Mechanical Engineering Technology - Associate Degree

Mechanical Engineering Technology - Associate Degree

Program Details
Credential: 
Associate of Applied Science
Academic Division: 
Science, Engineering, and Technology

Train for your next job

Mechanical Engineering Technology is a great fit for students who want to take a hands-on approach to mechanical engineering. Mechanical engineering technologists participate in the design, development, testing and manufacturing of industrial machinery, consumer products, engines and other equipment. Thomas Nelson’s Mechanical Engineering Technology associate of applied science program emphasizes the application of scientific and engineering principles. The curriculum is grounded in math, science and engineering principles with practical lessons in computer-aided drawing and design, composite materials, hydraulics and other technical areas.

Specializations

Marine Engineering

Thomas Nelson has partnered with Newport News Shipbuilding to offer a program designed especially for shipyard employees. Offered in conjunction with the apprenticeship program, the curriculum allows employees to earn an associate degree and includes courses in naval architecture, engineering and more.

Mechanical Design

Engineers and technical consultants need you. Train for an entry-level job as a mechanical technician with Thomas Nelson’s Mechanical Engineering Technology program. You’ll learn about basic drafting skills, machine shop operations, materials and processes of manufacturing, computer programming, statics, dynamics and more.

Possibilities 

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, opportunities for mechanical engineering technologists continue to grow. Mechanical Engineering Technology graduates may qualify for opportunities with employers such as NASA Langley Research Center, Newport News Shipbuilding, Continental, Liebherr, HOWMET Alcoa, Cannon and other support contractors. Graduates also work in aircraft, automotive, transportation, military and industrial machinery industries. If you plan to continue your studies at a four-year institution, be sure to ask about Thomas Nelson’s articulation agreement with Old Dominion University (ODU). Students who meet certain course and grade point average criteria can take advantage of guaranteed admission to ODU.

With a degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology, graduates can:

  • design mechanical systems
  • design and test engines and machines
  • specialize in quality control
  • research and develop new products
  • complete experiments
  • specialize in instrumentation
  • specialize in technical marketing and sales

College Catalog

For the most up-to-date information about this program, including courses, credits, and other requirements, please refer to our College Catalog.