Mechanical Engineering Technology

Few fields of study will offer you a wider range of career opportunities than mechanical engineering technology. Mechanical engineering technicians provide an indispensable link between the professional engineer involved with research, design, and development, and the skilled craftsperson who manufactures and assembles the high-technology devices that enable people, companies, and nations to function every day.

You will learn how to communicate across the industry; produce sketches and drawings used in the manufacture of machines; analyze forces imposed upon mechanical objects; determine appropriate sizes and materials for mechanical parts; and test finished assemblies for proper design. You'll graduate able to calculate the energy requirements of machines and analyze the fluid systems that control them. You'll be able to manage the problem of heat in mechanical appliances and to control mechanisms by the use of electricity and electronics. You will be prepared to be that indispensable link.

Graduates of this program are well-prepared for admission to Vermont Tech’s Bachelor of Science programs in Manufacturing Engineering Technology, Electromechanical Engineering Technology, Renewable Energy Technology, and Business Technology & Management.

The Program Educational Objectives for graduates of the Associate of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering Technology program include:

  • Developing a successful career in the manufacturing, design, specification, installation, testing, operation, maintenance, sales, or documentation of mechanical systems
  • Employing strong communication and teamwork skills and participating productively on professional teams of engineers, technicians, managers, and skilled production workers
  • Utilizing technical knowledge and skills to effectively design, fabricate, manufacture, and maintain industrial and consumer systems and products
  • Continuously developing as a professional; adapting and staying current in their field

The Student Outcomes are for graduates to be able to:

  • Apply the knowledge, techniques, skills, and modern tools of mechanical engineering technology to areas such as design and solid modeling; materials and structures; machines and mechanisms; fluids systems; thermal systems; and manufacturing
  • Apply a knowledge of mathematics, science, engineering, and technology to engineering technology problems that require limited application of principles but extensive practical knowledge
  • Conduct standard tests and measurements and conduct, analyze, and interpret experiments
  • Apply creativity in the design of systems, components, or processes appropriate to program objectives
  • Function effectively as a member of a technical team
  • Identify, analyze, and solve narrowly defined engineering technology problems
  • Apply written, oral, and graphical communication in both technical and non-technical environments and identify and use appropriate technical literature
  • Understand the purpose of and engage in self-directed continuing professional development
  • Recognize the importance of and have a commitment to addressing professional and ethical responsibilities, including a respect for diversity
  • Commit to quality, timeliness, and continuous improvement

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

Program enrollment and graduation count.

Careers in Mechanical Engineering Technology

Placement Rate
Vermont Tech

Vermont Tech data: 6 Month Outcome Survey, Class of 2017. National Data: National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) First Destinations for the College Class of 2016 (October 2017)

Job Projections
National Avg.
Mechanical Engineers
Job projections




Projected Employment Growth for Mechnical Engineers, 2014-2024 (source: BLS). National data: Job openings for all occupations (source: BLS)

Median Pay

2016 Median Pay (Mechanical Engineers) vs. National Median for All occupations (2016), Source: BLS

Vermont Tech data: 6 Month Outcome Survey, Class of '12-'16
  • AADCO Medical Inc. Advanced Illumination
  • GW Plastics Husky Injection Molding System
  • Hypertherm Insitute for Supply Management
  • IBM MBA Healthgroup
  • ATCP Physical Engineering Powerhold, Inc.
  • Pre-Tech Precision Machining Solaflect Energy
  • UTC Aerospace Systems Vermont Wireform Co
  • Remediation Technicican Mechanical Engineer
  • Manufacturing Engineer Quality Technician
  • Manufacturing Technician Manufacturing Process Engineer
  • Equipment Maintenance Technician Specialist
  • Machinist Design Engineer
  • Machine Operator Engineering Intern
  • Assembler

News & Events

With vertical mills, lathes and flat screen monitors at their disposal, members of Vermont Technical College’s Fabrication Club are hard at work in Morrill Hall. [Read the original article published by national outlet, The Hechinger Report] Jacob Walker is stationed at a Dell computer working... Read More
Several Vermont Tech engineering technology students have medaled in statewide SkillsUSA competitions, held recently on Vermont Tech campuses.  GOLD, Automated Manufacturing Technology – Mark Turco of Mount Holly, VT, Casey Baroffio of Northfield, VT, and Matt Stanislas of St. Albans, VT GOLD... Read More
Williston, VT – On the same day that National Manufacturing Day is celebrated across the country, Vermont Technical College hosted Vermont’s Congressman Peter Welch and representatives from our federal delegation to speak at its ribbon-cutting event, celebrating the opening of the Williston... Read More


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