Manufacturing Engineering Technology

To pursue a career in manufacturing, you must enjoy solving problems and working with your hands, and possess communication, mathematical, physical science, and mechanical abilities. You must be creative, persistent, and able to work independently and with others.

As a Manufacturing Engineering Technology graduate, you work as a technician, engineering aide, or first-line supervisor in production, quality control, purchasing, and industrial relations. You solve manufacturing problems, prepare product specifications, study ways to improve efficiency, and supervise production workers.

Career Opportunities

The Manufacturing Engineering Technology program offers you a wide variety of career opportunities such as:

  • Facility planning/plant layout
  • Industrial relations/training
  • Inventory planning/control
  • Manufacturing engineering
  • Materials testing
  • Plant engineering/maintenance
  • Process/product development
  • Purchasing
  • Quality control
  • Safety/loss prevention
  • Technical sales/service

Entry level salaries average $14,500-$29,000 for Manufacturing Engineering Technology graduates.

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Degree

Associate in Applied Science (Career Program)
Total Credit Hours: 60

Program Requirements

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Required General Education Courses

Course Name Credit Hours
ENGL 110 COMPOSITION I  3
ENGL 201 TECHNICAL COMMUNICATIONS  3
SOCIAL SCIENCE * 3
MATHEMATICS ** 3
PHYS 112 TECHNICAL PHYSICS I  4
HUMANITIES * 3

Required Program Courses

Course Name Credit Hours
MATHEMATICS ** 3 to 5
MECTK 110
or
INTRODUCTION TO THE TOOLS OF TECHNOLOGY 
or
3
MACTR 110 PRINT READING - MECHANICAL  3
MECTK 115 PRINCIPLES OF DIMENSIONAL METROLOGY  2
MECTK 121
or
INTRODUCTION TO MECHANICAL COMPUTER-AIDED DRAFTING USING AUTOCAD 
or
3
MECTK 125 3-D MODELING WITH PRO-ENGINEER  4
MECTK 138 MANUFACTURING PROCESSES I  3
MECTK 204 STATICS AND STRENGTH OF MATERIALS  4
MECTK 226 STATISTICS AND QUALITY CONTROL  3
MECTK 231 INDUSTRIAL FLUID POWER  3
MECTK 232 MATERIALS SCIENCE AND PHYSICAL METALLURGY  3
MECTK 238 MANUFACTURING PROCESSES II  3
PHYS 113 TECHNICAL PHYSICS II  4
WELD 119 WELDING PROCESSES  3

Elective Courses

Course Name Credit Hours
TECHNICAL ELECTIVES *** 5

* See specific requirements for Associate in Applied Science Degree.
** Math Sequence (minimum 6 credit hours); Option 1: (Baccalaureate Sequence-Preferred) MATH 130 and 137; Option 2: (Baccalaureate Sequence) MATH 115 and 120; Option 3: (Non-transfer Sequence) MAT 106 and 130.
*** Technical Electives: NCTK 212, 214; MECTK 251; SCM 220, 231, 232.

The college maintains articulation agreements with several universities from which students may pursue a bachelor's degree upon graduating. 

Recommended Course Sequence

Semester Courses
Fall Semester 1MECTK 110 or MACTR 110; MECTK 138; MECTK 115; Mathematics; ENGL 110
Spring Semester 1MECTK 121 or 125; MECTK 238; Mathematics; PHYS 112; WELD 119
Fall Semester 2MECTK 204; MECTK 231; PHYS 113; Technical Elective(s); Social Science
Spring Semester 2MECTK 226; MECTK 232; Humanities; ENGL 201; Technical Elective(s)

Program Contact Information

Agricultural and Industrial Technologies Department
AIT Building, Room 209

(309) 694-5171 or (309) 694-5510

Illinois Career Cluster

Manufacturing

Career Pathway:
Maintenance, Installation and Repair

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