Michigan Tech's Purchasing Department supports academic and administrative departments in the procurement of goods and/or services on behalf of the University. It provides faculty and staff with information on Tech’s purchasing policy and procedures.

Purchases can be made using several methods.

Purchasing Card

Use this card to order items that cost $5,000 or less (including shipping and handling). Although it is a convenient, efficient way to order goods and off-campus services as well as pay for some traveling expenses, there are exceptions to its use.

PO Requisition

Complete a purchase requisition in advance of buying goods and services that cost $5,000 or more. If you are paying for services provided on campus, then there are insurance requirements, and a requisition should be filled out before the service is provided. If not, it still needs to be completed.

Blanket Order

Blanket orders are used for items valued at less than $5,000, including freight. It’s for a specified period with the same vendor and with authorization given to one or more people listed on the order.

Check Request

When a vendor won’t take a credit card, checks can be issued to pay for goods or off-campus services that cost less than $5,000. Checks can be requested by completing the check request form. If you cannot access the form, you can request access by submitting an access request form.

Petty Cash

It may improve the efficiency of departmental operations to purchase items that cost less than $200 with petty cash. The funds are subject to periodic audits.


The inquiries search page provides links to web search tools:

  • Account Code/Account Pool Search,
  • Campus Bookstore/University Images IB Receipts,
  • Commodity Code Search,
  • Vendor Search, and
  • Ship-To Address Search.