Mechanical Engineering Technology
Mechanical Engineering Technology encompasses several concentrations within the Engineering Technology Program.
The "traditional" Mechanical Engineering concentration offers students a broad spectrum of knowledge and skills related to mechanical component and system design. Areas of emphasis include materials, material testing, machine shop practices, manufacturing processes, fluid mechanics with power applications, applied mechanics, electrical fundamentals and computer-aided drafting and design.
The Manufacturing concentration prepares students for challenging careers in computer-assisted methods of manufacturing. Areas of emphasis include manufacturing processes, machine shop practices, computer-based component programming, CNC machining (milling and turning), computer-aided drafting and design, geometric dimensioning and tolerancing, and computer-assisted measuring (CMM).
The Industrial Maintenance concentration prepares students for careers in large manufacturing companies as multicraft, industrial machinery maintenance and repair technicians. The concentration integrates electrical and mechanical elements, including print reading, computers, machine shop practices, fluid power applications, mechanical power transmission, preventive maintenance, industrial electricity and electronics fundamentals, AC and DC motors, robotics and motion controls, and programmable logic controllers (PLCs).
In addition, courses place emphasis on safety, teamwork, communications skills and efficient work practices.
The Mechanical Engineering Technology areas are well equipped with machining, testing, and gauging equipment. Contact us to visit our labs and classrooms.
High School Preparation
Students who have successfully taken high school science and mathematics (including algebra, geometry and trigonometry) tend to be best prepared for the curriculum.
Students can gain valuable on-the-job experience while in college through co-op education. Local manufacturing and engineering firms, as well as University of Tennessee, have employed co-op students. A number of graduates have been hired full time where they served as co-op employees.
For information on salaries and placement, visit the Placement Office.
Several scholarships, including those specifically for Mechanical Engineering students, are available through the Pellissippi State Foundation and the Financial Aid Office.