Mechanical Systems Technician

Technology Careers

About the Career

Mechanical systems technicians work in residential and commercial construction, industrial applications and in the development of consumer products. Such systems might include mechanical power transfer mechanisms, heating ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) design, electrical system layout, and fluid systems such as plumbing for buildings, hydraulic power devices and mechanisms.

Advances in computer aided design (CAD) software allow designers to “construct” mechanical systems in a virtual threedimensional world. The models can be constructed using predefined components, such as pipe, pipe fittings, water pumps and sinks. The computer system can then calculate the proper pipe sizes etc. for the specific layout.

The system can also tally how many fittings, sinks, etc. are required, and can automatically create a list of the required components. Three-dimensional models can also be created from scratch. The 3D system can automatically check assembled parts to determine if the parts fit together correctly and ensure that components do not interfere with each other.

Mechanical systems technicians may employ computer models can be used to generate physical models on equipment called rapid Prototyping machines. Physical models are valuable when explaining design concepts to nontechnical clients. These design and prototyping technologies are used in mechanical, architectural, civil, and industrial design applications so career possibilities are diverse.

Academic Programs

Mechanical Engineering Technology

The Mechanical Engineering Technology program provides students with the opportunity to enter the engineering technology field as a Mechanical Technician, Computer Aided Design and Drafting (CAD) technician, or as an associate to a Nuclear Auxiliary Operator.

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Computer-Aided Design

The main purpose of the design process is to create sets of drawings that provide all the information required to build and assemble mechanical parts and buildings.

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Mechanical Process Technology Certificate

The Mechanical Process Technology Certificate is a two-semester (18 credit hour) program that addresses the basics of mechanical manufacturing processes.

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Academic students are taking courses for credit toward a degree, certificate, or diploma. They can earn a degree, certificate, or diploma at MTC or transfer to another school to complete their studies. Academic students must apply to and enroll at the college.

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Training students—sometimes called "Continuing Education" students—can take individual courses or earn certificates and certifications. They don't have to apply to the college; they can register directly for classes. Training courses don't earn college credit or transfer to other institutions.

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