Program Overview

Mechanical Engineering Technology degrees build on the knowledge gained at the associate level. Our bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology (MCT BS) will teach you how to form links between the design aspect of product development to the production phase and facilitate delivery to the customer.

Students will complete a capstone project and prepare for opportunities as a technologist in production, quality, processes, automation, and tooling. Make the most of a learning environment and various course options designed to bring the best out of all students.

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Manufacturing in the United States started in New England, where it became the cornerstone of the economy.  Today, New England has many new small manufacturing companies creating a job market for today’s engineers and designers. A location like this ensures that NEIT students don’t have to search too far and long to start their careers.

The Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering Technology focuses on product and process design. The courses focus on today’s job market requirements and skills that include product design, computer-aided design, tool and machine design, and manufacturing methods. The degree also supports engineering professions such as development and application engineers, CAD engineering specialties, and basic engineering problem-solving.

The courses in the program complement and augment the courses completed at the associate level. The bachelor of science level courses allows students to create links between product development and the production phase and facilitate delivery.

Students learn the theory and application of hydraulics, pneumatics, dynamics, instrumentation, thermodynamics and heat transfer, and machine design. Additionally, students gain knowledge in mechatronics, materials and inventory control, and plastics design.

Near the end of the program, students complete a capstone course — an excellent opportunity to tie the coursework together into a comprehensive senior project. The capstone project ensures that each student has met the industry standards.

The search for employment opportunities in research and development, design, and manufacturing professions is made easier by ensuring students meet industry standards before the end of their courses.

The opportunities for design professionals are diverse. They contribute toward virtually every conceivable type of manufactured product. These even include less obvious process-intensive product types such as clothing and foodstuffs.

Product design courses offer exceptional opportunities for creative individuals in machine design, specialized or customized product manufacturing, packing or container design, and toy design.

This program is ideal for graduates of the New England Institute of Technology Associate in Science in Mechanical Engineering Technology degree program. Graduates of other colleges with related degrees in engineering technology may be eligible for transfer into the program’s junior year.

Students may also be eligible for advanced standing through transfer, in some cases, related work experience. Upon completing this program, people may also choose to continue into the NEIT Master of Science in Engineering Management degree program instead of shifting to other colleges.

ACCREDITATION STATUS

The Bachelor of Science Degree program in Mechanical Engineering Technology is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission (ETAC) of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

Potential Career Opportunities

Degree programs in Mechanical Engineering Technology open up several exciting positions for students. Graduates can find work as a:


Machine Designer

Tool Designer

3D Printing Engineer

Manufacturing Engineer

Project Engineer

Engineering Technician

Applications Engineer

Engineering Associate

Mechanical Engineer

CAD Mechanical Designer

Production Management

Process Engineer

Automation Engineer

Production Engineer

FAQ

  • What is the difference between a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering Technology?

    Unlike traditional engineering courses, a mechanical engineering technology program offers engineering students opportunities for a more hands-on educational experience.

    Mechanical engineering technology students focus less on math and more on applying the concepts they learn in class. While a mechanical engineer’s skills are very design and theory-oriented, a mechanical engineering technologist’s skills are used to put ideas into action.

    For example, a mechanical engineer may design consumer products based on engineering principles. A mechanical engineering technologist will then analyze this design’s practical application and provide feedback. For major projects, they may monitor the machines for quality control and adjust the manufacturing systems as needed.

  • Is a degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology worth it?

    Upon completing their program, mechanical engineering technologists will understand the key concepts in computer-aided design, tool design, quality control, project management, and ethical systems implementation.

    Your newly acquired skill set allows you to pursue careers that require a liaison between manufacturing and engineering teams. You can also work as the machine design and testing partner to an engineer.

    The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) provides current statistics on potential salaries and job outlook. Careers in the mechanical engineering technology stream offer graduates the opportunity to see their work’s positive outcomes while pursuing a rewarding career.

  • What kind of jobs can you get with a Mechanical Engineering Technology degree?

    A bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology prepares students for roles like:

    • Engineering Technician
    • Applications Engineer
    • Engineering Associate
    • CAD Mechanical Designer
    • Production Management
    • Process Engineer
    • Automation Engineer
    • Production Engineer
    • Systems Engineer
  • Can a mechanical engineer technologist become a mechanical engineer?

    Although the training is different, a mechanical engineering technology student may also pursue work as an engineer. Both careers require a thorough understanding of computer-aided design, problem-solving approach, manufacturing systems, and consumer products.

    If you’re interested in designing machines or systems, a mechanical engineering degree might be worth it. Graduates will enjoy implementing plans and seeing ideas come to life.

  • Does NEIT provide financial aid?

    The federal government recognizes the accreditation by the New England Commission of Higher Education(NECHE) and entitles NEIT to participate in federal financial aid programs. To be eligible for the maximum financial aid award, you need to maintain at least 12 credits per academic term.

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Program Mission, Goals, and Outcomes

Program Mission

The mission of the Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering Technology is to provide students the ideal learning environment to link the design aspect of a product’s development to the manufacturing phase and facilitate delivery to the customer.

The program focuses on product and process design. It addresses today’s job market, emphasizing product design, tool and machine design, and manufacturing methods. The program also supports engineering professionals such as development and application engineers, CAD engineering specialties, and basic engineering problem solvers.

Students learn the theory and application of hydraulics, pneumatics, dynamics, instrumentation, thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, heat transfer, and machine design through the courses we offer. Additionally, students gain knowledge in mechatronics, materials and inventory control, and plastics design.

Program Educational Objectives

  1. Graduates will assume responsibilities for training through involvement in professional organizations, formal educational opportunities, employer-based training programs, or other training that enhances their ability to be productive in their place of employment.
  2. Graduates will solve problems using the modern tools of the discipline.
  3. Graduates will be effective communicators capable of working as professionals in cross-functional teams.
  4. Graduates respect professional, ethical, and social issues as well as a commitment to quality and dependability in their profession.

Program Outcomes

Students will develop:

  1. an ability to apply knowledge, techniques, skills and modern tools of mathematics, science, engineering, and technology to solve broadly-defined engineering problems appropriate to the discipline;
  2. an ability to design systems, components, or processes meeting specified needs for broadly-defined engineering problems appropriate to the discipline;
  3. an ability to apply written, oral, and graphical communication in broadly-defined technical and non-technical environments; and an ability to identify and use appropriate technical literature;
  4. an ability to conduct standard tests, measurements, and experiments and to analyze and interpret the results to improve processes; and
  5. an ability to function effectively as a member as well as a leader on technical teams.

Courses Offered

New England Tech’s Mechanical Engineering Technology bachelor’s degree program prepares students with courses like Kinematics, Mechatronics, CAD/CAM in Design and Manufacturing. The courses also include Fluid Power, Design for Manufacture and Assembly, Dynamics, Advanced Computer Applications, Thermodynamics, and many more.

We also provide lab facilities and technical electives, including Construction Methods & Materials, Automotive Engineering, Commercial Drone / UAV Certification, Commercial Utilization of Drones / UAVs, Imagineering: Human-Centered Design, and more.

The program will explore lab sessions and topics surrounding small businesses and the law, business math, and service practices. This approach will ensure the all-round development of students.

For the latest listing of courses offered, please review our University Catalog here.

Q&A and Technical Standards

Questions & Answers

  1. When do my classes meet?
    Day Classes: Technical classes normally meet for at least three hours a day for up to five days a week. Classes normally begin in the early morning (7:45 a.m.), late morning (usually 11:25 a.m.), or mid-afternoon. A technical time slot may vary from term to term.
    Evening Classes: Technical classes meet on the average of three nights a week, although there may be times when they will meet four nights a week. Classes normally begin at 5:45 p.m.In addition, to achieve your bachelor’s degree, you will take a total of approximately seven liberal arts courses, which will be scheduled around your program schedule over the course of your entire program. Each liberal arts course meets approximately four hours per week. Liberal arts courses are offered days, evenings, and Saturdays.

    At the beginning of each term you will receive a detailed schedule giving the exact time and location of all your classes. The College requires that all students be prepared to take classes and receive services at any of NEIT’s locations where the appropriate classes and services are offered.

    When a regularly scheduled class falls on a day which is an NEIT observed holiday (Columbus Day, Veterans Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, and Memorial Day), an alternate class will be scheduled as a make up for that class. The make up class may fall on a Friday. It is the student’s responsibility to take note of when and where classes are offered.

  2. How large will my classes be?
    The average class size is approximately 20 to 25 students; however, larger and smaller classes occur from time to time.
  3. How much time will I spend in lab?
    Almost half of your technical courses consist of laboratory work. In order for you to get the most out of your laboratory experiences, you will first receive a thorough explanation of the theory behind your lab work.
  4. Where do my classes meet?
    Students should be prepared to attend classes at any of NEIT’s campuses: either at the Post Road, Access Road, or East Greenwich campus or at an off-campus clinical/fieldwork/internship location.
  5. How long should it take me to complete my program?
    To complete your degree requirements in the shortest possible time, you should take the courses outlined in the prescribed curriculum. For a typical six-term curriculum, a student may complete the requirements in as little as 18 months.To complete all your degree requirements in the shortest time, you should take at least one liberal arts course each term. Students who need more time to complete their curriculum may postpone some of the liberal arts courses until after the completion of the technical requirements. Students are provided up to two additional terms of study to complete the liberal arts requirements without any additional tuition assessment fee. During these additional terms of study, students are required to pay all applicable fees.

    Students may also elect to complete some of their liberal arts requirements during Intersession, a special five-week term scheduled between Spring and Summer Terms. Students will not be assessed any additional tuition for liberal arts courses taken during the Intersession but may be assessed applicable fees.
    Students wishing to extend the number of terms needed to complete the required technical courses in their curriculum will be assessed additional tuition and fees.

  6. Is NEIT accredited?
    NEIT is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education. Accreditation by NECHE is recognized by the federal government and entitles NEIT to participate in federal financial aid programs. Some academic departments have specialized professional accreditations in addition to accreditation by NECHE. For more information on accreditation, see NEIT’s catalog.
  7. Can I transfer the credits that I earn at NEIT to another college?

    The transferability of a course is always up to the institution to which the student is transferring. Students interested in the transferability of their credits should contact the Student Affairs Office of the institution that they are transferring to for further information.

  8. Can I transfer credits earned at another college to NEIT?
    Transfer credit for appropriate courses taken at an accredited institution will be considered upon receipt of an official transcript for any program, biology, science, and mathematics courses in which the student has earned a “C” or above within the past three years and for English or humanities courses in which the student has earned a “C” or above within the last ten years. An official transcript from the other institution must be received before the end of the first week of the term for transfer credit to be granted for courses to be taken during that term. Students will receive a tuition reduction for the approved technical courses based on the program rate and will be applied against the final technical term of the curriculum’s tuition amount. No tuition credit is provided for courses which are not a part of the technical curriculum.
  9. What is the “Feinstein Enriching America” Program?
    New England Institute of Technology is the proud recipient of a grant from the Feinstein Foundation. To satisfy the terms of the grant, the university has developed a one-credit community enrichment course which includes hands-on community enrichment projects. The course can be taken for a few hours per term, spread over several terms. Students who are already engaged in community enrichment on their own may be able to count that service towards course credit.

  10. How many credits do I need to be eligible for Financial Aid?
    In order to be eligible for the maximum financial aid award, you need to maintain at least 12 credits per academic term.

  11. What does my program cost?
    The cost of your program will be as outlined in your enrollment agreement, along with your cost for books and other course materials. Students who decide to take more terms than the enrollment agreement describes to complete the technical courses in their curriculum will be subject to additional fees and possible additional tuition costs. Students who elect to take the technical portion of the degree requirements at a rate faster than the rate prescribed in the curriculum and the enrollment agreement will be assessed additional tuition. Students who require prerequisite courses will incur additional tuition and fees above those outlined in their enrollment agreement.If a student elects to take a course(s) outside of the prescribed curriculum, additional tuition and fees will be assessed.

    Remember, students who withdraw and re-enter, one time only, pay the tuition rate that was in effect for them at the time of their last day of attendance for up to one year from their last day of attendance. Second re-entries and beyond pay the tuition rate in effect at the time they re-enter. The most economical way for you to complete your college degree is to begin your program now and continue your studies straight through for the six terms necessary to complete your degree requirements.

  12. What kind of employment assistance does NEIT offer?
    The Career Services Office assists NEIT students and graduates in in all aspects of the job search, including resume writing, interviewing skills, and developing a job search strategy. Upon completion of their program, graduates may submit a resume to the Career Services Office to be circulated to employers for employment opportunities in their fields. Employers regularly contact us about our graduates. In addition, our Career Services Office contacts employers to develop job leads.A strong relationship with employers exists as a result of our training students to meet the needs of industry for over fifty years. No school can, and NEIT does not, guarantee to its graduates employment or a specific starting salary.
  13. Where will job opportunities exist?
    Graduates have obtained employment in the local area. However, one of the most exciting aspects of this program is the ability to look nationally for employment opportunities.
  14. Is this degree program accredited?
    The Bachelor of Science degree program in Mechanical Engineering Technology is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org.
  15. Is there any state or federal licensing required in my field?
    Under existing (1996) Rhode Island law no license is required for any of the careers which you will be preparing to enter.  Because of the complex nature of licensing requirements and because these requirements change periodically, we cannot list all the requirements for all the types of licenses available in all the states. NEIT IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY CHANGES IN LICENSING REQUIREMENTS THAT ANY STATE LEGISLATURE, INCLUDING RI’S, MAY IMPLEMENT AT ANY TIME. Each student should take personal responsibility for determining the licensing requirements in the specific trade and state in which he or she plans to work. Your instructor or department chair can give you help as needed.
  16. What kind of jobs will I be qualified to look for?

    Generally, jobs will exist in research and design and manufacturing firms. These jobs include:

    • Manufacturing Engineer Project Engineer
    • Engineering Technician
    • Applications Engineer
    • Engineering Associates
    • Mechanical Engineer
    • CAD Mechanical Designer
    • Production Management
    • Process Engineer
    • Automation Engineer
    • Production Engineer

Technical Standards

These technical standards set forth by the Mechanical Engineering Technology Department, establishes the essential qualities considered necessary for students admitted to this program to achieve the knowledge, skills and competencies to enter these fields. The successful student must possess the following skills and abilities or be able to demonstrate that they can complete the requirements of the program with or without reasonable accommodation, using some other combination of skills and abilities.

Cognitive Ability

  • Ability to concentrate for long periods of time and retain information on intricate details of component theory and analysis of engineering design and operation of computers and machinery.
  • Ability to deal with materials and problems such as organizing or reorganizing information.
  • Ability to deal with materials and problems such as organizing or reorganizing information.
  • Ability to use abstractions in specific concrete situations.
  • Ability to break information into its component parts.
  • Ability to understand spatial relationships.
  • Possession of basic math skills through addition, subtraction, multiplication and division of whole numbers and fractions using both the U.S. and Metric systems of measurement.
  • Ability to perform tasks by observing demonstrations.
  • Ability to perform tasks by following written instructions.
  • Ability to perform tasks following verbal instructions.

Communications Skills

  • Ability to communicate effectively with faculty and students.
  • Ability to demonstrate and use the knowledge acquired during the classroom training process and in the lab setting.

Adaptive Ability

  • Ability to maintain emotional stability and the maturity necessary to interact with other members of the faculty and students in a responsible manner.

Physical Ability

  • An ability to work in a standing, sitting, squatting, kneeling, or lying position.
  • An ability to lift, lower, push, and pull using both arms and legs.
  • Ability to lift objects weighing up to 35 pounds.
  • Ability to stand on a hard surface, usually concrete, for 4-6 hours at a time.
  • Sufficient upper body strength to carry 20 pounds.
  • Sufficient strength and agility to lift equipment and move large pieces of equipment independently.
  • Sufficient strength and agility to grasp and maintain tension for long periods of time.
  • Ability to wear and tolerate ear plugs, safety glasses and other protective equipment.
  • Ability to perform learned skills, independently, with accuracy and completeness within
  • Reasonable time frames in accordance with procedures.

Manual Ability

  • Ability to manipulate wrenches, screwdrivers, and other tools.
  • Sufficient motor function and sensory abilities to participate effectively in the classroom laboratory.
  • Sufficient manual dexterity and motor coordination to coordinate hands, eyes and fingers in the operation of tools and other equipment.

Sensory Ability

  • Visual
    • Visual ability, with or without correction, to enable the student to differentiate tools and instruments, wires, and components.
    • Acute enough to read dials, and position of control settings of measurement and industrial equipment.
    • Acute enough to read small print.
    • Acute enough to read small numbers on precision measuring instruments.
  • Auditory
    • Acute enough to hear and understand words spoken by others in an environment with a high level of noise in the background.