Faculty of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering Technology (FTKMP) was established on 1 July 2018, inconsistent with the objectives of the establishment of Technical Universities under the Malaysian Technical University Network (MTUN) which aims to educate and train highly skilled manpower to contribute to the advanced industrial countries (world-class industrial nation), and a catalyst for national strategies in achieving national higher income.

UTeM moves forward to become the first Technical University and IPTA which offers 10 Engineering Technology Programs in September 2011. This is to offset the vacancies of a professional team called the Engineering Technologists which are required by the industry.

According to the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE), “Engineering technology programs are oriented toward application and provide their students introductory mathematics and science courses, and only a qualitative introduction to engineering fundamentals. Thus, engineering programs provide their graduates with a breadth and depth of knowledge that allows them to function as designers. Engineering technology programs prepare their graduates to apply others' designs”.

Meanwhile, Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) stated that "Engineering technology is the profession in which a knowledge of mathematics and natural sciences gained by higher education, experience, and practice is devoted primarily to the implementation and extension of existing technology for the benefit of humanity. Engineering technology education focuses primarily on the applied aspects of science and engineering aimed at preparing graduates for practice in that portion of the technological spectrum closest to product improvement, manufacturing, construction, and engineering operational functions".