Career Opportunities

The field of Mechanical Engineering Technology (MET) is concerned with the application of scientific and engineering knowledge in support of engineering activities. The Mechanical Engineering Technologist's mission is to provide the professional services needed to transform the results of scientific and engineering endeavors into useful products and services. MET's perform the necessary analysis and create plans to convert designs into finished products in the most efficient and safe manner. The MET is the professional who produces design drawings and sets up and operates manufacturing equipment, handles inspections, analyzes production problems, and manages the implementation of improvement activities and/or projects.

The demand for the engineering technologist in general, and METs in particular, has been strong and growing, and average starting salaries are very competitive with engineering disciplines. Indications are that this trend will continue. MSU MET graduates are actively recruited, and many of our alumni hold positions of considerable responsibility in industry and government. An exceptionally varied range of career choices and directions are possible for students who choose a career in mechanical engineering technology. Some of the Career paths available include

  • machine and product design
  • product and system evaluation
  • research laboratory experimental support
  • prototype testing and evaluation
  • plant operation and management
  • energy production (includes conventional power plants, plus emerging energy alternatives such as wind, solar, geothermal, hydro, and others)
  • quality assurance
  • technical sales
  • manufacturing system design / enhancement
  • quality control
  • refrigeration and HVAC system design / support 
  • energy exploration

Many mechanical engineering technology graduates are employed in the power generation industry, the aviation industry, the oil industry, and at government research institutions.

Additional Information

For more information on Mechanical Engineering Technology at Montana State University, send a request via Email or write to:

Department of M&IE
P.O. Box 173800
Bozeman, MT 59717-3800

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