2018-19 Gaston College Catalog [THIS CATALOG IS OUT-OF-DATE. USE THE CURRENT CATALOG TO FIND CURRENT PROGRAMS.]
Mechanical Engineering Technology, A.A.S. (A40320)
This Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree is a two-year program that prepares students for the workforce. However, there are some senior institutions where all or part of this degree is accepted as the first two years of a four-year program. Students interested in pursuing a four-year degree should consult an advisor.
The Mechanical Engineering Technology curriculum is designed to prepare students through the study and application of principles from mathematics, natural sciences, and technology and applied processes based on these subjects.
Course work includes mathematics, natural sciences, engineering sciences and technology.
Graduates should qualify to obtain occupations such as technical service providers, materials and technologies testing services, process improvement technicians, engineering technicians, industrial and technology managers, or research technicians.
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 ABET, www.abet.org.
Program Learning Outcomes
- Demonstrate an ability to apply the knowledge, techniques, skills, and modern tools of mechanical engineering technology to narrowly defined engineering technology activities.
- Demonstrate an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, engineering, and technology to mechanical engineering technology problem requiring limited application of principles but extensive practical knowledge.
- Demonstrate an ability to conduct standard tests and measurements, and to analyze, and interpret mechanical engineering technology experiments.
- Demonstrate an ability to function effectively as a member of technical team.
- Demonstrate an ability to identify, analyze, and solve narrowly defined mechanical engineering technology problems.
- Demonstrate an ability to apply written, oral, and graphical communication in both technical and nontechnical Mechanical Engineering Technology environments and an ability to identify and use appropriate technical literature.
- Demonstrate an understanding of a need for and an ability to engage in self-directed continuing development.
- Demonstrate an understanding of and a commitment to address professional and ethical responsibilities, including a respect for diversity.
- Demonstrate a commitment to quality, timeliness, and continuous improvement.
- Demonstrate application of program principles to specification of basic mechanical systems.
- Demonstrate application of program principles to installation of basic mechanical systems.
- Demonstrate application of program principles to fabrication of basic mechanical systems.
- Demonstrate application of program principles to testing and operations of basic mechanical systems.
- Demonstrate application of program principles to maintenance of basic mechanical systems.
- Demonstrate application of program principles to documentation of basic mechanical systems.