Mechanical-Electrical Technology

Associate in Science Degree (AS)

Certificate of Achievement (COA)

The Mechanical-Electrical Technology (MET) program provides instruction in design, installation, operation, and maintenance of a wide range of mechanical and electrical equipment. The entire spectrum of mechanical and electrical systems is covered. These systems include heating, ventilating, air conditioning, and refrigerating (HVAC/R). Areas of instruction include: energy management, mechanical system commissioning, indoor air quality, building automation systems, heating, cooling, heat pumps, refrigeration, refrigerant recovery and management, electrical controls, pneumatic controls, electronic controls, and instrumentation.

Students learn the skills and concepts necessary to install, operate, maintain, repair, and manage various mechanical and electrical systems from small residential equipment to large commercial and industrial facilities. Effective writing, verbal communication, electronic communication, sketching, drafting, mechanical calculations, and computer skills are emphasized across the curriculum.

The program includes both day and evening lecture and laboratory sections and is designed to give students a solid foundation in general installation, operation, maintenance, repair, and equipment management skills included in HVAC/R, renewable and sustainable energy, and water and wastewater industries. Students will not only learn the theory and fundamentals of mechanical equipment, but also be exposed to hands-on training in sophisticated training laboratories. Laboratory equipment that students will work with include: a water cooled chiller, cooling towers, steam and hot water boilers, thermal energy storage system, heat reclaim system, power management system, solar photovoltaic and solar hot water systems, packaged and split system air conditioners, furnaces, and high and low temperature refrigeration systems. Students will also configure, program, and commission several Direct Digital Control (DDC) Systems, pneumatic systems, and programmable logic controllers (PLC), and work directly on the operating systems in the laboratory facility.

Certificates of achievement are awarded to students who satisfactorily complete the various programs. Students completing the programs may also qualify for an Associate in Science degree. Currently certificates of achievement are offered in Mechanical-Electrical Technology, and Mechanical Systems Technician. Preparation for the Federal Refrigerant Transition and Recovery Certification license examination is also offered.

Career Opportunities

Upon completion of the MET program, students may find employment in the following industry sectors: government (federal, state, county, and city agencies), health care, utilities, construction, facilities management, engineering, high technology, food production, and manufacturing. Typical job titles include: stationary engineer, air conditioning and refrigeration technician, maintenance mechanic, boiler operator, water or wastewater treatment plant operator, automatic control technician, solar, photovoltaic, wind (renewable and sustainable) energy technician, wholesale and manufacturer’s sales representative.

Recommended High School Preparation

Completion of college preparatory English and general mathematics courses is highly desirable, but not required. Courses in drafting, algebra, and computer fundamentals will be beneficial.

Program Information

Classes are conducted as both lecture and laboratory. Mathematics, science, drafting, and technical writing, which are all related to the programs, are also studied.

Program Costs

In addition to normal student expenses such as tuition and textbooks, MET students must purchase safety glasses for use in laboratory and shop classes. If this fee creates a financial burden, students should consult the Financial Aid Office for possible assistance.

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • apply problem-solving and analytical thinking skills in the maintenance, operation, testing, troubleshooting, and repair of heating, cooling, and refrigeration systems, accessories, and controls.
  • utilize tools and equipment in the maintenance, operation, testing, troubleshooting, and repair of heating, cooling, and refrigeration systems, accessories, and controls.
  • demonstrate an understanding of the requirements of the Federal Refrigerant Transition and Recovery Certification license examination.
  • recognize the importance of proper handling of refrigerants and the environmental impact of improper refrigerant management.
  • operate and troubleshoot a hot water and high pressure steam boiler system, pumping and piping systems, and related heating equipment.
  • design a heating-cooling system for a residential and commercial application from concept to finish.
  • demonstrate an understanding of chilled water systems, air distribution, variable air volume systems, thermal storage, cooling towers, and energy management.
  • explain the concepts related to absorption air conditioning systems, helical-rotary, and centrifugal water chillers.
  • demonstrate an understanding of electrical circuits and controls.
  • design an electrical control schematic and troubleshoot various electrical equipment.
  • utilize freehand sketching and drafting skills for use in field applications.
  • demonstrate an understanding of the different types, applications, and proper use of instruments to measure and record temperature, humidity, flow, light, sound, velocity, pressure, combustion emissions, air quality, voltage, level, force, and vibration.
  • analyze complex systems of the automatic controls industries.
  • design and program automatic control systems, direct digital control systems, and pneumatic control systems.
  • demonstrate the skills and knowledge necessary to be successful in automatic controls industries.
  • analyze manufacturer’s data of equipment performance and economic factors related to heating, cooling, and refrigeration equipment, and estimate the cost of a refrigeration system installation including materials, labor, and profit.
  • solve problems involving heat transfer, heating and cooling loads, air distribution, and psychrometrics of air.
  • evaluate and determine the need for periodic equipment maintenance, design a mechanical system maintenance program, and demonstrate an understanding of a maintenance contract.
  • install, operate, maintain, and troubleshoot various types of renewable and sustainable energy systems.

Associate in Science Degree

This Associate in Science (A.S.) degree may be obtained by completion of the required program, plus general education requirement, plus sufficient electives to meet a 60-unit total. See SCC graduation requirements.

The Mechanical-Electrical Technology Associate in Science Degree focuses on the skills and concepts necessary to install, operate, maintain, repair, and manage various mechanical and electrical systems from small residential equipment to large commercial and industrial facilities. The entire spectrum of mechanical and electrical systems will be covered including energy management, mechanical system commissioning, indoor air quality, building automation systems, refrigerant recovery and management, electrical controls, pneumatic controls, electronic controls, instrumentation, heat pumps, solar photovoltaic, solar hot water, and wind energy systems, and water and wastewater treatment systems. Effective writing, verbal communication, electronic communication, sketching, drafting, mathematical calculations and computer skills will be stressed throughout the program.

Certificate of Achievement (COA)

The Certificate of Achievement may be obtained by completion of the required program with grades of “C” or better or equivalent.