2012-2013 Gaston College Catalog [THIS CATALOG IS OUT-OF-DATE. USE THE CURRENT CATALOG TO FIND CURRENT PROGRAMS.]
Mechanical Engineering Technology, A.A.S. (A40320)
The Mechanical Engineering Technology curriculum prepares graduates for employment as technicians in the diversified mechanical and manufacturing engineering fields. Mechanical Engineering technicians assist in design, development, testing, process design and improvement, and troubleshooting and repair of engineered systems. Emphasis is placed on the integration of theory and hands-on application of engineering principles.
In addition to course work in engineering graphics, engineering fundamentals, materials and manufacturing processes, mathematics, and physics, students will study computer applications, critical thinking, planning, and problem solving, and oral and written communications.
Graduates of the curriculum will find employment opportunities in the manufacturing or service sectors of engineering technology. Engineering technicians may obtain professional certification by application to organizations such as ASQC, SME, and NICET.
This curriculum is accredited by the Technology Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, www.abet.org.
Program Learning Outcomes
Graduates must demonstrate:
- Knowledge of and hands-on competence in the field of mechanical engineering technology in the areas of mechanical analysis, application of design concepts, application of mathematics and physics at algebra and trigonometry level to engineering technology analysis, assembly and testing of mechanical equipment.
- Knowledge and hands-on competence in the application of the principle of engineering materials, basic machine design, fluid mechanics, thermal sciences, and fundamentals of electricity, in any environment requiring such knowledge.
- An ability to think, analyze and propose a solution to technical problems requiring knowledge at an associate degree level in manufacturing processes, mechanical design principles, computer-aided engineering graphics, function individually on teams, and communicate effectively.
- An ability to perform as a responsible engineering technology professional, including an understanding of ethical and societal responsibilities, a respect for diversity, a knowledge of contemporary professional, societal and global issues, commitment to equality, and continuous improvement.