If something moves or uses energy, chances are that a mechanical engineering technologist assisted with its’ design, development, testing, or production. Mechanical Engineering Technology students use the principles and theories of engineering and mathematics to solve technical problems in research and development, manufacturing, sales, construction, inspection, and maintenance in working with a wide variety of tools, engines and machines. In addition to preparing graduates for an engineering career, this degree can also serve as a foundation for leadership and careers in any number of areas including industry, government and academia.
Mechanical Engineering Technology is one of NHTI’s programs in the STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). According to the US Department of Commerce, STEM occupations are expected to grow by 17% through 2018 and STEM workers command earnings 26% more than their counterparts in non-STEM occupations. STEM jobs grew 7.9% from 2000 to 2008, for example, while non-STEM jobs grew just 2.6% during that time. Also, STEM workers earn more, from 12 – 60% more than their counterparts with similar levels of education.
Visit NHTI’s Mechanical Engineering Technology Department for information on degree and course offerings. NHTI also offers a degrees in Manufacturing Engineering Technology, Robotics and Automation Engineering Technology, Advanced Manufacturing Process Technology, as well as the following certificates: Advanced Manufacturing Processes and Applied Career Fundamentals for Advanced Manufacturing.
- Career Paths for This Major
- Skills Developed Through This Major
- Sample Career Titles
- Sample Employers
- Ways to Explore and Reality Test Careers
- How to Increase Employability
- Professional Association Links
- Employment and Internship Links
When you graduate with this major, you will have work options that are varied and that depend upon your specific interests, abilities, work values, and hands on experience in the field. Graduates can choose more established areas of mechanical engineering such as design, manufacturing, automation and control. There are also roles to play in producing sustainable energy, providing a safe environment and clean water, building safe and fuel efficient transportation systems, designing new means of energy conversion and storage, as well as improving mechanical/electrical systems in homes and businesses. Then there are also the emerging high technology fields of nano-materials and biomechanics. From medicine, to automotive, to energy, to aerospace, options are varied and plentiful.
Graduates may wish to focus more on hands-on, practical solutions to problems or prefer a combined hands-on approach linked to theory and analysis. Further studies towards a bachelor’s degree and beyond will open up additional opportunities.
- Experience in applying techniques, skills, and modern tools of MET to narrowly defined engineering technology activities.
- Application of mathematical, scientific, engineering, and technological knowledge to MET problems that require application of principles but extensive practical knowledge.
- Conduct standard tests and measurements, and to conduct, analyze, and interpret experiments.
- Interpersonal skill development to function effectively as a member of an engineering team.
- Identify, analyze, and solve narrowly defined MET problems.
- Written, oral, and graphical communication skills in both technical and nontechnical environments; identification and use of appropriate technical literature.
- Understanding of the need for and an ability to engage in self-directed continuing professional development.
- Understanding of and a commitment to address professional and ethical responsibilities, including a respect for diversity.
- Evaluate design drawings for new or changed tools by measuring dimensions on the drawings and comparing them with the original specifications.
- Prepare layouts and drawings of parts to be made and of the process for putting them together.
- Discuss changes with coworkers—for example, in the design of the part, in the way it will be made and put together, and in the techniques and process they will use.
- Review instructions and blueprints for the project to ensure the test specifications and procedures are followed and objectives are met.
- Plan, produce, and assemble new or changed mechanical parts for products, such as industrial machinery or equipment.
- Set up and conduct tests of complete units and of parts as they would actually be used, as a way to investigate proposals for improving equipment performance.
- Record test procedures and results, numerical and graphical data, and recommendations for changes in products or test methods.
- Compare test results to design specifications and test objectives.
These titles include positions that you may qualify for with this associate’s degree and related testing/credentialing:
- Electro-mechanical Technician
- Industrial Engineering Technician
- Laboratory technician
- Mechanical Engineering Technician
- Product Designer
- Technical Sales Representative
- CAD operator
Sample Positions requiring additional training which may include a bachelor’s degree and beyond:
- Automotive Engineer
- Consulting Engineer
- Design Engineer
- Field Engineer
- Industrial Engineer
- Manufacturing Engineer
- Marine Engineer (may require Coast Guard license)
- Mechanical Engineer
- Senior Lab Technician
- Product Engineer
- Engineering consulting firms.
- Manufacturing firms
- Engineering design firms
- Federal and State Government agencies
- Testing laboratories
- Power plants
There are four key ways to explore your favorite career interests…through reading, through speaking with those in the know, through observing and through doing. Use the links on this page to begin exploring major related careers through ‘reading’. Go to the Exploring Career Interests link to get tips on all four key exploration strategies.
Additional sources of information for this major include:
- NHTI Faculty, Advisors, and Mechanical Engineering Technology Department resources
- Professionals who are working in the field
- Professional Associations (see below)
- Become an active student member of college, community, or professional associations, which helps you build leadership skills and promote connecting (networking) with fellow professionals.
- Obtain quality practical experience prior to graduation through part-time, full-time and summer employment/internship positions related to your targeted field.
- Participate in volunteer and service learning opportunities.
Professionals who do work related to this major belong to these associations. You can use the links below to do career research and to connect with local association members. You may also be able to join an association of interest, at a reduced rate, as a student member.
- American Society of Mechanical Engineers
- National Society of Professional Engineers
- National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technology
See below for job posting sites related to this major (including the NHTI posting site – see first link).
- NHTI Job Board - (Employers looking for NHTI students and graduates)
- Job Hunting – American Society of Mechanical Engineers