UNI to launch Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering Technology

UNI to launch Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering Technology

Engineering student works in a classroom with a professor

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa is proud to announce the introduction of a new academic program, the Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering Technology, set to debut in the fall of 2024. This innovative program will be housed in UNI’s newly renovated and the state-of-the-art Applied Engineering Building, providing students with access to cutting-edge lab spaces, classrooms and collaborative environments.

“This will be the first mechanical engineering technology program in Iowa,” said Lisa Riedle, head of the Department of Applied Engineering and Technical Management, noting the program will seamlessly build on UNI’s existing manufacturing engineering technology programs. “UNI’s emphasis on metal casting and foundry 4.0 expertise along with the interdisciplinary partnerships with chemistry, physics and computer science only makes our graduates stronger and more career ready.”  

With a focus on addressing the growing demand for a skilled workforce in mechanical technology, automation and robotics, the mechanical engineering technology program will offer students numerous opportunities for internships within the Cedar Valley and across the state of Iowa. UNI has established strong relationships with various industry partners, and ongoing efforts are in place to forge new collaborations.

“It is fitting that it is housed at UNI thanks to our robust partnerships with area industries who seek our graduates to join the Cedar Valley workforce," said Jennifer Cooley, interim dean of UNI’s College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences.

The mechanical engineering technology program is expected to attract a diverse range of students, offering a gateway to fulfilling careers in a rapidly evolving field. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 10% employment growth in the field between 2022 and 2032, resulting in an estimated 28,500 new jobs. 

UNI's applied engineering programs have strong 2+2 articulations with many of Iowa's community colleges. Kirkwood Community College, for example, has a strong CAD & Mechanical Technology program which is anticipated to be a partner for transfer students into the new program. UNI is committed to broadening its reach and welcomes transfer students from all Iowa community colleges, as well as select Illinois community colleges. 

The new Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering Technology comes alongside two additional new bachelor’s degrees in engineering announced by UNI last year in the areas of materials science & engineering, and materials science engineering technology.

For more information about the Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering Technology program at the University of Northern Iowa, please visit degrees.uni.edu/engineering.