Rochester Institute of Technology

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Mechanical Engineering Technology BS

Program Overview

The Mechanical Engineering Technology program provides students with the foundation for a successful career as a mechanical engineer.  Students learn how to apply practical engineering principles and skills to the various fields of mechanical engineering, such as product and machine design, manufacturing, power generation and utilities.  Graduates are prepared to work with the latest technology to produce superior cost-effective mechanical designs, and to hold professional positions in design/development engineering; manufacturing engineering; quality engineering; engineering testing; field service engineering; product design; HVAC engineering; plant operations; and technical sales.  The program emphasizes the development of a design methodology which is reinforced through project-based team oriented assignments.
 

Degrees Awarded

  • Bachelor of Science Degree (5 year)

Enrollment

  • Approximately 470 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

Co-op:     $17.82                     $10.50 - $37.00
BS:           $58,518                   $32,000 - $97,760

Student Skills & Capabilities

  • Engineering analysis, Machine design, CAD, layout and installation production, testing, quality control, trouble shooting, cost estimating, field engineering, and HVAC design.
  • Strong emphasis on computer based mechanical analysis and design. Focus on problem solving, stress and failure analysis, mechanical component selection and design, leading and participating in multidisciplinary engineering teams.
  • In the early semesters, students develop their skills in the fundamentals of mechanics, mathematics, materials technology, computer-aided design and applied thermofluid engineering.  Individuals may specialize by taking technical electives in such areas as product design, HVAC, plastics processing and manufacturing.  A substantial amount of laboratory work is required, including the preparation of quality reports. 
  • SolidWorks; Ansys Workbench; MatLab; EES
  • Creative problem solving
  • Interpersonal skills and teamwork

Accreditation

The Mechanical Engineering technology program is accredited by Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

Equipment & Facilities

RIT’s School of Engineering Technology offers state-of-the-art equipment and laboratories that allow practice-based, hands-on experience.  Mechanical Engineering Technology 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.

Nature of Work

Mechanical engineers typically do the following:
  • Analyze problems to see how mechanical and thermal devices might help solve the problem
  • Design or redesign mechanical and thermal devices using analysis and computer-aided design
  • Develop and test prototypes of devices they design
  • Analyze the test results and change the design as needed
  • Oversee the manufacturing process for the device
 Mechanical engineers create and develop mechanical systems for all of humankind. Concerned with the principles of force, energy and motion, mechanical engineers use their knowledge of design, manufacture, and operational processes to advance the world around us — enhancing safety, economic vitality and enjoyment throughout the world.
 
Not only do mechanical engineers help design everything from athletic equipment, medical devices and personal computers to air conditioners, automobile engines and electric power plants, they also design the machines that produce these innovations. Virtually every aspect of life is touched by mechanical engineering. Spanning multiple industries, the career opportunities for mechanical engineers are diverse and found worldwide throughout thousands of companies ranging from large multinational to small local firms. (Source: ASME Website)

Training / Qualifications

Nearly all entry-level mechanical engineering jobs require a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering or mechanical engineering technology.

Mechanical engineering degree programs usually include courses in mathematics and life and physical sciences, as well as engineering and design courses. Mechanical engineering technology programs focus less on theory and more on the practical application of engineering principles. Programs typically last 4 years, but many students take between 4 and 5 years to earn a degree. Mechanical engineering technology degree programs may emphasize internships and co-ops to prepare students for work in industry. (Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics O.O.H.)

Job Outlook

Employment of mechanical engineers is projected to grow 5 percent from 2012 to 2022, slower than the average for all occupations. Job prospects may be best for those who stay informed regarding the most recent advances in technology. Mechanical engineers can work in many industries and on many types of projects. As a result, their growth rate will differ by the industries that employ them.

Mechanical engineers should experience faster than average growth in architectural, engineering, and related services as companies continue to contract work from these firms. Mechanical engineers will also remain involved in various manufacturing industries—specifically, transportation equipment and machinery manufacturing. They will be needed to design the next generation of vehicles and vehicle systems, such as hybrid-electric cars and clean diesel automobiles. Machinery will continue to be in demand as machines replace more expensive human labor in various industries. This phenomenon in turn should drive demand for mechanical engineers who design industrial machinery.

Mechanical engineers are projected to experience faster than average growth in oil and gas extraction because of their knowledge and skills regarding thermal energy.
·          Overall job opportunities in engineering are expected to be good, but will vary by specialty.
·          A bachelor’s degree is required for most entry-level jobs.
·          Starting salaries are significantly higher than those of college graduates in other fields.
·          Continuing education is critical for engineers wishing to enhance their value to employers as technology evolves.
(Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics O.O.H.)

Employment

Mechanical engineers held about 258,100 jobs in 2012. About 51% of jobs were in manufacturing industries and another 30 percent were in the professional, scientific, and technical services sector, primarily in architectural, engineering, and related services. Many engineers also worked in management and the construction, , and wholesale trade industries. (Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics O.O.H.)

Selected Employer Hiring Partners

Alstom Transportation, Apple, Ariel Corp., Boeing Corp., Borg Warner, Caterpillar, Cherry Aerospace, Constellation Energy, Corning, Cummins Engine, Environment One Corp., General Dynamics, General Electric Aviation, General Motors, Gleason Works, Harris Corp.,  Honda, ITT Corp., Lockheed Martin, McQuay Int’l, McAlpin Industries, Microsoft, Northrop Grumman Corp., PCC, Pratt Whitney, Remington Arms, Tesla Motors, The Raymond Corporation, Toyota, UTC Aerospace, Vicor, Volvo Construction Equip., Wegmans Food Markets, Wyman Gordon, Welch Allyn, Yamaha, Xylem.

Contact Us

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

Diedra Livingston, Career Services Coordinator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; 585.475.4282
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

 
Unless otherwise noted, information is based upon data collected by RIT Office of Cooperative Education and Career Services.
 
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