Manufacturing and Engineering Technology

What type of major gives you STEM knowledge to work with engineers, scientists and managers on a plan while taking part in a project with the skills of an engineering technologist?

Manufacturing and Engineering Technology


"To graduate innovative Engineering Technologists who solve technological challenges to meet societal needs."


Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology (BSET) is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET.

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The curriculum in Engineering Technology is STEM well rounded technical-managerial education based strong general education (41 credit hours) and the following four pillars:

  1. Manufacturing Engineering Technology
  2. Industrial Engineering Technology
  3. Industrial Automation
  4. Business Management

The department strives to keep the curriculum up-to-date, incorporating new technological developments as they occur. Beside 18 credit hours in business, the department offers introduction to engineering manufacturing to include conventional manufacturing processes such as: metal machining, welding technology, foundry technology, industrial plastics, and maintenance technology. Moreover, the department offers courses in high-tech areas such as computer aided design, computer numerical controlled machining, applied electricity and electronics, industrial electronics, programmable logic controllers and process control, and industrial automation and robotics. Plant layout and material handling, and Industrial Supervision enable the Manufacturing and Engineering Technology graduates to achieve the competencies required to apply the latest technological advances in a given field.

The curriculum has two areas of in depth concentration:

  1. Concentration I- Manufacturing Engineering Technology (15 credit hours)
  2. Concentration II - Engineering Technology Management (15 credit hours)

The addition of these courses to the curriculum gives the graduates an appealing and well-rounded education. This lets potential employers know that she or he understands all of the common operations that exist within a manufacturing environment.

Manufacturing and Engineering Technology students are also strongly encouraged to participate in cooperative education assignments with well-respected industrial manufacturers. Qualified students gain valuable on-the-job experience while earning money to offset educational expenses.


By supplying graduates with a technical, operational, and managerial education, the Department of Manufacturing and Engineering Technology meets the needs of manufacturing and automotive industry. The wide breadth of technical positions in manufacturing industry ensures the Manufacturing and Engineering Technology graduates interesting and challenging careers. Most of the MET graduates receive multiple job offers by the time of graduation. This trend is expected to continue with the MET graduates in high demand for many years to come. Traditionally,Tennessee Tech's MET graduates successfully move through the ranks in industry to top leadership positions. Examples of positions held by manufacturing and engineering technology graduates include: Manufacturing Engineer, Process Engineer, Operations Manager, Industrial Engineer II, Quality Assurance Managers, Plant Managers, Project Managers, Line Supervisors, Project Engineer, Production Management and Control Managers, Quality Control Manager, Maintenance Mangers and Production Planning Analysts. If you have further questions about career opportunities, please consult the Center for Career Development web site.


What is Manufacturing & Engineering Technology?

Manufacturing and Engineering Technology is designed to prepare technical managerial oriented professionals for employment in business, industry, education and government. It involves the management, operation and maintenance of complex technological systems.

Career Opportunities in Manufacturing & Engineering Technology

Manufacturing and Engineering Technology looks for qualified technical managers who are able to contribute to better product reliability, efficiency and improved productivity. Graduates are employed as quality assurance managers, plant managers, project managers, line supervisors, production management and control managers, service and maintenance managers, method and process technologists, manufacturing technologists and supervisors, sales and training managers, purchasing managers, test service representatives, operations supervisors, production planning analysts, production scheduling coordinators and quality control supervisors. They work for local, national and international industries such as BMW, Carrier, Dezurik, Essex Chemicals, Faber-Castel, General Motors, Eureka Foundry, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Army, Electric Melting Service, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Waupaca Foundry, Martin Marietta, Nissan, TRW, Saturn, Shaw Industries, Union Carbide, and Volkswagen and more.

Salary Trends

According to a July 2010 survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers, the average beginning annual salary for manufacturing and engineering technology majors is $55,000-$63,500.

How to Major in Manufacturing & Engineering Technology at Tennessee Tech

When applying for admission to the university, students should list Manufacturing and Engineering Technology as their major. Schedule a campus visit with Admissions today! During your campus visit, you will talk with an advisor of Manufacturing and Engineering Technology. A current outline of the curriculum can be found online here.

What is the difference between Engineering and Engineering Technology?

In today's modern industry, a number of players are involved in developing new products; forming what is commonly known as the "engineering team." These team players are "engineering scientists," "engineers," "engineering technologists," "engineering technicians," and "specialized technicians." Engineering technology (ET) education emphasizes problem solving, laboratories, and technical skills; it prepares individuals for application-oriented careers in industry, typically in manufacturing, field-service, marketing, technical sales, or as technical members of the engineering team. The graduates of baccalaureate-level engineering technology (BSET) programs are called "engineering technologists" or "applied engineers," and graduates of associate degree (AS) programs in engineering technology are called "engineering technicians." The upper-division coursework of BSET programs is designed to provide additional problem solving knowledge beyond those learned at the two-year level. Most BSET programs are designed to accept appropriate coursework in math, science, and a technical specialization completed at approved associate-degree programs. With careful planning students may transfer with maximum efficiency.


Engineers use the knowledge of mathematics and natural sciences gained by study, experience, and practice, applied with judgment, to develop ways to economically utilize the materials and forces of nature for the benefit of mankind. Engineering involves a wide spectrum of activities extending from the conception, design, development and formulation of new systems and products through the implementation, production and operation of engineering systems. Engineers often work closely with engineering scientists in developing new technology via research projects. A minimum of four years of study is required to become an engineer. Mathematics and science are emphasized. Most baccalaureate-level engineering programs are accredited by EAC/ABET.

Engineering scientists are the most theoretical of the team members. They typically seek ways to apply new discoveries to advance technology for mankind. Most engineering scientists have an earned doctorate in engineering.

Engineering technicians work with equipment, primarily assembling and testing component parts of devices or systems that have been designed by others; usually under direct supervision of an engineer or engineering technologist/Applied Engineer. Their preferences are given to assembly, repair, or to making improvements to technical equipment by learning its characteristics, rather than by studying the scientific or engineering basis for its original design. They may carry out standard calculations, serve as technical sales people, make estimates of cost, assist in preparing service manuals, or perform design-drafting activities. As a group, they are important problem solving individuals whose interests are directed more to the practical than to the theoretical aspect of a project. They are frequently employed in laboratories and/or manufacturing facilities where they may set up experiments, accumulate scientific or engineering data, and/or service or repair engineering or production equipment. Two years of college-level work leading to an associate degree, typically taken at community colleges or certain technical institutes, is required to become an engineering technician.

Engineering technologists are graduates of bachelor-level programs in engineering technology. They apply engineering and scientific knowledge combined with technical skills to support engineering activities. Their areas of interest and education are typically application oriented, while being somewhat less theoretical and mathematically oriented than their engineering counterparts. They typically concentrate their activities on the applied design, using current engineering practice. Engineering Technologists play key roles on the engineering team; they are typically involved in product development, manufacturing, product assurance, sales, and program management.

Vocational Technicians programs of study are also available for individuals who wish to obtain skill-training in a field of specialization with less emphasis on scientific or mathematical principles. An individual completing such a program is typically called a "specialized" technician, e.g., air-conditioning technician, draftsman, surveyor aide, etc. Faculty who teach these programs are usually craftsmen or specialists, and/or graduates of professional education programs. Graduates of specialized technician training programs may be accepted into a two-year or four-year degree program after considerable math, science, and other requirements are satisfied.*Technical support skill courses, such as drafting, machine shop or electronic assembly, may be taught by faculty having at least a bachelor's degree in an appropriate science or engineering-related field. They are expected to be artisans or masters of their crafts.

For More Information

Contact Dale Wilson, Ph.D.

Interim Chairperson for Manufacturing and Engineering Technology, Professor of Mechanical Engineering

107 Lewis Hall, Box 5003, Cookeville, TN 38505-0001

Office: (931) 372-3263 or E-mail:

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