SUNY Canton’s Canino School of Engineering Technology has added another four-year degree program to its growing list of offerings.
The New York State Education Department and the State University of New York have approved a bachelor’s of technology degree in mechanical technology. The College is now accepting students into the program with classes scheduled to begin in the Fall 2011 semester, SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy announced.
“In the last few months, we have added three in-demand technology degree programs that speak to the needs of the region and industry,” Kennedy said. “The faculty members in the Canino School of Engineering Technology do an outstanding job of listening to the programmatic needs of students who are looking to continue getting a quality education at an affordable price. They respond to those needs while also ensuring what we offer is directly aligned with what employers are looking for.”
The curriculum stems directly from the highly successful ABET-accredited mechanical engineering technology and air conditioning technology associate degree program at the College. The new degree will allow graduates from the current two-year program to further their studies without having to transfer to distant or more expensive institutions.
More information about the new program can be found at: http://www.canton.edu/csoet/mech/
“In recent years, I have worked with a growing number of students coming to the program who have intentions of pursuing a bachelor’s degree,” said Daniel J. Miller, assistant professor of mechanical engineering technology and program director of the two year degree program. “The current associate degree program historically sees 100 percent placement upon graduation with two-thirds of those graduates continuing their education elsewhere. Our hands-on approach to learning and problem solving, as well as our hard working and dedicated faculty and staff, are the main reasons students enroll and want to stay at SUNY Canton. We provide an education that assures them their degree will enable them to find work within the industry.”
There will be two tracks within the program: mechanical manufacturing and heating; and ventilation and air conditioning. Students who complete the degree program will be able to analyze, design and implement machine and manufacturing processes, air conditioning and building energy systems, and the up-to-date automation and control systems and their applications in the related field.
Students in the program will also benefit from the recent completed renovation of the mechanical engineering technology labs in the Nevaldine Technology Center.
Dr. Lin Tian, assistant professor of air conditioning engineering technology, prepared the proposal and will serve as the program coordinator. She anticipates 20-25 students to enroll in the major this upcoming fall, with enrollment growing as large as 70 within five years.
“No matter the track a student pursues, they will have the professionalism required within the engineering field, project analysis experience and management skills that meet the industrial needs of high-level engineering technicians,” Tian said. “The faculty members are excited about this opportunity to better serve our students and the community.”
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, mechanical engineers held the fourth highest employment of all engineering in 2008. Many mechanical engineering professionals fall into the industrial engineering category, the third highest engineering employment sector. Extensive continued growth over the next ten years is expected.
“Our strong faculty support will make this program successful,” said Dr. David Wells, dean of the Canino School of Engineering Technology. “It provides an exceptional complement to our other new bachelor’s degrees in electrical and civil and environmental technology. We help prepare our students for a wide array of career opportunities. The approval of this degree program furthers that mission.”
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