Degree/Certificate: Associate in Applied Science
HEGIS Code: 5303
SUNY Code: 0595
Major Code: MECH
Mechanical technicians are employed as engineering support staff in a variety of diverse positions. These positions are in areas such as engineering design, product development and laboratory testing.
The NCCC Approach
This is a broad-based program for men and women who are interested in the exciting career field of mechanical technology. It includes courses in Engineering Drawing, Computer Aided Drafting (CAD), Robotics, Hydraulics and Pneumatics, Mechanics of Materials and Mechanical Design. Such courses provide students with a solid educational foundation which enable graduates to pursue various technical careers and compete in the global economy. Additional courses in mathematics, physics and computer applications establish a base for further advancement. Assignments in the college laboratories are intended to simulate industrial situations.
Graduates of this program are readily accepted by industry and may also transfer to bachelor degree programs in mechanical engineering technology or industrial technology.
Students admitted in fall, spring and summer. It is possible to obtain advanced standing by taking appropriate technology preparation (Tech Prep) courses in high school.
Because of the sequencing of courses, it may take more than four semesters of full-time study if a student begins this program in a spring or summer semester.
A background in high school mathematics, which includes at least elementary algebra, is expected. Students lacking the entry-level mathematics skills can acquire them at the college. However, it will take a student longer to complete this program. Courses in this program are offered both day and evening, and most of the courses are taught by full time faculty who have both academic credentials and industrial experience.
SUNY College at Buffalo
SUNY College at Buffalo
SUNY College/Empire State
Program Goals and Objectives
- Provide an AAS technical program which enables graduates to be employed as technicians. A secondary goal is transfer to upper-division programs, in a related area, for a bachelor’s degree.
- Provide a selection of technical courses for students from other programs at the college, such as the Computer Aided Drafting and Design certificate and associate degree programs.
- Provide a core of technical courses for currently employed individuals to strengthen their academic background.
Student Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this program, the student will:
- Apply concepts of mathematics (algebra and trigonometry) and scientific principles to solve technical problems.
- Incorporate drafting and graphical techniques in the presentation of technical ideas.
- Integrate established design procedures in problem solving.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the fundamentals of modern manufacturing processes and procedures.
- Communicate with others, including both general and scientific information, in an oral and written manner.
- Utilize the computer literacy skills necessary to function in modern industry.
* Dependent upon the fulfillment of Academic Foundations requirements.
Students must purchase a scientific calculator and some basic drafting equipment. A laptop computer would also be useful.
There are several scholarships available to NCCC students. Scholarship deadline dates vary each semester. For more information, please visit the scholarship webpage at www.niagaracc.suny.edu/scholarships . The NCCC Scholarship Office is located within the Financial Aid Complex, A-114 or by phone (716) 614-6205.