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Course/Program Inventory 
Course/Program Inventory

Mechanical Engineering Technology

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Academic Program Inventory Title/s:

A.A.S. in Mechanical Engineering Technology

With Concentrations in

  • Engineering Materials Science
  • Mechanical Design
  • Manufacturing

Technical Certificate in HVAC & Refrigeration 


CIP Codes:                   SOC Codes:

09.15.0805.00               17-3027.00






Mechanical Engineering Technician

Manufacturing Production Technician

Civil Engineering Technician

Industrial Engineering Technician

Engineering Assistant

Mechanical Systems Designer

Plant Engineering Technician

Project Management Assistant

Engineering Materials Lab Technician

Technical Sales


HVAC & Refrigeration Technical Certificate


CIP for HVAC                 SOC for HVAC

15.0501                          49-0000

47.0201                          49-9000



Program Description:

The Mechanical Engineering Technology program is designed to provide students with an effective blending of diverse industry-recognized skillsets through an offering of Concentrations, preparing program completers with the knowledge and skills needed for immediate entrance into the workforce. 

Knowledge and skills emphasized in the program include, but are not limited to: material selection and applications; advanced manufacturing processes with applications; computer-based design and analysis; systems operations and management; and the reliability and maintenance of mechanical systems.  

The Concentrations offered at [INSERT YOUR INSTITUTION HERE] include [INSERT THE CHOSEN CONCENTRATIONS FOR YOUR CAMPUS HERE]. The program consists of a common core of General Education and Mechanical Engineering Technology major core courses, combined with subject-specific courses designed to address skills within the concentration area.  

Certificates in industry specific specialties are also included in the Mechanical Engineering Technology library.  These certificates may be stand-alone or embedded with the A.A.S. in Mechanical Engineering Technology degree.

Program Outcomes:

  1. The graduate will have demonstrated an intermediate level of competency with computer applications common to modern industry. 
  2. The graduate will have demonstrated a thorough understanding of industry codes and practices necessary to function in an industrial environment.
  3. The graduate will have demonstrated a thorough understanding of the various materials used to manufacture products, along with the various manufacturing processes used to convert these materials into finished goods.
  4. The graduate will have demonstrated the ability to work safely in a team-based environment.
  5. Demonstrate skill and knowledge in preparation for industry-recognized certification examinations.


Professional Accrediting Bodies:

The Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET)

The Association for Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE)


State Agency/Entity Oversight:



Applicable Certification/License or Industry-recognized Certificates to be Awarded:

While not required for the degree program, the curriculum covers content related to the Certified SolidWorks Associate Exam and/or the EPA 608 Certification Test. Students may elect to take these exams independently.


Articulation with Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology (TCAT):

Credit through prior learning assessment may be earned from the following TCAT programs: Drafting and CAD Technology, Industrial Electricity, Industrial Maintenance and Machine Tool Technology, and Mechanical Maintenance Electrical and Instrumentation.


Curriculum: 60 - 63 standard credit hours


This program is not designed primarily as a transfer program to a four-year institution.  

General Education Requirements

Course                                                                                           15-17 SCH

ENGL 1010 English Composition I                                                      3

Behavioral or Social Science Elective                                                 3

Humanities or Fine Arts Elective                                                         3

Mathematics or Natural Science Elective                                           3/4

Elective prescribed from one of the four disciplines listed above       3/4

Required of all METC majors. Courses must be chosen from the approved TBR list of common General Education core courses.

Major Field Core:

Course                                                                                                   15 SCH



Each Concentration must include a minimum of 15 SCH, with the 3-4 courses (9 SCH minimum) listed below as system-wide requirements for that concentration.  The additional courses to be selected by the institution from the Common Course Library listed below.

Engineering Materials Science Concentration

The Engineering Materials Science Concentration offers students an opportunity to work with engineered materials and discover their impact on emerging technologies and manufacturing processes. Materials science technicians investigate material applications to improve components and systems design, quality and performance. This concentration provides graduates with the fundamental knowledge and skills needed to work in materials and product design, material processing, and research. In addition, courses place emphasis on safety, teamwork, communications skills and efficient work practices.

Engineering Materials Science Concentration Core Courses:

Courses                                                                 9 SCH


Manufacturing Concentration

The Manufacturing Concentration of the Mechanical Engineering Technology degree program concentrates on gaining productivity, cost savings, and quality in the manufacturing and service industries. The Manufacturing Concentration emphasizes the application of high-tech production equipment, software, and techniques to achieve cost savings and quality in the manufacturing, service, and distribution industries. Hands-on, high-tech laboratories featuring computer-integrated manufacturing (CIM), automated storage and retrieval systems (ASRS), bar-coding, computer-aided design (CAD), computer facilities layout, computer-numerical controlled (CNC) machining centers, and programmable logic controlled (PLC) robots, are combined with instruction on modern production techniques. Graduates can find a variety of employment opportunities in the areas of facilities layout, process development, product development, quality control, technical sales, and warehousing.


Manufacturing Concentration Core Courses:

Courses                                                                       9 SCH

Mechanical Design Concentration

The traditional Mechanical Design Concentration offers students a broad spectrum of knowledge and skills related to mechanical component and system design. Modern integrated mechanical systems accomplish the work in a multiple of environments including component and assembly manufacturing, medical examination and testing equipment, logistics and warehousing, along with modern agribusiness and food processing. Areas of emphasis include materials, manufacturing processes, fluid mechanics, applied mechanics, electrical fundamentals, and computer-aided drafting and design. In addition, courses place emphasis on safety, teamwork, communications skills and efficient work practices.

Mechanical Design Concentration Core Courses:
Courses                                                                                      9 SCH

HVAC & Refrigeration Technical Certificate

The HVAC & Refrigeration Technical Certificate offers students an array of subject-specific courses designed to develop knowledge and technical skills in the field of HVAC and Refrigeration.  Topics of study include refrigeration theory, heating theory, mechanical system applications, installations, safety, tools and instruments, and general maintenance practices of recovery, evacuation, repair, and commissioning. Additional topics include system load design including efficient and balanced designs for ductwork, ventilation, and filtration. Students will explore advanced control systems for HVAC and other mechanical equipment. Students will also explore how modern systems improve efficiency and reliability. 

Additional Approved Courses

Each community college can draw from the list of common courses below to include in their METC degree requirements.  They can also use any of the courses listed above as requirements for a specific elective.  All common course library courses are 3 SCH unless indicated otherwise.

Course                                                                                                    17-21 SCH

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