Few fields of study offer graduates a wider range of opportunities than mechanical engineering technology. Mechanical engineering technicians provide an indispensable link between the professional engineer involved with research, design, and development and the skilled craftsperson who manufactures and assembles the high-technology devices that enable people, companies, and nations to function every day.
Our students learn how to communicate across the industry; produce sketches and drawings used in the manufacture of machines; analyze forces imposed upon mechanical objects; determine appropriate sizes and materials for mechanical parts; and test finished assemblies for proper design. You'll graduate able to calculate the energy requirements of machines and analyze the fluid systems that control them. You'll be able to manage the problem of heat in mechanical appliances and to control mechanisms by the use of electricity and electronics.
Graduates of this program are involved in the design, testing, manufacture, installation, maintenance, distribution, and documentation of mechanical systems and devices. They are also well-prepared for admission to Vermont Tech’s Bachelor of Science in Manufacturing Engineering Technology; Electromechanical Engineering Technology; Renewable Energy Technology; or Business Technology & Management.
The educational objectives for graduates of the Associate of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering Technology program include:
Developing a successful career in the manufacturing, design, specification, installation, testing, operation, maintenance, sales, or documentation of mechanical systems
Employing strong communication and teamwork skills and participating productively on professional teams of engineers, technicians, managers, and skilled production workers
Utilizing technical knowledge and skills to effectively design, fabricate, manufacture, and maintain industrial and consumer systems and products
Continuously developing as a professional; adapting and staying current in their field
A student with an Associate of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering Technology will be able to:
Apply the knowledge, techniques, skills, and modern tools of mechanical engineering technology to areas such as design and solid modeling; materials and structures; machines and mechanisms; fluids systems; thermal systems; and manufacturing
Apply a knowledge of mathematics, science, engineering, and technology to engineering technology problems that require limited application of principles but extensive practical knowledge
Conduct standard tests and measurements and conduct, analyze, and interpret experiments
Apply creativity in the design of systems, components, or processes appropriate to program objectives
Function effectively as a member of a technical team
Identify, analyze, and solve narrowly defined engineering technology problems
Apply written, oral, and graphical communication in both technical and non-technical environments and identify and use appropriate technical literature
Understand the purpose of and engage in self-directed continuing professional development
Recognize the importance of and have a commitment to addressing professional and ethical responsibilities, including a respect for diversity
Commit to quality, timeliness, and continuous improvement
The program is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.
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