Mechanical Engineering Technology: Career Associate (4700)
Are you interested in prototyping technologies, designing vehicles, doing computer-aided-drafting and/or handling machinery? Do you enjoy solving problems and understanding the world around you? Are you interested in robotics, automation and solving environmental issues? If so, a career in mechanical engineering is the place for you!
Mechanical engineers develop solutions to the technical problems of today and tomorrow. Our Mechanical Engineering Technology Program can give you the solid foundation you need to succeed in this challenging and rewarding career.
What can I do with this in the workforce?
After receiving your associate degree, you will be prepared to enter the workforce as technicians in the manufacturing industry. Although this program is designed to lead directly to employment, there are opportunities for you to transfer your credits to a four-year school if you wish to continue your education.
As a graduate of our program, you’ll be ready to work as a technician in:
- Design and drafting
- Prototype manufacturing
- Technical sales
- Mechanical engineering
You may be a perfect fit for our program and this career path if you:
- Enjoy mathematical concepts and working with computers
- Are an analytical thinker who can solve problems with deductive reasoning
- Have good organizational and time-management skills
- Work well in team settings and can communicate effectively
- Think technically and enjoy the challenge of solving complex problems with creative thinking
- Have strong math skills and geometry skills
- Can easily visualize 3-D images in your mind
- Possess excellent computer skills
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What is HACC’s program like?
We offer state-of-the-art drafting and design classes. You’ll use a computer-aided-design (CAD) system and work with the sophisticated computer-numerical-controls (CNC) and programmable logic controls (PLC) systems.
As a graduate of our program, you will be able to:
- Fabricate machine components using CNC and CAM
- Perform basic programming for CNC machine tools
- Design and develop mechanical devices
- Test complex machinery and components
- Prepare technical reports and write specifications and manuals
- Program machine tools using standard codes or through a CAD system
- Prepare technical reports and manuals
- Write and speak effectively
- Appreciate accomplishments in the arts and sciences
What classes will I take?
We encourage you to:
- View summaries of every course at HACC by browsing our class schedules database.
- Review our program guide (pdf) to view a list of required courses, recommended course sequencing and program competencies.
- Browse our advising checksheet (pdf), which is also an excellent tool to help you personalize your course load each term and manage your overall advancement through our programs.
Can I transfer my credits to a four-year college or university?
Yes! Although this program is designed to lead directly to employment, transfer opportunities do exist should you wish to continue your education and pursue a bachelor’s degree. Our programs are designed to be flexible enough to transfer to a wide variety of four-year colleges and universities with no loss of credit. However, each individual college has its own unique program. We encourage you to select a four-year school as soon as possible. This will allow you to learn the transfer college’s program requirements so that you may take the proper classes at HACC.
With our Mechanical Engineering Technology program, your transfer options are:
|Bloomsburg University of PA:||Bachelor of Applied Science Technical Leadership (ONLINE & campus) (pdf)
|Penn State Harrisburg:||Mechanical Engineering Tech (pdf)
|Siena Heights University Online:||Mechanical Engineering Technology into Bachelor Degree Applied Science (ONLINE) (pdf)
Where can I complete this program?
You can complete the entire program at the Harrisburg Campus.
Does HACC offer scholarships?
Thanks to the HACC Foundation, we have approximately 200 scholarships available that can help offset the cost of your education. View eligibility requirements and learn how to apply by visiting hacc.edu/scholarships.
When can I apply?
You can enroll in HACC classes in the spring, summer and fall. To apply anytime, please visit our website. Please include program code 4700 with your application. This unique code ensures you’re applying to your intended program.
How can I learn more?
We can help you turn YOUR interest in the world around you into a long, rewarding career as a mechanical engineer. Find out more today by contacting an admissions counselor or department chair Kelley Engle.