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 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.Specific educational objectives of the program are designed to prepare graduates who, within a few years after graduation, will:
- Continue to develop and synthesize analytical skills in the specification, procurement, or integration of electromechanical systems.
- Apply empirical skills in the operation, testing, or maintenance of electromechanical systems.
- Collaborate effectively in project team activities through recognizing the global, societal, economical, and ethical contexts of their work.
- Communicate persuasively through the preparation and delivery of technical and non-technical documentation and communications.
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.
EMET graduates may continue their education into technical or professional Master’s Degree programs offered by, for example, Penn State or Temple University.