Mechanical Engineering Technology

Assistant Dean
Phone: (419) 995-8372
Office: 121 JJC

Mechanical Engineering Technicians help engineers design, develop, test, and manufacture mechanical devices, including tools, engines, and machines. They may make sketches and rough layouts, record and analyze data, make calculations and estimates, and report their findings. Often Mechanical Engineering Technicians design equipment and make working models to test. When involved in manufacturing, these technicians frequently determine the strength, quality, quantity, and cost of materials. Technicians who specialize in Mechanical Design may take the rough sketches produced by an engineer and convert them into detailed drawings. They might also provide illustrations and exploded views of machinery for operating or maintenance manuals.  Mechanical Engineering Technicians also help engineers design, develop, test and manufacture machinery, industrial robotics and other equipment.

The curriculum provides the skills to become a Mechanical Engineering Technician. Practical, hands-on, learning experience is incorporated with principle and theory.  Students learn how to make sketches and rough layouts, record data, tabulate calculations, analyze results and write informative reports. Those interested in the MET major should have an aptitude for mathematics, science and technical work. Upon completion of the coursework, the student will receive an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology.

Employment opportunities are excellent for individuals who have completed a two-year program in mechanical engineering technology. Completion of the degree prepares the graduate for entry into today's global industrial world in a number of job classifications such as design technicians, detailers, draftsmen, engineering technicians, lab technicians, metallurgical technicians, quality control technicians, troubleshooters and test technicians. Graduates have the solid foundation needed to continue on to a bachelor's degree in engineering technology, engineering science, and eventually become a licensed Professional Engineer pursuant to the Ohio Revised Code.

Mechanical Engineering Technology Major

Associate of Applied Science Degree

Structured Course Sequence (4 Semester Plan)

First Year
First SemesterHours
COM 1110 English Composition 3
MET 1000Engineering Graphics with AutoCAD 4
MET 1110 Manufacturing Processes 3
MTH 1370College Algebra 4
PHY 1120Physics I 4
SDE 1010 First Year Experience 1
 Term Hours19
Second Semester
COM 1140Technical Writing 3
MET 1020Material Science 3
MET 1130Statics 3
MET 2440Computer Aided Design 3
PHY 1130Physics II 4
MTH 1430Trigonometry 3
 Term Hours19
Second Year
First Semester
MET 2210Strength of Materials 3
MET 2310Fluid Power 3
MET 2991Field Experience 1
 Term Hours13
Second Semester
PSY 1010 
   or SOC 1010
General Psychology
   or Sociology
IMT 1010Mechanical and Electrical Print Reading 2
MET 2970   MET Department Capstone 2
 Term Hours10
 Total Hours 61

Portfolio course

Capstone course

See here Portfolio and Capstone information.

Students should check course prerequisites before registering. 

Technical Electives:

AMT 1100Welding and Fabrication3
CPT 1120Introduction to VB Programming3
CPT 1250Computer Applications in the Workplace3
CPT 2320C# Programming3
EET 1110Circuit Analysis I3
EET 1330 Digital Circuits4
EET 2200Panel Wiring and Arc Flash Safety3
FMS 2210CAM/CNC Machining I3
FMS 2220CAM/CNC Machining II3
IMT 2820Mechanical Power Transmission Systems2
MET 1010Blueprint Reading and Sketching3

History Electives:

HST 1011Western Civilization I3
HST 1012Western Civilization II3
HST 1333World Civilization I3
HST 1334World Civilization II3
HST 1610 American History to 18773
HST 1620American History Since 18773
HST 2300Technology and Civilization3
HST 2510History of Latin America3
HST 2521Women in World History3

MET 1000 — Engineering Graphics with AutoCAD
4 Credit hours  

Introduces engineering graphics to technology majors. Broad coverage of blueprints, symbols, sketching, views, dimensioning and tolerancing practices, scale reading, and fundamentals of drawing with AutoCAD software.
Transfer: TAG.

MET 1010 — Blueprint Reading and Sketching
3 Credit hours  

Covers reading, sketching and interpreting working drawings. Symbolism, conventional practices and standards used in the drafting area are studied. Concentration will be on the machine part drawings. Not open to students who have completed MED-1000.

MET 1020 — Material Science
3 Credit hours  

Introduces the properties of common engineering materials. It will provide a broad understanding of theory, manufacturing, processing and testing of industrial materials including metals, polymers, woods, ceramics, composites, adhesives and coatings. Laboratory activities will serve to enhance the principles learned in the classroom.
Transfer: TAG.
Corequisites: MET-1020L.

MET 1050 — CAD for Electronics
2 Credit hours  

Introduces IT, Networking and Electronic Engineering student to beginning level drafting using AutoCAD and Microsoft VISIO software. Topics covered will be the preparation of various electrical and network drawings including block diagrams, flow charts, schematic wiring diagrams, and printed circuit layouts. The course will stress the use of electronic symbols and nomenclature.

MET 1110 — Manufacturing Processes
3 Credit hours  

Introduces manufacturing processes and their relation to the design of machine elements. Basic and advanced machine tool operations, press tool operation, welding, casting and forging are studied.
Transfer: TAG.
Corequisites: MET-1110L.

MET 1130 — Statics
3 Credit hours  

Engineering applications of basic statics. Classroom discussion includes concurrent and non-concurrent force systems, resultants, equilibrium, trusses, centroids, moments of inertia and friction. Computers are used in problem solving and design analysis.
Transfer: TAG.
Prerequisites: PHY 1120.

MET 1990 — Independent Study in MET
1-5 Credit hours  

Provides the student with the opportunity for in-depth works on a special topic within the field of Mechanical Engineering Technology which the student was not able to pursue in the desired degree for depth in the regular course offerings. During the first week of the semester, the student is required to describe in writing, the proposed course of study that he/she wishes to pursue. Such proposal must be submitted to the division Dean for approval and student assignment to a Mechanical Engineering Technology area faculty member for overseeing the project. This course of independent study may be substituted for a Mechanical Engineering technical course if it is applicable. No more than five (5) credit hours will count toward graduation. This course is graded S/U.

MET 2210 — Strength of Materials
3 Credit hours  

Introduces the study of elementary strength of materials applied to basic structural and machine components. Course topics will cover tension and compression, torsion, and shear stresses. Included will be beam stresses, shear and moments and combined stresses. Computers are used in problem solving and design analysis.
Transfer: TAG.
Prerequisites: MET 1130.

MET 2310 — Fluid Power
3 Credit hours  

Covers the development, transmission and utilization of power through fluid power circuits and controls. Emphasis is on selecting and applying fluid power devices and related equipment to machine circuits for both linear and rotary motion. Applications of pneumatics and fluid mechanics will also be covered.
Transfer: TAG.
Corequisites: MET-2310L.

MET 2440 — Computer Aided Design
3 Credit hours  

Covers three-dimensional parametric solid modeling. Topics will include constraining sketches, creating and editing solid objects and assemblies and converting them to two-dimensional drawings.
Transfer: TAG.
Prerequisite: MET 1000.

MET 2970 — MET Department Capstone
2 Credit hours  

Taken during the semester of scheduled graduation for MET, MED and FMS majors. Students demonstrate comprehensive proficiency by integrating technical knowledge with core skills and abilities. Students will combine the skills acquired in the MET, MED and FMS majors, and apply them to perform mechanical analysis, produce detailed drawings, and actually manufacture a product. The course is designed to simulate and support teamwork concepts necessary to be successful in industry. The course will include an e-portfolio assignment and an exit evaluation of critical thinking and writing.
Prerequisites: COM 1110, COM 1140, MET 1000, MET 1110, MET 1020.

MET 2991 — Field Experience
1 Credit hour  

Enables work activity which relates to an individual student's occupational objectives. With permission of a faculty advisor, the field experience replaces elective or required courses in a student's associate degree program. The experience is coordinated by a faculty member of the college who assists the student in planning the experience, visits the site of the experience for a conference with the student and his/her supervisor at least once during the semester and assigns a grade to the student after appropriate consultation with the employer/supervisor. This course is graded S/U.
Prerequisites: Completion of 1st semester and faculty advisor approval.

The Rhodes State College Mechanical Engineering Technology (MET) program is accredited by:

Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET
415 North Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012
(410) 347-7700

Applications for the certificates listed below can be obtained in the Division of Business, Technology & Public Service Office (JJC 102). Please do not apply for a certificate until you have completed all required courses with a grade of “C” or better.

Prerequisites may be required for courses listed for each certificate. Please consult the Course tab or see your advisor.

One Year Maintenance Certificate

Math Elective
Minimum 3 Credits
IMT 1921Technical Math II3
MTH 1210Mathematics I3
MTH 1370College Algebra4
Electrical Elective
Minimum 9 Credits
EET 1110Circuit Analysis I3
EET 1120Circuit Analysis II3
EET 1130Electronics4
EET 1330 Digital Circuits4
EET 2200Panel Wiring and Arc Flash Safety3
EET 2030Motor Controls3
EET 2310 Microcontroller Fundamentals4
EET 2900Electric Codes and Application2
IMT 2080Introduction to Electricity3
IMT 2260Industrial Electronic Controls3
MET 1050CAD for Electronics2
Mechanical Elective
Minimum 9 Credits
MET 1000Engineering Graphics with AutoCAD4
MET 1010Blueprint Reading and Sketching3
FMS 2210CAM/CNC Machining I3
FMS 2220CAM/CNC Machining II3
FMS 2320Manual Machining I2
IMT 2810Millwright Tools and Equipment2
IMT 2820Mechanical Power Transmission Systems2
MET 1020Material Science3
MET 1110 Manufacturing Processes3
Technical Elective
Minimum 6 Credits
AMT 1100Welding and Fabrication3
AMT 2970   Troubleshooting Capstone3
AMT 2550Fundamentals of Plumbing and Pipefitting2
FMS 2110Basic Robotics and Mechatronics3
EET 2911Programmable Logic Controllers3
FMS 2130 Industrial Mechatronics and Robotics3
IMT 2170Industrial Motor Drives2
IMT 2710Fundamentals of Refrigeration2
IMT 2740Advanced Refrigeration and HVAC3
IMT 2750Wastewater Treatment and Operation2
IMT 2850Power Plant Equipment3
Total Hours30

Portfolio course

Capstone course

See for additional information on certificates.