Rochester Institute of Technology

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Student Skills & Capabilities, Salary Data, Career Information 

Electrical/Mechanical Engineering Technology BS

Program Overview

The Electrical/Mechanical Engineering Technology program provides students with the foundation for a successful career as an engineer. Graduates are able to effectively bridge the technical gap between mechanical and electrical engineering. Students learn how to apply principles and skills in projects related to the various fields of electrical/mechanical engineering, such as product and machine design, power generation, utilities and manufacturing. Graduates are prepared to work with the latest technology to produce superior cost-effective mechanical/electrical design, and to hold professional positions in machine design; manufacturing engineering, engineering development testing; field service engineering; product design thermal analysis; HVAC; plant operations; and technical sales. The program is designed with the maximum amount of diversity to allow students with various interests to obtain appropriate technical knowledge to qualify for professional positions.

Degrees Awarded

  • Bachelor of Science Degree (5 year)

Enrollment

  • Approximately 110 full-time students enrolled.

Cooperative Education & Experiential Education Component

  • Students are required to complete 4 co-op work assignments. Students are available for two 6-month periods. Typical co-op periods run from February-August and June-December.

Salary Information

                    Avg.                           Range
Co-op:     $17.25                     $10.50 - $25.90
BS:           $58,500                   $40,500 - $72,000

Student Skills & Capabilities

  • Strong emphasis is placed integrating electrical/mechanical components at a systems level. Focus on problem solving instress analysis, kinematics, and facilities management, computer based mechanical design and all aspects of electrical/mechanical engineering.
  • Skilled in electrical and mechanical troubleshooting and analysis of problems, design of electrical solutions and implementation of the solutions using current technology. The program teaches students to master the fundamentals of electronics and mechanics then apply them to improve existing technology.
  • Technical skills and capabilities come from courses that cover the disciplines of electricity, electronics, microprocessors, computer programming, mechanics, materials, thermal science, engineering graphics manufacturing process and economic analysis.
  • Students acquire an assortment of software package knowledge from this program.  Most common are Solid Works, Ansys Workbench, MathCAD, MatLab, EES, PSPICE, Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Machine design, CAD, layout and installation production, testing, quality control, trouble shooting, field engineering.

Accreditation

The Bachelor of Science in Electrical Mechanical Engineering Technology program is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

Equipment & Facilities

State-of-the-art equipment and laboratories allow practice-based, hands-on experience. Students have access to sophisticated equipment such as 3D printers and rapid prototyping equipment; a full machine shop with CNC Mill and Lathe; state-of-the-art metrology lab; engineering workstations capable of solid modeling and finite element analysis; a wind tunnel; engineering mechanics, materials testing, and thermal apparatus; strain gauge instruments; and modern data acquisition systems that collect and manipulate data and produce reports.
Students also have access to nine industrial robots, three CNC machines, two vision systems, two model FMS systems. Fully automated electronics manufacturing & assembly lab specializing in surface mount technology donated through industry support. Additional resources:

  • Design, Analysis and Rapid Prototyping Lab
  • Metrology Laboratory
  • Manufacturing Processes Laboratory
  • Plastics Processing and Testing Laboratory
  • Thermo-fluid Sciences Laboratory
  • Welding Lab and Equipment
  • CompactLogix and ControlLogix PLC Laboratory (Rockwell Automation)
  • Robotics and Machine Vision Laboratory
  • Surface Mount Electronics Assembly Laboratory
  •  Failure Analysis Laboratory

Nature of Work

Electrical engineers design, develop, test, and supervise the manufacture of electrical equipment. Some of this equipment includes electric motors; machinery controls, lighting, and wiring in buildings; automobiles; aircraft; radar and navigation systems; and power-generating, -controlling, and transmission devices used by electric utilities. Although the terms “electrical” and “electronics” engineering often are used interchangeably in academia and industry, electrical engineers have traditionally focused on the generation and supply of power, whereas electronics engineers have worked on applications of electricity to control systems or signal processing. Electrical engineers specialize in areas such as power systems engineering or electrical equipment manufacturing. 
 
Mechanical engineers research, develop, design, manufacture, and test tools, engines, machines, and other mechanical devices. They work on power-producing machines such as electric generators, internal combustion engines, and steam and gas turbines, as well as power-using machines such as refrigeration and air-conditioning equipment, machine tools, material handling systems, elevators and escalators, industrial production equipment, and robots used in manufacturing. (Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook)

Training / Qualifications

Nearly all entry-level engineering jobs require a bachelor's degree in engineering or engineering technology. Most engineering degrees are granted in electrical, electronics, mechanical, or civil engineering. However, engineers trained in one branch may work in related branches. For example, many aerospace engineers have training in mechanical engineering. This flexibility allows employers to meet staffing needs in new technologies and specialties in which engineers may be in short supply. It also allows engineers to shift to fields with better employment prospects or to those that more closely match their interests. (Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics O.O.H.)

Job Outlook

Electrical engineers should have favorable employment opportunities. The number of job openings resulting from employment growth and from the need to replace electrical engineers who transfer to other occupations or leave the labor force is expected to be in rough balance with the supply of graduates. Employment of electrical engineers is expected to increase slower than average for all occupations through 2020. Although international competition and the use of engineering services performed in other countries may limit employment growth, strong demand for electrical devices such as giant electric power generators or wireless phone transmitters should boost growth. Prospects should be particularly good for electrical engineers working in engineering services firms providing technical expertise to other companies on specific projects. 
 
Mechanical engineers are projected to have slower than average employment through 2020. Although total employment in manufacturing industries—in which employment of mechanical engineers is concentrated—is expected to decline, employment of mechanical engineers in manufacturing should increase as the demand for improved machinery and machine tools grows and as industrial machinery and processes become increasingly complex. Also, emerging technologies in biotechnology, materials science, and nanotechnology will create new job opportunities for mechanical engineers. Additional opportunities for mechanical engineers will arise because the skills acquired through earning a degree in mechanical engineering often can be applied in other engineering specialties. (Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics O.O.H.)

Employment

Of the 1.6 million engineering jobs in 2010, electrical engineers held 151,000, mechanical engineers held 243,000 jobs, and electronic engineers held 140,000 jobs. Most jobs were in professional, scientific, and technical services firms, government agencies, and manufacturers of computer and electronic products and machinery. Wholesale trade, communications, and utilities firms accounted for most of the remaining jobs. (Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics O.O.H.)

Selected Employer Hiring Partners

Anheuser-Busch, Borg Warner, Canon Virginia, General Dynamics, General Electric, Harris, M/E Engineering, Nevada Automotive Test Center, Oneida Molded Plastics, Micron Technology, PPC, A Belden Brand, Retrotech, Rheonix, The Boston Beer, Company, TIMET, Toyota, Welch Allyn, Wegmans Food Markets.

Contact Us

We appreciate your interest in your career and we will make every effort to help you succeed. Feel free to contact Maureen Arquette, the career services coordinator who works with the Electrical/Mechanical Engineering Technology program. You can access information about services through our web site at https://www.rit.edu/careerservices.

Maureen Arquette, Assistant Director, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; 585.475.5081
Rochester Institute of Technology . Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education
Bausch & Lomb Center
57 Lomb Memorial Drive . Rochester NY  14623-5603
585.475.2301
 
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