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Mechanical Engineering Technology

Apply scientific and engineering knowledge to implement designs and use hands-on expertise to make products and projects successful.

Mechanical Engineering – B.S. in Mechanical Engineering Technology

The Mechanical Engineering Technology program at Montana State trains students in the core skills of engineering fundamentals, manufacturing applications, mechanical design and thermal sciences in hands-on activities both inside and outside of the laboratory. Upon graduation, Mechanical Engineering Technology students are equipped to enter jobs in which they produce computer models, design drawings, operate manufacturing equipment, inspect manufacturing floor, analyzes production problems or assists in making a brand new product come to life.


Research projects conducted by Mechanical Engineering Technology students include Montana State junior Megan Oaklief’s work with Yellowstone National Park in helping make the Lamar Buffalo Ranch become more energy-efficient and less reliant on fossil fuels


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Top Public University in Montana
According to the Forbes list of America's Top Colleges, Montana State is the No. 1 Public University in the state based on value, post-graduation salary and student experience.

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State Of The Art Facilities
Mechanical Engineering Technology majors are able to take advantage of such laboratories in Norm Asbjornson Hall as the Computer Aided Design and Drafting (CADD) Laboratory, the Machining (Manufacturing & Welding) Laboratory and the Measurements & Instrumentation Laboratory, among others.

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Goldwater Scholars
Montana State is the Top 3 in the West, after Stanford and Cal Tech, in recipients of the prestigious Goldwater Scholarship for students in math, science and engineering.



Career Resources

Within their first year of graduation, more than 96% of Montana State graduates are employed, continuing their education or not seeking employment, and career guidance website Zippia consistently ranks MSU as the #1 school in the state where alumni are most likely to land jobs.

Career Coaching & Professional Skills Studio

Professional career coaches help students with their career exploration, employer networking opportunities and job or internship searches. They also critique resumes and help students practice job interviews. Additionally, the Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success offers free workshops for students to develop the professional communication and collaboration skills that are highly sought after by employers.


Mechanical Engineering Technology students at Montana State University go into careers such as:

  • Machine & Product Design
  • Prototype Testing & Evaluation
  • Plant Operation & Management
  • Quality Assurance
  • Energy Production

To explore more career possibilities, the Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success has a variety of tools available , including self-assessment and working with career coaches.