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The Bachelor of Science (BS) degree program in mechanical engineering technology with a focus on aeronautical and computer-aided design has been developed to provide students with a solid foundation in the use of computers in math, science and the graphic arts with application to the mechanical engineering technology field. It also engages students with technical problems and projects that stimulate their critical thinking and build communication and teamwork skills.

Students are exposed to the design process throughout the curriculum in various engineering courses such as Solid Edge, Computer Aided Three-dimensional Interactive Application (CATIA), Patran/Nastran, Computational Method in Engineering with MATLAB, and a capstone degree project. This program is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET (

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The goal is to provide students with the fundamentals of engineering, and the knowledge and experience in analytical, computational and experimental methods as well as the ability to design and evaluate these approaches for use in a given situation. With this in mind, students in the mechanical engineering technology program can choose one of the following two options: 1) Aeronautical Option: This option strives to provide an in-depth application of engineering technology with a focus on aeronautical engineering principles. 2) Computer-aided Design Option: This option stresses the fundamentals of engineering with an emphasis on 3-D graphics using Computer Aided Three-dimensional Interactive Application (CATIA) and Solid Edge for the design and analysis of structures.

See our Online Catalog for the full curriculum.

  • A Sampling of Classes:
  • Computer Aided Three-dimensional Interactive Application (CATIA)
  • Computer-aided Design
  • Engineering Mechanics
  • Material Science and Composites
  • Strength of Materials
  • Thermodynamics
  • Capstone Degree Project

Graduates will be able to apply the knowledge, techniques, skills and modern tools used in the mechanical engineering technology program and have the ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering principles to analysis and design. Graduates will also be able to conduct standard tests and measurements; to conduct, analyze and interpret experiments, and to apply experimental results to improve processes. Graduates will demonstrate an ability to design systems, components or processes of a mechanical system.

Career possibilities afforded to students in this program include field engineer, computer-aided design engineer, computer-aided design engineer and computer-aided manufacturing engineer, design engineer and mechanical systems engineer.

Potential internships and employers for graduates include: Bombardier, Boeing, Cox and Company, Cyient, Department of Defence, Department of the Navy, RCM Technologies, Lockheed Martin, Samsung, Sikorsky, SpaceX, UTC.

50% increase in students participating in internships since 2009More than 164 companies and organizations have recruited on campus70% of Vaughn students get paid internships*

Vaughn College’s career services department employs a variety of tools to assist students and alumni in their development as professionals. The department meets and communicates with individuals through appointments, e-mail and phone conversations, providing information, editing and reviewing resumes and helping with the job and internship search process. It implements weekly workshops on resume writing, interviewing skills and job fair etiquette. It organizes job fairs in the fall and spring, each with 40-plus companies, and a graduate school fair in the winter.

The department also networks with companies on behalf of Vaughn students for job and internship opportunities. It manages a private job board website, Vaughn Career Connect, where students and alumni can post resumes and apply for positions. Employers registered on the site can post jobs as well as search and review student and alumni resumes for potential candidates for open positions. For more information on career opportunities visit Vaughn career connect here.

  • A Sample of Vaughn Internships:
  • American Dynamics
  • Atlas Air
  • Disney College Program
  • EgyptAir
  • Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
  • FAA (Enterprise Data and Messaging Engineering Team)
  • FAA (Tech Center)
  • Federal Express
  • FlightSafety International
  • General Electric
  • International Business Machines (IBM)
  • Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum
  • NASA
  • NASA (Marshall Space Flight Center)
  • NAVAIR (Naval Air Systems Command)
  • NBC
  • NYU Engineering Summer Research
  • Rashid Petroleum Company
  • Sikorsky Helicopters
  • Textron Aviation
  • United Airlines
  • Venture Aerobearings
  • Watertown Airport
  • Aircraft Service International Group
  • Alaska Airlines/Horizon Air
  • American Airlines
  • AFCO/AvPorts
  • B.F. Goodrich
  • The Boeing Company
  • Bombardier Transportation
  • Cessna Citation
  • Chautauqua Airlines
  • CitationShares
  • Consolidated Edison
  • Continental Airlines
  • Copa Airlines
  • Covenant Security
  • Cummins
  • Delta Air Lines
  • Emirates
  • Empire Aero
  • Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
  • General Dynamics
  • General Electric
  • Gulfstream
  • International Business Machines (IBM)
  • Jetblue Airways
  • JFK International Arrivals Terminal
  • KeySpan
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Mesaba Airlines
  • Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA)
  • Northrop Grumman Corporatin
  • Orion Power
  • Panasonic Avionics
  • Panorama Flight Service
  • Pinnacle Airlines
  • The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
  • Rockwell Collins
  • Southern Air
  • Southwest Airlines
  • Sikorsky Airlines
  • United Technologies
  • US Airways

Vaughn is in the borough of Queens—one of the five boroughs in New York City—and the most diverse county in the country. Minutes from campus are “Little India” in Jackson Heights, the great Greek and Italian restaurants of Astoria, and the bustling Chinese markets of Flushing. Want more? The excellent museums, nightlife and cultural events of Manhattan are just a short commute away.

Outside the classroom, Vaughn students get together, work together and have fun together in student clubs, professional societies, honor societies, and in intercollegiate athletics. Whether you live in the residence hall at Vaughn College or commute, there’s always something to do on campus. Grab a bite to eat with friends in the cafe. Work out at the fitness center. Watch the College’s many sports teams play. The Vaughn Warriors compete in men’s and women’s basketball, tennis, and cross country; and men’s soccer and baseball as a part of the Hudson Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

You can also join one of the College’s many student clubs or professional societies. From the Hispanic Society of Aeronautical Engineering, Veterans Organization, and Society for Women Engineers, to the Robotics, Drone and Gaming clubs, this campus has a way for you to find a new interest or pursue a passion.

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