The Engineering Technology program provides students with skills as they relate to computer aided drafting, surveying (Civil option), Solid Modeling and CNC Machining (Mechanical option), and other similar skill sets. In addition, the program offers a background in mathematics (through trigonometry), physics, communications, writing, and design concepts.
Students are required to purchase necessary drafting equipment, textbooks, and reference materials. Grading is based upon on-the-job standards and a grade point average of 2.0 for each unit and/or the approval of the instructor is required to permit entry into a following unit. Co-operative professional/technical education (with local employers) may be included in the program with advisor approval.
Students choosing to specialize in their studies may pick one of three optional endorsements. In the second year of the program, students electing not to take the general (traditional) program may direct their study emphasis towards Geographic Information Systems, Civil or Mechanicals disciplines, which would result in an A.A.S. or B.A.S. degree in Engineering Technology with emphasis in the selected discipline.
Engineering firms, large corporations with engineering departments, surveyors, contractors, and state and federal are hiring engineering technicians. Entering the engineering field can provide good job security and pay, with varied tasks and ample job satisfaction. Prospective students interested in future advancement should keep in mind that engineering is an open-ended field. The entry-level training provided by the Engineering Technology program is the foundation for advancement into many specialized fields of employment.
This field offers opportunities to work in both office and outdoor settings. Physical labor can be limited, and there are opportunities for advancement in the fields of construction, inspection, design, prototyping, technical sales, and many others.
Necessary aptitudes include a background in science, reading, and math. A mechanical ability is desired.
Engineering technician salaries are related to ability, employer needs, and industry standards. The usual range for entry level engineering technicians is $9.00 to $13.00 per hour and wages after five years in the work field generally range from $11.00 to $15.00 per hour.
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