Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)
Whether you're an entry-level or lifelong learner in Mechanical Technology or Industrial Engineering Technology, FLCC's Mechanical Technology program provides you a high quality education that will prepare you for transfer and career opportunities. As a student in this program, you'll have the opportunity to showcase your mechanical design skills as a member of the College's Engineering and Technology Club, which allows you to work on entries for drones, robotics, or other competitions.
The A.A.S. Mechanical Technology degree program at FLCC provides you the knowledge and technical skills that will enable you to assist engineers with designing, developing, testing, and manufacturing industrial machinery, consumer products, support and test equipment (STE), and other equipment. Instruction emphasizes developing your technical competence and engineering analysis, and utilizes computer-aided drafting (CAD). The majority of the core courses needed for this degree is offered at FLCC's Victor Campus Center.
In this program, you'll utilize FLCC's CAD lab, which offers 24 networked personal computers with current versions of AutoCAD, Inventor, Solidworks, and Microsoft Office. You'll learn to output your design work through networked output devices, which includes a 3D printer, color laser printer, and large format color plotter. Classroom instruction emphasizes technical competence through the use of computer-aided drafting (CAD).
Program Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this degree program, students shall:
- Produce accurate 3-D models from sketches or physical models.
- Perform common mechanical engineering calculations.
- Defend material choices based on engineering properties as used in engineering designs.
- Discuss appropriate manufacturing processes that insure components and assemblies can be fabricated.
As a student in this program, you'll have the opportunity to work for a semester or more at a manufacturing site applying the skills you have developed to real-world applications. In your position, you'll perform a variety of work assignments alongside professional staff members, which will be reviewed by an on-site mentor and FLCC faculty. During your work experience, you'll be paid by the firm and will also pay tuition and receive credit. Prior to being accepted into the program, you'll be required to receive a recommendation from your faculty advisor.
In addition, you'll be challenged in your second year in the program to apply what you've learned to solving a technical problem. You'll work with other students in teams to design, analyze, and finalize your solution.
Graduates of this program have found employment at companies such as Refractron, G.W. Lisk, H.M. Cross, Ultrafab, Cliftronics, and Gorbel. Some positions obtained at these companies include machine, tool, and product designer, industrial laboratory technician, inspector, production control technician, sales technician, field technician, safety technician, and CAD designer. Some graduates choose to continue their studies in Mechanical Engineering Technology, Manufacturing Engineering Technology, or Electro-Mechanical Technology at four-year institutions.
As a Mechanical Technology student, you can apply for a variety of scholarships including the G.W. Lisk Co., Inc. Excellence, Mrs. Elizabeth May Davis Bliss Memorial (female students only), and Murray F. Gardner scholarships. 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 at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The lead faculty member and advisor for the Mechanical Technology program is Jack Riley. Learn more about the Mechanical Technology faculty.
"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."