Mechanical Engineering Technology

Engineer your career path through the design, construction and use of machines.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the 2017 median pay for a mechanical engineering technician was $55,360 per year. Mechanical engineering deals with the design, construction and use of machines. If you are good with your hands, enjoy problem solving, and like being part of a team, you may enjoy being a mechanical engineering technician. Mechanical engineering technicians help mechanical engineers design, construct and use machinery.

General Information

Career Advisor: Dan Eberle
253-680-7010 |

Location: Central / Mohler Campus
Hours: 7:30AM - 4:00PM

Program Length: Six Quarters

Program Educational Objectives: Program educational objectives are broad statements that are used to describe career and professional accomplishments that the Engineering Technology programs are preparing graduates to achieve during the first 2-4 years of graduation. The objectives are broad but imply employment in the area served by Bates Technical College, as an engineering technician or technologist at the two-year associate degree level. This is consistent with the mission of the college.

Within two to four years after graduation, students of the program will be able to do these:

  • Demonstrate an ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams in an engineering-focused environment.
  • Demonstrate an ability to communicate clearly and effectively in a diverse and technical environment.
  • Demonstrate an ability to manage time effectively working on engineering projects.
  • An ability to conduct standard tests, measurements, and experiments and to analyze and interpret the results.
  • Demonstrate an ability to systematically make decisions as a member of an engineering team.
  • National Median Salary$56,980
  • National Potential Annual Job Openings3,800

This information is base on data from June 2021.

Tuition and Fees

At Bates, our tuition is affordable and there are options to help make it even easier to gain an education. Federal aid is available for many of our students. Scholarships are also available through the Bates Foundation.

See if you qualify for other funding through our special funding programs with the Workforce Education office.

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Associate of Applied Science-Transfer
CIP: 15.0805 EPC: 642  

Students prepare for careers as engineering technicians with an emphasis on mechanical systems. Instruction focuses on computer-aided drafting and design (CADD). Students have opportunities to work on community and college projects that may include patent application drawings and detailed machine shop production drawings. Extended learning opportunities are available with industry partners. 

Program Prerequisite: COMPASS Pre-algebra 55 and Reading 80 or approved transition from basic studies 


Bates instructors are industry experts who enjoy working with and teaching students.


  • Curt Meyer

    253-680-7344 | Email

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