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.


Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering Technology (BSMCT) Program is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET,

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. 









B.S.-MCT educational objectives:

Program Educational Objectives (PEO):

  • 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 d 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

In order to provide a strong foundation for the B.S.-MCT graduates to accomplish the educational objectives, the Division of Engineering Technology has established the following student outcomes, which describe the competencies that B.S.-MCT students should possess by the time they graduate:

An ability to select and apply the knowledge, techniques, skills and modern tools of their disciplines to broadly-defined engineering technology activities;

  1. an ability to select and apply the knowledge, techniques, skills, and modern tools of the discipline to broadly defined engineering technology activities;
  2. an ability to select and apply a knowledge of mathematics, science, engineering and technology to engineering technology problems that require the application of principles and applied procedures or methodologies;
  3. an ability to conduct standard tests and measurements, ability to conduct, analyze and interpret experiments, and to apply experimental results to improve processes;
  4. an ability to design systems, components or processes for broadly-defined engineering technology problems appropriate to program educational objectives;
  5. an ability to function effectively as a member or leader on a technical team;
  6. an ability to identify, analyze and solve broadly-defined engineering technology problems;
  7. an ability to communicate effectively regarding broadly-defined engineering technology activities;
  8. an understanding of the need for and an ability to engage in self-directed continuing professional development;
  9. an understanding of and a commitment to address professional and ethical responsibilities including a respect for diversity;
  10. a knowledge of the impact of engineering technology solutions in a societal and global context; and
  11. a commitment to quality, timeliness and continuous improvement.

MCT specific student outcomes:

M1 - MCT Design Track
Students in this track will demonstrate the ability to apply principles of materials and mechanics to the design and analysis of mechanical components and mechanisms.

M2 - MCT Energy Track
Students in this track will demonstrate the ability to apply principles of thermo-fluid sciences to the design and analysis of complex energy systems.

M3 - MCT Manufacturing Track
Students in this track will demonstrate the ability to apply principles of materials and production techniques to the planning, implementation and control of manufacturing processes.

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