The EMET major provides a baccalaureate degree required for a career as an engineer working in a modern, highly-automated environment. The program emphasizes a breadth of knowledge in all fields of technology related to the automated processes found in today’s manufacturing, production, assembly, and materials processing industries.
The EMET program at Penn State Berks is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET.
The primary aim of the Electro-Mechanical Engineering Technology (EMET) program is to provide graduates with the knowledge and skills necessary to apply current methods and technology to the development, design, operation, and management of electro-mechanical systems, particularly in those industries where automated systems are prevalent. EMET graduates combine the fundamental principles of both electrical and mechanical engineering to design, develop, manufacture, and test computer-controlled mechanical systems.
The combination of electrical and mechanical course work produces graduates proficient in both areas, making them highly marketable to employers. The demand for EMET graduates is strong because of the increased need for interdisciplinary skills to meet the complexity of modern industrial systems. Therefore, salaries for EMET graduates are comparable to those earned by traditional electrical engineering or mechanical engineering graduates.
Complementary Minors and Certificates
The following academic minors are suggested for EMET majors to complement your degree:
- Entrepreneurship & Innovation
- Information Sciences and Technology
Certificates promote continuous learning in professional development topics to supplement an existing degree.
Internships, Research, and Application
Students may participate in internships during fall, spring, or summer semesters. Up to six credits of internship may be applied as technical electives for work performed at a local engineering or manufacturing company. Internships enable a student to apply what was learned in the classroom to a dynamic, real-world technical situation.
The senior capstone project affords students an opportunity to design and implement an engineering project from initial proposal through Client demonstration. Students follow a structured design process within a project management structure. Collaboration and communication skills are used to address an industry or faculty sponsored project.
The growing application of automated systems across all sectors of business and industry has created a demand for individuals skilled in the design, application, operation, and maintenance of electromechanical systems. An inherent feature of these systems is that they incorporate electrical, electronic, mechanical, instrumentation, and control elements, and individuals working with these systems must be skilled in all of those disciplines. It is exactly these skill sets that the EMET program is designed to provide, and graduates from the program, with hands-on experience in all these technologies, are prepared immediately to perform these duties, regardless of the particular industrial sector.
The need for cross-discipline capabilities is particularly true of small and mid-sized manufacturing and production industries where technical staffs are often small and very versatile. As a result, EMET graduates are well suited for careers in such industries. Some 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