Mechanical Engineering Technology (AAS)

Application Code: 
Degree Received: 
Associate in Applied Science (AAS)
Program Coordinator: 
Christopher Tomasi
Coordinator Email:

360 Virtual TourMechanical engineering technology program graduates are prepared to be mechanical technologists and technicians for industry in engineering-related areas including automotive component design, heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC), process and component design, mechanical systems design, energy systems, product development, and technical support and sales.  Graduates will be able to design, specify, test, analyze, and install mechanical systems.  They will have broad content exposure through the development of analytical skills and theory in the classroom and experience working with engines, complete energy systems, compressors, fans, pumps, controls, instrumentation, engineering graphics, and material testing. 

A laptop computer is required for students entering the mechanical engineering technology programs. See laptop specifications.

Program Educational Objectives

Program educational objectives were established with the assistance of the Industrial Advisory Committee and are reviewed periodically. The AAS in the mechanical engineering technology program produces graduates who:

  1. have knowledge and skills to succeed in continued technical and formal education;
  2. can function effectively as technicians in the mechanical or related field of engineering technology;
  3. can function professionally and with ethical responsibility as an individual and on multidisciplinary teams;
  4. can demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively in oral, written, visual, and graphical modes in both interpersonal and group/team environments;
  5. can continuously improve, engage in lifelong learning, and adapt to rapidly changing technologies;
  6. can function effectively in an applications-oriented environment by using the techniques, skills, and modern engineering technology tools necessary to support applied technology practice.

Internship Opportunities

Internships are possible with many industries through Career Development located in the Student Leadership Center and may be eligible for technical credit.

Student Learning Outcomes: 
  • An appropriate mastery of the knowledge, techniques, skills and modern tools of mechanical engineering technology.
  • An ability to understand and apply current knowledge and adapt to emerging applications of mathematics, science, engineering and technology.
  • An ability to conduct, analyze and interpret experiments and apply results to improve components, processes, or systems.
  • An ability to apply creativity in the design of systems, components or processes in areas of structures, thermal, and fluids.
  • An ability to function effectively on teams.
  • An ability to identify, analyze, and solve technical engineering problems.
  • An ability to communicate effectively, personally and technically.
  • A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning.
  • An ability to understand professional, ethical, and social responsibilities.
  • A respect for diversity and knowledge of contemporary professional, societal and global issues.
  • A commitment to quality, timeliness, and continuous improvement.
Entrance Requirements & Recommendations: 

Required: Algebra, Geometry, Algebra 2/Trigonometry
Recommended: Physics


Accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET,

Features & Facilities: 

Provides general mechanical engineering technology background including:

  • Internal combustion engines
  • Heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration
  • Process equipment and turbomachinery
  • Energy technology

Mechanical principles are applied in laboratories, giving students a balance of theory and practical experience in installation, operation, and testing of a wide variety of industrial equipment including internal combustion engines and HVAC-R systems

Articulation Agreements: 

Graduates may enroll in the Alfred State bachelor of science program in mechanical engineering technology. The Alfred State BS program can be accomplished in two years beyond the two years for the AAS degree.

Graduation Requirements: 
  • 70 maximum credits
  • 20 credits of liberal arts and sciences
  • 2.0 grade point average in major courses (in bold text below)
  • 2.0 cumulative grade point average
  • Approval of department faculty
  • 5 of 10 General Education areas
Career Opportunities: 
  • Programs that can lead to green careersAutomotive Industry
  • Aerospace Industry
  • Petroleum Industry
  • HVAC&R Industry
  • Utility Companies
  • Engineering Aide
  • Development/Design
  • Sales and Applications
  • Test Technicians
  • Field Service
  • Manufacturing
  • Process Equipment Industry
  • Installation Supervision
Direct Entry Into Baccalaureate Degree Program: 

Alfred State mechanical engineering technology AAS graduates may enter directly into either the mechanical engineering technology BS or technology management BBA degree program.

Transfer Opportunities: 

A cooperative/transfer program involving one year of appropriate study in either mechanical engineering technology or engineering science at selected regional community colleges, together with a second year of study at Alfred State, will result in award of the AAS degree to qualified graduates.

Graduates from the associate-level mechanical engineering technology program are eligible to continue their education by enrolling in a baccalaureate degree programs in mechanical or related engineering technology at Alfred State or elsewhere. Our mechanical engineering technology AAS two-year degree program is the same as the first two years of the mechanical engineering technology BS four-year degree program.

Typical Semester Layout: 

Students spend 13 to 16 hours a week in lecture classes and four to 11 hours in laboratory hands-on experiences. The lecture hours include mechanical engineering technology courses and also general studies courses such as mathematics, English, and social sciences. This totals about 18 credit hours a semester. Class sizes range between 20 and 35 students. Class schedules for each semester are arranged with the help of the student's faculty adviser. The combination of technology courses and general studies courses entitles the graduate to an associate in applied science (AAS) degree which is also transferable to an upper-division BS program.

First Semestercredits
MECH1003Intro to Mechanical Eng Tech
MECH1203Materials Science3
COMP1503Freshman Composition3
MATH1033College Algebra3
HPEDxxx1Physical Education Elective1
Second Semestercredits
MECH1643Manufacturing Processes3
MECH1641Manufacturing Processes Lab1
MECH4523Control Systems3
LITR2603Intro to Literature3
PHYS1024General Physics I4
MATH2043College Trigonometry3
Third Semestercredits
MECH3124HVAC Systems4
MECH3223Mechanical Design Principles3
PHYS2023General Physics II3
SOCI1193Marriage and Family* OR 
PLSC1043American Government3
MATH1063Technical Calculus I3
Fourth Semestercredits
MECH4224Mechanical Systems Design4
MECH4003Solid Modeling3
MECH3643Manufacturing Management3
MATH2074Technical Calculus II4

*If not required, take LAS elective to complete degree requirements of 3 credits, otherwise take free elective.

Enrollment and Graduation Rates: 
Enrollment% Graduated in Two Years% Graduated in Three Years
Employment and Transfer Rate: 
Employment and Transfer Survey Details: 
Survey Details201020112012
Receiving Degrees347
Responding to Survey3 (100%)3 (75%)7 (100%)
Employed in Field------
Transferred3 (100%)3 (100%)7 (100%)
Unemployed & Seeking Employment------
Unemployed & Not Seeking Employment------
Employment and Transfer Salary Information: 

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