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Jim Orr, '16
Electro-mechanical Engineering Technology major
Homer City, PA
"The EMET degree is unique. It’s helped me turn three internships into three potential job opportunities. Companies are amazed at the skills and knowledge I have learned from this program."
Why Major in Electro-mechanical Engineering Technology?
The bachelor of science degree in Electro-mechanical Engineering Technology (EMET) program addresses a growing demand for engineers with a wide range of technical skills. EMET graduates combine the fundamental principles of both electrical and mechanical engineering to design, develop, test, and manufacture electrical and computer-controlled mechanical systems.
The combination of electrical and mechanical course work produces graduates proficient in both areas, making them highly marketable to employers. In fact, there frequently are not enough EMET graduates to satisfy all of the employers who contact Penn State Altoona regarding job opportunities. Salaries for EMET graduates are comparable to those earned by traditional electrical engineering or mechanical engineering graduates.
EMET graduates fabricate and assemble equipment, design and produce prototype versions of new equipment, and work in research and development. Others work in quality control, inspecting products and processes, preparing and conducting tests and/or experiments, collecting and analyzing data, and calculating or recording results. In manufacturing environments, graduates work in product design, development, and production. EMET graduates have also successfully pursued degrees in a variety of graduate programs.
The EMET program provides graduates with the range of practical skills needed to be successful engineers in any industry where modern industrial and manufacturing control systems are heavily used. Students are exposed to a core of electrical and mechanical engineering topics, which are capped off with extensive studies in modern instrumentation and controls concepts. Electrical topics include basic circuits, linear and digital electronics, microcontrollers, and electrical power and machinery. Mechanical topics include CAD (computer aided design) and spatial analysis, statics and dynamics, properties and strength of engineering materials, mechanical drives, and concepts in product and production design. Courses in data acquisition and measurement and instrumentation are included to prepare students for industrial settings.
Design-based activities are incorporated throughout the EMET curriculum. The program culminates in a capstone design project course that focuses on the planning, development, and implementation of an electro-mechanical design project. In the course, student teams manage a major project that must involve the design and implementation of a product or process that integrates electrical and mechanical components with elements of computer control.
Facilities and Equipment
Students work on cutting-edge production systems with full-size industrial machines, including 3D printers, a CNC mill and lathe, a laser cutting machine, Allen Bradley programmable logic controllers, five-axis anthropomorphic robots, process control systems, and automated measurement systems. Students are exposed to the latest versions of the accompanying software programs including AutoCAD, Solid Works, Creo Parametric, Mastercam, LabVIEW, MATLAB, and Simulink.