Nuclear Systems (Mechanical Engineering Technology)

  • Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology
  • Batten College of Engineering & Technology
  • Department of Engineering Technology

Degree completion

  • For students with some college credits
  • Complete at least 30 credits online from ODU

This degree program is designed for military servicemembers or veterans who have completed U.S. Navy Nuclear Power School. Courses in this program cover topics such as:

  • computer-aided drafting,
  • statics,
  • strength of materials,
  • dynamics,
  • thermodynamics,
  • fluid mechanics,
  • automation and controls,
  • and computer solid modeling.

You'll complete a senior project that integrates course work with a practical project assignment in your area of interest. You will also select a minor in engineering or science. When you graduate, you will earn a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology with a major in mechanical engineering technology. Your coursework will focus on nuclear systems.

ODU's Mechanical Engineering Technology program is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission (ETAC) of ABET,, under the General Criteria and the Mechanical Engineering Technology Program Criteria.

We've partnered with the Virginia Community College System and select educational institutions to make transferring easy. The Guaranteed Admission Agreement is intended to ease the transfer process between the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) and Old Dominion University (ODU).

A high viewpoint over equipment in a nuclear power plant
  • Best Online Bachelor's Programs for Veterans, 2023 - U.S. News & World Report

  • To earn this degree from ODU, you must complete at least 30 credit hours with us. This bachelor’s degree requires 127 total credit hours. 40-43 credits may be satisfied by completion of Naval Power School.

    Talk with our enrollment team to determine how your credits will transfer.

  • Participate in live, regularly scheduled online class meetings and access course materials online from any location. All courses follow ODU's regular academic calendar.

    • Maintenance management
    • Facilities operation
    • Quality control and system design
    • Technician
    • Fabrication and manufacturing
    • HVAC (heating, ventilating and air conditioning)
    • Construction
  • In-state Virginia Residents
    $393 per credit hour*
    Out-of-State Students
    $423 per credit hour
    Active-Duty Military* Reduced Rate
    $250 per credit hour

    * We must be able to verify your active-duty status in the Army, Coast Guard, Air Force, Marine Corps, or Navy using the Servicemember's Civil Relief Act (SCRA) website.

    Rates are effective Fall 2023 and subject to change. 

    For 2023-2024, the estimated cost of course materials/books/equipment for a full-time student is $1,800 per year.

    Contact us for additional admission and tuition details.

As a graduate of this ABET-accrediated program, you are eligible to take the Fundamentals of Engineering exam, the first step to licensure as a professional engineer in several states. In general, licensure is not required to work in this field, but some employers may require it.

Use the links here to explore whether this program will prepare you for licensure in your state, or contact us with the form above to find out more.

Our dedicated enrollment team will guide your transition to ODUGlobal.

  • To declare a major in Mechanical Engineering Technology, you must be accepted into ODU as a degree-seeking student and have ENGL 110C credit. To transfer credits for studying nuclear systems, you also must have completed U.S. Navy Nuclear Power School.

  • We've partnered with the Virginia Community College System and select educational institutions to make transferring easy. By applying, you will be assured admission at ODU for the completion of your degree.

    Learn more about Guaranteed Admission to ODU