MECC Applied Engineering Programs Receive National Accreditation

Big Stone Gap – Mountain Empire Community College is pleased to announce that four of the college’s applied engineering degree071113_0460 programs have been awarded national accreditation from the Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE).

ATMAE is recognized as a premier accreditor of technology programs in colleges, universities, and technical institutes. Accreditation ensures that MECC’s programs meet current industry standards. Accreditation also affirms that MECC students are prepared to enter the workforce in their perspective fields. Finally, accreditation provides MECC staff opportunities to engage in professional development that builds on their current knowledge and practice in management, technology, and applied engineering.

The following MECC degree options were accredited by ATMAE for four years:

  • Computer Aided Drafting & Design Technology
  • Applied Sciences in Technical Studies, Welding
  • Computer Manufacturing Technology, Electromechanical Technology
  • Computer Manufacturing Technology, Industrial Electronics

A team of ATMAE representatives visited MECC in fall 2015 to review MECC’s degree program standards, staff teaching practices, and student learning resources. Based on a two-day in-person review and submitted documentation of program curriculum and industry partnerships, the college received notification of the accreditation award in December 2015.

“ATMAE is a third-party validation of our applied engineering programs that is recognized on a national level. It is important for our programs to be nationally accredited by the industry because it demonstrates that our curriculum is up to date and meets the requirements of today’s employer,” said Tommy Clements, Dean of Applied Science and Technology.  

MECC’s Computer-Aided Drafting & Design Technology program introduces students to architectural and mechanical design preparing them to work in mechanical, architectural, structural steel, and civil engineering drafting and design fields. MECC students utilize CADD operations extensively, along with Micro-Station PC, AutoCAD, and 3D software.

MECC’s Applied Science in Welding trains students with the skills necessary to enter employment as apprentice welders in the manufacturing, construction, and mining fields. Course work includes a strong emphasis in welding technology with related courses in computer applications, quality control, teamwork, and communication.

MECC’s Computerized Manufacturing Technology, Electromechanical Technology Specialization program trains students in electrical, electronic, and mechanical components of manufacturing systems. Emphasis is on programmable logic controllers, motor controls, piping systems, process controls, and valves and related components. Computer skills and teamwork are also emphasized. Developed in cooperation with Eastman Chemical Company, the program enables qualified students to secure an apprenticeship with Eastman Chemical Company while completing their degree program.

The Computerized Manufacturing Technology Industrial Electronics Specialization program is designed to prepare students for
employment as electronic technicians, electronic equipment repairers, quality assurance technicians, computer repair technicians, process control technicians, engineering technicians and manufacturing technicians. While the primary emphasis of the degree focuses on the industrial and manufacturing areas, many graduates find employment in the health and service sectors as electronic or computer technicians. Course work includes a strong emphasis in the computer technology field including how to interface, upgrade, and repair computer related equipment and systems.

For more information on ATMAE accreditation, visit For more information on MECC’s applied engineering programs, contact Tommy Clements, Dean of Applied Sciences and Technology at 276.523.2400 ext. 431 or visit