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Academic Programs - School of Engineering and Industrial Technologies

Mechanical Engineering Technology
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 Learning 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, http://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.

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS*  

Course No.

Title

Credit Hrs.

FORM 101** College Forum (1)
ENGL 101 English Composition I 3
ENGL 104 English Composition II: Writing About Literature 3
MECT 100 Interpreting Engineering Drawings 3
MECT 105 Engineering Materials 4
MECT 115 Computer Graphic Applications 3
MECT 120 Manufacturing Processes 3
MECT 125 Statics and Dynamics 4
MECT 130 Electricity 3
MECT 210 Industrial Instrumentation 4
MECT 215 Statistical Quality and Process Control 3
MECT 225 Strength of Materials 4
MECT 230 Intro to Computer Aided Manufacturing 3
MECT 240 Design of Machine Elements 4
SOCL 120 Cultural Diversity in American Society 3
  (1) Restricted Mathematics Electives 8
  (2) Restricted Physics Electives 8
  Total Credits Required 63

* or specific course equivalents as approved by department chairperson.

**Required of first time, full-time students.

(1) 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 – PHYS 135 and PHYS 136 or higher level courses as approved by department chair.

SUGGESTED COURSE SEQUENCE FOR FULL-TIME STUDY

FIRST TERM    
FORM 101 College Forum (1)
ENGL 101 English Composition I 3
MECT 100 Interpreting Engineering Drawings 3
MECT 105 Engineering Materials 4
MECT 115 Computer Graphic Applications 3
  Restricted Mathematics Elective 4
  Term Total 17
SECOND TERM    
MECT 120 Manufacturing Processes 3
MECT 125 Statics and Dynamics 4
SOCL 120 Cultural Diversity in American Society 3
  Restricted Mathematics Elective 4
  Restricted Physics Elective 4
  Term Total 18
THIRD TERM    
MECT 130 Electricity 3
MECT 215 Statistical Quality and Process Control 3
MECT 225 Strength of Materials 4
  Restricted Physics Elective 4
  Term Total 14
FOURTH TERM    
ENGL 104 English Composition II: Writing About Literature 3
MECT 210 Industrial Instrumentation 4
MECT 230 Introduction to CAM 3
MECT 240 Design of Machine Elements 4
  Term Total 14