Mechanical Engineering Program Receives ABET Accreditation

Published: November 17, 2020 | Author: Kierstin Pitcher-Holloway | Read Time: 1 minutes

Mechanical Engineering program received ABET accreditation The Mechanical Engineering Program at Southern Utah University has received its ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology) accreditation signifying the quality education offered by the program and opening numerous employment opportunities for graduates of the program.

The Mechanical Engineering Program was established at SUU in 2018, however, the ABET application process takes about 18 months to complete, and requires the program to have graduates before applying. The accreditation is retroactive so all graduates past and present are covered by the accreditation.

“It’s very new and that’s why we had to get it accredited,” said Mechanical Engineering Program Director Dr. Scott Munro. “Students that graduate from our program now know they have the golden ticket when applying for jobs.”

Utah requires ABET accreditation to become a licensed professional engineer and employers rarely hire students unless they graduated from an accredited engineering program. Having a Mechanical Engineering program that is ABET-accredited allows students to further specialize their education and prepare them for a highly-favorable job market.

When considering a career in engineering, Dr. Munro recommends mechanical engineering to students who not only have an interest in science and math but applying both in the real world.

“Mechanical engineering is nice because it's a very broad subject so it applies in a lot of different places,” said Dr. Munro. “You can work in the auto industry, the aerospace industry, you could work on buildings, machinery, or manufacturing. There are so many places you can go, it’s just a great start.”

In the Engineering and Technology Department at SUU, professors work alongside their students to help them succeed in their academic field and move on to exciting and rewarding careers. The high job placement rate for SUU engineering graduates will continue to increase as students receive a degree tailored for a mechanical engineering career.

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