Engineering Technology

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This program prepares students who are currently employed in the engineering technology field as well as those without prior work experience to develop the skills and knowledge required of technicians in a variety of engineering settings.

The first semester is the same for all students in this program. The first semester is designed to provide all students with a firm foundation for the study of engineering technology. After the first semester, students select an area of concentration from one of the following fields: Drafting, Electronics, or Robotics.

  • Students in Drafting will learn how to use a variety of software tools to develop complete drawing packages for engineering or architectural designs.

  • Students in Electronics will develop fundamental competencies that are important in the design, development, installation, testing, and troubleshooting of electronics equipment including communications equipment, computer components, medical devices, aircraft systems, and many other applications.
  • Students in Robotics will learn the basic principles of robotics, including drives, actuators, sensors, control systems, human-machine interface, programming, and autonomy. CAD skills are also emphasized.

Programs of Study

This degree program prepares students who are currently employed in the engineering technology field as well as those without prior work experience to develop the skills and knowledge required of technicians in a variety of engineering settings.

The first semester is the same for all students in this program. The first semester is designed to provide all students with a firm foundation for the study of engineering technology. After the first semester, students select an area of concentration from one of the following fields: Electronics, Robotics, or Drafting.

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This certificate option meets the requirements of new technicians working in an engineering environment. Students develop competencies in general engineering technology skills and study related subjects necessary to develop a sound foundation. Upon completion of the certificate, graduates may choose to continue their studies to earn the degree in Engineering Technology.

No prior experience in engineering technology is required. The credits in this program count towards completion of the Engineering Technology, AAS degree with a few stipulations: ELT-1020 is only required in the Electronics area of concentration, and DFT-1370 is only required for the Robotics and Drafting areas of concentration.

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Graduates will be prepared for positions requiring computer-aided drafting competencies. Typically, such positions support the work of architects, builders, mechanical and civil engineers, manufacturers and other technical professionals.

The program is open to individuals with no previous drafting experience. Students will complete courses in computer-aided drafting and writing and will select three credits of elective coursework. The credits in this program count towards completion of the Engineering Technology, AAS degree, Drafting area of concentration.

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This coursework will prepare students for employment as entry-level drafting technicians in positions requiring preparation of detailed technical drawings made with drawing instruments or by application of computer techniques.

No prior experience in drafting or computer technology is required. The credits in this program count towards completion of the Drafting Certificate and also the Engineering Technology, AAS degree, Drafting area of concentration.

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Graduates of the basic certificate program work as entry-level technicians under the direct supervision of experienced electronics technicians, scientists, and engineers. Graduates will understand the fundamentals of AC and DC circuit theory and will be familiar with a variety of common semiconductor devices and fundamental electronic circuits. Students will be able to operate electronic test equipment including oscilloscopes, generators, and both analog and digital multimeters. Students will be able to construct and analyze many important circuits using breadboarding techniques.

This program is open to students with no previous experience in electronics. Students are encouraged to take the mathematics placement test prior to enrolling in the program. The credits in this program count towards completion of the Engineering Technology, AAS degree in the Electronics area of concentration.

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This certificate provides an education in the concepts and application of robotics technology. The core courses in the program are designed to provide an introduction to the study of the robotics field as well as to ensure that students gain a firm understanding of the basic underlying principles. The capstone course provides ample opportunities for students to apply what they have learned with hands-on learning activities using current robotics training equipment and working on real-world projects.

No prior experience in robotics technology is required. The credits in this program count towards the completion of the Engineering Technology, AAS degree, Robotics area of concentration.

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This Letter of Recognition provides an education in the concepts and application of robotics technology. It is designed for students with an interest in engineering, computer science, or engineering technology programs as well as professionals in these fields who wish to advance their understanding of robotics.

A total of 9 credits are required to complete the Letter of Recognition program. The core courses in the program are designed to provide an introduction to the study of the robotics field as well as to ensure that students gain a firm understanding of the basic underlying principles. The capstone course provides ample opportunities for students to apply what they have learned with hands-on learning activities using current robotics training equipment and working on real-world projects.

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Career Opportunities

Career opportunities for the engineering technology program include:

  • Civil Drafters
  • Aerospace Engineering and Operations Technicians
  • Civil Engineering Technicians
  • Electronics Engineering Technicians
  • Electrical Engineering Technicians
  • Industrial Engineering Technicians
  • Mechanical Engineering Technicians
  • And more!

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