Academics

Mechanical Engineering Technology

The role of the Mechanical Engineering Technologist in industry is quite varied. They are often employed in the design office of a manufacturer. Some entry-level graduates construct computer graphic models of machines or parts. The career path of these graduates could lead to job titles of senior designer or design supervisor. Mechanical Engineering Technologists also work in product support, solving design-related problems, as service information technologists, write and develop service and repair instructions, applications engineers, who help equipment manufacturers design the correct bearings, pumps, motors, etc. into a wide range of products. Students develop a strong foundation in CAD software, analytical and rational problem-solving skills, taking courses in mathematics, science, and machine design. Students can receive a bachelor’s degree in Engineering Technology by transferring to Bradley University or one of several Illinois state universities.

Career Opportunities

Students can go to work with an associate degree or they can continue their education and get a bachelors degree.

Associates degree:
Many students work for design contract firms that do design work or product testing for Caterpillar, John Deere, and others. Students with associate degrees are also working for Caterpillar and Keystone Steel, Morton Metalcraft, Morton Welding, Kress Corp, UNR Rohn and many others.

Bachelor’s degree:
Students who elect to get a bachelors degree can choose from Bradley University, Northern Illinois University, Southern Illinois University, Illinois State University, Western Illinois University, and Purdue University in the general Illinois area as well as universities all over the country.

Sample positions held by bachelors degree students include:

  • Diesel engine designer
  • Production of service manuals and service publications
  • Product support
  • Manufacturing designer
  • Applications engineer

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Degree

Associate in Applied Science (Career Program)
Total Credit Hours: 68

Program Requirements

Select a course number below to see a course description.

Required General Education Courses

Course Name Credit Hours
ENGL 110COMPOSITION I 3
ENGL 201TECHNICAL COMMUNICATIONS 3
SOCIAL SCIENCE *3
MATH 137TECHNICAL CALCULUS 3
PHYS 112TECHNICAL PHYSICS I 4
HUMANITIES *3

Required Program Courses

Course Name Credit Hours
MATH 130TECHNICAL ALGEBRA AND TRIGONOMETRY 5
MECTK 110INTRODUCTION TO THE TOOLS OF TECHNOLOGY 3
MECTK 121INTRODUCTION TO MECHANICAL COMPUTER-AIDED DRAFTING USING AUTOCAD 3
MECTK 123MECHANICAL DETAILING WITH CAD 3
MECTK 1253-D MODELING WITH PRO-ENGINEER 4
MECTK 138MANUFACTURING PROCESSES I 3
MECTK 201MECHANISMS 3
MECTK 204STATICS AND STRENGTH OF MATERIALS 4
MECTK 220ADVANCED CAD PROJECTS 2
MECTK 221MACHINE DESIGN I 3
MECTK 222MACHINE DESIGN II 3
MECTK 231INDUSTRIAL FLUID POWER 3
MECTK 232MATERIALS SCIENCE AND PHYSICAL METALLURGY 3
PHYS 113TECHNICAL PHYSICS II 4
WELD 119WELDING PROCESSES 3

* See specific requirements for Associate in Applied Science Degree.

The role of the Mechanical Engineering Technologist in industry is quite varied. They are often employed in the design office of a manufacturer. Some entry-level graduates construct 3D models of machines or parts. The career path of these graduates could lead to job titles of senior designer or design supervisor. Mechanical Engineering Technologists also work in product support, solving design-related problems, as service information technologists, write and develop service and repair instructions, applications engineers, who help equipment manufacturers design the correct bearings, pumps, motors, etc. into a wide range of products. Students develop a strong foundation in CAD software, analytical and rational problem solving skills, taking courses in mathematics, science, and machine design. Students can receive a bachelor's degree in Engineering Technology by transferring to Bradley University or one of several Illinois state universities.

Recommended Course Sequence

Semester Courses
Fall Semester 1MECTK 110; MECTK 121; MECTK 138; ENGL 110; MATH 130
Spring Semester 1MECTK 123; WELD 119; PHYS 112; MATH 137; Humanities
Fall Semester 2MECTK 231; MECTK 221; MECTK 204; MECTK 125; PHYS 113
Spring Semester 2MECTK 220; MECTK 222; MECTK 201; MECTK 232; ENGL 201

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

Career Pathway

Pathway programs at ICC have a map that shows the courses/degree requirements that will lead students to their desired education and employment goals.

Career Cluster: Architecture and Construction, Manufacturing
Pathway: Design/Pre-Construction, Maintenance, Installation and Repair
ICC Pathway: Mechanical Engineering Technology

Early College

If you are a high school junior or senior, you can get a head start on your future by taking college-level courses now! Visit our Dual Credit webpage for a listing of area high schools with courses available

ENGL 110, 201 | Humanities | Social Science

Point of Entry

High School Diploma or GED

Getting Started: Apply to ICC | Paying for College | Career Information: Mechanical Engineering Technicians | Student Information

Certificate of Completion

Computer Aided Drafting (26 credit hours)

Industry Credentials

None

Employment Information

Mechanical Drafters $18-26/hr

Associate of Applied Science Degree

Mechanical Engineering Technology(68 credit hours)

Industry Credentials

None

Industry Credentials

Mechanical Engineering Technicians$20-32/hr

OCCUPATION BACHELOR DEGREE TRANSFER OPTIONS

Students have transferred successfully to Bradley University

CAREER CLUSTER BACHELOR DEGREE TRANSFER OPTIONS

Program transfer guides layout course work to be taken at ICC and the transfer institution to complete specific programs of study or majors.

Students have transferred successfully to ISU, SIU, NIU, WIU, and Bradley University.

GENERAL BACHELOR DEGREE TRANSFER OPTIONS

General transfer agreements formalize the transfer process from ICC to other colleges and universities.

For additional transfer information:
Transfer Assistance
Useful Transfer Links
Transfer Agreements

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