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Mechanical Engineering Technology


What is Mechanical Engineering Technology?

Mechanical Engineering Technology is the application of engineering principles and technology to the creation of useful machinery or products. The coursework is less theoretical, and more application based with more lab experiences than a traditional mechanical engineering science degree.

Sinclair student built buggie


Why major in Mechanical Engineering Technology?

Obtaining your Mechanical Engineering Technology degree from Sinclair will prepare you for mechanical design work, hands-on performance testing, laboratory testing, and more. Employers like Honda, Goodyear, and GE prefer the combination of applied and theoretical skills that you’ll learn at Sinclair for their engineering technicians. Starting wages for an engineering science and an engineering technology graduate are similar.

Our program graduates are sought after by local universities and employers alike. Many of our students outperform the "home grown" university students since Sinclair's Mechanical Engineering Technology program is an applied learning exposure.

This area of study might be for you if:

  • You enjoy hands-on work and putting ideas into action
  • You're interested in mechanical design and development
  • You like problem solving

What Type of Projects will you be working on?

Baja Buggy Project

This Capstone project involves designing and building an all-terrain sporting vehicle that can withstand a variety of rough conditions. Students work together to resolve technical challenges in design, testing, and manufacturing.

Additive Manufacturing

The Mechanical Engineering Technology department has numerous 3D printers that are capable of printing parts made of plastic, carbon fiber, and other materials. Students will learn about the rapidly advancing field of additive manufacturing and apply their knowledge to design and print their own project.

STEM Guitar Project

Students have the opportunity to learn and apply science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) skills to manufacture their own electric guitar. By the end of this elective course students will have gained hands-on training in product manufacturing while learning the mathematics and science behind building a guitar’s hardware, including installing fretboards and tuner pegs.

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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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