Mechanical Engineering Technology

About the mechanical engineering technology major

Mechanical engineering technology students put knowledge into action, developing skills in generating and using mechanical and fluid energy, developing machines and products, production processes, installing and maintaining machines, and solving repetitive engineering problems. An engineering technology degree is different than engineering because class and laboratory work focus on applications. As you learn theories of how things work, you'll apply them in immediate, relevant ways.

Skills and abilities this major develops: mechanical skills, detail orientation, math skills (for analysis, design and troubleshooting), creativity, and communication skills.

Engaged learning experiences

Regardless of your major or future career, engaged learning is vital to your present and future. It makes you more marketable for jobs and professional schools upon graduation, it enables you to build deeper connections with faculty and staff in your field of study, and it makes your learning personal by connecting your interests and values with the curriculum from your classes. Check out the three ideas below for places to get started, or learn more at IU Indianapolis’s Institute for Engaged Learning website.

Quick facts

Sample coursework

  • Applied strength materials 
  • Fluid power
  • Heat and power
  • Machine design
  • Machine elements
  • Manufacturing processes
  • Thermodynamics

Possible careers

  • Corporate engineering manager
  • Emissions test cell engineer
  • Manufacturing engineer
  • Mechanical design engineering
  • Mechanical process engineer
  • Packaging engineer

Where could I work?

  • Cummins
  • Element Materials Technology
  • Emerson Climate Technologies
  • Heartland Food Products Group
  • Matrix Technologies, Inc.
  • Steinway and Sons
  • Technicolor

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Cluster

This major belongs to the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) cluster. The STEM cluster is the academic home of University College students pursuing majors in the sciences, technology, engineering, informatics, and computing. The STEM cluster partners with students on their academic advising and career plans to guide them into their degree-granting schools.

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