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2016-2017 College Catalog 
2016-2017 College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Mechanical Engineering Technology, A.A.S.

Associate in Applied Science
HEGIS #5315
Chairperson: Dr. Christine M. LaPlante
Hudson Hall, Room 129, (518) 629-7355

Mission of the Department: The mission of the Mechanical Engineering Technology Department is to provide the students with a high quality, relevant program that affords the student the opportunity to obtain employment or engage in continued lifelong learning in the Mechanical Technology field.

Program Educational Objectives:

  1. Graduates will have the foundation necessary to specialize in any chosen field of Mechanical Engineering Technology.
  2. Graduates will understand the importance of continued lifelong learning.
  3. Graduates will attain the skills necessary to maintain employment in the Mechanical Engineering Technology field.
  4. Graduates will attain a basic knowledge of codes, standards and current practices in the field of Mechanical Engineering Technology.
  5. Graduates will understand the ethical obligations of an engineering role in society.

Student Outcomes:

  1. Demonstrate competency in mechanical engineering technology skills.
  2. Clearly communicate through written and oral expression the elements of a mechanical engineering technology project.
  3. Demonstrate problem solving ability to analyze, interpret and design elements found in mechanical engineering technology applications.
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of industry standard tools necessary for successful professional practice (software, code implementation and interpretation).
  5. Mechanical Engineering Technology graduates will become employed or transfer to a four-year institution.
  6. Mechanical Engineering Technology graduates will demonstrate the knowledge of diversity, societal and global issues within their profession.

In fall 2013, there were 102 students enrolled in the program. In Spring 2013, there were 24 graduates.

The Mechanical Engineering Technology program provides the student with a general background in mathematics, physics and related technology subjects through a common core of courses.

The flexibility provided the student in this program is necessary to accommodate the scope of interests in today’s student audience and to cope with the rapidly changing technology field. Mechanical Technology students are instructed in computer programming, Computer Aided Manufacturing, Computer Aided Drafting (CAD/CAM) and microcomputer applications.

The job opportunities for graduates of these programs are virtually unlimited, the demand being far greater than the supply. Many of our graduates interested in education beyond the A.A.S. level have successfully transferred to four-year colleges across the country.

The Mechanical Engineering Technology program is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission (ETAC) of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (www.abet.org/), 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202, telephone (410) 347-7700.

Program Entrance Requirements

Courses Entry Term Special Notes H.S. Average
Algebra and geometry or 2 units of equivalent academic math (70 or above in each course) Fall only Additional math courses recommended. 70 or above

The estimated cost of books for the student enrolled in the first full-time term as outlined would be approximately $665.

Total Credits Required: 63

Major Requirements*

* or specific course equivalents as approved by department chairperson.
**Required of first time, full-time students.

(1) Restricted Mathematics Electives Credits: 8

Restricted Mathematics Electives – MATH 150  and MATH 165  or higher level courses as approved by department chair. The first course taken to fulfill this requirement must be completed with a grade of “C” or higher for program completion and as a course specific prerequisite.

(2) Restricted Physics Electives Credits: 8

Restricted Physics Electives:

Total Credits Required: 63

Suggested Course Sequence for Full-Time Study

First Term

Term Total: 17

Second Term

Term Total: 18

Third Term

Term Total: 14

Term Total: 14