Mechanical Design FAQ

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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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