Mar 01, 2024  
2021-22 Gaston College Catalog 

Mechanical Engineering Technology, A.A.S. (A40320)

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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 a program 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,

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates will:

  1. Apply knowledge, techniques, skills and modem tools of mathematics, science, engineering, and technology to solve well-defined problems appropriate to the discipline of Mechanical Engineering Technology.
  2. Design solutions for well-defined technical problems and assist with the engineering design of systems, components, or processes appropriate to the discipline.
  3. Apply written, oral, and graphical communication in well-defined technical and non­technical environments; and to identify and use appropriate technical literature.
  4. Conduct standard tests, measurements, and experiments and to analyze and interpret the results.
  5. Function effectively as a member of a technical team.

Course Selection Information

Students, to help you progress in your degree program, take prerequisite courses along with English and Math early in your academic career. This will align you for greater success in completing your program of study. Click on the courses listed below to ensure you are aware of prerequisites. The order shown below under the student program priorities is a guide.

Student Program Priorities:

  1. DFT 170 , MAT 171  
  2. MAT 172 , PHY 151  
  3. EGR 250  



Total Credit Hours: 14


Total Credit Hours: 16

Professional Elective II

Select three (3) credit hours:

Total Program Hours: 65

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