Missouri Western will begin offering two options in the Associate of Applied Science degree in Manufacturing Engineering Technology this fall.

The University worked collaboratively with workforce development groups in the region, including the Chamber of Commerce Manufacturing Council and Workforce Development Committee and the Engineering Technology program’s Industrial Advisory Board. Feedback from these groups identified a workforce demand for mid-level technicians in the region’s growing advanced manufacturing economy, and two options emerged: Precision Machining and Instrumentation and Automation.

The Precision Machining option centers on hands-on learning in machine tool and computer numeric controlled labs and will prepare workforce-ready two-year graduates.  The Instrumentation and Automation option focuses on hands-on learning in electricity, electronics and computer applications in industries and will meet the business and industrial trend of the ever-growing electronics and automation applications in production.

Missouri Western also worked with Hillyard Vocational-Technical School in St. Joseph, Missouri, to design an articulation plan that will award course credit and accelerate completion for Hillyard graduates who enter the Missouri Western A.A.S. MET program. The University currently offers an A.A.S. in Manufacturing Engineering Technology and a B.S. in Manufacturing Engineering Technology.