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 Bachelor of Science degree provides students with a greater emphasis on design and analysis, with advanced courses in dynamics, thermodynamics, heat transfer, heating/ventilation/air conditioning systems and mechanical measurements. Special emphasis is placed on the practical industrial applications of basic engineering concepts and principles. Graduates with the Bachelor of Science degree are qualified for positions that range from technician up through mechanical engineer. Our graduates have been employed by a broad range of manufacturing companies including aerospace, automotive, chemical, nuclear, and steel, mining, as well as telephone, natural gas, and electric utilities. Baccalaureate graduates are eligible to sit for the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam (FE) in West Virginia, the first step to becoming a professional engineer.