Mechanical Engineering Technology
Maine College of Engineering and Computing
The mechanical engineering technology program is a broad field which prepares students to work with industry designing and developing new and innovative products.
If you like solving puzzles or problems and hands-on learning, a career in mechanical engineering technology might be right for you. Mechanical engineering technology classes combine applied engineering with extensive laboratory experience. Mechanical engineering technology graduates are involved in every process, from designing delicate tools, to working on huge ship and jet engine parts, to operation and maintenance of industrial equipment.
Engineering technology education is project- oriented and practical. If you’re interested in learning the applied aspects of science to be ready to enter the workforce, engineering technology may be the right choice for you. UMaine’s program is tied closely to industry and professional practice in New England, and students gain hands-on experience in the field. Graduates often receive job offers from the companies they worked with as students.
Faculty have years of experience in private practice and bring their practical experience into the classroom. Many faculty are licensed as professional engineers.
UMaine School of Engineering Technology has a nearly 100 percent job placement rate within six months of graduation. A wide range of New England companies know UMaine graduates have excellent professional and technical skills, making the degree desirable and valuable. Advancement opportunities are excellent.
Mechanical engineering technology graduates work in a variety of fields, including product development, design, testing, manufacturing, operation and maintenance, marketing, sales and administration.
Graduates make our society “greener” and energy efficient, keep our families and workers safe and healthy, bring products from athletic shoes to robots to market, and build the latest Navy ships and assembly lines. Starting salaries for engineering technology graduates average $52,000 annually.
All graduates design and fabricate a team based capstone project. Recent projects include a cell phone charging stations from wind power and from a school merry-go-round, a hybrid go-kart, a virtual reality platform that responds to user controls, and 3D printed fixtures to hold parts during manufacturing processes such as laser engraving.
Several scholarships are available, including a $5,000 renewable Dearborn Foundation, Manufacturer’s Association of Maine, and ASHRAE scholarships (applications on campus). In addition, students have a high success rate in applying for numerous national and state scholarships.