Mechanical Engineering Technology (BS)

Application Code: 
0235
Degree Received: 
Bachelor of Science (BS)
Program Coordinator: 
Matthew Lawrence
Coordinator Email: 
lawrenmj@alfredstate.edu
Description: 

360 Virtual TourMechanical engineering technology program graduates are prepared 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.  Every bachelor graduate is required to complete a capstone project to bring together theoretical and practical skills.

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 BS 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.
  7. can function effectively in open-ended activities involving applications, design, analysis, and implementation;
  8. can function effectively in leadership or supervisory roles.

Program Student Outcomes

The student outcomes for the mechanical engineering technology BS program are listed below:

  • an ability to select and apply the knowledge, techniques, skills, and modern tools of the discipline to broadly-defined engineering technology activities;
  • an ability to select and apply a knowledge of mathematics, science, engineering, and technology to engineering technology problems that require the application of principles and applied procedures or methodologies;
  • an ability to conduct standard tests and measurements; to conduct, analyze, and interpret experiments; and to apply experimental results to improve processes;
  • an ability to design systems, components, or processes for broadly-defined engineering technology problems appropriate to program educational objectives;
  • an ability to function effectively as a member or leader on a technical team;
  • an ability to identify, analyze, and solve broadly-defined engineering technology problems;
  • an ability to apply written, oral, and graphical communication in both technical and nontechnical environments; and an ability to identify and use appropriate technical literature;
  • an understanding of the need for and an ability to engage in self-directed continuing professional development;
  • an understanding of and a commitment to address professional and ethical responsibilities including a respect for diversity;
  • a knowledge of the impact of engineering technology solutions in a societal and global context;
  • a commitment to quality, timeliness, and continuous improvement; and
  • the ability to use a computer as a communications tool.

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 ability to select and apply the knowledge, techniques, skills, and modern tools of the discipline to broadly-defined engineering technology activities;
  • An ability to select and apply a knowledge of mathematics, science, engineering, and technology to engineering technology problems that require the application of principles and applied procedures or methodologies;
  • An ability to conduct standard tests and measurements; to conduct, analyze, and interpret experiments; and to apply experimental results to improve processes;
  • An ability to design systems, components, or processes for broadly-defined engineering technology problems appropriate to program educational objectives;
  • An ability to function effectively as a member of leader on a technical team;
  • An ability to identify, analyze, and solve broadly-defined engineering technology problems;
  • An ability to apply written, oral, and graphical communication in both technical and non-technical environments; and an ability to identify and use appropriate technical literature;
  • An understanding of the need for and an ability to engage in self-directed continuing professional development;
  • An understanding of and a commitment to address professional and ethical responsibilities including a respect for diversity;
  • A knowledge of the impact of engineering technology solutions in a societal and global context;
  • A commitment to quality, timeliness, and continuous improvement.
Entrance Requirements & Recommendations: 

Required: Algebra, Geometry, Algebra 2/ Trigonometry, SAT and/or ACT scores with a recommended combined SAT score of 1,000 (critical reading and math) or a composite ACT score of 21.
Recommended: Physics

Accreditation/Certification: 

Accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

The Bachelor of Science in engineering technology is recognized as a “professional degree” that qualifies for experience/education credit toward Professional Engineering (PE) licensure. Graduates from Alfred State’s program are allowed six years of the required 12 years of education/experience credit and are eligible to take the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE), formerly called Engineer-in-Training (EIT), examination upon graduation.

Features & Facilities: 
  • Includes laboratories with most theory courses
  • Teaches current computer applications for mechanical engineering
  • TAC/ABET accredited
  • Four-year degree
  • Also designed for 2-year engineering technology graduates
  • Twelve fully-equipped mechanical technology laboratories
  • Faculty with engineering and industrial experience
Articulation Agreements: 

Agreements exist for AAS graduates from Alfred State, Broome Community College, SUNY Canton, Corning Community College, Finger Lakes Community College, Jamestown Community College, and SUNY Morrisville.

Graduation Requirements: 
  • Completion of below courses
  • 45 upper division credit hours
  • 60 credit hours 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
  • 7 of 10 General Education areas

Courses which repeat or significantly overlap courses taken in the student's associate degree program cannot be taken for upper level credit. If the associate degree covered the subject matter in one of the required baccalaureate courses, a different course must be substituted and approved by the faculty adviser.

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
Typical Semester Layout: 

Approximately 12 to 15 hours are spent in classroom instruction each week with class size ranging from 20 to 35 students. Structured labs are six to 12 hours a week. The student's academic adviser is a member of the Mechanical Engineering Technology Department faculty.

First Semestercredits
MECH1603Graphics/CAD3
MECH1203Materials Science3
COMP1503Freshman Composition3
MATH1033College Algebra3
HPEDxxx1Physical Education Elective1
   16
Second Semestercredits
MECH1643Manufacturing Processes3
MECH1641Manufacturing Processes Lab1
MECH4523Control Systems3
LITR2603Intro to Literature3
PHYS1024General Physics I4
MATH2043College Trigonometry3
   17
Third Semestercredits
MECH3113Statics3
MECH3124HVAC Systems4
MECH3223Mechanical Design Principles3
PHYS2023General Physics II3
SOCI1193Marriage and Family* OR 
PLSC1043American Government3
MATH1063Technical Calculus I3
   19
Fourth Semestercredits
MECH4024Dynamics4
MECH4224Mechanical Systems Design4
MECH4003Solid Modeling3
MECH3643Manufacturing Management3
MATH2074Technical Calculus II4
   18

* Any student who does not enroll in SOCI 1193 or PLSC 1043 must enroll in two appropriate General Education courses.

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

Fifth Semestercredits
MECH7114Applied Thermodynamics4
MECH5334Mechanics of Materials4
MATH6114Differential Equations4
COMP5703Technical Writing3
CHEM5013Applied Chem Principles3
   18
Sixth Semestercredits
MECH7334Heat Transfer4
MECH6334Fluid Mechanics4
MECH6204Mechanical Power Systems4
MATH7123Statistics for Eng Tech3
SPCH1083Effective Speaking3
   18
Seventh Semestercredits
EMET5004Instrumentation4
BSET7001Senior Seminar & Project Design1
MECH7223Energy Systems3
MECH7503Vibrations3
MATH7113Economic Analysis for Eng Technology3
 xxx3Liberal Arts/Science Elective3
   17
Eighth Semestercredits
BSET8003Senior Technical Project3
MECH7153Fluid Power 3
  OR 
BSET8006Senior Internship6
 xxx3Liberal Arts/Science Elective3
 xxx3Liberal Arts/Science Elective3
 xxx3Gen Education Elective3
   15
Typical Social Science Electives
SOCI1163General Sociology
SOCI1193Marriage & Family Accross World Civilization
PSYC1013General Psychology
Typical General Education Electives
HIST1113History of Western Civilization
HIST1143Survey of American Histroy I
HIST2153Survey of American History II
PLSC1043 American Government
PLSC1053International Relations
FNAT1013Art Appreciation
FNAT1023Introduction to Theatre
FNAT1313Art History
FNAT2413Music History
Enrollment and Graduation Rates: 
Enrollment% Graduated in Four Years% Graduated in Six Years
 1136%45%
Employment and Transfer Rate: 
100%
Employment and Transfer Survey Details: 
Survey Details201020112012
Receiving Degrees311718
Responding to Survey26 (84%)12 (71%)9 (50%)
Employed20 (77%)12 (100%)9 (100%)
Employed in Field19 (95%)12 (100%)9 (100%)
Transferred5 (19%)----
Unemployed & Seeking Employment1 (4%)----
Unemployed & Not Seeking Employment------
Employment and Transfer Salary Information: 

$30,000 - $39,999 (1)
$40,000 - $49,999 (2)
$50,000 - $59,999 (2)
$60,000 - $69,000 (1)
Prefer not to disclose (3)