Electro-Mechanical Engineering Technology

Electro-Mechanical Engineering Technology

The bachelor of science in Electro-Mechanical Engineering Technology (EMET) degree program provides the basic undergraduate education required for a career as an electro-mechanical engineering technologist. The program emphasizes a breadth of knowledge in all fields of engineering technology related to typical, highly-automated manufacturing, production, or assembly plant processes.

Basic coverage is provided in all major areas of technology involved in the operation and control of manufacturing and production processes, including instrumentation and monitoring methods, principles of machine design, automated control techniques, thermal and fluid sciences, computerized manufacturing systems, principles of electrical and electronic circuit operation, computer-aided drafting and design, economics of production, and statistical analysis and quality control.

Who enrolls?

More than half of EMET students are nontraditional students (25 or older) who have realized that they need more education — either for advancement in their chosen fields or for change to a different career. The mixture of older and younger students encourages sharing of different kinds of knowledge. The younger ones tend to be more comfortable with computer applications and less rusty in math applications, while the older ones are likely to have relevant practical experience and understand better the application of what they are learning.

How does EMET differ from traditional engineering degrees?

To start, Engineering Technology students are not necessarily expected to be ready for calculus. Courses are more algebra-based, whereas traditional engineering courses apply calculus more quickly. Nevertheless, EMET students eventually are expected to apply calculus, including differential equations.

Large employers who hire many technical people tend to prefer traditional engineers for their deeper, more specialized knowledge, and have the resources to provide additional company-related guidance and training as necessary. Smaller companies with only one or a few technical people usually need someone with broader knowledge and prefer someone with more practical laboratory or industrial experience who can “hit the ground running.”