Student Outcomes

ABET General Student Outcomes for all Engineering Technology Programs:

The program must have documented student outcomes that prepare graduates to attain the program educational objectives. There must be a documented and effective process for the periodic review and revision of these student outcomes.

For purposes of this section, broadly defined activities are those that involve a variety of resources; that involve the use of new processes, materials, or techniques in innovative ways; and that require a knowledge of standard operating procedures. Narrowly defined activities are those that involve limited resources, that involve the use of conventional processes and materials in new ways, and that require a knowledge of basic operating processes.

For baccalaureate degree programs, these student outcomes must include, but are not limited to, the following learned capabilities:

  • an ability to select and apply the 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;
  • an 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; and
  • a commitment to quality, timeliness, and continuous improvement.

Program Specific Student Outcomes:

The mechanical engineering technology discipline encompasses the areas (and principles) of materials, applied mechanics, computer-aided drafting/design, manufacturing, experimental techniques/procedure, analysis of engineering data, machine/mechanical design/analysis, conventional or alternative energy system design/analysis, power generation, fluid power, thermal/fluid system design/analysis, plant operation, maintenance, technical sales, instrumentation/control systems, and heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC), among others. As such, programs outcomes, based on specific program objectives, may have a narrower focus with greater depth, selecting fewer areas, or a broader spectrum approach with less depth, drawing from multiple areas. However, all programs must demonstrate an applied basis in engineering mechanics/sciences.

Associate degree programs must demonstrate that graduates can apply specific program principles to the specification, installation, fabrication, test, operation, maintenance, sales, or documentation of basic mechanical systems depending on program orientation and the needs of their constituents.

Baccalaureate degree programs must demonstrate that graduates can apply specific program principles to the analysis, design, development, implementation, or oversight of more advanced mechanical systems or processes depending on program orientation and the needs of their constituents.