2020-2021 Catalog (Current)

Mechanical Engineering Technology

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

Program Requirements

Mechanical Engineering Technology, AAS Program Checksheet


  • Major Courses and General Education Courses
  • Admission and Transfer Requirements
  • Graduation Requirements

Why Choose Mechanical Engineering Technology?  

In this program, students develop an understanding of how mechanical systems perform. They begin by taking the MET seminar where they get to apply their "engineering intuition" to a team robot build project. They also take engineering graphics and CAD, manufacturing processes, and computer applications in the first year. AAS MET program students take mathematics through Calculus 1 plus Physics 1 and Chemistry. Writing, public speaking, and two general education electives are required for the Associate's degree.

By their second year, students are well prepared to take applied engineering science courses (including Statics and Strength of Materials, Fluid Mechanics, Thermodynamics, Kinematics, Machine Design, and Electrical Fundamentals) 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), http://www.abet.org.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the AAS in 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 the BS in Mechanical Engineering Technology. Some choose to pursue other disciplines such as Product Design Engineering Technology, Manufacturing Engineering Technology, or even Business. Students receiving their AAS degree accept positions as test technicians, machine designers, product designers, production expediters, quality control technicians, engineering assistants, cost estimators, specifications writers, machinery maintenance technicians, and manufacturing team leaders.

More Information

School of Engineering and Computing Technology
Mechanical Engineering Technology Programs
915 Campus Drive, SWN 405
Big Rapids, MI 49307
Phone: 231-591-2755

Ferris State University
College of Engineering Technology
1009 Campus Drive, JOH 200
Big Rapids, MI 49307-2280
Phone: 231-591-2890


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 2022.  http://www.abet.org/

Required Courses
Credit Hours


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: