Accreditation & Assessment
The bachelor of science in Metallurgical & Materials Engineering (M&ME) is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.
Students graduating from the M&ME program at Montana Tech should attain:
- an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering,
- an ability to design and conduct experiments as well as analyze and interpret data,
- an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability and sustainability,
- an ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams,
- an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems,
- an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility,
- an ability to communicate effectively,
- the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental and societal context,
- a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning,
- a knowledge of contemporary issues,
- an ability to use the techniques, skills and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice,
- an ability to apply advanced science (such as chemistry, biology, and physics), computational techniques and engineering principles to materials systems implied by the program modifier, e.g., ceramics, metals, polymers, biomaterials, composite materials,
- an ability to integrate the understanding of the scientific and engineering principles underlying the four major elements of the field: structure, properties, processing and performance related to metallurgical and materials systems appropriate to the field, and
- an ability to apply and integrate knowledge from each of the above four elements of the field using experimental, computational and statistical methods to solve materials problems including selection and design consistent with the program educational objectives.
To help satisfy these student outcomes, the curriculum has evolved to (1) train the student to understand a wide range of M&ME methods which apply to the five disciplines as well as related fields, (2) prepare the student to adapt to an ever-changing world and its demands for minerals, metals and materials, and (3) give the student practical, hands-on experiences with numerous laboratory courses and field trips. In this regard, it is highly recommended that the students gain employment appropriate to M&ME or related fields during all summer breaks and even the school year to help guide them in their career choices, pay for college expenses, and ultimately make them more marketable upon graduation.
Program Educational Objectives
Program educational objectives of M&ME are to produce graduates who achieve some of the following within five years of graduating with their B.S. Degree:
- Practice the M&ME profession as demonstrated by
- Continued professional employment,
- Job promotion, and/or
- Expanded career responsibilities.
- Obtain professional registration
- Professional Engineer (PE),
- Qualified Professional (QP) and/or
- Professional Certification.
- Complete an advanced degree in M&ME or a related field
- Master of Science (MS) and/or>
- Doctorate (PhD or ScD).
- Continue professional development as demonstrated by
- Society membership and participation,
- Master's in Business Administration (MBA),
- Continuing education, and/or
- Engineering related volunteerism.
These student outcomes and program educational objectives are constantly assessed through knowledge surveys, course evaluations, mid-student surveys, senior exit interviews, graduate/alumni surveys, student satisfaction surveys, advisory board feedback, and imbedded indicators such as specific homework and test questions. Assessment responses from students, alumni, and the advisory board are documented and evaluated periodically by the faculty in order to make changes to and thereby improve the quality of the program as needed. The M&ME faculty believe that the quality of the program is ultimately defined by the long-term success of its graduates. If these outcomes and educational objectives are met, both students and graduates will be well-prepared for a career and consequently will be successful. Thus, the assessment goal is to insure that the program is maintained and continuously improved so that students achieve the outcomes and graduates meet the educational objectives.