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.

If you have completed at least two years of post-secondary training and have developed strong technical skills and experience using CAD systems, you will be well-qualified for the many opportunities that are anticipated. The A.A.S. mechanical technology degree program 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 mechanical technology degree program provides knowledge and technical experience that enables you to assist engineers with designing, developing, testing, and manufacturing 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 is 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. Additionally, while enrolled in the mechanical technology degree program, you will have access to the engineering lab, which contains electronics and machining equipment.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this degree program, students:

  • Shall be able to create 2-D computer aided drawing (CAD) and 3-D models from sketches or physical models.
  • Shall be familiar with common mechanical engineering calculations and confident in their ability to perform those calculations.
  • Shall understand the properties of common materials used in the fabrication of products and apply that knowledge to their designs.
  • Shall be familiar with manufacturing processes and the equipment that is needed and apply that to insure that the components and assemblies can be fabrication.

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. During your experience, you will be paid by the firm and will also pay tuition and receive credit. Each assignment is individually planned, and work commitments vary. Prior to being accepted into the program, it will be required of you to receive a recommendation from your faculty advisor.

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
  • Alfred State College

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
  • Gorbel

Positions obtained at these companies include:

  • Drafter
  • Designer
  • Technician
  • Inspector
  • Technical Sales Representative

* This is a sampling of some of the four-year colleges and universities to which FLCC 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

As a mechanical technology major, if you meet specific award criteria, you will be eligible for the following scholarships:

  • G.W. Lisk, Inc. Excellence
  • Mrs. Elizabeth May Davis Bliss Memorial (female students only)
  • Murray F. Gardner Memorial

For information on these scholarships, contact the FLCC Foundation.

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 more information, contact Bill Rotenberg, Advanced Manufacturing Career Navigator, via email at

The Faculty

Jack Riley is the lead faculty member and advisor for the Mechanical Technology program. He earned his BSME and Masters of Engineering in Systems Engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology.

Riley brings a wealth of mechanical design experience to the classroom. He has worked for Mixing Equipment Company, Eastman Kodak, Technology Incorporate, Corning Incorporate, ITT Space Systems Division, and Moog. Riley's teaching areas include: CAD, engineering graphics, engineering mechanics, and machine design and analysis.

Bryan VanCuyck

"There were two areas I enjoyed the most in the Mechanical Technology program. One was learning how to use CAD software. It was neat creating 3D assemblies. The second thing I enjoyed was the hands-on learning with the lathes and mills. It's one thing to draw pictures of gears and differential gears, it's another to create them."