Engineering Technology (Computer-Aided Design Concentration), Associate of Applied Science
The Engineering Technology program is designed to prepare the student for an entry-level position in the engineering field, generally working at the direction of an engineer. Engineering technicians use the principles and theories of science, engineering, and mathematics to solve technical problems not requiring calculus in research and development, manufacturing, sales, construction, inspection, maintenance, and electronics. Their work involves the more practical side of science and engineering and often requires the use of computer software including 3D modeling.
The A.A.S. degree is offered with Civil Engineering Technology; Computer-Aided Design; Electro-Mechanical Engineering Technology; Geospatial Applications; and Land Surveying. Civil engineering involves the design construction and analysis of roads, buildings, airports, tunnels, dams, bridges, water supply systems, and waste water treatment facilities. Electro-Mechanical engineering involves the design, maintenance and analysis of equipment, engines, tools, and various machines from robotics used in manufacturing to climate control equipment. Electrical/electronic engineering involves the design, maintenance and analysis of electronic instrumentation and controls, circuits, electronic communications, process controls, robotics and electrical equipment.
Upon successful completion of this degree, students will be able to:
- gain successful employment as an engineering technician;
- gain admission to a four-year engineering technology program;
- manage an engineering project from the initial concept stage to completion;
- apply engineering principles and computer skills to assist an engineer with the design and drawing of mechanical equipment, construction projects, and/or electronic circuits; and
- directly utilize lab-based skills acquired in discipline specific courses to:
- conduct tests to determine the strength of a material;
- build/modify, troubleshoot, install, operate and maintain equipment using schematic and/or mechanical drawings;
- conduct surveys to determine elevations and boundaries using surveyors' equipment or to evaluate a site for potential hazards; and
- analyze and troubleshoot electronic communication problems and failures.