Students in Mechanical Engineering Technology learn theory and “hands-on” applications in the fields of manufacturing, product design and development, power systems, machinery – mechanisms, computer aided modeling, heat transfer and fluids, instrumentation, to name a few. Understand how products and machinery work, as well as how to design, manufacture, or use technology to develop mechanical systems for high-performance automobiles, aerospace systems, bioengineered devices, energy technologies, and more.

Mechanical Engineering Technology is concerned with the implementation of current mechanical engineering practices. Understanding how products and machinery work and how to design, manufacture, or use them is the focus of the mechanical engineering technology major. From consumer products to high-performance automobiles, aerospace systems, bioengineered devices, and energy technologies, mechanical engineering technology has an enormous influence on our society.

 Students study the foundations of mechanics, materials, and energy; acquire technical skills such as computer-aided design and computer-aided engineering; and learn how to test materials and design; and measure and manufacture components, assemblies, and systems. Through lab work and design projects students apply these principles and skills to the various fields (product and machine design, power generation, energy conservation, and manufacturing) of mechanical engineering technology. The required cooperative education requirement gives students valuable, applied industrial experience.

Students must complete all University degree requirements which can see be seen with full details on the MET Catalogs Page. Degree requirements include: General Education requirements, Viewing a Wider World requirements, and elective credits to total at least 120 credits with 48 credits in courses numbered 300 or above. Developmental coursework will not count towards the degree requirements and/or elective credits, but may be needed in order to take the necessary English and Mathematics coursework. A typical 4-year graduation plan can be seen below. 

View Areas
See the General Education section of this catalog for a full list of courses
  • Area I: Communications
  • Area II: Mathematics
  • Area III: Laboratory Sciences
  • Area IV: Social/Behavioral Science
  • Area V: Humanities
  • Area VI: Fine Arts
  • TE: See the Technical Electives section for a full list of courses
  • VWW: See the Viewing Wider World section for a full list of courses
  • Elective: Credit may vary based on prerequisites, dual credit, AP credit, double majors, and/or minor coursework. Students should discuss elective requirements with their advisor.

To get individualized reports and reflect on the academic progress toward the degree, use the STAR Audit Report. This tool can be used to show what credits are missing by using a checklist. This can calculate the GPA and show what kind of courses still need to taken.

The Program Educational Objectives (PEOs) are aligned with the Institution’s mission to serve the educational needs of New Mexico’s diverse population through comprehensive programs of education, research, extension education, and public service. As the state’s land grant university, it is the responsibility of educational programs, especially those in engineering technology, to prepare students to enter the local and regional workforce and engage them in community service along the way. And are further defined below:

    1. an ability to perform applied design, evaluation, testing and assessment of mechanical systems.

    1. an ability to analyze, problem solve, develop, implement, and oversee advanced mechanical systems and processes.

    1. competence in a field of mechanical engineering technology, related specialty area, or in the management of technical personnel.

  1. an ability to successfully compete in a rapidly changing world and obtain satisfying employment

Graduates in the NMSU Mechanical Engineering Technology program will have:

    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;

    1. an ability to design systems, components, or processes meeting specified needs for broadly-defined engineering problems appropriate to the discipline;

    1. 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;

    1. an ability to conduct standard tests, measurements, and experiments and to analyze and interpret the results to improve processes;

    1. an ability to function effectively as a member as well as a leader on technical teams; and

  1. a recognition of the importance of innovation and entrepreneurship, professional stewardship by upholding commitments and meeting expectations, maintaining ethical conduct and safety.

Students graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology with an emphasis in Mechanical will exhibit the skills and characteristics specified under the Department’s Program Outcomes. These Outcomes will be evaluated via the following Assessment Tools:

1. Senior capstone courses

A senior capstone courses is an assessment tools for the MET, being ET 435. Class Assessment Forms for these classes are the assessment tools.

2. Performance in specific components of student work

This measure includes extracting specific categories of student work from several classes in order to measure an outcome. For example, the lab portion from several classes is used to measure outcome laboratory and field testing, working in teams, communication and evaluating engineering materials. Class Assessment Forms for specific classes are the assessment tools. 3. Performance in activity or service based learning (club functions/competitions/conferences/projects)Students in the MET program are active in several regional and national engineering organizations and competitions. These include: Associated Schools of Construction Students Bidding Competition and Aggies Without Limits.

4. Fundamentals of Engineering Exam

This national exam is used to measure those outcomes dealing with basic knowledge, skills, analysis and design. MET students are compared to their peers on each of the topics covered in the exam.

5. Senior competency exam

The MET Senior Competency Exam (similar to the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam) covers topics from classes up through, but not including, the senior year. The exam is primarily conceptual with calculations needed on 15% of the problems.

6. Certification Tests

Several certification opportunities present themselves to students during their time in the MET Program. Results from these certification tests are used to measure outcomes which deal with field testing, laboratory skills, quality and lifelong learning.

7. FE Practice Exam

As suggested in the 2016 assessment meeting, FE practice exam became one of the measures for outcome. Intermediate exams are given in specific subject areas: Math, Statics, Ethics, Dynamics, Fluids, Materials, Structures, Geo-tech, and Transportation. Added lifelong learning questions to the practice exam are now being used as measures for outcomes.

Fall Spring Fall Spring Fall Spring Fall Spring
ENGR 100 (3) ENGL 111G (4) A ST 311 (3) E T 190 (4) E T 306
306 L(4)
E T 328 (4) E T 426 (4) E T 402 (1)
E T 110 (3) E T 210 (3) COMM 265G (3) E T 305 (3) E T 308
308 L(4)
E T 396 (3) VWW from College of Business (3)
(See Above)
TE (3)
E T 182 (3) E T 240 (3) ENGL 218G (3) CHEM 110G(4) E T 241 (3) TE (3) VWW (3)
(See Above)
E T 435 (3)
Choose one (3-4)
E T 217
217L (4)
E T 262 (3)
Choose one (3)
TE (3)
Choose one (3)
E T 410 (1) I E 451 (3)
Choose one (4)
Choose one (3-4)
E T 310
310L (4)
Choose one (3)
Area IV
Area V
Area VI
(See Above)
Choose one (3)
Area IV
Area V
Area VI
(See Above)
TE (3)  
16-17 17-18 16 15 16 15 13 12
              GRAND TOTAL: 120-122


Career Paths

Consumer Goods
Power Utilities
Renewable Energy
Research Labs

Typical starting salaries range from $60-$85k, with some graduates starting in the six figures. Job placement is nearly 100%.

  • Drilling Supervisor
  • Engineer
  • Engineering Technician
  • Engineering Technologist
  • Field Engineer
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Mechanical Design Engineer
  • Mechanical Design Technologist
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Mechanical Manufacturing Engineer
  • Operations Engineer
  • Packaging Engineer
  • Plastics Injection Technician
  • Products Design Engineer
  • Product Development Engineer
  • Production Engineer
  • Project Engineer
  • Prototype Engineer
  • Quality Control Engineer
  • R&D Engineer
  • Systems Engineer
  • Technical Consultant
  • Test Engineer
  • Tooling Engineer

Minors & Concentrations

Mechanical Engineering Technology offers the following concentrations:

  • Renewable Energy Technology
  • Manufacturing