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Catalog 2018-2019 
Catalog 2018-2019 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Engineering Technology, AAS

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No. of Credits: 60
Contact: Jean Russ, Chair, Science and Engineering Division;
Byron Brezina, Program Coordinator

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.

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.

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

Students will be taking courses in this program through several course delivery formats.  Because it is important for students to obtain hands-on experience in engineering technology applications, some courses are only offered in a face-to-face lab environment.  For many courses though, students may choose between face-to-face or online course sections.  Additionally, there are a few courses that are only offered online.

The mathematics requirement in this program is important to note.  In order to successfully complete the technical coursework, it is essential that students obtain a strong background in mathematics for their area of study.  The Mathematics for Technologies courses (I and II) are designed to provide students with a weak background in mathematics the competencies to be successful in this program.

Additionally, oral and written skills are emphasized throughout this program.  Students will have multiple learning opportunities to improve soft skills by completing activities such as developing a resume or portfolio, preparing for a job interview, and delivering a project presentation.

The maximum number of credits accepted in transfer from other institutions to this program is 45.

Career Opportunities:

engineering technician, electronics technician, robotics technician, drafter, mechanical designer

Student Learning Outcomes:

Students will...

  1. Identify professional, ethical, security, and societal issues related to engineering technology.
  2. Combine fundamental engineering technology principles and the use of modern tools to select and implement the methodology required to solve engineering technology problems demonstrating appropriate safety practices
  3. Work effectively with other members of an engineering team to perform experiments, analyze results, and recommend a course of action.
  4. Use oral and written communication skills to prepare project reports and presentations.
  5. Students in the Electronics area of concentration will also...
    1. Describe basic electric and electronic concepts of voltage, current, and resistance and their interrelationships and identify, explain, and use basic electric and electronic laws including Ohm's law and Thevenin's theorem
    2. Describe basic semiconductor theory in both digital and analog applications and build and analyze electronic circuits using multiple basic components along with a variety of increasingly complex semiconductor components
    3. Describe and explain digital data theories and practical applications, describe the difference between analog and digital data structures, and explain the importance of digital applications
    4. Describe and construct basic radio communication systems
    5. Discuss internal architectures of microprocessors and how hardware components are interconnected to external peripherals
  6. Students in the Robotics area of concentration will also...
    1. Describe the basic electronics and electrical drives in mechatronic systems.
    2. Apply the basic principles of robotics, including drives, actuators, sensors, control systems, human-machine interface, programming, and autonomy.
    3. Follow a structured design process to design and build robots to perform specific challenges in both structured and unstructured environments.
  7. Students in the Drafting area of concentration will also...
    1. Setup, develop, and modify, as necessary, engineering drawings and models using modern Computer-Aided Design and Drafting (CADD) software.
    2. Use Building Information Modeling (BIM) software to create and update models for design projects.
    3. Describe and compare mechanical properties of engineering materials and modern manufacturing technologies.

Required Courses and Recommended Sequence:

The following is a recommended sequence of courses for completing this program. College Prep and prerequisite course requirements, credit load, and/or course availability may affect a student’s individual progress. Course availability within the program sequences is specifically intended for full-time students who begin their course work with the fall semester. Students should always consult their online program evaluation or an academic advisor to better understand typical course availability and individual program planning.

Third Semester

Fourth Semester


* Courses requiring a prerequisite or co-requisite   

****Pending MHEC approval

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