Mechanical Engineering Technology

Career Opportunities and Counseling

Graduates of the Mechanical Engineering Technology program often become quite successful after leaving Hudson Valley Community College. The paths that graduates choose are varied, but the end results are typically similar. Graduates of the Mechanical Engineering Technology Program are in high demand and are compensated accordingly.

Approximately 40 percent of Mechanical Engineering Technology Program students seek employment immediately following graduation. Some enter the design field. Others choose engineering positions; performing set-up, design, installation and testing of mechanical systems for companies. While salaries for these graduates vary, they range between $30,000 and $45,000.

A majority of Mechanical Engineering Technology Program graduates transfer to upper-division institutions. After earning a bachelor's degree, they typically earn between $35,000 and $45,000 annually.

The average salary for all Mechanical Engineering Technology Program graduates who responded to a 1998 survey was $37,500. Among the employers that hire students who complete the Hudson Valley curriculum are: Albany Ladder, SVG Inc., General Electric, Clough Harbour & Associates and Xerox.

Career Description

The field of Mechanical Engineering Technology (MET) balances the concepts of mechanical system design (machines, mechanisms) with the application of the theory in practice. Typically, mechanical engineering technologists perform a wide variety of tasks, from the actual design of a system or element to its production, installation, and performance.

Mechanical technologists are a hybrid of an engineer (theoretical design) and a technician (performance, installation, calibration). MET graduates can perform tasks required in both, with a knowledge of why and how an item works. This is one of the many reasons MET graduates are highly sought after in private industry. Graduates are qualified to perform actual job duties immediately; they do not need to be re-trained after graduation. Instead, they already have an understanding of how things work in the competitive workplace.

Mechanical Engineering Technology graduates do not always need the advanced mathematics and science classes engineering graduates are required to have. MET graduates concentrate on actually performing the tasks that are needed in production.

A common misconception is that the Mechanical Engineering Technology program leads to transfer to an engineering school. Our graduates transfer to Engineering Technology programs, which are a more advanced version of our program. These programs are more hands-on than engineering programs, but still offer the theoretical background that allows graduates to realize the processes involved in their practical work.

Placement and Career Counseling

The Center for Careers and Transfer is available to students and graduates for placement in the field and career counseling.