Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)
Set the gears in motion for your career! FLCC's Mechanical Technology degree program prepares students to enter the workforce after graduation to aid engineers with the design, development, testing, and manufacturing of industrial machinery and consumer products.
Whether you're an entry-level student or lifelong learner in mechanical technology or industrial engineering technology, FLCC's Mechanical Technology program provides you a high quality education that will ready you for transfer and career opportunities. This program prepares you to use 2D and 3D CAD (computer-aided design and drafting) software as a design, drafting, and presentation tool in the workforce. You'll also have the opportunity to showcase your mechanical design skills as a member of FLCC's Engineering and Technology Club, which allows you to work on entries for drones, robotics, and other competitions.
The A.A.S. Mechanical Technology degree program at FLCC will provide you with the knowledge and technical skills to assist engineers in all facets of the industry. Instruction emphasizes developing your technical competence and engineering analysis, while utilizing CAD software. The majority of the core courses needed for this degree are offered at FLCC's Victor Campus Center.
In this program, you'll utilize FLCC's state-of-the-art CAD lab, which offers 24 networked computers with current versions of AutoCAD, Inventor, Solidworks, and Microsoft Office. You'll learn to output your design work through networked output devices, including a 3D printer, color laser printer, and large format color plotter.
Program Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this degree program, students shall:
- Produce accurate 3D models from sketches or physical models.
- Perform common mechanical engineering calculations.
- Defend material choices based on engineering properties as used in engineering designs.
- Discuss appropriate manufacturing processes that insure components and assemblies can be fabricated.
As a student in this program, you'll have the opportunity to work for a semester or more at a manufacturing site applying the skills you have developed to real-world applications. In your position, you'll perform a variety of work assignments alongside professional staff members, which will be reviewed by an on-site mentor and FLCC faculty. During your work experience, you'll be paid by the firm, and you will pay tuition and receive college credit. Prior to being accepted into the program, you'll be required to receive a recommendation from your faculty advisor.
In addition, you'll be challenged in your second year to apply what you've learned to solving a technical problem. You'll work with other students in teams to design, analyze, and finalize your solution.
Graduates of this program have earned employment at companies such as Refractron, G.W. Lisk, H.M. Cross, Ultrafab, Cliftronics, and Gorbel. Positions landed by our grads at these companies include:
- Machine designer
- Tool designer
- Product designer
- Industrial laboratory technician
- Production control technician
- Sales technician
- Field technician
- Sales technician
- Safety technician
- CAD designer
Some graduates chose to continue their studies in mechanical engineering technology, manufacturing engineering technology, or electro-mechanical technology at four-year institutions.
As a Mechanical Technology student, you can apply for a variety of scholarships including the G.W. Lisk Co., Inc. Excellence; Mrs. Elizabeth May Davis Bliss Memorial; and Murray F. Gardner scholarships. For information on these scholarships, contact the FLCC Foundation
This program qualifies for funding assistance through the Advanced Manufacturing Pathway Project (Department of Labor Grant). Applicants must be at least 18 years of age, unemployed, and have a high school diploma or GED. For more information, contact the Advanced Manufacturing Center at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our Mechanical Technology faculty have a wide range of experience in many different fields, and they are eager to share that experience with the next generation of engineers. They have been awarded patents, built engineering companies from the ground-up, and taught the concepts of engineering at many levels. Learn more about the Mechanical Technology faculty.
"There were two areas I enjoyed the most in the Mechanical Technology program. One was learning how to use CAD software. It was neat creating 3D assemblies. The second thing I enjoyed was the hands-on learning with the lathes and mills. It's one thing to draw pictures of gears and differential gears, it's another to create them."