by Debra Johnson, Published October 15, 2012
YPSILANTI - Eastern Michigan University's mechanical engineering technology program (MET) is now accredited - a distinction that will directly increase job opportunities for its graduates.
The Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission, a unit of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), has granted accreditation for the bachelor's degree in the MET program, which is housed in the College of Technology at Eastern.
ABET accreditation will not only benefit future graduates, but also is retroactive for EMU students who graduated from the MET program within the last two years.
"This accreditation ensures our program has met the rigorous standards necessary to produce graduates who are ready to enter their chosen professions," said Wade Tornquist, interim dean of the College of Technology.
Eastern's program provides graduates with a strong technical foundation that integrates the methods, materials, machinery and power resources found in modern industry. Students receive both lecture and hands-on laboratory training in manufacturing processes, engineering mechanics, thermo-fluid sciences, mechanical vibration, machine design, and senior design projects based upon industrial partnerships.
ABET accreditation is required by many of the major corporations and government agencies around the country that hire new graduates. MET graduates are sought by employers in almost all sectors of engineering, including aerospace, automotive, chemical, construction, defense and electronic industries, to name a few.
"Accreditation is something that students, parents and industry leaders have requested," said Bob Lahidji, director of the School of Engineering Technology at Eastern. "ABET accreditation shows the integrity and rigor of our program."
ABET accreditation is often an important and explicit requirement for employment with many of the major corporations and government agencies around the country.
"Our graduates have been very successful in obtaining employment in technical areas with good salaries - the vast majority in southeast Michigan, but ABET accreditation will offer them even more opportunities for both employment and graduate school," said Mary Brake, professor and MET program coordinator at Eastern.
ABET is a non-profit and non-governmental accrediting agency for academic programs in the disciplines of applied science, computing, engineering, and engineering technology. It is a recognized accreditor in the United States by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.
For additional information about the program, go to the MET program homepage.