Rochester Institute of Technology

Academic Program Overviews

Student Skills & Capabilities, Salary Data, Career Information 

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)


  • 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:     $17.67                     $10.40 - $32.50
BS:           $55,620                  

Student Skills & Capabilities

-Engineering analysis,  Product Design, Machine design, CAD/CAM/CAE, design and development of manufacturing, robotics, automation or testing equipment, quality control, trouble shooting, field engineering.
-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, computer-aided manufacturing/CNC and applied thermofluid engineering.  Individuals may specialize by taking technical electives in such areas as product design, robotics, automation, plastics processing and manufacturing.  A substantial amount of laboratory work is required, including the preparation of quality reports.
-SolidWorks; Ansys Workbench; MatLab; Autodesk; LabView, Rockwell RSLogix 5000.
-Creative problem solving
-Interpersonal skills and teamwork


The Mechanical Engineering technology program is accredited by Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET,

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; an industrial robotics and automation laboratory with Industry 4.0 programmable logic controllers (PLC), 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.

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 Titles

Assistant Engineer, Design Engineering, Manufacturing Engineer, Mechanical Engineer, Process Engineer, Operations Manager, Production Supervisor.

Significant Points

  • 98.82% career outcomes in 2017.
  • We are the second largest Mechanical Engineering Technology program Nationally at both Public or Private schools
  • We are the largest Engineering Technology program Nationally at Private schools

Selected Employer Hiring Partners

Borg Warner, Eastman Kodak, General Electric, General Motors, Gleason Works, Keurig Green Mountain, Lockheed Martin, Liberty Pumps, Magna International, Medtronic, Northrop Grumman Corp., Precision Castparts Corp., Quest Global, Sig Sauer,  The Boston Beer Company, Toyota Motor, UTC Aerospace, Wegmans Food Markets, Welch Allyn, Volvo.

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

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