Tennessee Technological University's (Tech's) Department of Manufacturing and Engineering Technology (MET) began in 1956 within the College of Engineering as the Department of Industrial Technology (IT). The current Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology (BSET) baccalaureate program was conceived from the Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology (BSIT), which was first accredited by the National Association of Industrial Technology in 1982.
The degree name changed from Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology to Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology in Spring 2012, and the department name changed from Department of Manufacturing and Industrial Technology (MIT) to Department of Manufacturing and Engineering Technology (MET) in November 2012. The BSIT was accredited by the Association of Technology, Management and Applied Engineers until November 1, 2016. With the change in degree and department names, a strategic decision was made by the faculty and supported by MET Advisory Board to change the accreditation from ATMAE to the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission (ETAC) of ABET. Since Fall 2016 the Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology received ETAC of ABET for full six years