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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.

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.

Honors Courses: If you have demonstrated outstanding academic ability, you will have the opportunity to take honors courses at FLCC that provide enhanced educational experiences. If you are a qualified student in this degree program or are a qualified student from another program, enrollment in honors courses is open to you. Successful completion of honors courses or an Honors Certificate may increase your 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. 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 Co., Inc. Excellence
  • Mrs. Elizabeth May Davis Bliss Memorial (female students only)
  • Murray F. Gardner

For information on these scholarships, contact a member of the science and 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 more information, contact Bill Rotenberg, Advanced Manufacturing Career Navigator, via email at amcn@fingerlakesworks.com.

The Faculty

The lead faculty member and advisor of this program is Marsha Walton. In 2008, she earned the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching. Professor Walton completed her undergraduate and graduate studies at Michigan State University where she earned her B.S. and M.S. degrees in civil engineering. She is currently licensed as a professional engineer with the state of Michigan.

Walton's 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.