Energy Systems Mechanical Engineering Technology
About the Occupation
Mechanical Technicians work with pumps, valves, turbines and other mechanical and rotating equipment. They read and interpret drawings and equipment layouts, record data, make computations, analyze results, and write reports. They understand maintenance procedures and application of preventative, predictive, and proactive maintenance techniques in power and industrial plants. When planning maintenance activities, mechanical engineering technicians may prepare layouts and drawings of the process and of the equipment to be maintained. They estimate labor costs, equipment life, and plant space. Some technicians test and inspect machines and equipment in power plants and work with engineers to troubleshoot and eliminate machine problems. They also develop, make, and assemble parts for machinery and equipment, and analyze the costs and practical value of designs.
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Mechanical Engineering Technicians (MET) work with the mechanical and rotating equipment used in the generation of electrical power and within industrial plants such as compressors, pumps, hydraulic equipment, and steam boilers. They collaborate with engineers and scientists to design, develop, test, install, and maintain power generation machinery, mechanical parts, and other equipment. Mechanical engineering technicians fill the gap between the tasks performed by engineers, technologists, and scientists and those performed by craftsmen.
- Program accepts students in August
- Typical classroom hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
- Program admits 20 students
- Physical demands for this program may include lifting, standing, bending, and close vision
- The Mechanical Engineering Technology Program is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org
Energy Systems Mechanical Engineering Technology Associate of Applied Science (2 years)
- Course Sequence Associate of Applied Science Degree: Energy Systems Mechanical Engineering Technology
Bachelor of Applied Science (4+ years)
- Power generation plants that use coal, gas, hydro, nuclear, concentrated solar, and wind
- Levels of employment include: technician, journeyman, group leader, group supervisor
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Minimum Test Scores
|New SAT||English: 450||Math: 500|
|Old SAT||English: 480||Math: 460|
|ACT||English: 18||Math: 19|
|COMPASS||Writing: 68||Algebra: 45|