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AAS Degree - Code #0493

Aric Bryant, Department Chair and AAS Program Coordinator
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As a mechanical engineering technology program graduate, you will be well prepared to be a mechanical engineer (B.S.) or technician (AAS) for the 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.


  • “The AAS program is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission(s) of ABET,, under the General Criteria and the Mechanical Engineering Technology and Similarly Named Program Criteria.”

Program Student Learning Outcomes (PSLOs) - AAS Degree

  • An ability to apply the knowledge, techniques, skills, and modern tools of mathematics, science, engineering, and technology to solve well-defined engineering problems appropriate to the discipline.
  • An ability to design solutions for well-defined technical problems and assist with the engineering design of systems, components, or processes appropriate to the discipline;
  • An ability to apply written, oral, and graphical communication in well-defined technical and non-technical environments; and an ability to identify and use appropriate technical literature;
  • An ability to conduct standard tests and measurements, and experiments and to analyze and interpret the results; and
  • An ability to function effectively as a member of a technical team.

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:

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

Direct Entry Into Baccalaureate Degree Programs

Alfred State mechanical engineering technology AAS graduates may enter directly into 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  Sales and applications
 HVAC & R industry  Manufacturing
 Development/design  Petroleum industry
 Field service  Engineering aide
 Installation supervision  Test technicians
 Aerospace industry  Process equipment
 Utility companies  MEMS and Microfabrication
Defense Industry Energy Industry

Employment Statistics

Employment and continuing education rate of 100 percent – 100 percent continued their education.

Related Programs

Mechatronics Technology

Enrollment And Graduation Data

AAS Degree  Enrollment (based on Fall census)
2022 25
2021 8
2020 35
   Degrees Awarded
2021-2022 9
2020-2021 11
2019-2020 11

Entrance Requirements/recommendations (AAS)

Required: Algebra, Geometry, Algebra 2

Recommended: Physics

Required Course Prerequisites

If students do not place into MATH 1033 College Algebra, MATH 1084 Calculus I, MATH 1323 Quantitative Reasoning, 1034 College Algebra of Functions, 1054 Precalculus, or 2124 Statistical Methods & Analysis, then MATH 1014 Algebra Concepts is a required prerequisite for completion of the major.

If students do not place into PHYS 1024 General Physics I or PHYS 1044 College Physics I, then PHYS 1014 Introductory Physics is a required prerequisite for completion of this major.

Courses that repeat or significantly overlap those 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.

Technical Standards 

It is essential that students are able to fully participate, with or without a reasonable accommodation, in engineering technology lab and test procedures.  Engineering technology students should be able to: 

  • Maintain ethical standards as defined by professional societies such as ASME and IEEE (non-exhaustive list)
  • Appropriately use hand and power tools.
  • Appropriately use test, analysis, and measurement equipment
  • Maintain professional integrity in the classroom and laboratory setting
  • Communicate effectively, orally and written
  • Perform experiments safely in a laboratory environment
  • Visually decipher lab equipment digital or analogue displays
  • Understand and retain information found in equipment manuals, data sheets, and lab instructions
  • Comprehend written and oral directions; act on those directions safely
  • Visually identify and select hardware components
  • Visually distinguish computer software user interface elements
  • Interpret software outputs to analyze data
  • Have sufficient dexterity to finely adjust equipment settings
  • Interpret complex data tables and graphs

Required Equipment

A tier 3 laptop computer is required for students entering the mechanical engineering technology program. Laptop specifications are available at

Office of Accessibility Services

Students who believe they need a reasonable accommodation to properly participate in this program may contact Melanie Ryan in the Office of Accessibility Services. This office may be contacted by email at  or by phone at 607-587-4506. Please keep in mind that some accommodations may take time to implement, so students seeking accommodations are encouraged to contact OAS as early as possible.

General Notes:

Math through Technical Calculus II must be completed.  Students who start at a higher level in math must meet all SUNY general education and campus liberal arts and sciences course credit requirements for graduation.

Mechanical Engineering Technology - AAS Degree



MECH 1003 Intro to Mechanical Eng Tech 3
MECH 1663 Manufacturing Processes 3
COMP 1503 Writing Studies 3
MATH 1033 College Algebra 3
GLST 2113 Global & Diverse Perspectives 3


MECH 1203 Materials Science 3
MECH 4003 Solid Modeling 3
MECH 4523 Control System Fundamentals 3
MATH 2043 College Trigonometry 3
PHYS 1024 General Physics I 4


MECH 3334 Statics 4
MECH 3223 Mechanical Design Principles 3
MATH 1063 Technical Calculus I 3
PHYS 2023 General Physics II 3
SPCH 1083 Public Speaking 3
SPCH xxx3 Approved Gen Ed Equivalent 3


MECH 4024 Dynamics 4
MATH 2074 Technical Calculus II 4
MECH xxx4 Tech. Elective 4
MECH xxx4 Tech. Elective 4

If not required to take MATH 1033 and MATH 2043, take LAS elective(s) to complete degree requirements.


  • 63 credits
  • 20 credits of liberal arts and sciences
  • 2.0 grade point average in major courses
  • 2.0 cumulative grade point average
  • Approval of department faculty
  • Four of 10 General Education areas







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 1053 International Relations 3
PSYC 1013 General Psychology 3
FNAT 1023 Introduction to Theatre 3
FNAT 1313 Art History 3
SOCI 1163 General Sociology 3