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Engineering Programs at North Central Michigan College

Engineers are at the forefront of technological advancements, contributing to innovative solutions to real-world problems. Engineering encompasses a wide range of specializations; choose a field that aligns with your interests and passions.

Mechanical Engineering — Associate of Science Concentration:

Gain a solid foundation in core engineering principles, including mechanics, thermodynamics, materials science, and fluid dynamics with an emphasis on practical applications and hands-on lab work. Graduates are prepared to tackle real-world challenges in the field or transfer to a complete a bachelor's degree. 

This program meets Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) requirements, which guarantees your North Central credits will transfer seamlessly to participating partner universities statewide.

Engineering Technology — Associate of Science Concentration:

Learn to solve industry challenges using the most current tools and methods. Earn stackable, industry-recognized micro-credentials, or complete your associate degree in preparation for transfer to a four-year university.

Mechatronics — Associate of Applied Science:

Combine mechanical engineering, electronics, computer science, and control engineering to gain a diverse skill set that is highly valued in an Industry 4.0 setting.

Computer Aided Design — Certificate:

Our Computer Aided Design Certificate equips graduates with practical, valuable skills for various industries including architecture, engineering, and manufacturing. North Central's program provides specialized training focused on CAD applications, ensuring that students gain in-depth knowledge and expertise in utilizing design software effectively.

Mechatronics — Certificate:

Gain focused, hands-on education in mechanical engineering, electronics, computer science, and control engineering for immediate entry into the workforce as a technician in an automated manufacturing facility.


Mechanical Engineering vs. Engineering Technology

Mechanical engineering is a broad discipline that focuses on the principles of physics and mathematics to design, analyze, and manufacture mechanical systems. Mechanical engineers work on the conceptualization, design, and optimization of products and systems.

Engineering technology emphasizes the practical application of engineering principles. It is more hands-on and is geared toward the implementation and operation of various technologies. Engineering technologists are often involved in the testing, maintenance, and troubleshooting of systems designed by engineers.

Program Requirements & Suggested Course Sequences

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Questions about which program will help you meet your career goals? Make an appointment with a North Central advisor to get started today! Call 231-348-6605.

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