Rochester Institute of Technology

Academic Program Overviews

Student Skills & Capabilities, Salary Data, Career Information 

Mechanical Engineering Technology BS

Program Overview

As a mechanical engineering technology student, you will study the foundations of mechanics, materials, and energy. You will learn technical skills such as computer-aided design (CAD), generative design, materials characterization, mechanical system analysis and design, thermal-fluid system design, and product design and development. You will learn to apply these principles and skills to the various fields of mechanical engineering technology--such as product and machine design, power generation, energy management, and advanced manufacturing--through laboratories and design projects. Full-time students gain valuable industrial experience through the required cooperative education program. Students also have the opportunity to select an option in Robotics and Automation.

The major develops well-rounded engineers as lifelong learners with the ability to adapt, grow, and succeed in a highly competitive workplace. The cooperative education experience enables students to be well-prepared to step into professional positions after graduation and be immediately productive in jobs that include product development, machine design, and analysis, alternative energy, manufacturing engineering, or systems engineering.

Degrees Awarded

  • Bachelor of Science Degree (5 year)


  • Approximately 460 students are enrolled in this program

Cooperative Education & Experiential Education Component

  • Co-op is mandatory for this program.
  • Minimum co-op requirement: 4 blocks, 50 weeks
  • Co-op availability: third-year spring-summer; fifth-year summer-fall

Salary Information

Co-op:     $19.00                     $13.00 - $33.45
BS:           $60,000

Student Skills & Capabilities

  • Project-based courses 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.
  • Leading and participating in multidisciplinary engineering teams.
  • Technical electives develop depth in such areas as product design, robotics, automation, plastics processing, and manufacturing.


The Bachelor of Science in Manufacturing Engineering Technology program is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET,

Equipment & Facilities

  • State-of-the-art labs 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.
  • SOLIDWORKS, MATLAB, LabView, ANSYS, Rockwell RSLogix 5000

Job Titles

Design Engineer, HVAC Design Engineer, Manufacturing Engineer, Mechanical Engineer, Quality Engineer, Process Engineer, Assistant Project Manager

Significant Points

  • RIT Engineering Technology has the largest number of engineering technology graduates among private universities in the US
  • Engineering Technology has the highest percentage of students from Asian- , Latin-, African-, and Native-American ethnic backgrounds as well as first-generation college-students amongst RIT STEM programs
  • Accelerated dual degree program available
  • Class of 2018; 98+% Career Outcomes Rate

Selected Employer Hiring Partners

Quest Global, Liberty Pumps, Magna International, PPC, a Belden Brand, Bracalente, Precision Castparts Corporation, Honda, GE Aviation, BorgWarner, General Motors, Toyota

Contact Us

We appreciate your interest in your career and we will make every effort to help you succeed. Feel free to contact Taylor Lincoln, the career services coordinator who works with the Manufacturing Engineering Technology program. You can access information about services through our web site at

Taylor Lincoln, Career Services Coordinator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; 585.475.5460
Rochester Institute of Technology . Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education
Bausch & Lomb Center
57 Lomb Memorial Drive . Rochester NY  14623-5603