TTU's Department of Manufacturing and Engineering Technology (MET) offers a four-year degree program leading to a BS Degree in Engineering Technology with a minor in Business. The department began in 1956 within the College of Engineering and has the distinction of being accredited by The Association of Technology, Management and Applied Engineering (ATMAE) - formerly the National Association of Industrial Technology (NAIT) - since 1982 and today serves as a model for Tennessee and the nation. The Department of Manufacturing and Engineering Technology prepares technologists and applied engineers for employment by manufacturing industry in technical and management/supervisory positions. Through specialized classes, group projects, hands-on-experience, active learning and individual assignments, students learn to be creative and resourceful. Students learn public relations, personnel supervision, and problem solving through group work, instruction, and guest speakers. This background enables graduates to share the planning responsibilities of the engineer, scientist, or manager, as well as the production responsibilities of the technician, craftsman, or laborer. The Department of Manufacturing and Engineering Technology graduates are trained in group leadership and communications at all levels of the industrial workforce.