Mechanical Engineering Technology, A.E.

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 a number of professional opportunities, as well as admission to Vermont State's Bachelor of Science programs.

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Jeremy Cornwall

Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering Program & Manufacturing Engineering Program Coordinator


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Why Study Mechanical Engineering Technology at Vermont State?

  • In Demand and Highly Paid: All of our graduates receive multiple job offers even before they finish college. These are highly skilled, highly paid ($65k+ starting) jobs doing interesting and challenging work with advanced technology. Graduates are professionals who work in an office, but also frequently go to the shop floor to design new manufacturing processes. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, about 4,000 openings a year are expected to be created for mechanical engineering technologists and technicians through 2030. They also report the median salary for a mechanical engineer is more than $87,000. 
  • Convenient and Flexible: Whether you’re a full-time student or a working professional, we offer program options to fit your schedule. All lectures are available both face-to-face in-person as well as remotely. Labs are in-person so that students can get time hands-on with the latest manufacturing technology. 
  • Personal Faculty Attention: In our program, you can get individual attention from your professors. They’ll know you and your interests, and your success in manufacturing engineering jobs is their priority. Our small class sizes enable students and faculty to rub elbows while working together on interesting projects. 
  • Success After Graduation: Within six months after graduating, 99 percent of our Mechanical Engineering Technology graduates are employed or continuing their education. All students work on industry-sponsored capstone projects that enable them to work with engineers at the sponsoring companies even before they graduate. These often lead to job offers right on the spot. There are also many opportunities for well-paid internships, both fulltime during the summers and part-time during the school year. 

Program Outcomes

With an Associate of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering Technology, you will be able to:

  • Apply knowledge, techniques, skills, and modern tools of mathematics, science, engineering, and technology to solve well-defined engineering problems appropriate to the discipline 
  • Design solutions for well-defined technical problems and assist with the engineering design of systems, components, or processes appropriate to the discipline 
  • Apply written, oral, and graphical communication in well-defined technical and non-technical environments and identify and use appropriate technical literature 
  • Conduct standard tests, measurements, and experiments and analyze and interpret results 
  • Function effectively as a member of a technical team 

Educational objectives that are demonstrated during workforce careers include: 

  • Engineering skills: develop a successful career in manufacturing, design, specification, installation, testing, operation, maintenance, sales, or documentation of mechanical systems 
  • Professional skills: employ strong communication and teamwork skills and participate productively on professional teams of engineers, technicians, managers, and skilled production workers 
  • Design skills: utilize technical knowledge and skills to effectively design, fabricate, manufacture, and maintain industrial and consumer systems and products 
  • Innovation skills: continuously develop as a professional; adapt and stay current in their field 

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Sample Courses

  • ​​Computer-Aided Technology​ 
  • Manufacturing Processes 
  • Mechanical Projects 
  • Introduction to Materials Science and Engineering  

Student Stories

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“Mechanical Engineering is a great fit for me because I love solving puzzles and learning how things work.” 

Tyler Wright
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“The low student to teacher ratio is great. It was a major factor in my decision to come here, as well as having a degree path which I’m very interested in.” 

Jonathan Alvin
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“At the beginning of my first semester, the Women in Engineering and Technology Club was created. Seeing how many women and men were interested in the club inspired me. The community here is incredibly supportive and encouraging.” 

Samantha Daniels

Meet Our Faculty

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Assistant Professor

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Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering Program & Manufacturing Engineering Program Coordinator

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Assistant Professor

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Mechanical Lab Tech

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