Mechanical Engineering Technology - Associate of Applied Science Degree

Mechanical Engineering Technology
Program Details
Associate of Applied Science
Academic Division: 
Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
Online Learning Option This program can be completed online or in the classroom.

Train for your next job. Mechanical Engineering Technology is a great fit for students who want to take a hands-on approach to mechanical engineering.

Mechanical engineering technologists participate in the design, development, testing and manufacturing of industrial machinery, consumer products, engines and other equipment. Virginia Peninsula’s Mechanical Engineering Technology associate of applied science program emphasizes the application of scientific and engineering principles. The curriculum is grounded in math, science and engineering principles with practical lessons in computer-aided drawing and design, composite materials, hydraulics and other technical areas.


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Mechanical Design

Engineers and technical consultants need you. Train for an entry-level job as a mechanical technician with Virginia Peninsula’s Mechanical Engineering Technology program. You’ll learn about basic drafting skills, machine shop operations, materials and processes of manufacturing, computer programming, statics, dynamics and more.


According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, opportunities for mechanical engineering technologists continue to grow. Mechanical Engineering Technology graduates may qualify for opportunities with employers such as NASA Langley Research Center, Newport News Shipbuilding, Continental, Liebherr, HOWMET Alcoa, Cannon and other support contractors. Graduates also work in aircraft, automotive, transportation, military and industrial machinery industries. If you plan to continue your studies at a four-year institution, be sure to ask about Virginia Peninsula’s articulation agreement with Old Dominion University (ODU). Students who meet certain course and grade point average criteria can take advantage of guaranteed admission to ODU.

With a degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology, graduates can:

  • design mechanical systems
  • design and test engines and machines
  • specialize in quality control
  • research and develop new products
  • complete experiments
  • specialize in instrumentation
  • specialize in technical marketing and sales

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