Mechanical Engineering Technology, Associate in Applied Science
The Mechanical Engineering Technology program is a two-year career-oriented curriculum preparing students for positions as engineering technicians in the design, production, and testing of machines, tools and manufactured products. Job activities center on technical problem-solving and the practical application of engineering knowledge.
The specific program educational objectives of the Mechanical Engineering Technology program are to: 1) produce graduates that are employed and operate effectively in positions that lie between those of the skilled craftsperson and those of the graduate mechanical engineer. Examples of successful job positions include mechanical designer, engineering assistant, quality assurance technician, manufacturing engineering assistant and technical sales person. 2) produce graduates that can successfully transfer and complete a baccalaureate degree program in mechanical engineering technology.
Student Outcomes for the Mechanical Engineering Technology Program:
- An ability to apply the knowledge, techniques, skills, and modern tools of the Mechanical Engineering Technology discipline to narrowly defined activities related to:
- Materials, applied mechanics and fundamental of electricity
- Manufacturing processes, mechanical design and computer-aided graphics
- An ability to conduct standard tests and measurements, and to conduct, analyze, and interpret experiments.
- An ability to apply a knowledge of mathematics, science, engineering, and technology to mechanical engineering technology problems that require limited application of principles but extensive practical knowledge.
- An ability to identify, analyze, and solve narrowly defined technical problems in the Mechanical Engineering Technology Discipline.
- An ability to function effectively as a member of a technical team.
- An ability to apply written, oral, and graphical communication in both technical and non-technical environments.
- An ability to identify and use appropriate technical literature.
- A commitment to quality, timeliness, and continuous improvement.
- An understanding of and a commitment to address professional and ethical responsibilities, including a respect for diversity.
- An understanding of the need for and an ability to engage in self-directed continuing professional development.
After obtaining an Associate in Applied Science, it is possible to continue at a four-year college and to complete a Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering Technology. No prior mechanical design experience is necessary to enter the Mechanical Engineering Technology program. Core technology courses are sequenced along with applied mathematics and science to develop a broad background in the field of mechanical technology. Each engineering technology course contains a laboratory, which utilizes modern test instruments and applies classroom theory to practical applications. Cooperative Education, a work-study program with local firms, is available. The Mechanical Engineering Technology program is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.
An existing agreement with New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) provides students in this program with a local transfer opportunity. Students should check with the Transfer Office about other articulation agreements with this program.