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Mechanical Engineering Technology


What is Mechanical Engineering Technology?

Mechanical Engineering Technology is the application of engineering principles and technological developments to the creation of useful machinery or products. Coursework is less theoretical, and more application based (“hands on learning”) with more lab experiences than a traditional mechanical engineering science degree.

Employers like Honda, Goodyear and others,  prefer the hands on approach for their companies Engineering Technicians.   Having the theoretical and applied learning skill set makes you more versatile for a company.  Starting wages in engineering science and a engineering technology graduate are similar.

If you would like to further your education, our program graduates have success in the Mechanical Engineering Technology programs and are sought after by local universities:  University of Dayton, and Miami University.  Many of our students outperform the "home grown" university students since Sinclair's MET program is more of an applied learning exposure.


Sinclair student built buggie

Why major in Mechanical Engineering Technology?

The degree program encompasses the complete Design, Build and Understand process that prepares you to move into the manufacturing/ mechanical engineering industries or you can choose a path to continue your education at a university.

As a student you will cover CAD Design software skills (Solidworks, Autodesk Inventor, AutoCAD or Unigraphics (UGX))

  • The Build skills you will gain are based in the manufacturing and mechanical design environments. You will learn how to assemble and make items. 
  • Understanding how mechanical systems work is the third area of our program in courses such as material science, strength of materials, thermodynamics and machine design

What Type of Projects will you be working on?

Baja Buggy Project

Some of the projects that our department is involved in is the Baja buggy racing program.  Students design and build a Baja buggy racer to compete against other schools nationally.

Additive Manufacturing

The Mechanical Engineering Technology program was one of the first community college programs to instruct on additive manufacturing techniques in the United States.  in 1998 our program acquired our first prototyping machine and trained students on the usage. Today we provide student access and training on usage of industry additive manufacturing machines in many classes. 

STEM Guitar Project

Students also have the opportunity to participate in the STEM guitar building project which manufactures and assembles solid body electric guitars.  Our students have an elective class that has them customizing and constructing a solid body electric guitar. 

This project and class  teaches the Math, Science and Engineering Technology behind the electric guitar.   Our Shop manufacturing guitar kits that are shipped all over the United States so that students from middle school through universities have the experience of making their own instrument.

Book Icon Available Programs

For program specific information click on the program below:

Associate of Applied Science
Mechanical Engineering Technology Go to Program Details Display Program Description
The Mechanical Engineering Technology program provides the courses needed to begin a career as a technician in the engineering field. As a mechanical graduate, career options are open in a diverse number of fields and companies. Using state-of-the-art laboratory equipment, students will complete relevant and practical coursework taught by knowledgeable faculty. The courses are non-calculus based, and electives can tailor the degree to an individual's needs. View Full Program Details
Associate of Technical Studies
Manufacturing Engineering Technology Go to Program Details Display Program Description
The Manufacturing Engineering Technology degree combines elements from Precision and CNC Machining, Mechanical, and Industrial Engineering Technology to prepare students to enter the exciting world of manufacturing. Students in this program are exposed to foundational courses in mathematics and physics as well as take courses in additive manufacturing, computer-aided design (CAD), prototyping, and manufacturing operations. Restricted to high school students enrolled in Sinclair's College Credit Plus (CCP) program. View Full Program Details
One-year Technical Certificate
The Mechanical Drafter certificate familiarizes students to the basics of the industrial design process, industry terminology, general practices, and latest versions of computer-aided drafting software. All courses are part of the Mechanical Engineering Technology associate degree. View Full Program Details
Short-term Technical Certificate
This certificate will introduce students to additive design and manufacturing using 3D modeling software and 3D printers. View Full Program Details
Mechanical Software Technician Go to Program Details Display Program Description
The Mechanical Software Technician short term certificate introduces students to the field of mechanical engineering including using the latest versions of computer-aided drafting software. All courses are part of the Mechanical Engineering Technology associate degree. View Full Program Details

Career Paths and Opportunities in Engineering Technology Areas

Engineering Technician Career Paths: HVAC-R Engineering Technicians yearly salary $43,640/$20.98 an hour. Technicians work on heating, ventilation, cooling and refrigeration systems that control the temperature and air quality in buildings. Associate's Degree or Certificate

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The Mechanical Engineering Technology Associate degree program is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET. View program enrollment and graduation statistics.

Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission

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