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Mechanical Engineering Technology, A.A.S.

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Degree: Associate in Applied Science
HEGIS Code: 5315
Curriculum Code: 0493
Campus Location: North

Engineering & Technologies Division

Pre-Admission Recommendations: Math I, Math II, Math III
Recommended High School Courses and/or Experiences: Chemistry, Physics
Career Opportunities/Further Education: To assume positions as a Mechanical Technician or continue their educations toward a BS degree

Program Description

The demand for trained mechanical engineering technicians, knowledgeable in both the theory and application of engineering principles, continues to grow. These professionals serve as the link between engineers and craftsmen, and the Mechanical Engineering Technology Program provides their foundation.

The objective of the Mechanical Engineering Technology Program is to train professionals capable of assuming responsible positions in drafting, CADD, CMM, geometric tolerancing, manufacturing processes, material testing, fluid power, heat power, refrigeration, stress analysis, machine design and instrumentation as well as being able to pursue their education toward a bachelor’s degree.

Comprehensive in nature, the Mechanical Engineering Technology Program offers an in-depth study of mechanical engineering technology courses as well as liberal arts and social science courses. Analytical mechanics, strength of materials, fluid mechanics, applied thermodynamics and electricity for mechanical equipment are among the subjects covered in the curriculum. The Mechanical Engineering Technology courses are enriched with laboratory experiences. The program is completed with composition, literature, ethics and social science courses, which help students to better communicate and to participate in meaningful interpersonal relationships.

Graduates of the program either assume positions as a mechanical technician or continue their educations toward a bachelor or advanced degree in engineering or technology. Graduates of this program are capable of taking certificate exams such as the National Institute for Engineering Technicians exam and exams offered by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers.

Special Admission Requirements/Prerequisites

MET first-year students must have been placed at MT 126/MT 122 or higher math courses. Students with low math scores are required to start a MET pre-engineering program. This program will provide them with additional courses and will prepare them for the regular MET Program. The pre-engineering students will be placed immediately in the regular MET Program once they register in MT 126 or MT 122.

Course Sequence Options and Electives

Math Sequence Options:
Any of the following sequences are allowed with approval of the unit coordinator:

Science Sequence Options:
Students are encouraged to take both PH 262/PH 263 and CH 140 /CH 141 courses.

English Sequence Options:

Social Science Electives:

Only one elective from the following list is required.


Internships/co-ops are often available from local companies. These are unique opportunities for students to gain valuable experience while in school and offer potential employment opportunities with the company upon successful completion of an internship/co-op program and graduation. For more information, contact the department chair/adviser or call the ECC Internship office at 851-1546.


Various scholarships are available. Contact the department coordinator for more information.


Accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission (ETAC), at ABET, Inc., 415 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21201, Phone: (410) 347-7700, E-mail:, Web site:

Program Competencies

Upon graduation with an Associate in Applied Science degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology, the graduate will be able to:

  • construct multi-view mechanical drawings;
  • create two and three-dimensional drawings using CAD;
  • apply geometric tolerancing and true positioning;
  • understand instrumentation and take measurements with instruments;
  • understand engineering materials and utilize manufacturing processes;
  • solve for analytical forces;
  • test materials using standard testing machines;
  • write technical reports;
  • use personal computers for problem solving;
  • solve problems in fluid and heat flow;
  • relate electricity to the operation of mechanical equipment;
  • design basic machine elements;
  • understand basic thermal machines and equipment including refrigeration systems; and 
  • understand basic hydraulic and pneumatic systems in power or control applications.


Total Degree Credits: 64.0

Full-Time Students

 The course sequence suggested in this brochure for full-time and part-time students is just one approach to complete the program. Alternate course sequence completions may be suggested to MET students based on their needs, backgrounds, course pre-requisite, and course availability.

First Year, Fall Semester

Second Year, Fall Semester

Part-Time Students

 Part-time students can take courses according to pre-requites and course sequence of full-time student schedule.

Pre-Mechanical (or Extended Program) Sequence

  Pre-mechanical courses are offered based on availability of instructor, and number of interested students.

Evening courses

Evening courses are offered based on availability of instructors and number of interested students.


For more information, contact the department secretary at (716) 270-5290.

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