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Mechanical Engineering Technology

Associate Degree Program - 60 Credits

Mechanical Engineering Technicians help engineers design, develop and test machines and tools used in manufacturing. Mechanical engineering requires strong mathematical skills for analysis, design and troubleshooting. As a top technician, you also will need to be detail-oriented as you take precise measurements during design verification. 

In just two years, you could be on the job for a government agency, contractor or private business. Other duties for you as a professional mechanical engineering technician might include: 

  • Assessing design drawings 
  • Creating layouts of new parts 
  • Collaborating with co-workers on design changes 
  • Reviewing project instructions for clarity 
  • Testing new units and comparing with test objectives

Are you a problem-solver? Mechanical engineering frequently requires overcoming unanticipated problems to create new designs. Your creative thinking and strong communication skills will help you succeed. 

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Compare: Mechanical Engineering Technician vs. Civil Engineering Technician  

As a Mechanical Engineering Technician, you are key player in the evolution of new tools and manufacturing processes and Southeast Tech’s program can fast-track you into the work force in just two years. A Civil Engineering Technician helps plan and design infrastructure projects such as bridges, utilities and highways. 

Why Study Mechanical Engineering Technology at Southeast Tech?  

At STC in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, your coursework taught in the George S. Mickelson Center will include machine tool design, computer numerical control, statics, geometric tolerance, mechanical graphics, computer-aided drafting and manufacturing processes. All of these skills are valuable tools in your field. Other learning outcomes at Southeast Tech include: 

Critical Thinking: You will learn about CNC and programmable controllers, how to evaluate materials, what are proper safety procedures, and how to read mechanical prints.

Science & Tech: With the help of your STC faculty, you will master geometric dimensioning and tolerancing, CAD related equipment and software, and manufacturing processes. 

Communication: As a top technician from Southeast Tech, you will complete presentations, become adept at listening, and develop strong speaking skills. 

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Southeast Tech’s curriculum for Mechanical Engineering Technology includes classes in Engineering Drawing and Design/Inventor, Technical Physics, Statics, CNC/Rapid Prototyping and 3D Design Technology.

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Costs are calculated based on a charge of $255 per credit hour, plus applicable fees.

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Mark Schmidt

Mechanical Engineering Technology
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