Associate of Applied Science
Purpose: Based on the Mechatronics Systems Engineering Technology parent program, this specialization provides graduates with advanced mechanical and hands-on practice in a wide range of subjects, including mechanical systems and devices, computer-aided-design and drafting (CAD), concepts and practices in mechanical and electrical processes, and trouble shooting in an industrial or manufacturing setting. The Design Engineering Technology specialization focuses on mechanical design, analysis and test courses in place of the Mechatronics courses covering advanced electronics and manufacturing.
Program Objectives: Entry-level or advanced opportunities at mechanical design, automated manufacturing, and computer-aided industrial sites. Positions include mechanical maintenance, quality, computer, process, and manufacturing technicians. Other job titles may include CAD, engineering, or industrial technician.
Admission Requirements: Applicants must meet the requirements for admission to credit-level coursework established by the college.
Placement Requirements: Students who do not demonstrate readiness for college-level English will be required to select appropriate EDE 10 or ENG 111 /EDE 11* coursework in consultation with an advisor.
Students who do not demonstrate readiness for college-level math will be required to select appropriate MDE coursework in consultation with an advisor.
Program Notes: Students in the Design Engineering Technology Specialization are offered multiple opportunities to complement their AAS degree with Solidworks CSWA certifications and Autodesk ACU Certifications for AutoCad and Inventor. Additionally, NC3 certifications are offered in AC/DC, Multimeters and Mechanics in parallel with the required coursework.
AAS degrees prepare students for direct employment upon completion of the degree. However, many programs may also transfer to four-year institutions. Students interested in transferring should verify program requirements with specific four-year institutions and with the program head for Mechatronics.