The mechanical engineering technician may be involved with a variety of tasks on the job. These tasks might involve preparing design specifications, production analysis, and the installation, maintenance, and operation of machines, tools, products, and devices used in manufacturing, processing or power generation. Other job functions may include working as a laboratory assistant, designer, estimator, or technical sales.
Although most mechanical engineering technicians find jobs in manufacturing industries, they may also work for government agencies or in research and development activities. Jobs may be situated in the production shop, the design engineering offices, research laboratories, in the field traveling to on‐site locations, or in technical sales.
The individual that has an interest in knowing how things work, determining how things may work better, and who has an interest in problem solving may find Mechanical Engineering Technology an appropriate career choice. The individual should also have an interest in and aptitude for mathematics and science.
The student in Mechanical Engineering Technology will study engineering drawing, mechanical design technology, machine design technology, and materials science. The student will also be introduced to computer‐aided drafting, industrial electricity and electronics, alternative energy, and manufacturing processes. In addition, this program is the first two years of the North Central State College Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology.
The Associate of Applied Sciences degree is awarded upon completion of this program.
Program Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this program, graduate will:
- Demonstrate the use of computer aided engineering design, suing 2D and 3D drawings, sketching and solid modeling.
- Properly select materials based on their physical properties.
- Properly select machine elements using analysis of stress and properties for structure, frames, beams, and columns.
- Demonstrate an understanding of fluid mechanics.
- Demonstrate basic understanding of industrial electricity applied to power, circuits and programming controllers.
- Work in teams to apply critical thinking skills and engineering concepts to complete real world projects.
- Apply computer programming that generates code to operate robotic equipment.