College of Technology

Energy Systems Mechanical Engineering Technology

About the Occupation

Mechanical Technicians work with pumps, valves, turbines and other mechanical and rotating equipment. They read and interpret drawings and equipment layouts, record data, make computations, analyze results, and write reports. They understand maintenance procedures and application of preventative, predictive, proactive maintenance techniques in power and industrial plants. When planning maintenance activities, mechanical engineering technicians may prepare layouts and drawings of the process and of the equipment to be maintained. They estimate labor costs, equipment life, and plant space. Some technicians test and inspect machines and equipment in power plants and work with engineers to troubleshoot and eliminate machine problems. They also develop, make, and assemble parts for machinery and equipment, and analyze the costs and practical value of designs.

Program Description

Mechanical Engineering Technicians (MET) work with the mechanical and rotating equipment such as compressors, pumps, hydraulic equipment, and steam boilers used in the generation of electrical power and within industrial plants. They collaborate with engineers and scientists to design, develop, test, install and maintain power generation machinery, mechanical parts, and other equipment. Mechanical engineering technicians fill the gap between the tasks performed by engineers, technologists and scientists and those performed by craftsmen.

Program Statistics

Program Overview

  • Program accepts students in August of odd-numbered years
  • Typical classroom hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Program admits 20 students
  • Physical demands for this program may include lifting, standing, bending, and close vision

Degree Options

  • Energy Systems Mechanical Engineering Technology Associate of Applied Science (2 years)
  • Bachelor of Applied Science (4+ years)

Career Opportunities

  • Power generation plants that use coal, gas, hydro, nuclear, concentrated solar, and wind
  • Levels of of employment include: technician, journeyman, group leader, group supervisor
Minimum Test Scores
COMPASS Writing: 68 Algebra: 45
ACT English: 18 Math: 19
SAT English: 450 Math: 460

Program Information Sheet (pdf)

Cost of Attendance

Fees apply to the current Idaho State University fee schedule which includes mandatory student health insurance. Students with existing health insurance coverage may waive student health insurance. Waivers are available at

Paying for College

You may apply for financial aid, scholarships, grants, and loans to help finance your college education. When you pay registration fees, you are a student of Idaho State University with the privileges and responsibilities of a college student.

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