Engineering at Penn State Altoona

Penn State Altoona's engineering programs provide students with rich educational possibilities to lay the groundwork for lifetime career success. The college offers four-year bachelor's degrees in Electro-Mechanical Engineering Technology, Mechanical Engineering, and Rail Transportation Engineering—the only degree of its kind in the nation.

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Electro-Mechanical Engineering Technology

The Electro-Mechanical Engineering Technology (EMET) program addresses a growing demand for engineers in the rapidly developing industrial automation and robotics fields. EMET graduates combine the fundamental principles of both electrical and mechanical engineering to design, develop, manufacture, and test computer-controlled mechanical systems.

The combination of electrical and mechanical coursework produces graduates proficient in both areas, making them highly marketable to employers. The demand for EMET graduates is strong because of the increased need for interdisciplinary skills to meet the complexity of modern industrial systems. Therefore, salaries for EMET graduates are comparable to those earned by traditional electrical engineering or mechanical engineering graduates.

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Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical engineering is one of the largest and broadest engineering disciplines, providing the foundation for almost all other engineering majors. The expertise developed in Penn State Altoona's Mechanical Engineering program empowers graduates to work on athletic equipment, medical devices, theme park rides, electronics, engines, power plants, propulsion systems, manufacturing automation, and virtually any other system that can be created. Mechanical engineers contribute to our health, happiness, and safety and often change the way we think about the world.

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Rail Transportation Engineering

Majoring in Penn State Altoona’s ABET-accredited Rail Transportation Engineering (RTE) program offers a unique opportunity to work in an industry undergoing significant growth and modernization. With a wide range of career options, excellent job prospects, and the chance to make a positive impact on society, our railway engineering degree is an excellent choice for those passionate about engineering and transportation.

A worldwide resurgence in rail transportation has created demand for the next generation of railroad engineering professionals. With needs for sustainable transportation options, railways are being recognized as a crucial component of the future transportation system. Governments and private companies are investing in expanding and upgrading rail networks, and majoring in rail transportation engineering will position you at the forefront of this exciting industry.