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Mechanical Engineering Technology (150805)

Degree: Associate in Applied Science, AAS


The Mechanical Engineering Technology program (MET) uses classroom and laboratory experiences to prepare graduates to work as engineering technicians and related engineering technology positions in various industries and production facilities. The intent is broad-based education that gives the student a number of career choices.

• ENG 155 or equivalent test scores
• MAT 101 or equivalent test scores

In the Real World

Mechanical engineering technicians help mechanical engineers design, develop, test, and manufacture mechanical devices, including tools, engines, and machines. They may make sketches and rough layouts, record and analyze data, make calculations and estimates, and report their findings.

Career Placement

At FDTC, we believe that education deserves results - that’s why we want to watch our students succeed in the real world. Florence-Darlington Technical College works diligently to match students with relevant jobs in our community so that they can put their hard-earned education to work. We partner with successful alumni and local businesses to ensure our students get the best possible career upon graduation. Our Career Services Office offers a variety of services to help students succeed including: resume coaching, on-campus recruiting & career fairs, online job postings, professional development workshops, personality evaluations, internship placement assistance, and other online career building resources. We encourage all students to schedule a meeting with a Career Services Coach at (843) 661-8075 to explore their post-graduation opportunities. Find out about what Career Services can do for you. What does your future look like?

Learning Goals/Objectives

Graduates will:
• Build, test, and troubleshoot fundamental hydraulic and pneumatic systems. Students will characterize pertinent system parameters to include pressure, force, area(s), displacement, and flow. Students will build PLC programs and integrate into pneumatics systems to meet production specifications.
• Model a basic machine system and characterize pertinent mechanical parameters to include mechanical advantage and work done. Students will investigate mechanical efficiencies and optimize processes to meet specifications.
• Utilize 2D CAD software to delineate part details and produce documentation to enable accurate production. Students will employ 3D CAD software tools to create both part and assembly models and employ simulation software to characterize mechanical systems and to convey both design concepts and detail to both technical and non-technical personnel. Students will produce competent prototype models and evaluate form and fit within assemblies. Students will iterate prototype model production and demonstrate model and prototype improvement techniques to meet customer demands.
• Interface with basic automation and robotic systems. Students will create specific task programs to accomplish tiered pick and place operations. They will troubleshoot operational errors to ensure proper program operation.
• At program completion, students will build, test, and characterize fundamental electrical circuits. Students will apply learned PLC programming concepts and practical circuit knowledge and integrate into electromechanical systems to meet production specifications.

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