Engineering Technology - Mechanical

Engineering Technology - Mechanical - AAS-T

BTC’s Associates in Applied Science-Transfer (AAS-T) Degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology prepares students to apply basic engineering principles and technical skills in support of engineers engaged in a wide variety of projects and industries. This program includes instruction and hands-on practice in various engineering support functions for research, production, and operations, as well as application to mechanical engineering.

The mechanical specialty includes classroom and high-tech lab practice to prepare students to learn drawing and design skills to use as a mechanical engineering technician, mechanical drafter, computer aided drafter, engineering technician, or production planner.

Employment Information

Data are provided on a program (not credential) level

82% BTC graduate placement rate1

$50,741 starting annual wage2
$61,244 average annual wage2
$76,672 potential annual wage2


  • Employment and Wage Data Sources

    1Employment data come from the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) and reflect WA/OR employment for students enrolled at BTC between 2017-18 and 2019-20. Students are included in the employment rate if they left with a credential. Rates are not shown for programs with fewer than 10 students meeting the above criteria.

    2Whatcom County and WA State wage data come from Washington State Employment Security Department (ESD) 2021 Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates and reflect 2018-21 employment. Wage data represent occupations that BTC faculty have identified as the most relevant career paths for program graduates. Note that these wages reflect employees with varying educational levels/credentials. For cases in which multiple occupations have been identified by faculty, a weighted percentile is calculated using each occupation’s percentile wage and employment size estimate. Wages are not shown for programs for which occupations do not meet the ESD’s minimum thresholds for publishing. If the program has wage data from the Washington SBCTC that involves shift work, these ESD wages reflect the same number of hours used in the annual wage calculation. Starting wage = 25th percentile, median wage = 50th percentile, wage potential = 75th percentile.

  • Estimated Program Costs

Tuition Fees and Rates overview page

Entry Information

When Can I Start?

Students may begin working toward this degree quarterly.

What are the Minimum Entry Requirements?

Admissions application and assessment testing in Reading, Math and Writing is required. Your score on the test and/or your previous transcripts will determine where you begin your course sequence. Contact Admissions at 360.752.8345 or at for assistance with academic planning.

What are My Next Steps?


Total Program Credits: 102

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  • Academic Core

  • MATH& 151Calculus I5 CR
  • PHYS& 221Engineering Physics I w/Lab5 CR
  • CHEM& 161General Chemistry w/ Lab I5 CR
  • ENGL& 101English Composition I5 CR
  • ENGL& 235Technical Writing5 CR
  • (May substitute any Humanities course for ENGL& 235)

  • TOTAL Academic Core Course Credits
    25 CR
  • Engineering Core

  • ENGR 100Engineering Orientation2 CR
  • ENGR& 104Introduction To Engineering & Design5 CR
  • ENGR 115Graphics5 CR
  • ENGR 180Parametric Modeling5 CR
  • ENGR& 214Engineering Statics5 CR
  • ENGR 270Introduction To Materials Science5 CR
  • OR
  • ENGT 216Applied Mechanics Of Materials5 CR

  • TOTAL Engineering Core Course Credits
    27 CR
  • Mechanical Core

  • ENGT 116Advanced Graphics5 CR
  • ENGT 134AutoCAD I5 CR
  • ENGT 135AutoCAD II5 CR
  • ENGT 222Advanced Parametric Modeling5 CR
  • ENGT 233Intro To CATIA5 CR
  • ENGT 250Capstone Project5 CR
  • MACH 191Manual Machining for non-Majors5 CR
  • MACH 193CNC Machining for non-Majors5 CR

  • TOTAL Mechanical Design Core Course Credits
    40 CR
  • Engineering Electives

  • Any 100 level or higher courses with prefix ENGR*, ENGT*, CET, COMP, ENET, or CENG
  • Any Math course with prefix MATH* at level of MATH& 146 or higher
  • Any Physics course with prefix PHYS* at the level of PHYS& 222 or higher
  • Any Chemistry course with prefix CHEM* at the level of CHEM& 162 or higher
  • CS& 131Computer Science I C++5 CR
  • *Courses taken to meet the General Education, Program Core, or Program Specialty requirements may not be used to meet Elective requirements

  • TOTAL Engineering Electives Course Credits
    10 CR
  • View past class requirements for this program.

Program Outcomes

  • Utilize parametric solid modeling software to generate 3D digital models.
  • Interpret rough sketches/drawings/actual parts and transform into 2D CAD drawings according to ANSI and industry standards for the purpose of manufacture, fabrication, and/or assembly.
  • Apply statics principles to evaluate forces in structural elements that comprise trusses, machines, and frames.
  • Apply the engineering design process to design systems and components.
  • Fabricate parts and assemblies from blueprints.

Employment Outlook

About 79% of BTC Mechanical Design graduates are employed within nine months of graduation. The average annual wage in this field is $63,357, with an earning potential of about $78,811 per year.*

Criminal convictions may restrict or prevent student participation with internships and employment in this industry.

Faculty & Support

  • Degrees and Credentials

    BS, Industrial Tech-CAD/CAM Spec, Western Washington University

    Certificate, Professional Technical Education, Washington State


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