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Mechanical Engineering Technology, A.A.S.

Associate in Applied Science
HEGIS #5315
Department Chairperson: Joseph Dana
Hudson Hall, Room 129, (518) 629-4867

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 knowledge, techniques, skills and modern tools of mathematics, science, engineering, and technology to solve well-defined engineering problems appropriate to the discipline.
  2. An ability to design solutions for well-defined technical problems and assist with the engineering design of systems, components, or processes appropriate to the discipline.
  3. An ability to apply written, oral, and graphical communication in well-defined technical and non-technical environments; and an ability to identify and use appropriate technical literature;
  4. An ability to conduct standard tests, measurements, and experiments and to analyze and interpret the results.
  5. An ability to function effectively as a member of a technical team.
Mechanical Engineering Technology (MEC)
Headcount Summary
Semester Full Time Part Time Total Graduates
Fall 2017 68 14 82 29
Fall 2018 56 16 72 15
Fall 2019 37 21 58 14
Fall 2020 41 9 50 18
Fall 2021 46 11 57 7

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 Accreditation Commission 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