Mechanical Engineering Technology

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Total Degrees​
Awarded in 2017

4,022

growing 2.65%

Median In-State​
Public Tuition

$6,530

growing 0.927%

Median Out-of-State​
Private Tuition

$32,182

growing 1.07%

Average Wage

$91,225

growing 5.57%

People in Workforce

409,670

growing 0.486%

Average Employee Age

44.1

declining 0.293%

About

The locations with the highest concentration of Mechanical Engineering Technology degree recipients are West Lafayette, IN, New York, NY, and Winterville, NC. The locations with a relatively high number of Mechanical Engineering Technology degree recipients are Arroyo, PR, University of Pittsburgh Johnstown, PA, and DuBois, PA. The most common degree awarded to students studying Mechanical Engineering Technology is a bachelors degree.

Institutions

Information about the types of higher education institutions that grant degrees in Mechanical Engineering Technology and the types of students that study this field. Purdue University-Main Campus awards the most degrees in Mechanical Engineering Technology in the US, but Instituto Tecnologico de Puerto Rico-Recinto de Guayama and University of New Hampshire at Manchester have the highest percentage of degrees awarded in Mechanical Engineering Technology.

Tuition costs for Mechanical Engineering Technology majors are, on average, $6,530 for in-state public colleges, and $32,182 for out of state private colleges.

The most common sector, by number of institutions, that offers Mechanical Engineering Technology programs are Public, 2-year institutions (146 total). The most common sector, by number of degrees awarded, is Public, 4-year or above (2,104 completions).

Institutions

Institution with the Most Degrees Awarded in Mechanical Engineering Technology

The most common sector, by number of degrees awarded in Mechanical Engineering Technology, is Public, 4-year or above (2,104 completions).

The following chart shows the share of universities that offer Mechanical Engineering Technology programs, by the total number of completions, colored and grouped by their sector.

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Tuition Costs for Common Institutions

$6,530

Median In-State Public

$32,182

Median Out of State Private

Purdue University-Main Campus has the most Mechanical Engineering Technology degree recipients, with 197 degrees awarded in 2017.

The following bar chart shows the state tuition for the top 5 institutions with the most degrees awarded in Mechanical Engineering Technology.

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Specialized Colleges

Out of all institutions that offer Mechanical Engineering Technology programs and have at least 5 graduates in those programs, Instituto Tecnologico de Puerto Rico-Recinto de Guayama and University of New Hampshire at Manchester have the highest percentage of degrees awarded in Mechanical Engineering Technology, with 13% and 11.4%, respectively.

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Degrees Awarded by County

Counties with the Most Degrees Awarded in Mechanical Engineering Technology

This map shows the counties in the United States colored by the highest number of degrees awarded in Mechanical Engineering Technology by year.

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Growth in Awarded Degrees

Counties with the Fastest Growing Number of Degrees Awarded

This map shows the counties in the United States colored by the highest growth in degrees awarded for Mechanical Engineering Technology.

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Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Engineering Technologies graduates and on wages and locations for those in the field.

The average salary for Engineering Technologies majors is $91,225 and the most common occupations are Other managers, Software developers, and Miscellaneous engineers, including nuclear engineers.

The industry that employs the most Engineering Technologies majors is Computer Systems Design, though the highest paying industry, by average wage, is Paperboard container manufacturing.

Wages

Yearly Income for Common Jobs

The closest comparable data for the 6 Digit Course Mechanical Engineering Technology is from the 2 Digit Course Engineering Technologies.

$91,225

Average Wage in Workforce

± $2,778

5.57%

1 Year Growth

± 4.15%

The average salary for Engineering Technologies majors is $91,225 and the most common occupations are Other managers, Software developers, and Miscellaneous engineers, including nuclear engineers.

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Highest Paying Locations

The closest comparable data for the 6 Digit Course Mechanical Engineering Technology is from the 2 Digit Course Engineering Technologies.

This map shows the public use micro areas (PUMAs) in the United States colored by the average salary of Engineering Technologies majors.

Note that the census collects information tied to where people live, not where they work. It is possible that Engineering Technologies majors live and work in the same place, but it is also possible that they live and work in two different places.

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Occupations

Most Common

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The most common occupations Engineering Technologies majors, by number of employees, are Other managers, Software developers, and Miscellaneous engineers, including nuclear engineers.

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Most Specialized

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Compared to other majors, there are an unusually high number of Engineering Technologies majors working as Industrial engineers, including health & safety, Materials engineers, and Mechanical engineers.

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Highest Paid

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Occupations by Share

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409,670

2018 Workforce

± 15,693

0.486%

1 Year Growth

± 5.4%

The number of Engineering Technologies graduates in the workforce has been growing at a rate of 0.486%, from 407,688 in 2017 to 409,670 in 2018.

The largest single share of Engineering Technologies graduates go on to work as Other managers (7.01%). This chart shows the various jobs filled by those with a major in Engineering Technologies by share of the total number of graduates.

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Industries

Most Common

The closest comparable data for the 6 Digit Course Mechanical Engineering Technology is from the 2 Digit Course Engineering Technologies.

The most common industries that employ Engineering Technologies majors, by number of employees, are Computer Systems Design, Construction, and Architectural, engineering & related services.

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Highest Paid

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Industries by Share

The closest comparable data for the 6 Digit Course Mechanical Engineering Technology is from the 2 Digit Course Engineering Technologies.

409,670

2018 Workforce

± 15,693

0.486%

1 Year Growth

± 5.4%

The number of Engineering Technologies graduates in the workforce has been growing at a rate of 0.486%, from 407,688 in 2017 to 409,670 in 2018.

The industry which employs the most Engineering Technologies graduates by share is Computer Systems Design, followed by Construction. This visualization shows the industries that hire those who major in Engineering Technologies.

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Specialty Locations

The closest comparable data for the 6 Digit Course Mechanical Engineering Technology is from the 2 Digit Course Engineering Technologies.

This map shows the public use micro areas (PUMAs) in the United States where there are a relatively high population of Engineering Technologies majors.

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Diversity

Demographic information on those who earn a degree in Engineering Technologies in the US. The average age of a person in the workforce with a degree in Engineering Technologies is 44.1, and the most common degree type these workers hold is a Bachelors Degree. Male employees are more likely to hold Engineering Technologies degrees, and White students earn the majority (2,504) of the degrees.

Workforce Age

The closest comparable data for the 6 Digit Course Mechanical Engineering Technology is from the 2 Digit Course Engineering Technologies.

44.1

Average Age in 2018

± 0.478 Years

0.293%

1 Year Change

± 1.55%

This chart shows distribution of ages for employees with a degree in Engineering Technologies. The most common ages of employees with this major are 33 and 32 years old, which represent 3.12% and 2.9% of the population, respectively.

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Degrees Awarded

The most common degree types awarded to students graduating in Mechanical Engineering Technology are Bachelors Degree, Associates Degree, and < 1 Year Postsecondary Certificate.

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Workforce Degrees

The closest comparable data for the 6 Digit Course Mechanical Engineering Technology is from the 2 Digit Course Engineering Technologies.

The most common degree types held by the working population in Engineering Technologies are Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, and Professional degree.

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Gender Imbalance for Common Institutions

Male (91.8%)

Most Common Gender with a Degree in this Field

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Race & Ethnicity by Degrees Awarded

Most Common Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    2,504 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    569 degrees awarded

  3. Non-resident Alien

    317 degrees awarded

This chart shows the number of degrees awarded in Mechanical Engineering Technology for each race & ethnicity. White students earned the largest share of the degrees with this major.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Race/Ethnicity and Gender Combination

  1. White Male

    1,156 degrees awarded

  2. Non-resident Alien Male

    185 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino Male

    154 degrees awarded

This chart illustrates the differences by gender for each race & ethnicity of Bachelors Degree recipients in Mechanical Engineering Technology. White Male students, who earn most of the degrees in this field, are the most common combination of race/ethnicity and gender.

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Global Diversity

The closest comparable data for the 6 Digit Course Mechanical Engineering Technology is from the 2 Digit Course Engineering Technologies.

Most Common Countries of Origin

  1. India

    51,153 degree recipients

  2. China

    6,702 degree recipients

  3. Mexico

    5,485 degree recipients

High Relative Number of Students

  1. India

    7.18 times more than expected

  2. United Kingdom, not specified

    1.45 times more than expected

  3. Russia

    1.41 times more than expected

There are a relatively high number of people that were born in India that hold Engineering Technologies degrees (7.18 times more than expected), and the most common country of origin by total numbers for non-US students earning a degree in this field is India (51,153 degree recipients).

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for those working in the Mechanical Engineering Technology field from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Mechanical Engineering Technology majors need many skills, but most especially Reading Comprehension. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Mechanical Engineering Technology majors need more than the average amount of Repairing, Equipment Maintenance, and Equipment Selection.

These two visualizations, one a radial chart and one a bar chart, show the same information, a rating of how necessary the following skills are for Mechanical Engineering Technology majors. Toggle between "value" and "RCA" to see the absolute rating of that skill (value) and the revealed comparative advantage (RCA), or how much greater or lesser that skill's rating is than the average. The longer the bar or the closer the line comes to the circumference of the circle, the more important that skill is. The importance of Repairing is very distinctive for majors, but the Reading Comprehension, Critical Thinking, and Active Listening are the three most important skills for people in the field.

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