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About the Career

Mechanical engineering technology involves design, testing, production and utilization of all types of mechanical equipment. Employment may be in product design, prototyping, product testing, automation/robotics, instrumentation, hydraulics, fluid systems and manufacturing.

Engineering design uses Computer Aided Design (CAD) programs and other computer-based programs to design and create mechanical part devices.

Designers work with clients to create a customized item, using hand or computer sketches and wood, clay or plastic models to create prototypes and then work with manufacturers for the finished product. Industries such as automotive, toy, appliance, medical equipment, furniture, tool, housewares and construction often contract these services.

What you'll learn

Students will learn about static and dynamic forces; materials and product development, design and testing; industrial machines, controls and systems; Computer Aided Design and simulation software; solid modeling and finite element analysis; electricity, hydraulics and material science; machining skills & CNC machine operation and programming; and geometric dimensioning and tolerancing.

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Mechanical Engineering Technologist

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Projected job growth to 2029

+ 6% 

NMU Programs

Engineering design associate degree - 2 years
Engineering Design

Students learn to use AutoCAD and Solid Works design software to qualify for positions as CAD designers and mechanical engineering aids

Mechanical engineering technology bachelor’s degree - 4 years
Mechanical Engineering Technology

Graduates are employed as mechanical designers, applications engineers, quality engineers, and manufacturing engineers.

Choose a concentration in alternative energies, mechatronics, design, computer numerical control, manufacturing engineering technology or advanced mathematics (pending).


Robert Marlor,, 906-227-2897

Michael Martin,, 906-227-1179