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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions concerning the Mechanical Engineering Technology, Mechanical Design Concentration are listed below.


What is a mechanical engineering technician with a concentration in mechanical design?

A: A mechanical engineering technician with a concentration in mechanical design is a person qualified by education, training, or work experience to design, install, maintain, and operate mechanical equipment such as machinery, air conditioning, and fluid systems.

What duties does a mechanical engineering technician with a concentration in mechanical design perform?

Mechanical engineering technicians with a concentration in mechanical design may perform such duties as:

  • Test engineering materials
  • Create engineering CAD drawings
  • Design, install, test, and maintain mechanical equipment
  • Technical sales
  • Write technical reports
  • Assist engineers and senior technicians

Where does a mechanical engineering technician with a concentration in mechanical design work?

A mechanical engineering technician with a concentration in mechanical design may work in a:

  • Consulting engineering firm
  • Corporation or company
  • Manufacturing facility
  • Testing facility
  • Governmental/educational agency

What is the income potential for a mechanical engineering technician with a concentration in mechanical design?

Income varies depending on the type of mechanical engineering technician position. The median income for the U.S. is $49,290 and the median income for the Memphis Metropolitan area is $44,000.

What will the mechanical engineering technology degree allow me to do?

Earn an Associate of Applied Science Degree at Southwest and enter the job market immediately after graduation, or transfer the credits earned in the mechanical engineering technology program to a four-year college and earn a bachelor’s degree.

What is Southwest's employment rate for graduates of the mechanical engineering technology program?

Southwest's employment rate for graduates of the mechanical engineering technology program generally exceeds 95 percent each year.

Why choose the Mechanical Engineering Technology program at Southwest?

Southwest provides:

  • Fully accredited programs by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges
  • Small classes for more personalized attention
  • Flexible class schedules available at multiple campuses, centers, sites; and distance learning opportunities
  • Affordable tuition
  • Support services, including career counseling, free tutoring and career services, financial aid, job opportunity assistance and on-site child care services

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