Mechanical Engineering Technology
The Mechanical Engineering Technology curriculum prepares students for employment as mechanical technicians. Emphasis is placed on the integration of theory and mechanical principles into real applications in product design and manufacturing. Coursework includes applied math, physics, applied mechanics, manufacturing methods and processes, computer usage, computer-aided drafting, and communication skills. Courses stress critical thinking, planning, and problem solving. The Mechanical Engineering Technology program consists of two tracks: 1) Mechanical Design and 2) Manufacturing Support.
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The Associate in Applied Science – Mechanical Engineering Technology degree is awarded upon completion of the program. There are also diplomas and certificates in specialized areas of the degree program such as CAD, design, and manufacturing.
Graduates will find many employment opportunities in the many branches of mechanical engineering technology such as NASCAR, manufacturing, product design, sales, and service. Typical assignments could include assisting in the design, development, and testing of new products, repair and maintenance of mechanical equipment, setup of manufacturing processes, or industrial sales.
The Mechanical Engineering Technology program is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org
A high school diploma or equivalent is required to enter the program. High school programs should include advanced math and science courses, computer literacy, and writing. An entering student should take the math and English placement tests to determine the appropriate entry level courses. Advancement Studies courses are available if a student is not ready for the engineering technology required courses. Many courses have prerequisites or corequisites; check the CPCC catalog for details.
The Mechanical Engineering Technology associates degree is transferable to four-year schools in the UNC system that offer the Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology degree. Students will enter the four year school as a junior.