Engineering Technology – Mechanical Design & Fabrication 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.

The Engineering Technology – Mechanical Design & Fabrication program prepares you for a career as an Industrial Maintenance Technician. You will receive instruction in basic mechanic fundamentals, (CNC) computer numeric control heavy machinery, from setup to operation, and to produce parts and tools from metal or other materials. Known as subtractive manufacturing, students gain experience using precision machinery (mills and lathes) to cut, grind or drill into material to generate complex parts. Software taught includes solid works, Master CAM and Feature CAM. You will also learn the G-code and M-code languages.

To be successful in this industry, you should be interested in working with your hands and enjoy the challenges of 3D modeling, programming and machining of parts. 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.


Program Details

  • 60 Credits
  • 2-Year program

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Career Outlook*

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.

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*All career data on this page, such as occupation description, career outlook and salary information reflects the national average and was sourced from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.