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Mechanical Technology

The Degree

Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)

The Outlook

According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, employment of mechanical engineering technicians is projected to grow 5 percent from 2012 to 2022. Opportunities for those who can master new software and technology will be increasingly available.

Those who have completed at least two years of post-secondary training and have developed strong technical skills and experience using CAD systems will be well qualified for the many opportunities that are anticipated. The A.A.S. Mechanical Technology Degree at Finger Lakes Community College is designed to provide you with the skills and experience required to build a successful and rewarding career.

The Program

The Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree in Mechanical Technology provides knowledge and technical experience that enables you to assist engineers design, develop, test, and manufacture industrial machinery, consumer products, and other equipment. Instruction emphasizes developing your technical competence and utilizes computer-aided drafting (CAD). The majority of the core courses needed for this degree are offered at FLCC's Victor Campus Center.

Technology: The CAD Lab offers twenty four networked PCs with current versions of AutoCAD, Inventor, AutoCAD Architecture, and Microsoft Office. Networked output devices include a 3D printer, color laser printer, and large format color plotter. Students also have access to the Engineering Lab with electronics and machining equipment .

Honors Courses: The College offers honors courses that provide enhanced educational experiences for students who have demonstrated outstanding academic ability. Enrollment in honors courses is open to qualified students in this degree program, as well as all other qualified FLCC students. Successful completion of honors courses or an Honors Certificate may increase student transfer options to four-year institutions.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this degree program, students will be able to:

  • apply knowledge and practice skills related to mechanical technology, allowing the successful graduate to be employed in an entry level position as a mechanical drafter, designer or technician working under the supervision of an engineer to design, develop, test, and manufacture industrial machinery, consumer products, and other equipment.
  • demonstrate and apply knowledge of ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineering) drawing standards.
  • identify and select appropriate materials and manufacturing processes for mechanical designs.
  • analyze and troubleshoot AC and DC circuits.
  • use 2D and 3D CAD (computer-aided design & drafting) software as a design, drafting, and presentation tool.
  • perform calculations to solve mechanical design problems.
  • identify, specify, and design common machine elements such as cams, gears, shafts, belts, springs, clutches, and bearings.

The Experience

Internships: An optional second-year and summer internship/co-op program gives you an opportunity to work in a manufacturing environment as a drafter, designer, or inspector for a period of four to five months. You will perform a variety of work assignments alongside professional staff members. An on-site mentor and FLCC faculty review the work performed, with required additional written reports by the student. Students will be paid by the firm and will also pay tuition and receive credit. Each assignment is individually planned, and work commitments vary. All participating students will require a recommendation from their Finger Lakes faculty advisor prior to being accepted in the program.

The Graduates

Some graduates choose to continue their studies in Mechanical Engineering Technology, Manufacturing Engineering Technology or Electro-Mechanical Technology at four-year colleges and universities such as SUNY Institute of Technology at Utica/Rome, Rochester Institute of Technology, and Alfred State College, among others.*

Salary: According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, the median annual wage for mechanical engineering technicians was $51,980 in May 2012.

Careers: Graduates of the program have found employment at companies such as Refractron, G.W. Lisk, H.M. Cross, Ultrafab, Cliftronics, and Gorbel in a variety of occupations including drafter, designer, technician, inspector, and technical sales representative.

* This is a sampling of some of the four-year colleges and universities to which our students have transferred. Please consult your advisor or the Educational Planning and Career Services office for a complete listing of transfer agreements between Finger Lakes Community College and four-year institutions.

The Scholarships

For students meeting specific criteria, a mechanical technology scholarship is offered by G.W. Lisk Corporation Inc. For details, contact a member of the Science/Technology Department or the Financial Aid Office.

This program qualifies for funding assistance through the Advanced Manufacturing Pathway Project (DOL Grant). Applicants must be at least 18 years of age, unemployed and have a high school diploma or GED. For further information, contact Bill Rotenberg, Advanced Manufacturing Career Navigator, amcn@fingerlakesworks.com.

The Faculty

The lead faculty member and advisor for all students in this program is Marsha Walton, recipient of the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2008. Professor Walton earned BS & MS degrees in Civil Engineering from Michigan State University. In addition, she is licensed as a Professional Engineer with the State of Michigan. Her teaching areas include CAD, engineering graphics, engineering mechanics, and freshman seminar for technology students. Other program courses are taught by full time FLCC faculty from other disciplines and adjuncts with specialized expertise.