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Mechanical Engineering Technology
Associate of Applied Science Degree (A40320) 


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Enrollment and Graduates




Mechanical Engineering Technology is a course of study that prepares the students to use basic engineering principles and technical skills to design, develop, test, and troubleshoot projects involving mechanical systems. The curriculum includes instruction in principles of mechanics, applications to specific engineering systems, design testing procedures, prototype and operational testing and inspection procedures, manufacturing system-testing procedures, test equipment operation and maintenance, computer applications, critical thinking, planning and problem solving, and oral and written communications.


This program is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET,

Career Outline

Graduates of the curriculum will find employment opportunities in the manufacturing or service sectors of engineering technology.  Engineering technicians may obtain professional certification by application to organizations such as ASQC, SME, and NICET.

Graduates may elect to continue their education toward a bachelor’s degree.  Many universities, including UNC Charlotte, accept graduates of the program as juniors in the Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology (BSET) program.

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Program Educational Objectives

Graduates will:

  1. Be successfully employed in an engineering technology or related field, or accepted into four year institutions.
  2. Value life- long learning and continue to expand their knowledge and skills beyond their formal education in the MET program at Gaston College.
  3. Be effective in applying knowledge, skills and techniques acquired during training in the program at Gaston College to identifying, analyzing and solving  engineering technology problems in the field.
  4. Effectively lead, work and communicate in interdisciplinary teams.
  5. Demonstrate professionalism and a sense of social and ethical responsibilities in their work.


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Student Learning Outcomes

Students who complete the program will demonstrate:

  1. An ability to apply the knowledge, techniques, skills, and modern tools of mechanical  engineering technology to narrowly defined engineering technology activities.
  2. An ability to apply a knowledge of mathematics, science, engineering, and technology to mechanical engineering technology problems that require limited application of principles but extensive practical knowledge.
  3. An ability to conduct standard tests and measurements, and to analyze, and interpret mechanical engineering technology experiments.
  4. An ability to function effectively as a member of a technical team.
  5. An ability to identify, analyze, and solve narrowly defined mechanical  engineering technology problems.
  6. An ability to apply written, oral, and graphical communication in both technical and nontechnical Mechanical Engineering Technology environments and an ability to identify and use appropriate technical literature.
  7. An understanding of a need for and an ability to engage in self-directed continuing development.
  8. An understanding of and a commitment to address professional and ethical responsibilities, including a respect for diversity.
  9. A commitment to quality, timeliness, and continuous improvement.
  10. An ability to apply program principles to specification.
  11. An ability to apply program principles to installation.
  12. An ability to apply program principles to fabrication.
  13. An ability to apply program principles to testing and operations.
  14. An ability to apply program principles to maintenance.
  15. An ability to apply program principles to documentation of basic mechanical systems.

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Enrollment and Graduates
Enrollment 2012-13: 55
Graduates 2012-13:   4


 Link to Curriculum in Acalog

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Contact Us

You may contact the following faculty and staff for any further questions.

Faculty Member Office Phone Office E-mail Address
Thomas Nortey, Chairperson 704-922-6306 CET 216

Kathy Livsie 704-922-6267 PTI 103




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