Mar 04, 2021  
2015-2016 Undergraduate Catalog 
2015-2016 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Mechanical Engineering Technology, BS

Engineering Technology

The Engineering Technology Council of the American Society for Engineering Education defines Engineering Technology as the profession in which knowledge of mathematics and natural sciences gained by higher education, experience, and practices is devoted primarily to the implementation and extension of existing technology for the benefit of humanity. Engineering technology focuses on the applied aspects of science and engineering to prepare graduates for practice in product improvement, manufacturing, and engineering operational functions. Engineering technologists are suited for industries that deal with application, manufacturing, implementation, engineering operation, sales, and production.

The goal of Engineering Technology is to prepare well educated, highly skilled, and socially and professionally responsible engineering technologists from a diverse population of students to create productive and rewarding careers. Graduates will be well grounded in the fundamentals of engineering, mathematics, science, communications, and problem solving. To create continuous improvement, the program uses input from employers, alumni, and the Industrial Advisory Committee. Engineering Technology is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012.

Contact Information

Engineering Technology Program, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, Corpus Christi, TX 78412-5797. Phone: (361) 825-5849. Web:

Mechanical Engineering Technology

Mechanical Engineering Technology graduates will exemplify the attributes previously described.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Practical, highly qualified engineering technologists.
  • Employed in professional careers where they will solve problems using technical and hands-on skills developed during their studies.
  • Employed by companies to apply their knowledge in the design, manufacture, sales, installation, operation and/or maintenance of complex, high-value systems.
  • Socially and professionally responsible, possessing skills for life-long learning.

Graduates will have:

  • an ability to select and apply knowledge, techniques, skills, and modern tools of the discipline to broadly-defined engineering technology activities.
  • an ability to select and apply a knowledge of mathematics, science, engineering, and technology to engineering technology problems that require the application of principles and applied procedures or methodologies.
  • an ability to conduct standard tests and measurements; to conduct, analyze, and interpret experiments; and to apply experimental results to improve processes
  • an ability to design systems, components, or processes for broadly-defined engineering technology problems appropriate to program educational objectives
  • an ability to function effectively as a member or leader on a technical team.
  • ability to identify, analyze, and solve broadly-defined engineering technology problems
  • an ability to apply written, oral, and graphical communication in both technical and non-technical environments; and an ability to identify and use appropriate technical literature
  • an understanding of the need for and an ability to engage in self-directed continuing professional development
  • an understanding of and a commitment to address professional and ethical responsibilities including a respect for diversity
  • a knowledge of the impact of engineering technology solutions in a societal and global context
  • a commitment to quality, timeliness and continuous improvement
  • knowledge, problem solving ability and hands-on skills to enter careers in Mechanical Engineering Technology                                                     

  • can apply specific program principles to the analysis, design, development, implementation, or oversight of more advanced mechanical systems or processes                                                    

  • prepared to enter careers in materials, applied mechanics, computer-aided drafting/design, manufacturing, experimental techniques/procedure, analysis of engineering data, machine/mechanical design /analysis, power generation, fluid power, thermal/fluid system design/analysis, plant operation maintenance, technical sales, instrumentation/ control systems, heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC)                  

Academic advisors and faculty mentors are available to assist students with their academic endeavors.

A summary of the hours necessary for graduation follows:

  1. Core Curriculum Program

*First-Year Seminar

  1. Common Engineering Technology courses
  2. Required Mechanical Engineering Technology courses
  3. Technical Elective Block



12 to 13

   Total 120-121 (122 - 123)*


*Transfer students with 24 or more hours are exempt from First-Year Seminar.

 The specific requirements for each aspect of the Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology are indicated below.


*Transfer students with 24 or more hours are exempt from First-Year Seminar.

** Transfer students with 24 or more hours

The specific requirements for each aspect of the Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology are indicated below.  Students are encouraged to take the NCEES (National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying) Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam during their senior year. The FE exam,, is the first step in the process that leads to the P.E. license.

I. University Core Curriculum and other General Education Requirements

See “University Core Curriculum Programs ” in this catalog. Engineering Technology students are to take the following University Core Curriculum courses:


Engineering Technology students must take two courses in Physics even if the natural science portion of the core curriculum is satisfied by other means. Students transferring to A&M-Corpus Christi from other institutions may have various means for fulfilling the core curriculum. Please refer to the “General Education Requirement ” in the catalog section entitled “Undergraduate Programs .”

Total: 38 hours

Total: 28 hours

IV. Technical Elective Block (select four courses from the following list)


Students choose one from:

Any upper division 3-credit hour Math, Science or Mechanical Engineering courses.

And choose three of the following courses:

Total: 12 to 13 hours