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.
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
Mechanical Engineering Technology: This degree is accredited
by the Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, 111
Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012, phone
www.abet.org. 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.