Insider View—Mechanical Engineering Technology
When I was younger, I enjoyed analyzing how things worked and brainstormed ways to make them better. I learned best through hands-on experience, so the idea of theoretical learning never appealed to me. I chose to major in Mechanical Engineering Technology because I got to apply the concepts I learned in class in the labs. I like to call my MET experience “applied engineering.”
I had an internship with ArcelorMittal in the maintenance reliability department before I became involved in a senior design project to modify a 1974 Yamaha DT 250 motorcycle into an electric motorcycle. This project enabled me to work with students from my program, as well as from the Electrical Engineering Technology program. During the project I disassembled the bike and modified the frame to fit the motor and batteries by fabricating, welding, and machining parts--all skills I learned in class.
Today, I am the maintenance manager at United States Steel and was hired before graduating with my degree! The industry experiences my professors shared in class, the concepts learned in lab, and my experiences in senior design have all prepared me for my job today and into the future.