and Dynamics of Machines, Applied Thermodynamics, Design of Machine Elements
  • Energy Track—Courses include Applied Thermodynamics, Heat Transfer, Energy Source and Conversion, Fluid Mechanics
  • 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 joycelien@wayne.edu or 313-577-0800 for additional information.

B.S. MCT Educational Objectives:

Program educational objectives are broad statements that describe what graduates are expected to attain within a few years after graduation. Program educational objectives are based on the needs of the program's constituencies.

PEO-1 To produce graduates who attain gainful employment and practice successfully in mechanical related engineering technology professions;

PEO-2 To produce graduates who remain technically current and adapt to rapidly changing technologies through continuous learning and self-improvement;

PEO-3 To produce graduates who demonstrate independent thinking and function effectively in teams to solve open-ended problems in an industrial environment;

PEO-4 To produce graduates who communicate effectively and perform ethically and professionally in business, industry, and society.

Student outcomes

Student outcomes describe what students are expected to know and be able to do by the time of graduation. These relate to the knowledge, skills, and behaviors that students acquire as they progress through the program.

Student outcomes for the MCT program are:

  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 or leader on a technical team. 

Course sequence

Download Plan of Study worksheet.

Each program has a course sequence or a proper order in which to take classes. It is important that students take their classes following the course sequences provided by the department because foundational or prerequisite classes contain information that utilized in the upper level courses.

Since our students are coming from many different community colleges and technical backgrounds they transfer with a different amount of credits. It is difficult to prescribe a semester-by-semester plan that would fit each individual student's situation, so instead priority lists are used.

Each list contains a group of classes that are required to be completed before registering for classes in the subsequent lists. This helps students progress through the program, while building on their foundational skills.  

Design track:

Priority level 1: Priority level 2: Priority level 3: Priority level 4: Terminal courses:
MAT 1800 MAT 3430* MAT 3450*   MCT 4150(Available after level 2)
CSC 1050 OR ET 2160 PHY 2140+1 ET 3050   ET 5870 (Available after level 2)
PHY 2130+1 ET3030 MCT 3100    MCT 4400 (Available after level 4)
CHM 1020 ET 3850     ELECTIVES (Availability varies)
ET 2140 ET 3870     ET 4999 (Available last semester)
ET 2200 MIT 3500   MCT 3410  
EET 2000 MCT 3010      
All Lower Division Tech (=21)      
 

 Energy track:

Priority level 1: Priority level 2: Priority level 3: Terminal courses:
MAT 1800 MAT 3430* MAT 3450* ET 5870 (Available after level 2)
CSC 1050 OR ET 2160 PHY 2140+1 ET 3050 MCT 4180(Available after level 3)
PHY 2130+1 ET3030 MCT 4210 MCT 5210(Available after level 3)
CHM 1020 ET 3850 MCT 4150 ELECTIVES (Availability varies)
ET 2140 ET 3870   ET 4999 (Available last semester)
ET 2200 MIT 3500    
EET 2000 MCT 3010    
All Lower Division Tech (=21)      

Manufacturing track:

Priority level 1: Priority level 2: Priority level 3: Terminal courses:
MAT 1800 MAT 3430* MAT 3450* ET 5870 (Available after level 2)
CSC 1050 OR ET 2160 PHY 2140+1 ET 3050 MIT 3600 (Available after level 2)
PHY 2130+1 ET3030   MIT4700 (Available after level 2)
CHM 1020 ET 3850   MIT4800 (Available after level 2)
ET 2140 ET 3870   ELECTIVES (Availability varies)
ET 2200 MIT 3500   ET 4999 (Available last semester)
EET 2000 MIT 3520    
All Lower Division Tech (=21) MCT 3010    

* FEEL FREE TO TAKE MATH  BEFORE COMPLETING THE PRIOR LEVEL.

NOTE:

  • Students who are found to be "out of order" can be administratively withdrawn from their classes. Students need a C- or better in a class that is listed as a prerequisite to another class.
  • Maximum 64 semester credits can be transferred from Community Colleges.
  • Transfer credits are subject to WSU Transfer Student Statute and may be revised.
  • Minimum 30 credits must be earned from WSU including 24 credits from Div. of Engineering Technology
  • WSU General Education Requirement includes: (a) Foundational Competencies for BC, IC, OC, and  (b) Inquiries in QR, CI, CIV, SI, NSI, DEI, GL

Web Sites for Course Equivalency: http://www.transfercredit.wayne.edu/

All courses required are not on these priority lists. General education and communication courses are left off these lists. Students can use the general education and communication classes to help balance their schedules, but these are outside of the technical/program of study area. A student should first try to schedule classes at the priority level they are at, and then opt to take general education classes.