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Mechanical Engineering Technology

Associate of Applied Science

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Love to work with design but also have a passion for engineering?

Be the bridge between the engineer and the finished product

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Working in mechanical engineering technology, you are the bridge between the engineer and the technicians who work to complete a project.

You interpret a design and use software to create blueprints for its completion. You also lead the process for the manufacturing team, often testing designs and materials used to ensure accuracy and functionality.

TCC’s Associate of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering Technology prepares graduates to work in a variety of fields, ranging from industrial laboratories to shipyards to governmental and military commands – essentially any organization that supports mechanical engineers.

Students wishing to transfer to a four-year program in mechanical engineering technology will be well positioned to do so.

Former military are encouraged to consider this dynamic field. 

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What does this program cost?

You can complete a 2-year associate degree for less than the cost of 1 year at a 4-year college or university.

TCC’s Associate of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering Technology consists of four semesters of full-time study with classes held on the Virginia Beach Campus.

If your schedule doesn’t permit full-time attendance, you may also take classes part time.

Estimated Program Cost*:
64 credits x $185.35 per credit = $11,862.40 (not including textbooks and supplies)
*Based on Fall 2018 in-state tuition. Your actual cost may differ.

Where can you go?

Hampton Roads is home to dozens of advanced manufacturing and shipyards and other industrial operations. Jobs are plentiful in this in-demand field.

Is this program for you?

Yes, if you:

  • have an aptitude for math and enjoy problem solving
  • have strong communication skills
  • embrace creativity needed to develop new equipment and products
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Veterans, transitioning military, spouses and dependents: TCC’s Center for Military and Veterans Education provides academic guidance and help in maximizing your GI Bill® and other educational benefits.

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Tuition assistance such as financial aid, scholarships, work-study, grants and loans can help you save money and reduce college debt.

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Students learn in hands-on mechanics labs at the Virginia Beach Campus

Convenient and flexible evening classes


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Median annual salary

Jobs related to this field have a median annual salary of $53,830*

Student success

Kempsville High's Erin Fitzpatrick is one of 19 students accepted into the STEM Promise program.

* Salary estimate is provided for comparison purposes only and doesn’t constitute a promise of employment or earnings. Salaries were calculated based on related job codes and U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data.