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Mechanical Engineering Technology (AAS)

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Application Code: 
Degree Received: 
Associate in Applied Science (AAS)
Academic Department: 
Mechanical Engineering Technology

Mechanical engineering technology program graduates are prepared to be mechanical technicians for industry in engineering-related areas including automotive component design, heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC), process and component design, mechanical systems design, energy systems, product development, and technical support and sales.  Graduates will be able to design, specify, test, analyze, and install mechanical systems.  They will have broad content exposure through the development of analytical skills and theory in the classroom and experience working with engines, complete energy systems, compressors, fans, pumps, controls, instrumentation, engineering graphics, and material testing.  Every graduate is required to complete a capstone project to bring together theoretical and practical skills.

A laptop computer is required for students entering the mechanical engineering technology programs. See laptop specifications.

Program Educational Objectives

Program educational objectives were established with the assistance of the Industrial Advisory Committee and are reviewed periodically. The AAS in the mechanical engineering technology program produces graduates who:

  1. have knowledge and skills to succeed in continued technical and formal education;
  2. can function effectively as technicians in the mechanical or related field of engineering technology;
  3. can function professionally and with ethical responsibility as an individual and on multidisciplinary teams;
  4. can demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively in oral, written, visual, and graphical modes in both interpersonal and group/team environments;
  5. can continuously improve, engage in lifelong learning, and adapt to rapidly changing technologies;
  6. can function effectively in an applications-oriented environment by using the techniques, skills, and modern engineering technology tools necessary to support applied technology practice.
Entrance Requirements & Recommendations: 

Required: Algebra, Geometry, Algebra 2/Trigonometry (Math A and B)
Recommended: Physics


Mechanical engineering technology is accredited by the Technology Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology [TAC/ABET, 111 Market Place Suite 1050 Baltimore, MD 21202; (410) 347-7700, Fax: (410) 625-2238; e-mail: accreditation [at] ABET [dot] org; Web site: http://www.ABET.org].

Features & Facilities: 

Provides general mechanical engineering technology background including:

  • Internal combustion engines
  • Heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration
  • Process equipment and turbomachinery
  • Energy technology

Mechanical principles are applied in laboratories, giving students a balance of theory and practical experience in installation, operation, and testing of a wide variety of industrial equipment including internal combustion engines and HVAC-R systems

Articulation Agreements: 

Graduates may enroll in the Alfred State bachelor of science program in mechanical engineering technology. The Alfred State BS program can be accomplished in two years beyond the two years for the AAS degree.

Graduation Requirements: 
  • 63 maximum credits
  • 20 credits of liberal arts and sciences
  • 2.0 grade point average in major courses (in bold text below)
  • 2.0 cumulative grade point average
  • Approval of department faculty
  • 5 of 10 General Education areas
Career Opportunities: 
  • going green imageThis program can lead to green careers.Automotive Industry
  • Aerospace Industry
  • Petroleum Industry
  • HVAC&R Industry
  • Utility Companies
  • Engineering Aide
  • Development/Design
  • Sales and Applications
  • Test Technicians
  • Field Service
  • Process Equipment Industry
  • Installation Supervision
Transfer Opportunities: 

A cooperative/transfer program involving one year of appropriate study in either mechanical engineering technology or engineering science at selected regional community colleges, together with a second year of study at Alfred State, will result in award of the AAS degree to qualified graduates.

Graduates from the associate-level mechanical engineering technology program are eligible to continue their education by enrolling in a baccalaureate degree programs in mechanical or related engineering technology at Alfred State or elsewhere. Our mechanical engineering technology AAS two-year degree program is the same as the first two years of the mechanical engineering technology BS four-year degree program.

Typical Semester Layout: 

Students spend 13 to 16 hours a week in lecture classes and four to 11 hours in laboratory hands-on experiences. The lecture hours include mechanical engineering technology courses and also general studies courses such as mathematics, English, and social sciences. This totals about 18 credit hours a semester. Class sizes range between 20 and 35 students. Class schedules for each semester are arranged with the help of the student's faculty adviser. The combination of technology courses and general studies courses entitles the graduate to an associate in applied science (AAS) degree which is also transferable to an upper-division BS program.

First Semester credits
MECH 1003 Intro to Mechanical Eng Tech
MECH 1603 Graphics/CAD
MECH 1203 Materials Science 3
COMP 1503 Freshman Composition 3
MATH 1033 College Algebra 3
Second Semester credits
MECH 1643 Manufacturing Processes 3
MECH 1103 Air Conditioning Principles
LITR 2603 Intro to Literature 3
PHYS 1024 General Physics I 4
MATH 2043 College Trigonometry 3
Third Semester credits
MECH 4523
Control Systems
MECH 3113
MECH 3223 Mechanical Design Principles
PHYS 2023 General Physics II 3
MATH 1063 Technical Calculus I 3
HPED xxx1 Phys Ed Elective  1
Fourth Semester credits
MECH 4023 Dynamics
MECH 4223 Mechanical Systems Design
MECH 4003 Solid Modeling
MATH 2074 Effective Speaking 4
SOCI 1193
Marriage and Family* 3

* Any student who does not enroll in SOCI 1193 must enroll in two appropriate General Education courses

Employment and Transfer Report
Employment and Transfer Rate: 
Employment and Transfer Survey Details: 
Survey Details200720082009
Receiving Degrees 7
Responding to Survey 6 (86%) 2 (33%) 3 (100%)
Employed 1 (17%) --
Employed in Field 1 (100%)
Transfered 4 (66%)
2 (100%) 3 (100%)
Unemployed & Seeking Employment -- -- --
Unemployed & Not Seeking Employment 1 (17%) --