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Insider View—Mechanical Engineering Technology

Alicia and a coworker working on laboratory equipment.

Alicia Hemenger

When looking at colleges, my biggest worry was that I would have to take courses taught by professors with no industry experience. This made choosing the Mechanical Engineering Technology program at Michigan Tech an easy decision for me. Most of my professors came from industry and related what they were teaching to stories from the plant, facility, or company they came from. Plus, I felt confident in my skillset because my professors knew the industry expectations for new-hires.

My favorite part of the MET program was the hands-on experience gained in a great workshop that could bring any technical idea to life. In senior design, I worked on the off-the-grid axial flux wind turbine and property irrigation system. My teammates and I began by writing proposals to various companies and eventually received research funding from Consumer’s Energy. Once the project began we laminated and hand sanded the three blades of a 10 foot diameter wind turbine, built a generator and battery bank, and got to practice concepts learned in class.

Because of my experiences in class, I was also lucky enough to work for American Medical Systems as a Quality Engineering Intern and for Sea Ray Boats, Inc. in their Core CAD Co-op position. At my internship and co-op I was able to collaborate with data management software, work with team members, and design traceability.

I am now employed as a Field Service Engineer for Beckman Coulter, where my primary role is to install and maintain BCI hematology diagnostic instrumentation in hospital laboratory settings. On the job, I use the measurement techniques and safety practices learned in the MET program.

Many industries today are looking for students who are practical and knowledgeable about machinery, instrumentation, and the technology it takes to create products and keep a company growing.  The Mechanical Engineering Technology program will give you the tools you need to become a leader, whether it be an industrial, technical, or research-based setting.

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