Mechanical Engineering Technology


Mechanical Engineering Technology (MET) is a comprehensive two-year program which leads to an Associate in Applied Science degree. MET graduates are prepared to work in engineering and manufacturing firms and research and development laboratories. Typical positions are in the areas of Computer-Aided Design (CAD), machinery and tool design, Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM), facilities design, electronic packaging, CAD/CAM and materials testing. MET graduates also have the option to pursue a Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering Technology at a four-year institution.

The specific objectives of this program are that the graduate shall be able to demonstrate:

  • an ability to apply computer-aided drafting (CAD) skills to prepare working detail, assembly and installation type engineering drawings to industrial standards;
  • an ability to apply Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T) techniques to
  • engineering drawings;
  • an ability to select and specify materials for mechanical applications considering strength, weight, corrosion, finish, and cost;
  • an ability to select and specify appropriate screw threads and fasteners considering size, thread form, and series and head type;
  • an ability to use CAD/CAM software and hardware to create part geometry, generate a numerical control program, and operate a machine tool to produce an actual part;
  • the knowledge of the basic principles of statics and strength of materials to compute forces, stresses and strains in simple machines and machine frames;
  • knowledge of the basic principles of fluid mechanics to calculate hydrostatic pressure, forces on submerged surfaces, flow rates and pressure drops in pipelines;
  • an ability to use standard ANSI tables for sizing and tolerancing of mating parts;
  • an ability to utilize computer software applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, basic programming, and mathematical computing.