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AAS Degree - Code #0493

BS Degree - Code #0235

Chris Tomasi, AAS Program Coordinator
Email address: tomasicj@alfredstate.edu 

Dr. Matt Lawrence, BS Program Coordinator
Email address: lawrenmj@alfredstate.edu 

As a mechanical engineering technology program graduate, you will be well prepared to be a mechanical technologist or technician 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. You will be able to design, specify, test, analyze, and install mechanical systems. This broad content exposure occurs 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. Laptop specifications are available at www.alfredstate.edu/required-laptops.

Advantages

  • Both the AAS and BS mechanical engineering technology programs are accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.
  • The Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering technology is recognized as a “professional degree” that qualifies for experience/education credit toward Professional Engineering (PE) licensure.
 

Program Student Learning Outcomes (PSLOs) - AAS Degree

a. An ability to apply the knowledge, techniques, skills, and modern tools of the discipline to narrowly defined engineering technology activities.

b. An ability to apply a knowledge of mathematics, science, engineering, and technology to engineering technology problems that require limited application of principles but extensive practical knowledge.

c. An ability to conduct standard tests and measurements, and to conduct, analyze and interpret experiments.

d. An ability to function effectively as a member of a technical team.

e. An ability to identify, analyze, and solve narrowly defined engineering technology problems.

f. 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.

g. An understanding of the need for and an ability to engage in self-directed continuing professional development.

h. An understanding of and a commitment to address professional and ethical responsibilities, including a respect for diversity.

i. A commitment to quality, timeliness, and continuous improvement.

Program Student Learning Outcomes (PSLOs) - BS Degree

a. An ability to select and apply the knowledge, techniques, skills, and modern tools of the discipline to broadly-defined engineering technology activities.

b. 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.

c. An ability to conduct standard tests and measurements; to conduct, analyze, and interpret experiments and to apply experimental results to improve processes.

d. An ability to design systems, components, or processes for broadly-defined engineering technology problems appropriate to program educational objectives.

e. An ability to function effectively as a member or leader on a technical team.

f. An ability to identify, analyze, and solve broadly-defined engineering technology problems.

g. 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.

h. An understanding of the need for and an ability to engage in self-directed continuing professional development.

i. An understanding of and a commitment to address professional and ethical responsibilities including a respect for diversity.

j. A knowledge of the impact of engineering technology solutions in a societal and global context.

k. A commitment to quality, timeliness, and continuous improvement.

Program Educational Objectives (PEOs)

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. 

The BS in mechanical engineering technology program will produce 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 as technologists in the mechanical or related field of engineering technology.
  8. Can function effectively in open-ended activities involving applications, design, analysis, and implementation.
  9. Can function effectively in leadership or supervisory roles.

Direct Entry Into Baccalaureate Degree Programs

Alfred State mechanical engineering technology AAS graduates may enter directly into either the construction supervision BTech, the interdisciplinary studies BTech, the mechanical engineering technology BS, or the technology management BBA degree program.

Continuing Education 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 the awarding 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 program 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.

Occupational Opportunities

Automotive industry Aerospace industry Petroleum industry
HVAC&R industry Utility companies Engineering aide
Development/design Sales and applications Test technicians
Field service Manufacturing Process equipment
Installation supervision    

Employment Statistics

Employment and continuing education rate:
Mechanical engineering technology (AAS degree): 22 percent are employed; 78 percent continued their education.

Mechanical engineering technology (BS degree): 100 percent are employed.

Enrollment And Graduation Data

Mechanical engineering technology (AAS degree):  Enrollment - 32; Graduates - 15

Mechanical engineering technology (BS degree):  Enrollment - 185; Graduates - 27

Entrance Requirements/recommendations (AAS)

Required: Algebra, Geometry, Algebra 2/ Trigonometry

Recommended: Physics

Mechanical Engineering Technology - AAS Degree

TYPICAL FOUR-SEMESTER PROGRAM

First

MECH 1203 Materials Science 3
MECH 1603 Graphics/CAD 3
COMP 1503 Freshman Composition 3
MATH 1033 College Algebra 3
  xxx3 Gen Ed Elective 3
     

15

Second

MECH 1663 Manufacturing Processes 3
MECH 4003 Solid Modeling 3
MECH 4523 Control System Fundamentals 3
MATH 2043 College Trigonometry 3
PHYS 1024 General Physics I 4
     

16

Third

MECH 3334 Statics 4
MECH 3223 Mechanical Design Principles 3
MATH 1063 Technical Calculus I 3
PHYS 2023 General Physics II 3
SOCI 1193 Marriage & Famly Acrs Wrld Clt 3
  OR
PLSC 1043 American Government 3
  OR
ANTH 1013 Cultural Anthropology 3
      16

Fourth

MECH 4024 Dynamics 4
MATH 2074 Technical Calculus II 4
MECH 3124 HVAC Systems 4
MECH 4224 Mechanical Systems Design 4
      16

If not required to take MATH 1033 and MATH 2043, take LAS elective to complete degree requirements of 3 credits, otherwise take free elective.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

  • 63 credits
  • 20 credits of liberal arts and sciences
  • 2.0 grade point average in major courses (in bold text above)
  • 2.0 cumulative grade point average
  • Approval of department faculty
  • Five of 10 General Education areas

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

ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS/RECOMMENDATIONS (BS)

Required: Algebra, Geometry, Algebra 2/ Trigonometry, SAT and/or ACT scores with a recommended combined reading/writing and math SAT score of 1080 or a composite ACT score of 21.

Recommended: Physics

Courses that 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.

Mechanical Engineering Technology – BS Degree

TYPICAL FIVE- THROUGH EIGHT-SEMESTER PROGRAM

Fifth

MECH 7114 Applied Thermodynamics 4
MECH 5334 Mechanics of Materials 4
MECH 6334 Fluid Mechanics 4
LITR xxx3 Literature Elective 3
CHEM 5013 Applied Chemical Principles 3
      18

Sixth

MATH 6114 Differential Equations 4
COMP 5703 Technical Writing II 3
SPCH 1083 Effective Speaking 3
MATH 7123 Statistics for Engr Technology 3
MECH 3643 Manufacturing Management 3
      16

Seventh

BSET 7001 Senior Seminar & Project Des 1
MECH 7603 Heat Transfer 3
MATH 7113 Economic Analy for Engr Tech 3
MECH 7153 Fluid Power Systems Design 3
EMET 5004 Instrumentation 4
  xxx3 Gen Ed/LAS  Elective 3
      17

Eighth

BSET 8003 Senior Technical Project 3
MECH 7223 Energy Systems 3
   OR
MECH 7403 Microfabrication Technology 3
  xxx3 Liberal Arts/Science Elective 3
  xxx3 Liberal Arts/Science Elective 3
      12

Social Science Electives:

SOCI 1163 General Sociology 3
SOCI 1193 Marriage & Famly Acrs Wrld Clt 3
PSYC 1013 General Psychology 3

Typical Liberal Arts/Science Electives:

HIST 1113 Hist of West Civil Since 1648 3
HIST 1143 Surv of American History I 3
HIST 2153 Surv of American History II 3
PLSC 1043 American Government 3
PLSC 1053 International Relations 3
FNAT 1023 Introduction to Theatre 3
FNAT 1313 Art History 3

bS DEGREE GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

  • Completion of above courses
  • 126 credit hours
  • 45 upper division credit hours
  • 60 credit hours of liberal arts and sciences
  • 2.0 grade point average in major courses (in bold text above)
  • 2.0 cumulative grade point average
  • Approval of department faculty
  • Seven of 10 General Education areas

CERTIFICATION OR LICENSURE

The Bachelor of Science in mechanical 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.