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.

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.


The Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering technology program is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET,, under the commission's General Criteria and Program Criteria for the Mechanical Engineering Technology Program.

Enrollment and graduation statistics

Year (fall semester) Enrollment Degrees awarded
2023 185 77
2022 190 17
2021 74 24
2020 79 16
2019 81 11
2018 69 14

Detailed information on enrollment and graduation can be obtained through the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE).

Program 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 a professional 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 as well as a leader on technical teams.

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 Danielle Dickow, Engineering Technology advisor, at for additional information.

Course sequence

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.  

Priority level 1: Priority level 2: Priority level 3: Priority level 4: Terminal courses:
MAT 1800 ET 3430 * ET 3450 * MCT 3410 ET 5870 (Available after level 2)
PHY 2130/PHY 2131 PHY 2140/PHY2141 ET 3050   MCT 4150 (Available after Level 2)
ET 2160 ET 3030 MCT 3100   MCT 4400 (optional focus elective) (Available after Level 4)
CHM 1020 ET 3850 MIT 3520   MCT 4180 (Availability after Level 3)
ET 2140 ET 3870     MCT 5210 (optional focus elective) (Available after Level 3)
ET 2200 MCT 3010      
EET 2000 MIT 3500     MIT 4700 (optional focus elective) (Available after Level 2) (Must take MIT 3600 as elective first as it is a prerequisite)
All Lower Division Tech (=21)       ET 4999 Senior Standing (within last two semesters)
ELECTIVES (Availability Varies)

* Feel free to take math before completing the prior level


  • 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.
  • 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

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.