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2020-2021 College Catalog 
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Mechanical Engineering Technology, A.A.S.

Associate in Applied Science
HEGIS #5315
Chairperson: Craig D’Allaird

Hudson Hall, Room 129, (518) 629-7358

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. An ability to apply the knowledge, techniques, skills, and modern tools of the discipline to narrowly defined engineering technology activities.
  2. An ability to apply a knowledge of mathematics, science, engineering, and technology to engineering technology problems that require limited application of principles but extensive practical knowledge.
  3. An ability to conduct standard tests and measurements, and to conduct, analyze, and interpret experiments.
  4. An ability to function effectively as a member of a technical team.
  5. An ability to identify, analyze, and solve narrowly defined engineering technology problems.
  6. An ability to apply written, oral, and graphical communication in both technical and non-technical environments; and an ability to identify and use appropriate technical literature.
  7. An understanding of the need for and an ability to engage in self-directed continuing professional development.
  8. An understanding of and a commitment to address professional and ethical responsibilities, including a respect for diversity.
  9. A commitment to quality, timeliness, and continuous improvement.
Mechanical Engineering Technology (MEC)
Headcount Summary
Semester Full Time Part Time Total Graduates
Fall 2013 85 17 102 24
Fall 2014 75 16 91 24
Fall 2015 88 24 112 17
Fall 2016 71 29 100 26
Fall 2017 68 14 82 28

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 program is accredited by the Engineering Technology Commission (ETAC) of ABET, www.abet.org.

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.
***A grade of “C” or better is required for program completion and as a course specific prerequisite.

(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