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Engineering Technology - Mechanical

Engineering Technology - Mechanical - AAS

Prepare for your engineering and design career through this program. Then, work in an engineering office environment at structural engineering companies, manufacturing firms, architectural firms, refineries, construction companies.

Learn drawing and design skills to use as a mechanical engineering technician, mechanical drafter, computer aided drafter, engineering technician, or production planner.

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Employment Information

79% BTC graduate placement rate

$52,458 starting annual wage
$63,357 average annual wage
$78,811 potential annual wage
  • Employment and Wage Data Sources

    BTC graduate employment rates:
    The graduate employment rate reflects placement rates of students who graduated from BTC in 2014-15, 2015-16, and 2016-17. The Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges Data Linking for Outcomes Assessment database pulls from Unemployment Insurance (UI) data across Washington and Oregon. UI data do not reflect BTC graduates who (a) are employed in states beyond those listed above or outside of the United States, (b) are self-employed, (c) are active duty members of the armed forces, (d) continued on to another educational institution, and/or (e) did not provide a social security number while enrolled at BTC.

    Washington State Employment Security Department 2018 Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates ( reflect 2014-2017 employment

    Starting annual wage = 25th percentile
    Average annual wage = 50th percentile
    Potential annual wage = 75th percentile

Estimated Program Costs

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: 97

  • Academic Core

  • MATH& 141Precalculus I5 CR
  • MATH& 142Precalculus II5 CR
  • AENGL 100Applied English5 CR
  • Or
  • ENGL& 101English Composition I5 CR
  • CMST& 210Interpersonal Communications5 CR
  • Or
  • CMST& 220Public Speaking5 CR

  • TOTAL Academic Core Course Credits
    20 CR
  • Engineering Core

  • ENGR 100Engineering Orientation2 CR
  • ENGR& 104Introduction To Engineering & Design5 CR
  • ENGR 115Graphics5 CR
  • ENGR 180Parametric Modeling5 CR

  • TOTAL Engineering Core Course Credits
    17 CR
  • Mechanical Core

  • ENGT 116Advanced Graphics5 CR
  • ENGT 134AutoCAD I5 CR
  • ENGT 135AutoCAD II5 CR
  • ENGT 208CAD Project 3D5 CR
  • ENGT 215Applied Statics5 CR
  • ENGT 216Applied Mechanics Of Materials5 CR
  • ENGT 222Advanced Parametric Modeling5 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
    50 CR
  • Engineering Electives

  • Any 100 level or higher course with prefix ENGR*, ENGT*, CET, COMP, ENET, or CENG
  • 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

Program Outcomes

  • Create fully dimensioned orthographic and isometric CAD drawings that adhere to national standards (i.e. ANSI) and industry conventions.
  • 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.
  • Utilize parametric solid modeling software to generate 3D part models, 3D assembly models, and 2D detail/assembly drawings.
  • Apply statics principles to evaluate forces in structural elements that comprise trusses, machines, and frames.
  • Evaluate the stress, strain, and deflection levels of engineering components subjected to deformation, axial loads, and shear loads.
  • Utilize MS Office products such as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint to generate engineering documents, reports, tables, charts, spread sheets, and presentations.

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.

The mechanical engineering program prepares students for employment in the aerospace industry, petrochemical industry, industrial manufacturing, engineering consulting and design firms, engineering software development and support companies, and electrical contractors.

Potential positions include mechanical engineering technician, mechanical drafter, computer aided drafter, engineering technician, production planner, machine maintenance technician, mechanical testing & quality control technician and sales representative.

Faculty & Support

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Timothy Stettler

Tim Stettler is a Civil Engineering Instructor at Bellingham Technical College (BTC). He has a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Washington State University and an A.A.S. in Civil Engineering from Spokane Community College. In addition to his 14 year role at BTC, Tim worked with the Spokane County Engineering Department and with other private engineering firms for a total seven years designing and constructing a variety of Infrastructure projects including stream restoration and mitigation, roadway, bridge, sewer, and waterline projects. Tim also has 18 years of heavy industrial construction and construction management experience. His most recent projects have included the Ronald Regan Office building, the Seventh and Flower subway station, and the Palisades Promenade Building in Los Angeles California. He has also worked on refineries, power plants, and waste to energy plants.

  • Degrees and Credentials

    WA Professional Technical Certification - 2007

    A.A.S., Civil Engineering, Spokane Community College - 2007

    WA Professional Technical Certification - 2007

    A.A.S., Civil Engineering, Spokane Community College - 2007

    B.S., Civil Engineering, Washington State University - 2007

    B.S., Civil Engineering, Washington State University - 2007

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Scott Reiss

<p> Scott Reiss is tenured faculty at BTC where he has been instructing the Mechanical Engineering Technology program since 2003. </p> <p> Scott has over 20 years of industry based mechanical engineering experience. Before Scott joined BTC he owned and operated J. Scott Reiss Consulting, where he performed 3D solid modeling, stress analysis, and patent work for various clients. For ten years prior to that, Scott worked for the PACCAR Technical Center in Mount Vernon as a stress analyst. In this capacity, Scott performed finite element analysis and developed testing strategies to support the development of new class 8 trucks and remedy issues with existing vehicles. Other work experience includes jobs on the east coast where Scott worked in R&D labs developing products and performing test and analysis work. </p>

  • Degrees and Credentials

    B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Vermont - 2003

    WA Professional Technical Certification - 2003

    E.I.T., State of Vermont - 2003

    M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute - 2003