Aug 01, 2021
Degree Code: B62
Associate in Science
Program Contact: Michael Gentry - 860-215-9428
The Mechanical Engineering Technology program involves a broad range of subjects related to the design, manufacture, testing and development of various products, machines and systems.
The Mechanical program provides a learning experience in state-of-the-art laboratories on the most sophisticated equipment available. It is geared toward a practical hands-on experience that makes the Mechanical graduate a highly respected and marketable individual for many different types of industries.
Graduates of the Mechanical program can start immediately by working alongside of engineers in research, sales, or manufacturing industries. Typical types of starting positions include CAD operators, quality control specialists, robotic technicians, sales representatives, design technicians, testing technicians, etc. Building on a foundation of math, physics, humanities, and social sciences, the program trains and educates the student toward statics, machine design, fluid dynamics, and thermodynamics with emphasis upon the computer as a special tool to perform the task at hand.
The Mechanical Engineering Technology program also has a co-op option that allows the student to work while substituting the work experience for a technical elective. Many local industries are actively seeking and obtaining the Mechanical co-op student.
The job market for Mechanical graduates is very favorable. Currently the number of Mechanical job openings far exceeds the number of graduates on a nationwide trend. This situation means respectable and stable income for many years in the future. An investment of two years can turn into a lifetime of job security for the Mechanical graduate.
The primary goal of the Mechanical Engineering Technology program is to prepare technicians and designers for employment in industry. However, many students transfer to four-year institutions, especially four-year engineering technology programs.
Mechanical Engineering Technology Curriculum Requirements
Prerequisites to the Program
° Course has a prerequisite. Students should check course description.
+ May substitute EET* K144 - Fundamentals Electrical Circuits and Machines ° and EET* K145 - Fundamentals Electrical Circuits and Machines Lab °
++ The technical elective may include additional CAD courses or specialized courses such as Welding Engineering Applications (with approval of Program Coordinator).
* Indicates common course numbering within Connecticut Community College system.
Students should consult with their academic advisor regarding the minimum number of credits to be taken at TRCC and limits on non-traditional credits. 25% of TRCC degree requirements must be completed with TRCC coursework. Up to 50% of degree requirements can be fulfilled with non-traditional credit. Non-traditional credit includes CLEP/DSST exams, Credit by Exam, APL credit, and Military credit.
Mechanical Engineering Technology, Associate in Science Degree Program Objectives
Graduates of the Mechanical Engineering Technology program will:
- be qualified to make technical contributions to and find employment in operations, design, development and manufacturing in the practice of mechanical engineering technology.
- have an appreciation for the need to be life long learners.
- demonstrate professionalism and a sense of social and ethical responsibility in their professional endeavors.
- engage in professional development or in study in a four-year program to pursue flexible career paths amid future technological changes.
Mechanical Engineering Technology, Associate in Science Degree Program Outcomes
Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:
- practice the skills needed to work effectively in teams and as an individual.
- demonstrate the ability to use appropriate mathematical and computational skills needed for engineering technology applications.
- Combine oral, graphical and written communication skills to present and exchange information effectively and to direct manufacturing activities.
- know of a professional code of ethics.
- have the ability to work professionally in both thermal and mechanical systems areas including the design and realization of such systems.
- be able to function competently in a laboratory setting, making measurements, operating technical equipment, critically examining experimental results, and properly reporting on experimental results, including their potential for process improvement.
- Illustrate an ability to think critically and identify, evaluate and solve complex technical and non-technical problems; demonstrate creativity in designing problem solutions; and conduct and interpret experimental data and outcomes.
- recognize the actions and acts of professionalism that allows them to become informed and participating citizens cognizant of ethics, civic duty and social responsibility.
- recognize the need to be lifelong learners.