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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

Assistant Engineer; Design Engineering; Manufacturing Engineer; Mechanical Engineer; Process Engineer; Operations Manager; Production Supervisor

Select program hiring partners

Advanced Atomization Technologies, American Honda Motor Co., Inc., Calspan Corporation, Collins Aerospace, D&W Diesel, Inc., Eaton, Fisher-Price, Garlock Sealing Technologies, GE Aviation, General Dynamics, Honda, Lockheed Martin, LSI Solutions, Magna Products Corp, PPC, a Belden Brand, RoviSys Building Technologies, Securitech Group, Inc, SIG SAUER, TE Connectivity, US Department of Commerce - US Commercial Service


  • Aerospace

  • Automotive

  • Biotech and Life Sciences

  • Civil Engineering

  • Consumer Packaged Goods

  • Electronic and Computer Hardware

  • Government (Local, State, Federal)

  • Health Care


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 92.00%
Full-time Graduate Study 4.00%
Alternative Plans 1.00%
Outcome % of Students
Employed 92.00%
Full-time Graduate Study 4.00%
Alternative Plans 1.00%


The mechanical engineering technology major is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET.

Cooperative Education

Cooperative Education

Cooperative education, or co-op for short, is full-time, paid work experience in your field of study. And it sets RIT graduates apart from their competitors. It’s exposure–early and often–to a variety of professional work environments, career paths, and industries. RIT co-op is designed for your success

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.