Individuals who are interested in an assisting mechanical engineer career can look into an Associate of Arts (A.A.) degree program in mechanical engineering technology.
Coursework in the mechanical engineering technology program combines theoretical and practice-based courses that provide enrolled students with hands-on training in design and drafting and demonstrate to participants the level of integration of the latest technologies into mechanical engineering. Students become adept at assisting mechanical engineers through the collection and analysis of data, performance of experiments and troubleshooting of technical problems by applying the lessons learned in fluid mechanics, thermal mechanics, statics and dynamics. Some schools allow students to transfer credits to four-year Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology degree programs.
Admission criteria typically require applicants to hold a GED certificate or high school diploma. Students would also benefit by completing high school chemistry and physics courses and three years of pre-college math courses, at least.
Coursework combines lab-based hands-on projects, research and classroom instruction. Students are also afforded opportunities to participate in internships, co-operative education and work fairs. Coursework may typically include topic areas such as:
•Measurement and control
•Elements of mathematics
•Manufacturing and materials processing
Those who successfully complete this program can usually seek to join the workforce immediately by seeking entry-level jobs in many manufacturing industries; they can aspire for job titles such as:
•Engineering lab technician
•Mechanical engineering technician
Continuing Education and Certification Choices
By obtaining voluntary certification, technicians can showcase their skills and knowledge in their field to potential hirers. Engineering technicians can choose from various certification options offered by the National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies (NICET). There may be variations in experience and education requirements required to qualify for certification examinations. Professional certification offered through NICET is valid for three years and must thereafter be renewed by completing a minimum of professional development or continuing education activities.