Earn Your Mechanical Engineering Technology (MET) Degree
Explore the practical applications of mechanical engineering principles and contribute to the advancement of technology people use every day by earning a mechanical engineering technology degree. Grand Canyon University offers an academically rigorous degree program developed with industry guidance to fully prepare graduates to enter the workforce. The Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering Technology (MET) degree program guides students in becoming innovative, critical thinkers, capable of a wide variety of engineering positions.
The mechanical engineering technology degree is offered by the College of Science, Engineering and Technology. This program focuses on the real-world application of engineering principles to understand how objects and materials work, how they are made and how they can be improved. Graduates of the mechanical engineering technology degree program will emerge with the hands-on experience and foundational knowledge that enable them to become immediate contributors in the field.
Explore Technical Foundations and Real World Experience
Mechanical engineering technology jobs require employees to be critical thinkers and strong communicators. Those are two of the qualities that GCU actively cultivates in its mechanical engineering technology degree program for students. Through collaborative coursework, students become confident team members and capable contributors. As a Christian school, GCU emphasizes the role of professional ethics. Students are encouraged to consider the curriculum through the lens of the Christian worldview and to develop the qualities of servant leadership.
Mechanical engineering technology students begin the program developing foundational knowledge in science and mathematics, with a focus on physics and computer science. Advanced topic areas include static and dynamic loading conditions in mechanical systems, 3D modeling for design in CAD software and the analysis of fluid and heat transfer. Other core competencies of the BS in Mechanical Engineering Technology program include the following:
- The use of computerized tools in design and manufacturing, with a look at Computerized Numerical Control (CNC) systems for the generation of tool design
- Strength characteristics of metals, including performance in bending, torsion, shear and uniaxial loading conditions
- Common manufacturing techniques, including casting and molding, forming, machining, metrology, welding and joining
In addition, students complete Senior Project I and II. These are hands-on opportunities to work in teams and with a mentor to tackle real-world applied research and design projects in the students’ area of interest. Students may participate in internships and assigned projects in collaboration with engineering professionals. Students may take advantage of extensive STEM resources available to support them.
What Jobs Can You Get with a Mechanical Engineering Technology Degree?
Prepare for cutting-edge mechanical engineering technology jobs that place you at the frontier of design, development, and manufacturing. Employers need qualified graduates to work in industries such as automotive and defense manufacturing, as well as digital technology products all with a focus on product design, development, manufacturing, and quality. Some of the jobs that may be related to this mechanical engineering technology degree may include the following:
- Manufacturing Engineer
- Quality Engineer
- Project Engineer
- Process Mechanical Engineer Industrial Engineer
- Field Engineer
- Product Development Engineer
- Test Engineer
Graduates with a BS in Mechanical Engineering Technology degree find positions in companies all across the country. Although most positions held by MET degree graduates require only a bachelor’s degree, some graduates may choose to enhance their career qualifications by pursuing one of GCU’s many STEM master’s degrees.
BS in Mechanical Engineering Technology Degree FAQs
Why should I get a mechanical engineering technology degree?
You should get a mechanical engineering technology degree if you want to work more hands-on with mechanical engineering concepts. Future mechanical engineering technologists are able to work alongside and as part of manufacturing and engineering teams in the field helping to push their designs from concept to reality.
What’s the difference between a mechanical engineering technology degree and a mechanical engineering degree?
A mechanical engineering degree teaches the design, build and test process of an engineering project, from idea to manufacturing, as you learn key concepts across different areas of engineering sciences. A mechanical engineering technology degree brings mechanical engineering concepts to life through hands-on work with tools, machinery and equipment and teaches how to address real-world challenges in engineering design.
General Education Requirements
General Education coursework prepares Grand Canyon University graduates to think critically, communicate clearly, live responsibly in a diverse world, and thoughtfully integrate their faith and ethical convictions into all dimensions of life. These competencies, essential to an effective and satisfying life, are outlined in the General Education Learner Outcomes. General Education courses embody the breadth of human understanding and creativity contained in the liberal arts and sciences tradition. Students take an array of foundational knowledge courses that promote expanded knowledge, insight, and the outcomes identified in the University's General Education Competencies. The knowledge and skills students acquire through these courses serve as a foundation for successful careers and lifelong journeys of growing understanding and wisdom.
Upon completion of the Grand Canyon University's University Foundation experience, students will be able to demonstrate competency in the areas of academic skills and self-leadership. They will be able to articulate the range of resources available to assist them, explore career options related to their area of study, and have knowledge of Grand Canyon's community. Students will be able to demonstrate foundational academic success skills, explore GCU resources (CLA, Library, Career Center, ADA office, etc), articulate strategies of self-leadership and management and recognize opportunities to engage in the GCU community.
- UNV-112, Success in Science, Engineering and Technology & Lab: 4
- UNV-103, University Success: 4
- UNV-303, University Success: 4
- UNV-108, University Success in the College of Education: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to construct rhetorically effective communications appropriate to diverse audiences, purposes, and occasions (English composition, communication, critical reading, foreign language, sign language, etc.). Students are required to take 3 credits of English grammar or composition.
- UNV-104, 21st Century Skills: Communication and Information Literacy: 4
- ENG-105, English Composition I: 4
- ENG-106, English Composition II: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to express aspects of Christian heritage and worldview. Students are required to take CWV-101/CWV-301.
- CWV-101, Christian Worldview: 4
- CWV-301, Christian Worldview: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to use various analytic and problem-solving skills to examine, evaluate, and/or challenge ideas and arguments (mathematics, biology, chemistry, physics, geology, astronomy, physical geography, ecology, economics, theology, logic, philosophy, technology, statistics, accounting, etc.). Students are required to take 3 credits of intermediate algebra or higher.
- MAT-154, Applications of College Algebra: 4
- MAT-144, College Mathematics: 4
- PHI-105, 21st Century Skills: Critical Thinking and Problem Solving: 4
- BIO-220, Environmental Science: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to demonstrate awareness and appreciation of and empathy for differences in arts and culture, values, experiences, historical perspectives, and other aspects of life (psychology, sociology, government, Christian studies, Bible, geography, anthropology, economics, political science, child and family studies, law, ethics, cross-cultural studies, history, art, music, dance, theater, applied arts, literature, health, etc.). If the predefined course is a part of the major, students need to take an additional course.
- HIS-144, U.S. History Themes: 4
- PSY-102, General Psychology: 4
- SOC-100, Everyday Sociology: 4
* Please note that this list may contain programs and courses not presently offered, as availability may vary depending on class size, enrollment and other contributing factors. If you are interested in a program or course listed herein please first contact your University Counselor for the most current information regarding availability.
* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Programs or courses subject to change.