Mechanical Engineering Technology

Mechanical Engineering Technology involves assisting engineers in designing, developing, testing, and manufacturing machinery, products, and equipment. To qualify for these positions, which command excellent salaries, job applicants should have a resume that includes an associate degree.

The Greenville Technical College Mechanical Engineering Technology (MET) program delivers textbook knowledge and hands-on practice with the software and technology of the industry, preparing graduates to enter the field and succeed. 
    

A career you can count on

This field offers strong opportunities with starting salaries in the $30,000 - $45,000 range per year ($15-$22.50 per hour) and salaries that grow with experience to approach $85,000 per year.

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What you’ll learn in the program

MET students

  • are equipped to use their knowledge and training to provide technical support and/or quality design to the manufacturing/engineering industry.
  • display competence in the hands-on use and practical applications of mechanical engineering technology needed to be successful in this field.
  • are prepared for employment or advancement in a mechanical engineering technology related job.

Certification

The body of knowledge covered in the certified manufacturing technologist (CMfgT) examination, which is included in the certification program of the Society of Manufacturing Engineer’s (SME) Manufacturing Engineering Certification Institute (MECI) may be covered.

Accreditation

The associate degree offered through the Mechanical Engineering Technology program at Greenville Technical College is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org. This accreditation gives associate degree programs quality certification and recognition on a national basis. In order to achieve accreditation, the programs must have established a continuous quality improvement process that is documented and must be working to make the programs better for each of the stakeholders involved. For the Engineering Technology programs, the stakeholders are prospective students, current students, faculty, graduates, employers, and college administration. Each one of these parties has a keen interest in promoting the improved quality and outcomes of the program.


Greenville Technical College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate degrees, diplomas and certificates. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call (404) 679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Greenville Technical College.

Program details and courses

Mechanical Engineering Technology
Associate in Applied Science

This program teaches a broad base of mechanical engineering technology theory, operations, standards, and current practices.

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Further education

Graduates may continue their training at four-year institutions offering Bachelor of Engineering Technology programs, such as

  • Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology Management at USC Upstate
  • Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology at Western Carolina University 
  • Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering Technology at South Carolina State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering Technology at UNC-Charlotte

Students interested in transferring for a four-year calculus based engineering degree should take University Transfer courses and meet with an advisor for assistance. It is always best to also speak to advisors at the university that you are interested in transferring to, to find out any other special circumstances that may apply to your situation.

Mission / Objectives / Outcomes

MET Mission Statement

The Mechanical Engineering Technology program will equip graduates to use their knowledge and training to provide technical support and/or quality design to manufacturing/engineering processes for their employer and encourage staying abreast of changing technologies through continued life-long learning.

MET Objectives

  1. MET graduates will be competent in a broad base of mechanical engineering technology theory, operations, standards, and current practices.
  2. MET graduates will be competent practitioners in the hands-on use and practical applications of mechanical engineering technology needed to be successful in this field.
  3. MET graduates will be prepared for the opportunity to obtain employment or advancement in a mechanical engineering technology related job and/or engaging in continued life-long learning.
  4. The MET program will provide a balanced curriculum, qualified instructors, and safe, clean, functional, state-of-the-art facilities to facilitate the above three objectives.

MET Student Learning Outcomes

MET Student Learning Outcomes are what we expect our graduates to be able to do. 

  1. Design Skills - Apply the principles of their coursework in the design of mechanical equipment; or mechanical or manufacturing systems.
  2. Process Troubleshooting - Demonstrate appropriate knowledge to troubleshoot mechanical equipment; or mechanical or manufacturing processes.
  3. Project Development Planning & Management - Demonstrate project planning and management skills.
  4. Computer Skills - Demonstrate computer skills with regards to Design Skills, Process Troubleshooting, and Project Development Planning & Management.
  5. General Industrial Practices - Demonstrate the use of basic industrial practices as they pertain to Design Skills, Process Troubleshooting, and Project Development Planning & Management, including quality assurance.
  6. Effective Communication - Communicate effectively in all relevant media.
  7. Professionalism - Show an awareness for professionalism and ethics as they pertain to MET and life long learning.