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Mechanical Engineering Technology BS

In the mechanical engineering technology degree, you'll understand how products and machinery work, and how to design, manufacture, and use technology to develop mechanical systems for high-performance automobiles, aerospace systems, bioengineered devices, energy technologies, and more.

Program skills

Students work in project-based courses to build skills in problem-solving, creative thinking, and mechanical design: engineering analysis, product design, machine design, CAD/CAM/CAE, stress and failure analysis, mechanical component selection and design.
Technical electives develop a student's depth in areas of product design, robotics, automation, plastics processing, and manufacturing. Students also lead and participate in multidisciplinary engineering teams.

Program facilities equipment

Students are exposed to state-of-the-art labs that allow practice-based, hands-on experience. Students model, design and fabricate components and assemblies using machining, welding, rapid prototyping, and composite fabrication methods. Testing and evaluation equipment includes metrology, heat-treating furnaces, tensile/compression/shear testing, hardness testers, metallography, strain gauges, wind tunnel, and data acquisition systems.
Programming Languages: SOLIDWORKS, MATLAB, LabView, ANSYS, Rockwell RSLogix 5000

Program job titles reported

Mechanical Engineer; Digital Manufacturing Engineer; Process Engineer; Quality Engineer; Algorithm Engineer; Sales Engineer

Select program hiring partners

Advance Testing Company, Inc.; City of Rochester; D&W Diesel, Inc.; Dematic; Fast Radius; GE; General Motors; GS Plastic Optics; Honda; ITT Corporation; Monsees Group; Nidec Motor Corporation; Optipro Systems; PPC Broadband, Inc.; Precision Castparts, Structurals Division; Stanley Black & Decker; Syracuse Label and Surround Printing; Teknic, Inc.; Thermo Fisher Scientific; TTM Technologies, Inc.; Universal Instruments;


Outcome Rates

Total percentage of graduates who have entered the workforce, enrolled in full-time graduate study, or are pursuing alternative plans (military service, volunteering, etc.).


Knowledge Rate

Total percentage of graduates for whom RIT has verifiable data, compared to national average knowledge rate of 41% per NACE.
Outcome % of Students
Employed 94.00%
Full-time Graduate Study 0%
Alternative Plans 1.20%
Outcome % of Students
Employed 94.00%
Full-time Graduate Study 0%
Alternative Plans 1.20%


The mechanical engineering technology major is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET. Visit the college's accreditation page for information on enrollment and graduation data, program educational objectives, and student outcomes.

Experiential Learning

Cooperative Education

What’s different about an RIT education? It’s the career experience you gain by completing cooperative education and internships with top companies in every single industry. You’ll earn more than a degree. You’ll gain real-world career experience that sets you apart. It’s exposure–early and often–to a variety of professional work environments, career paths, and industries.

Co-ops and internships take your knowledge and turn it into know-how. Your engineering co-ops will provide hands-on experience that enables you to apply your engineering knowledge in professional settings while you make valuable connections between classwork and real-world applications.

Students in the mechanical engineering technology degree are required to complete four co-op blocks. This typically includes one spring, one fall, and two summer blocks. You'll alternate periods of full-time study with full-time paid work experience in your career field. In some circumstances, other forms of experiential education (e.g., study abroad, research, military service) may be used to fulfill part of the co-op requirement. Each student is assigned a co-op advisor to assist in identifying and applying to co-op opportunities.