Mechanical Engineering Technology-A.A.S.

DESCRIPTION: The Associate of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering (integrated manufacturing) Technology provides students with knowledge and skills in the manufacturing areas related to computer-controlled equipment and integrated manufacturing. Topics include drafting, CAD/CAM, materials testing and robotics applications. There are four concentrations available: General (available at the Ashtabula, Trumbull and Tuscarawas campuses); Mechtronics (available at the Ashtabula Campus), which is a cross disciplinary in electrical and electronic devices, hydraulics and pneumatics and programmable logic controllers, intended to provide students with the skills currently in demand in most industries; and Systems, which is individualized and developed with the guidance of a faculty advisor (available only at the Ashtabula Campus). In addition, the concentrations may articulate fully or in part with available certificates in computer-aided drafting, plastics manufacturing and the technology 2+2 bachelor's degree.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES:
In 2006, engineers held about 1.5 million jobs.

About 37 percent of engineering jobs were found in manufacturing industries and another 28 percent were in the professional, scientific, and technical services sector, primarily in architectural, engineering, and related services. Many engineers also worked in the construction, telecommunications, and wholesale trade industries.

Federal, State, and local governments employed about 12 percent of engineers in 2006. About half of these were in the Federal Government, mainly in the U.S. Departments of Defense, Transportation, Agriculture, Interior, and Energy, and in the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Most engineers in State and local government agencies worked in highway and public works departments. In 2006, about three percent of engineers were self-employed, many as consultants.

Engineers are employed in every State, in small and large cities and in rural areas. Some branches of engineering are concentrated in particular industries and geographic areas—for example, petroleum engineering jobs tend to be located in areas with sizable petroleum deposits, such as Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Alaska, and California. Others, such as civil engineering, are widely dispersed, and engineers in these fields often move from place to place to work on different projects.

(Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics)
ADMISSION
REQUIREMENTS:
Admission is open to anyone with a high school diploma or its equivalent.

GRADUATION
REQUIREMENTS:
Minimum 64 credit hours. Minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA and in major.

LANGUAGE
REQUIREMENT:
None

PROGRAM FEE: None
STUDENT
ORGANIZATIONS:
See individual campuses

ACCREDITATION: At the Tuscarawas Campus only by the Technology Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) www.abet.org

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