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Developing Innovative Thinkers.
Manufacturing Engineering Technologists design, develop, test, and optimize manufacturing processes and mechanical devices, including tools, power systems, and machines. They make sketches, develop factory layouts, record and analyze data, make calculations, provide cost estimates, and report findings. These technologists may manage the people, processes, and systems of manufacturing.

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Why Manufacturing Engineering Technology at WKU?
Our Manufacturing Engineering Technology program prepares individuals to apply basic engineering principles and advanced manufacturing management skills in support of industrial operations. The major includes instruction in optimization theory, human factors, organizational behavior, industrial processes, industrial planning procedures, computer applications, quality, and technical document preparation. Graduates achieve positions of leadership in business and industry while practicing innovation in a global context.

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WKU Manufacturing Engineering Technology is accredited by the Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (www.atmae.org). 

WKU Mechanical Engineering Technology Student Performance Achievement Information

Year MET Majors who Graduated in Same Major within 6 Years
2018/2019 74.0%
2019/2020 71.1%
2020/2021 72.7%
2021/2022 79.8%
2022/2023 86.0%
Year Fall-to-Fall Retention of First-Time, First-Year MET Majors to WKU Fall-to-Fall Retention of First-Time, First-Year MET Majors to Same Program
2018/2019 75.0% 50.0%
2019/2020 100.0% 75.0%
2020/2021 90.0% 80.0%
2021/2022 85.7% 57.1%
2022/2023 83.3% 66.7%
Graduation Year Mean GPA for Graduates of MET Program
2018/2019 2.80
2019/2020 2.84
2020/2021 2.97
2021/2022 2.97
2022/2023 2.93
Year Percentage of MET Baccalaureate Graduates who Graduated in Four or Fewer Years
2018/2019 33.3%
2019/2020 27.8%
2020/2021 35.0%
2021/2022 60.0%
2022/2023 60.0%

WKU students have a variety of scholarships for which they can apply. Information about these scholarships can be found at www.wku.edu/financialaid/scholarships. There are scholarships established for the students in the MET program which are listed in the table below.

Scholarships Designated for MET Students Amount/Year
Lois G. and F. Dugan Montgomery Scholarship Fund $800.00
Walter B. Nalbach Industrial Education and Technology Scholarship Fund $600.00
L.T. Smith Scholarship Fund $550.00
Society of Manufacturing Engineers Scholarship Fund $650.00
South Central Kentucky Section, American Society for Quality Control Scholarship Fund $800.00

WKU tuition for a full-time undergraduate resident student is $5,556 per semester. The total tuition for a student completing four years of this program would be $44,448.

Year Post Completion Percentage of MET Baccalaureate Graduates Employed in Kentucky Median Wages
3 53.8% $58,893
5 58.4% $65,190
10 54.8% $70,974



Bachelor of Science
in Manufacturing Engineering Technology

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SEAS Faculty & Staff

Greg Arbuckle, PhD
Greg Arbuckle, PhD
- Professor, Manufacturing Engineering Technology/Program Coordinator


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