Applied Mechanical Technology Associate of applied science degree

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The AAS in applied mechanical technology is an Associate+Bachelor’s degree program that prepares students to enter and successfully complete a baccalaureate program in the College of Engineering Technology in manufacturing engineering technology or mechanical engineering technology. Students strengthen their skills by taking courses taught by NTID faculty. This program is only available to students seeking admission to the National Technical Institute for the Deaf.

These courses systematically address the preparatory challenges that deaf and hard-of-hearing students face upon entry to the majors in the College of Engineering Technology.

Students in the applied mechanical technology major receive a comprehensive foundation in engineering fundamentals: precision measurement, precision machining, computer aided design applications, strength of materials, and machine design. Upon successful completion of the AAS degree in applied mechanical technology, students enroll in the bachelor’s degree program in either manufacturing engineering technology or mechanical engineering technology.


ACT: Composite test score of 18 or higher

English: Placement into a First Year Writing course, such as FYW: Writing Seminar (UWRT-150) or Critical Reading and Writing (UWRT-100).

Mathematics: Entrance into NTID’s Trigonometry (NMTH-220) course.

Science: Entrance into the College of Science’s College Physics I (PHYS-111) course; however, students who did not take physics in high school are recommended to take a bridging physics course at NTID, such as Concepts of College Physics (NSCI-270).

Enrollment requirements

Students who graduate in good standing from NTID and have maintained a grade of C or better in the six NTID applied mechanical technology technical courses should be well-prepared for the College of Engineering Technology.


  • Manufacturing

  • Automotive

  • Aerospace

  • Health Care

  • Defense

  • Electronic and Computer Hardware

  • Consumer Packaging Goods

  • Manufacturing


Applied mechanical technology, AAS degree, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
Freshman Seminar
The course provides entering NTID students with opportunities to develop/enhance academic skills, personal awareness, and community involvement in order to maximize their college experience. Students have opportunities to explore and navigate the college environment, develop/reinforce academic skills and participate in service learning opportunities. Students are encouraged to establish meaningful connections with faculty, staff and peers. The course promotes the development of plans for ongoing growth and involvement in class and in the RIT/NTID and/or broader community. Students must pass this course to earn an associates degree.
Fundamentals of Engineering
This course will introduce students to the field of mechanical engineering technology through an exposition of its disciplines, including basic mechanics, fluid power, and energy. Students will be introduced to design and engineering problem solving methods that will be applied to problems in the aforementioned topic areas. Students will analyze data, perform design calculations, solve equations, and program devices. Project reports are generated through the integration of these tools with word processing and presentation software. The application of software tools to the engineering design process will be emphasized throughout.
Foundations of Materials
This course introduces students to the commonly used families of materials. It focuses on the fundamental principles of properties of materials utilized in the practice of engineering. Metals, ceramics, polymeric materials and composites are studied, with a particular emphasis in steels and non-ferrous metals. Material selection is also discussed.
Foundations of Materials Lab
Properties of materials will be determined through experimentation and use of reference sources.
LAS Elective: Calculus A
This is the first course in a three-course sequence (COS-MATH-171, -172, -173). This course includes a study of functions, continuity, and differentiability. The study of functions includes the exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions. Limits of functions are used to study continuity and differentiability. The study of the derivative includes the definition, basic rules, and implicit differentiation. Applications of the derivative include optimization and related-rates problems.
Critical Reading and Writing
Critical Reading and Writing is a one semester, three-credit course limited to 15 students per section. This course is designed to help students develop the literacy practices they will need to be successful in their First-Year Writing course. Students will read, understand, interpret, and synthesize a variety of texts. Assignments are designed to challenge students intellectually, culturally and rhetorically. Through inquiry-based assignment sequences, students will improve their writing by developing academic research and literacy practices that will be further strengthened in First-Year Writing. Particular attention will be given to critical reading, academic writing conventions, and revision. Small class size promotes frequent student-instructor and student-student interaction. The course also emphasizes the principles of intellectual property and academic integrity in academic writing. This course fulfills a Gen Ed free elective.
Manufacturing Processes
This introductory course investigates the four major categories of traditional manufacturing processes as well as newly developed non-traditional techniques. This course focuses on understanding the concepts of past and current manufacturing processes. Students will learn how typical industrial piece parts and assemblies are manufactured. Topics focus on processes and related theory for the traditional manufacturing processes of material removal, metal forming, joining, casting and molding, as well as more recently developed processes such as powder metallurgy, rapid prototyping, EDM, chemical machining, water jet, LASER and plasma cutting.
Mechanical Design and Fab
This introductory course investigates basic engineering concepts and how they relate to traditional manufacturing processes and techniques. Topics will emphasize the design of components through the use of solid modeling, dimensioning, tolerancing, geometric dimensioning and tolerancing, and statistics. In a related laboratory course, students will be expected to build, inspect, and integrate their designs.
Mechanical Design and Fab Lab
This lab course integrates basic manufacturing techniques with engineering design concepts. Traditional machine shop tools and precision measuring instruments will be used by the students as they create the objects that they designed in the related classroom course.
Calculus B
This is the second course in three-course sequence (COS-MATH-171, -172, -173). The course includes Riemann sums, the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus, techniques of integration, and applications of the definite integral. The techniques of integration include substitution and integration by parts. The applications of the definite integral include areas between curves, and the calculation of volume.
LAS Perspective 6: College Physics I
This is an introductory course in algebra-based physics focusing on mechanics and waves. Topics include kinematics, planar motion, Newton’s laws, gravitation; rotational kinematics and dynamics; work and energy; momentum and impulse; conservation laws; simple harmonic motion; waves; data presentation/analysis and error propagation. The course is taught using both traditional lectures and a workshop format that integrates material traditionally found in separate lecture, recitation, and laboratory settings.
First Year LAS Elective
First Year Writing Seminar
Wellness Education*
Second Year
Principles of Statics
This course provides an introduction to the analysis and design of structures and machines. Students learn to calculate unknown forces using the concept of equilibrium and free body diagrams and to calculate simple stresses and deflections for axially loaded members. Topics include forces, moments, free body diagrams, equilibrium, friction, stress, strain, and deflection. Examples are drawn from mechanical, manufacturing, and civil engineering technology.
Foundations of Non-metallic Materials
This course will cover the process of selecting a best material for a given design application with a focus on polymeric materials. To support this process material families, strengthening mechanisms, and degradation mechanisms and prevention will be studied. The materials selection process will include economic, ecological, and ethical considerations. An emphasis is placed on the interrelationship of structure, process, and properties. This class expands upon concepts presented in MCET-110.
Characterization of Non-metallic Materials Lab
This course will consist of laboratory experiences which focus on property characterization of the properties of polymeric materials.
College Physics II
This course is an introduction to algebra-based physics focusing on thermodynamics, electricity and magnetism, optics, and elementary topics in modern physics. Topics include heat and temperature, laws of thermodynamics, fluids, electric and magnetic forces and fields, DC electrical circuits, electromagnetic induction, opyics, the concept of the photon, and the Bohr model of the atom. The course is taught using both traditional lectures and a workshop format that integrates material traditionally found in separate lecture, recitation, and laboratory settings.
Strength of Materials
This course provides an introduction to the analysis and design of structures and machines. Students learn to calculate stresses and deflections in axially loaded members, beams, shafts, and columns. Topics include statically indeterminate problems, thermal stress, stress concentration, combined stress by superposition, and Mohr’s Circle. Students also gain experience with laboratory equipment, experimental methods, team work, project management, and communications as they complete laboratory and project assignments.
Develops the skills to analyze introductory AC and DC circuits and electronics. Topics include Ohm’s Law; current and voltage division; simplification of circuits; reactance and impedance; and operational amplifier applications including current sources, strain gauge amplifiers, differential amplifiers and comparator circuits.
Circuits/Electronics Lab
Students, upon completion of this course, will be able to use laboratory tools to analyze and troubleshoot AC and DC and basic electronic circuits. They will be able to operate a power supply, multi-meter, function generator, and oscilloscope.
Elements of Multivariate Calculus and Differential Equations
This course includes an introduction to differential equations, Laplace transforms, numerical methods in differential equations, and the calculus of functions of two variables. The emphasis is on the application of these topics to problems in engineering technology.
LAS Perspective 1, 2, 3, 4
Total Semester Credit Hours

Please see the NTID General Education Curriculum-Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) for more information.

* Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information. Students completing associate degrees are required to complete one Wellness course.