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Mechanical Engineering Technology A.A.S. (A40320)

Location(s): Carrington-Scott Campus (Graham Campus)

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Program Description

The Mechanical Engineering Technology curriculum is designed to prepare students through the study and application of principles from mathematics, natural sciences, and technology and applied processes based on these subjects.

Course work includes mathematics, natural sciences, engineering sciences and technology.

Graduates should qualify to obtain occupations such as technical service providers, materials and technologies testing services, process improvement technicians, engineering technicians, industrial and technology managers, or research technicians.

This course of study prepares the students to use basic engineering principles and technical skills to design, develop, test, and troubleshoot projects involving mechanical systems. Includes instruction in principles of mechanics, applications to specific engineering systems, design testing procedures, prototype and operational testing and inspection procedures, manufacturing system- testing procedures, test equipment operation and maintenance, computer applications, critical thinking, planning and problem solving, and oral and written communications. In this program, a student will receive substantial instruction on techniques and procedures along with an emphasis on prototyping and simulations using SolidWorks software. High achievers will also successfully pass design certification exams including but not limited to the Certified SolidWorks Associate and Certified SolidWorks Professional exams (CSWA & CSWP).

Graduates of the curriculum will find employment opportunities in the manufacturing or service sectors of engineering technology including but not limited to manufacturing, product design, technical sales and service. Engineering technicians may obtain professional certification by application to organizations such as ASQC, SME, and NICET.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program should be able to:

  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of 3D printing and prototyping equipment
  • Demonstrate the ability to perform computer based analysis using solid modeling software
  • Demonstrate proficiency in technical drawing skills using CAD software
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of manufacturing processes and operations
  • Communicate effectively orally and in writing
  • Solve technical problems using critical reasoning and math skills
  • Demonstrate the ability to design and select machine elements
  • Recognize the need for and have the ability to engage in professional development activities
  • Show an understanding of professional and ethical responsibilities, including a respect for diversity
  • Show a commitment to quality, timeliness, and continuous improvement

Transfer Options & Articulation Agreements

The Mechanical Engineering Technology program was established as a stand-alone curriculum. Any student who has an interest in transferring to a university should make their advisor aware of the plan to do so. There are substitute course options students should take to better facilitate the transfer. 2+2 Candidate universities presently include UNC-Charlotte, East Carolina University and NC A&T. Other transfer option agreements may be under development. Students are encouraged to consult with advisors directly on this matter.


Entering or returning students may be required to take placement tests for math and English prior to enrolling; testing is done in Student Success by appointment. Students may be required to take one or more developmental English or Math courses prior to the required course(s), depending upon their SAT, ACT, COMPASS or ASSET test scores.

Technical Standards

Students enrolling in the program must meet specific emotional, behavioral, physical and cognitive standards. This information is found in the Student Success office.

Students qualifying for special accommodations to these standards must contact the Disability Services Coordinator at 336-506-4130 for more specific information.

Professional Certifications by Exam

There are 19 industrially recognized certifications available for students to obtain. These include; CSWE-Mechanical Design, CSWE-Simulation, CSWA-Mechanical Design, CSWP-Mechanical Design, Platform Explorer Associate, CPPA, CSWP-MBD, CSWP-CAM, CSWA-Additive Manufacturing, CSWA-Electrical, CSWA-Sustainability, CSWA- Simulation, CSWP-Simulation, CSWPA-Sheet Metal, CSWPA-Weldments, CSWPA-Surfacing, CSWPA-Mold Making, CSWPA-Drawing Tools, CDWA-Drive Works Express

First Year

Fall 1st Semester

Semester Total: 26 Contact Hour(s)

Semester Total: 15 Credit Hour(s)

Spring 2nd Semester

Semester Total: 24 Contact Hour(s)

Semester Total: 17 Credit Hour(s)

Summer 3rd Semester

Semester Total: 19 Contact Hour(s)

Semester Total: 13 Credit Hour(s)

Second Year

Fall 4th Semester

Semester Total: 23 Contact Hour(s)

Semester Total: 16 Credit Hour(s)

Spring 5th Semester

Semester Total: 19-33 Contact Hour(s)

Semester Total: 11-13 Credit Hour(s)

Total: 111-125 Contact Hour(s)

Total: 72-74 Credit Hour(s)

Developmental English and/or Math may be required, based on placement test results. Students who plan to transfer in pursuit of a 4-year degree should also consult transfer guide.

SOLIDWORKS certifications can be used as a benchmark to measure your knowledge and competency with SOLIDWORKS software.

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