ABET - Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology

ASME is a founding participating body of ABET, Inc. (the recognized accreditor of degree-granting postsecondary programs in applied science, computing, engineering, and technology).

In the United States, accreditation is a non-governmental, peer-review process that assures the quality of the postsecondary education students receive. Educational institutions or programs volunteer to undergo this review periodically to determine if certain criteria are being met.

What is ABET Accreditation?

ABET accreditation is assurance that a college or university program meets the quality standards established by the profession for which it prepares its students. For example, an accredited engineering program must meet the quality standards set by the engineering profession. An accredited computer science program must meet the quality standards set by the computing profession.

ABET accredits postsecondary degree-granting programs housed within regionally accredited institutions. ABET accredits programs only, not degrees, departments, colleges, or institutions.

ASME's Role in ABET Accreditation:

ASME has lead responsibility for over 425 undergraduate degree programs at universities, colleges and community colleges throughout the U.S., including:

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering Technology
  • Engineering Mechanics
  • Drafting/Design Engineering Technology

ASME also has Cooperating Society responsibilities for:

  • Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering
  • Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering Technology
  • Electromechanical Engineering Technology (proposed)
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering Technology
  • Materials and Metallurgical Engineering

Become an ASME/ABET Evaluator

Are you interested in undergraduate education? If so, we need your help! We are looking for new ASME/ABET Program Evaluators.

Role of a Program Evaluator

Contribute to the continuous improvement of mechanical engineering, mechanical engineering technology, or related degree programs by evaluating them against a set of criteria. These criteria outline the requirements for faculty, facilities, curriculum, and other key program areas. In doing so, program evaluators help to assure the quality and vitality of degree programs. It's a lot of work, but it's also very professionally and personally rewarding.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Demonstrates interest in improving education.
  • Demonstrates desired competencies outlined in ABET's Competency Model.
  • At least one degree in mechanical engineering, mechanical engineering technology, or a closely related discipline and graduate degree in engineering.
  • 10+ years of work experience. Management experience a plus.
  • Strong writing skills.
  • ASME member or willingness to become a member prior to applying to serve as an evaluator.

The Benefits for You

  • Learn new perspectives from academic and business professionals.
  • Hone your skills by interviewing, reporting orally, and writing statements.
  • Practice team-building skills through group interaction.
  • Exercise decision-making skills as a member of an on-site evaluation team.
  • Strengthen your analytical abilities by assessing written and observed documentation against criteria.
  • Meet people who are educated, who are interesting, and who share common interests.
  • Travel the U.S., and with experience, the world.

How Do I Get Involved

  • Complete the online application including uploaded resume/curriculum vitae (four pages maximum).
  • Have three references complete the online reference form.
  • Submit the completed application by October 15.

Minorities, women, and engineers working in industry are especially encouraged to apply.


Learn More About Becoming a Program Evaluator

Program Evaluator Guide

Program Evaluator Resources