The associate of applied science degree with specialization in mechanical engineering technology offers individuals the opportunity to prepare for rewarding and responsible careers in support of technical and engineering activities in business and industry. The mechanical engineering technology curriculum is based on engineering theory, but emphasis is placed on application, implementation skills and computer modeling. The mechanical engineering technologist is responsible for the application and implementation of engineering design methods and analysis techniques for the improvement of products, processes and systems. Coursework within the program includes automation, manufacturing processes, strength of materials, computer-aided drafting, computer- aided manufacturing, machine design, quality, and thermodynamics. The rapid increase in the complexity of technology has produced a demand for professionals who have multi-disciplined applied technical skills. Our mechanical engineering technology graduates have skills to meet that demand.
Mechanical engineering technology graduates may seek immediate employment in industry. They will be prepared for entry-level employment in careers such as:
- Basic machinist
- Field technician
- Lab technician
- Mechanical engineering technician Product designer
- Research and development technician
- Technical sales representative
- Test technician
• Identify and define problems in mathematic and scientific terms •Produce graphic representations of designs using CAD software, Solid Modeling software, and pencil and paper methods.
• Select materials and determine component sizes and shapes to meet design criteria.
• Apply instruments to make measurements and analyze data from such measurements.
• Identify typical mechanical components and explain their function.
• Apply fundamental manufacturing processes using manual and automated machine tools. •Recognize assumptions and limits of analysis to the application of technology, including social and ethical implications.
• Select and apply power generation and power transmission components including mechanical, pneumatic, hydraulic, thermal, and electrical types.
• Recognize the need to engage in lifelong learning, and to perform research or conduct investigations to continuously upgrade knowledge and skills.
• Communicate effectively, and work as part of a team. As approved by the Mechanical Engineering Technology Advisory Committee.