Mar 08, 2021  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2021 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 Mechanical Engineering Technology degree is offered in both the traditional face-to-face format and an online format for the upper-division courses.  The fully-online courses form a competency-based education program in which students receive credit for courses when specific competencies are demonstrated, and receive the degree when all degree-level competencies are demonstrated.  In some cases, students may be able to take traditional courses for credit in the competency-based education program. 

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 (ETAC) of ABET,

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:

  Sem. Hrs.
  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 121-122 (123 - 124)*

*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.

The courses that are considered to be in the major field of study are all MATH, CHEM, PHYS, COSC, ENTC, ENGR, EEEN, and MEEN courses in the curriculum listed below (any ENGR, MEEN, or EEEN courses taken to fulfill MCET degree requirements must be approved by the program coordinator and the department chair).   


*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 “Core Curriculum Program ” 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 .”  Three hours of the Component Area Option of the University Core Curriculum are satisfied by the fourth (lab) hour of each of MATH 2413, PHYS 2425, and PHYS 2426 (the first three lecture hours of each are used to satisfy the mathematics and natural science components of the Core, as described above).  The other three hours of the Component Area Option of the Core are satisfied by the three lecture hours of MATH 2423 Calculus II.

Total: 31 hours

Note:  Fifteen of the 46 hours of courses listed in this section are used to satisfy University Core Curriculum requirements as discussed above. 

Total: 36 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

Competency-Based Education Program for BS Mechanical Engineering Technology (CBE MCET)

A competency-based education (CBE) program is one in which specific, concrete competencies are defined.  The top-level competencies are the ABET student learning outcomes listed above.  Subject-specific sub-competencies are identified and assessed in each of the CBE MCET courses.  When a student demonstrates the competencies for a specific course, the student passes the course.  When all of the competencies for the degree have been demonstrated, the student receives the degree.  The CBE MCET program is being offered for the upper-division (3000- and 4000-level) courses.  Once a student has completed the first two years of the traditional MCET BS program as described above, the student may opt for the CBE MCET program.  Each of the courses in the CBE MCET program, with the exception of certain laboratory classes described below, may be completed online.

A student must apply for the CBE program in MCET.  The student

  • Must be admitted as a student to TAMU-CC.
  • Must indicate a positive decision to apply for the CBE MCET program, either through ApplyTexas or a change of major form if student is already at TAMU-CC. 
  • Must have completed all core courses and all lower-division courses as listed below under “Prior Course Completion.” 
  • Must have a 2.5 GPA in all coursework that applies to the program (core courses and lower-division courses that will be counted towards the program), whether taken at TAMU-CC or elsewhere.

Credit By Examination: Some courses will have an online pre-test that students can take to earn college credit for that course.  The test will be the equivalent of a comprehensive final exam that will test students on all competencies related to the course.  The pre-test will be proctored according to the same standard as all other tests taken in the course.  If students pass the pre-test, they will receive credit and not be required to take the course.  The fee for taking the pre-test in each course must be paid by the student and may range up to $300 per exam.  The student should contact the office of the Department of Engineering or the Office of Distance Education and Learning Technologies at TAMU-CC to determine the exact cost of the pre-test.

Credit By Portfolio: For the courses listed below, it is possible that through experience on the job (such as running a process unit in a plant or working in a machine shop), the student might have acquired the competencies in a particular course and therefore be able to obtain credit by submitting examples of work, certified by a supervisor, that illustrate the competencies in the course.  The competencies for these courses may be found on the program website, and students given the opportunity to submit portfolios for evaluation (at the cost of an evaluation fee up to $300).  The supervisor must be approved by the Engineering faculty as having the necessary qualifications to validate the work submitted by the student.  The portfolio(s) submitted by the student must demonstrate that the student has mastered the competencies in the class, as published on the program website. 

  • ENTC 3220  Thermal / Fluids Laboratory  
  • ENTC 3302  Manufacturing Processes (shop / lab component)
  • ENTC 4210  Solid Mechanics Laboratory 
  • ENTC 4415  Project Justification and Management 
  • ENTC 4350  Capstone Projects 

Because of the nature of the last two courses, credit by portfolio must be obtained for both courses and cannot be obtained for each course individually. 

Student Learning Outcomes

The student learning outcomes for the CBE MCET program are the same as for the traditional BS in MCET.  These student outcomes will be met by the demonstration of specific competencies in each of the courses in the CBE MCET program. 

Prior Course Completion

Prior to being admitted to the program, the student must complete all TAMU-CC core curriculum requirements and the following courses or their equivalents (those courses which satisfy the core requirements for mathematics, life and physical sciences, and the component area option (CAO) are also listed, for completeness).  

I. Common Engineering Technology Courses – CBE

Total: 11 hours

Total: 23 hours

III. Chemical Process Industry Elective Block – CBE

Total: 12 hours

IV. On-campus block

Because of their nature, the following courses must be completed in a traditional face-to-face format on campus or have a face-to-face component, if credit is not obtained by portfolio (see above). The two lab classes will be taught during the same five-week summer school term, in the first term of the summer.  ENTC 3302 Manufacturing Processes  and ENTC 4350 Capstone Projects  courses will be taught as hybrids, with online and face-to-face components. The face-to-face laboratory component of ENTC 3302  will be taught during a five-week summer term. Because of the team nature of capstone projects, the online CBE version of ENTC 4350  will last 14 weeks and will be synchronized with spring and fall semester offerings of the traditional face-to-face version of ENTC 4350 . The capstone project in ENTC 4350  will be completed as subsystems by subgroups or individuals off campus and integrated on campus at the end of the semester, with arrangements made for team presentations.

Total: 10 hours