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Mechanical Engineering Technology

Degree Type: Associate in Applied Science
College(s): College of Engineering Technology

Why Choose Mechanical Engineering Technology?

In this program students develop an understanding of how mechanical systems perform. They begin by taking classes in engineering graphics and CAD, manufacturing processes and computer applications along with applied mathematics and physics. Writing and general education courses are included in the first year as well. Students are then well prepared to take the applied engineering science courses which give them a solid technical background for a future in technology. Coursework is enhanced with hands-on lab experiences and real-world applications provided by faculty with extensive industrial experience.

The Associate of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering Technology is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission ABET (ETAC-ABET),

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the Mechanical Engineering Technology program work with others to develop machinery, equipment, products and processes. They operate test equipment, prepare engineering drawings with CAD systems, review designs for specifications, build prototypes of new products and design new or modify existing products and equipment. Employment opportunities in this field are plentiful because manufacturers are continually introducing new products and processes as well as redesigning current ones.

Most graduates of the program continue into B.S. programs including Mechanical Engineering Technology, Product Design Engineering Technology and Manufacturing Engineering Technology. Students receiving their A.A.S. degree accept positions as test technicians, machine designers, product designers, production expediters, quality control technicians, engineering assistants, cost estimators, specifications writers and machinery maintenance technicians.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the College of Engineering Technology is open to high school graduates who demonstrate academic preparedness, maturity and seriousness of purpose with backgrounds appropriate to their chosen program of studies.

Students entering the Mechanical Engineering Technology program should have a strong interest in mechanical devices and seek to understand them better. A background in math and science and/or vocational studies can be a suitable starting point. Admission is open to high school graduates with a 2.5 G.P.A. average or higher. A minimum ACT math subscore of 19 or completion of MATH 110 is also required for admission.

Students seeking to transfer into the second year of the program should have, at minimum, math through pre-calculus and a college level course in physics equivalent to PHYS 211 or PHYS 241. Courses in engineering graphics, CAD and computer applications are also of benefit but generally can be made up.  Must have a cumulative 2.0 gpa or higher.

General Education Requirements

All general University General Education requirements can be found here:

Please consult this link for a complete listing of General Education Electives:

Graduation Requirements

The Mechanical Engineering Technology program at Ferris leads to an associate in applied science degree. Graduation requires a minimum 2.0 GPA in core classes, in the major and overall. Students must complete all general education requirements as outlined on the General Education website.

More Information

Mechanical Engineering Technology Program Office
Ferris State University
915 Campus Drive, SWN 405
Big Rapids, MI 49307-2280
Phone: 231-591-2755
The College of Engineering Technology Mechanical Engineering Technology AAS program is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET (ETAC-ABET)

The next accreditation review is 2020.

Required Courses
Credit Hours

General Education

English 1
English 2
Fundamentals-Public Speaking
Intermediate Algebra-Num Trig
Algebra-Analytic Trigonometry
Applied Calculus
Intro to General Chemistry
Introductory Physics 1
Cultural Enrichment
Social Awareness
Ferris State Univ Seminar


MET Seminar
Computer Apps 1 for Tech
Fluid Mechanics
Kinematics of Mechanisms
Machine Design
Statics-Strength of Materials
Lab For Statics-Strength Matls

Technical Related

Electrical Fundamentals
Engr Graphics Comprehensive
Manufacturing Processes
Minimum credit hours required for A.A.S. degree: