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Mechanical Engineering Technology

Enrollment & Graduate Data

The Mechanical Engineering Technology program (9440) had 152 majors, 45 total students enrolled (duplicated headcount), and three graduates in 2012-13.

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Degrees & Certificates

The mechanical engineering technology program deals with machine and product design. This program prepares the student for a variety of employment opportunities, including: mechanical technologist, CAD operator, tool and die designer, and hydraulic test technologist. The graduate will also play a vital role in assisting engineers in manufacturing where design skills may be applied to the development of production tools, fixtures, automation, and assembly machines. The associate of applied science degree in mechanical engineering technology has two options that emphasize the areas of machine design and computer assisted product design. There are also several certificate programs available.

Lakeland’s mechanical engineering technology program meets the future technology needs of the workplace. This program is technology based with a curriculum that includes product design so students will gain exposure to all aspects of this field. Lakeland’s mechanical engineering technology CAD labs include both AutoCAD and Solid Works. Material testing, manual machinery, CNC machinery, welding, and metallurgy laboratories further provide technology students with crucial hands-on experience.


Graduates of the mechanical engineering technology program have gone on to hold jobs as technologists, designers and technicians in local companies such as Parker Hannifin, Allen Bradley and STERIS. Centrally located, Lakeland is in the heart of an industrial based area which offers graduates a variety of employment opportunities.

Employment in this field should increase 10 to 20 percent as the demand for improved machinery and tools grows. Currently, there is an increasing need for students with technology based training, as well as experience in solid modeling, data acquisition and real-time programming. Lakeland’s mechanical engineering technology program is geared to keep students informed and trained with regard to new trends in the industry.

Degrees & Certificates
The Mechanical Engineering Technology Program is designed to prepare students for immediate employment as a technician. The curriculum includes a strong emphasis on the generation of production-level computer-based documentation, analysis of form, fit and function, and design verification through testing. Graduates will be able to: (1) solve technical problems typical of those encountered in mechanical engineering technology careers using creativity, current technology, and the principles of mathematics and applied science; (2) perform and evaluate laboratory experiments, interpret and report on the results, and make recommendations for improvements; (3) work and communicate effectively in a diverse multi-disciplinary team in an industrial and academic setting; and (4) understand modern quality principles, professional issues, and the need to pursue lifelong learning.

There are two choices available to students in this degree program. Both degrees are designed to prepare students for immediate employment as a technician.

  • Mechanical Engineering Technology: This degree is accredited by the Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012, phone 410.347.7700, It is the best choice for students wanting to pursue a four-year technology degree, or have additional analysis skills as a technician.
  • Computer Aided Design Concentration: This degree prepares the graduate to work as a technician with skills in CAD and product design. Additional courses are necessary to pursue a four-year mechanical engineering technology degree, and this degree is not accredited by the Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET.
Certificates are also available.
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