Engineering Technology(A.S. Degree)

General Info --
Engineering Technology is a new degree and certificate program that prepares students for employment and/or provides additional training for those employed in the manufacturing, electronics, aerospace, or other related industries. The program includes communication skills, technical competency, safe and efficient work practices and a combination of theory and laboratory activities necessary to gain the skills to support engineering design, processes, production, testing, and product quality.

This degree is a planned sequence of instruction consisting of the two specializations: Mechanical Design and Fabrication, and Digital Design and Modeling, with one common core. The 18 credit hour technical core is aligned with the Manufacturing Skills Standards Council's (MSSC) skills standards. After completing the core and the General Education requirements, students are eligible to take the exam for MSSC Production Technician Certification. Individuals in this program of study may also earn a College Credit Certificate in CNC Machinist, Computer-Aided Design and Drafting, and/or Engineering Technology Support Specialist (18 total credits required for certificate).

This A.S. degree and Certificate program is an open admission program, with no special application for admission required. New students should complete the standard NWFSC application for admission and residency forms. For specific day, time, location and eCampus options for courses offered in these programs see the Schedule of Classes at www.nwfsc.edu/schedule. For information or an advising appointment contact Ray Rickman, Chair of Advanced Technology & Design, at (850) 729-5218 or rickmanr@nwfsc.edu.

What is the job outlook?
Demand for Mechanical Engineering Technicians is expected to grow by 4 percent from 2010 to 2020. However, the amount of growth depends on the engineering field. Employment of industrial engineering technicians is expected to grow at the same rate as mechanical engineering technicians, with a median pay being $48,201 per year, or $23.18 per hour. The growing emphasis on cost control through increasing efficiency will keep up demand for industrial engineering technicians. Employment of electrical and electronics engineering technicians will experience less growth through 2018, with a median pay being $49,550 per year, or $23.82 per hour.

There are numerous career opportunities for those who can master new software and technology, as well as traditional manual skills. The median pay is $50,110 per year, or $24.09 per hour. Job title include: Engineering Technology, Engineering Technologist, Industrial Engineering Technician, Production Technician, Computer Aided Design (CAD) operator, Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Operators, Electrical Engineering Technology Technician, Mechanical Engineering Technology Technician, Aerospace Technology Technician. Job titles and average hourly salary rates include: Electrical & Electronic Engineering Technician $18.42, Electrical & Electronic Drafter $16.17, Mechanical Engineering Technician $18.35, Industrial Engineering Technician $18.89 and Manufacturing Engineering Technologist $18.90.

A.S. Degree 60 total credits
GENERAL EDUCATION 18 Credits Required
The A.S. degree requires 18 credits from Math, Communication Skills, Humanities, Social Science, Science and General Education Electives to meet the 18 credit hour General Education course requirement.

CORE COURSES 18 Credits Required
EET 1084C Introduction to Electronics
ETD 1320C AutoCAD I
ETI 2110 Total Quality Tools
ETI 1420 Properties of Materials & Cutting Tools
ETI 1710 Occupational Safety
ETM 1010C Mechanical Measurement and Instrumentation

Mechanical Design & Fabrication (MDF) Specialization
TECHNICAL ELECTIVES Select from among courses below to achieve 24 total elective credits
ETD 2364C Solidworks I
ETD 2368C Solidworks II
ETI 1211 Quality Tools II
ETI 1411 Advanced Manufacturing Processes
ETI 1414C Introduction to CNC Machines and CNC Machining Practices
ETI 2411 CNC Machining (MASTERCAM/LATHE)
ETI 2412 CNC Machining II (MASTERCAM/ROUTER)
ETI 2414 CNC Machining III (MASTERCAM/MILL)
ETI 2419C Advanced CNC Machines and CNC Machining Practices
PMT 2406 Production Technology
PMT 2512 Production Technology II
Total Program Credits Required 60

Digital Design & Modeling Specialization (DDM)
TECHNICAL ELECTIVES Select from among courses below to achieve 24 total elective credits
ETD 1340C AutoCAD II
ETD 1350C AutoCAD 3D I
ETD 2350C AutoCAD III
ETD 2357C Inventor I
ETD 2358C Inventor II
ETD 2360C AutoCAD 3D II
ETD 2364C Solidworks I
ETD 2368C Solidworks II

CNC Machinist
(College Credit Certificate) 12 credits required
ETI 1414C Introduction to CNC Machines and CNC Machining Practices
ETI 2411 CNC Machining I (MASTERCAM/LATHE)
ETI 2412 CNC Machining II (MASTERCAM/ROUTER)
ETI 2419C Advanced CNC Machines and CNC Machining Practices

Computer-Aided Design & Drafting
(College Credit Certificate) 24 credits required
ETD 1340C AutoCAD II
ETD 1350C AutoCAD 3D I
ETD 2350C AutoCAD III
ETD 2357C Inventor I
ETD 2358C Inventor II
ETD 2360C AutoCAD 3D II
ETD 2364C Solidworks I
ETD 2368CSolidworks II

Engineering Technology Support Specialist
(College Credit Certificate) 18 credits required
EET 1084C Introduction to Electronics
ETD 1320C AutoCAD I
ETI 2110 Total Quality Tools
ETI 1420 Properties of Materials & Cutting Tools
ETI 1710 Occupational Safety
ETM 1010C 3 Mech. Measurement & Instrumentation

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