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Mechanical Engineering Technology
Associate in Applied Science Degree
69 Hours Minimum

Mechanical Engineering Technology Program Description
(formerly Mechanical Design Technology)

The role of the Mechanical Engineering Technologist in industry is quite varied. They are often employed in the design office of a manufacturer. Some entry-level graduates construct computer graphic models of machines that are being designed. The career path of these graduates could lead to job titles of senior designer, or design supervisor. Mechanical Engineering Technologists also work in product support, solving design-related problems on machines already in use. Some work as service information technologists. They write and develop service and repair instructions for complex machines. Some are applications engineers, who help equipment manufacturers design the correct bearings, pumps, motors, etc into a wide range of products. Others work as test technicians. They work in labs or at proving grounds to assess machine performance and durability.

The computer has become a very important tool for the designer. Students develop a strong foundation in CAD software. Analytical and rational problem solving skills are very important for the Mechanical Engineering Technologist. They take courses in mathematics, science, drafting, and machine design. Courses in communications are required. Students can receive a bachelor's degree in Engineering Technology by transferring to Bradley University or one of several Illinois state universities.

Students applying for admission to the program should have high school transcripts and ACT scores or college transcripts sent to the Admissions Office. Math skills equivalent to two years of high school algebra and one year of high school geometry are minimum requirements for admission to the program (two years of High School Technical Math or Applied Math equals one year of Algebra). Remedial courses are available at ICC for students wishing to upgrade their skills.

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