Engineering Technology – Digital Manufacturing Specialization
Associate in Science
The Northwest Florida State College Engineering Technology program 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 Engineering Technology – Digital Manufacturing program prepares the graduate as a Digital Design and Modeling technician. Instruction in basic mechanic fundamentals, you will learn various CAD software such as AutoCAD, Inventor and Solid works, how to create 3D Parametric and solid models for design and analysis. You will also learn rapid prototyping using various 3D printers, to include FDM and SLA printers. To be successful in this field, you should be comfortable working in an office environments with computers, and enjoy the challenges of creating complex 3D models and designs, as well as associated documentation. The core of the program has been aligned with the Manufacturing Skills Standards Council’s (MSSC) Certified Production Technician (CPT) certificate. Students completing the program are eligible to take the MSSC’s Certified Production Technician exam.
- 60 Credits
- 2-Year program
- Completion of degree gives students eligibility for the Manufacturing Skills Standards Council’s Certified Production Technician exam
- Engineering Technology Support Specialist (CCC)
- Digital Manufacturing Specialist (CCC)
- CNC Machinist/Fabricator (CCC)
- Rapid Prototyping Specialist (CCC)
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 titles include: Engineering Technologist, Production Technician, Computer Aided Design (CAD) operator, Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Operators, Electrical Engineering Technology Technician, Mechanical Engineering Technology Technician, and Aerospace Technology Technician. Job titles and average hourly salary rates include: Electrical & Electronic Engineering Technician $18.42, Electrical & Electronic, Drafter $16.17 and Mechanical Engineering Technician $18.35.
Average or Median Salary
$48,201 – $50,110