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2021 Most Popular Mechanical Engineering Technology Associate's Degree Trade Schools

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$42,675 Avg Salary
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Finding the Best Mechanical Engineering Technology Associate's Degree School for You

Mechanical Engineering Technology is the #25 most popular major in the country with 7,586 degrees and certificates awarded in 2018-2019.

There are lots of options to pick from today when trying to decide which trade school program is right for you. With more and more schools offering online options, you could even register for a great program on the other side of the country.

To assist you in seeing some of the education options that are available to you, Trade College Search has created its Most Popular Mechanical Engineering Technology Associate's Degree Trade Schools ranking. This report analyzed 230 schools in the United States to see which ones were the most popular associate's degree programs for trade school students. To create this ranking we looked at how many students graduated from the Mechanical Engineering Technology program at each school on the list.

Check out the ME tech associate's degree programs at these schools if you want to attend one of the most popular in the United States.

Our 2021 rankings named Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics the most popular school in the United States for mechanical engineering technology students working on their associate’s degree. Located in the large suburb of West Mifflin, PIA is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

About 4% of the students majoring in ME tech at the school are women while 96% are male.

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#2

J-Tech Institute

Jacksonville, FL

A rank of #2 on this year’s list means J-Tech Institute is a great place for mechanical engineering technology students working on their associate’s degree. Located in the city of Jacksonville, J-Tech is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly small student population.

Of the 63 students majoring in ME tech at J-Tech, 95% are male and 5% are female.

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The in-demand associate’s degree programs at Columbus State Community College helped the school earn the #3 place on this year’s ranking of the most popular mechanical engineering technology schools in the United States. Columbus State is a very large public school located in the large city of Columbus.

About 15% of the students majoring in ME tech at the school are women while 85% are male.

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#4

Ferris State University

Big Rapids, MI

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Ferris State University. It ranked #4 on our 2021 Most Popular Mechanical Engineering Technology Associate’s Degree Trade Schools list. Ferris is a large public school located in the distant town of Big Rapids.

Women make up 12% of the ME tech majors at the school.

ME Tech majors at Ferris take out an average of $19,045 in student loans while working on their Associate's Degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $179.

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Out of the 230 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, University of Akron Main Campus landed the # 4 spot on the list. Located in the city of Akron, University of Akron Main Campus is a public school with a fairly large student population.

About 5% of the students majoring in ME tech at the school are women while 95% are male.

ME Tech majors at University of Akron Main Campus take out an average of $20,924 in student loans while working on their Associate's Degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $219.

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New York City College of Technology came in at #6 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Mechanical Engineering Technology Associate’s Degree Trade Schools ranking. Located in the large city of Brooklyn, City Tech is a public school with a fairly large student population.

Of the 55 students majoring in ME tech at City Tech, 96% are male and 4% are female.

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University of Puerto Rico - Aguadilla landed the #7 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular associate’s degree mechanical engineering technology programs. Located in the large suburb of Aguadilla, UPR Aguadilla is a public school with a small student population.

Of the 53 students majoring in ME tech at UPR Aguadilla, 91% are male and 9% are female.

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Universidad del Turabo came in at #8 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Mechanical Engineering Technology Associate’s Degree Trade Schools ranking. Universidad del Turabo is a large private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Gurabo.

Of the 49 students majoring in ME tech at Universidad del Turabo, 84% are male and 16% are female.

ME Tech majors at Universidad del Turabo take out an average of $5,773 in student loans while working on their Associate's Degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $54.

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With a ranking of #9, Cincinnati State Technical and Community College did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for mechanical engineering technology students working on their associate’s degree. Located in the large city of Cincinnati, Cincinnati State is a public school with a medium-sized student population.

Women make up 7% of the ME tech majors at the school.

After completing their Associate's Degree, ME tech graduates from Cincinnati State carry an average student debt load of $14,421. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $130.

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Bates Technical College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular places for mechanical engineering technology students to get a associate’s degree. It came in at #9 on the list. Located in the city of Tacoma, Bates Technical College is a public school with a small student population.

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#11

Ivy Tech Community College

Indianapolis, IN

Ivy Tech Community College came in at #11 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Mechanical Engineering Technology Associate’s Degree Trade Schools ranking. Located in the large city of Indianapolis, Ivy Tech Community College is a public school with a very large student population.

Women make up 5% of the ME tech majors at the school.

While working on their Associate's Degree, ME tech majors at Ivy Tech Community College accumulate an average of around $9,151 in student debt. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $87.

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#12

Owens Community College

Perrysburg, OH

Owens Community College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular places for mechanical engineering technology students to get a associate’s degree. It came in at #12 on the list. Owens State Community College is a medium-sized public school located in the suburb of Perrysburg.

While working on their Associate's Degree, ME tech majors at Owens State Community College accumulate an average of around $13,924 in student debt. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $116.

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University of Puerto Rico - Carolina did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular places for mechanical engineering technology students to get a associate’s degree. It came in at #12 on the list. UPR Carolina is a small public school located in the large suburb of Carolina.

Of the 35 students majoring in ME tech at UPR Carolina, 89% are male and 11% are female.

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#12

County College of Morris

Randolph, NJ

County College of Morris came in at #12 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Mechanical Engineering Technology Associate’s Degree Trade Schools ranking. Located in the large suburb of Randolph, County College of Morris is a public college with a moderately-sized student population.

Women make up 9% of the ME tech majors at the school.

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Sinclair Community College ranked #15 on this year’s Most Popular Mechanical Engineering Technology Associate’s Degree Trade Schools list. Located in the midsize city of Dayton, Sinclair Community College is a public college with a fairly large student population.

Women make up 3% of the ME tech majors at the school.

On average, ME tech graduates from Sinclair Community College take out $9,543 in student loans while working on their Associate's Degree.

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Metropolitan Community College - Kansas City ranked #16 on this year’s Most Popular Mechanical Engineering Technology Associate’s Degree Trade Schools list. Located in the city of Kansas City, MCC is a public college with a fairly large student population.

About 6% of the students majoring in ME tech at the school are women while 94% are male.

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With a ranking of #17, Brookdale Community College did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for mechanical engineering technology students working on their associate’s degree. Brookdale Community College is a large public school located in the rural area of Lincroft.

Of the 32 students majoring in ME tech at Brookdale Community College, 94% are male and 6% are female.

After completing their Associate's Degree, ME tech graduates from Brookdale Community College carry an average student debt load of $12,834.

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#18

Stark State College

North Canton, OH

With a ranking of #18, Stark State College did quite well on this year’s most popular schools for mechanical engineering technology students working on their associate’s degree. Located in the large suburb of North Canton, Stark State College is a public college with a fairly large student population.

Of the 31 students majoring in ME tech at Stark State College, 87% are male and 13% are female.

After completing their Associate's Degree, ME tech graduates from Stark State College carry an average student debt load of $11,379. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $96.

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Springfield Technical Community College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the most popular places for mechanical engineering technology students to get a associate’s degree. It came in at #19 on the list. Located in the medium-sized city of Springfield, STCC is a public school with a moderately-sized student population.

About 10% of the students majoring in ME tech at the school are women while 90% are male.

ME Tech majors at STCC take out an average of $6,466 in student loans while working on their Associate's Degree.

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Thomas Nelson Community College landed the #20 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular associate’s degree mechanical engineering technology programs. TNCC is a medium-sized public school located in the midsize city of Hampton.

Women make up 8% of the ME tech majors at the school.

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#21

Triton College

River Grove, IL

Triton College came in at #21 in this year’s edition of the Most Popular Mechanical Engineering Technology Associate’s Degree Trade Schools ranking. Triton College is a medium-sized public school located in the suburb of River Grove.

Women make up 14% of the ME tech majors at the school.

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#21

Monroe Community College

Rochester, NY

Monroe Community College ranked #21 on this year’s Most Popular Mechanical Engineering Technology Associate’s Degree Trade Schools list. Located in the suburb of Rochester, Monroe Community College is a public school with a large student population.

About 9% of the students majoring in ME tech at the school are women while 91% are male.

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#21

Vermont Technical College

Randolph, VT

Vermont Technical College landed the #21 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular associate’s degree mechanical engineering technology programs. Vermont Tech is a small public school located in the remote area of Randolph.

Of the 22 students majoring in ME tech at Vermont Tech, 91% are male and 9% are female.

After completing their Associate's Degree, ME tech graduates from Vermont Tech carry an average student debt load of $14,528.

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#24

Youngstown State University

Youngstown, OH

Youngstown State University landed the #24 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular associate’s degree mechanical engineering technology programs. Located in the small city of Youngstown, Youngstown State University is a public school with a fairly large student population.

The average amount in student loans that ME tech majors at Youngstown State University take out while working on their Associate's Degree is $23,515.

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#24

New England Institute of Technology

East Greenwich, RI

New England Institute of Technology landed the #24 spot in the 2021 rankings for the most popular associate’s degree mechanical engineering technology programs. New England Tech is a small private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of East Greenwich.

About 5% of the students majoring in ME tech at the school are women while 95% are male.

On average, ME tech graduates from New England Tech take out $15,535 in student loans while working on their Associate's Degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $147.

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#26

Alfred State College

Alfred, NY
#26

Broward College

Fort Lauderdale, FL
#29

Los Medanos College

Pittsburg, CA
#32

Camden County College

Blackwood, NJ
#32

Kent State University at Tuscarawas

New Philadelphia, OH
#32

ECPI University

Virginia Beach, VA

Additional Noteworthy Schools

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also popular but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Most Popular Mechanical Engineering Technology Associate's Degree Trade Schools award.

Rank College Location
36 University of Arkansas at Little Rock Little Rock, AR
36 NHTI-Concord’s Community College Concord, NH
36 Great Basin College Elko, NV
39 Wayne Community College Goldsboro, NC
39 Lawson State Community College - Birmingham Campus Birmingham, AL
39 Pennsylvania State University - Erie - Behrend College Erie, PA
39 Eastern Florida State College Cocoa, FL
43 Hudson Valley Community College Troy, NY
43 Central Piedmont Community College Charlotte, NC
43 Portland Community College Portland, OR
43 Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology Okmulgee, OK
43 Mohawk Valley Community College Utica, NY
43 John Tyler Community College Chester, VA
43 Florida State College at Jacksonville Jacksonville, FL

Mechanical Engineering Technology by Region

View the Most Popular Mechanical Engineering Technology Associate's Degree Trade Schools for a specific region near you.

Region
Southeast
New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

Mechanical Engineering Technology is one of 17 different types of trade school programs to choose from.

ME Tech Concentrations

Major Annual Graduates
Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical Technology/Technician 4,371
Aeronautical/Aerospace Engineering Technology/Technician 1,302
Automotive Engineering Technology/Technician 1,139
Mechanical Engineering Related Technologies/Technicians, Other 774

Majors Similar to ME Tech

Related Major Annual Graduates
Industrial Production Technology 13,900
Electromechanical Engineering Technology 10,669
Drafting & Design Engineering Technology 10,578
Environmental Control Technology 9,823
Electronics Engineering Technology 9,732

Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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