Mechanical Engineering Technology is a broad and diverse discipline. The program combines rigorous work in technology and engineering with hands-on lab experience. The curriculum is a highly flexible 2 + 2 curriculum. Once the two year degree is earned, graduates may choose to enter the workforce or continue their education with two years at the baccalaureate level. The Associate of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology provides technical courses in the fundamentals of mathematics, science, strength of materials, electronics, computer aided drafting, thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, and machine design. Students are also required to take courses that focus on oral and written communication skills. The Bachelor of Science degree provides students a greater emphasis on analysis and design with classes in heat transfer, thermodynamics, dynamics, and mechanical measurements. In addition, student will complete the universities general studies requirements to form a well-rounded education. Classes are small and students interact one-on-one with highly trained and educated faculty. Professors contribute additional time and effort to give every student the opportunity to succeed.
Students have the opportunity to join the student chapter of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE). Students design, fabricate and test a Baja buggy and compete in the Baja SAE Series each year. Fairmont State also offers funded undergraduate research. The program is accredited by ETAC of ABET.
Graduates are eligible to take the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam as a path to state registration.
The associate of science degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology emphasizes basic engineering concepts. Students concentrate on mathematics and science, written and oral communication skills, and mechanical specialization classes, including drafting, statics, strength of materials, machine design, fluid mechanics and motors/motor controllers. Many of the technical courses provide a combination of lecture and laboratory experiences. Graduates with the associate of science degree are qualified for entry-level positions as technicians, engineering assistants, and engineering aids. Job responsibilities can include a broad range of duties such as the installation, operation, maintenance, troubleshooting and repair of manufacturing equipment and commercial mechanical products.