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Engineering Technology
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  The Engineering Technology Program is intended to provide the opportunity for students to explore a career in engineering at the professional level. Program graduates will receive an Associate of Applied Science degree in Engineering Technology, qualifying them as engineering technicians with a specialization in mechanical engineering technology, electrical engineering technology, or industrial engineering technology.

Engineering Technology is...
•For indviduals who want engineering related careers with a hands-on practical approach.
•A blend of theory-based lecture and hands-on laboratory.
•Topics in cutting-edge technology areas enabling graduates to meet the changing needs of industry.
•Based on understanding the application of engineering principles rather than the mathematical derivations.
•Activities ranging from the applied and practical to the highly theoretical and abstract.

Engineering Technology students...
•Apply technology to the solutions of industrial problems.
•Have considerable knowledge of materials and processes.
•Know how to apply the principles of physical sciences.
•Use instruments rather than tools.
 
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Significant Points [+]

  • Mechanical engineering is one of the broadest engineering disciplines. Mechanical engineers design, develop, build, and test mechanical devices, including tools, engines, and machines.
  • Electrical engineers design and develop computers, communications equipment, medical monitoring devices, navigational equipment, and other electrical and electronic equipment.
  • Industrial engineers find ways to eliminate wastefulness in production processes. They devise efficient ways to use workers, machines, materials, information, and energy to make a product or provide a service.



  • Program Instructors [+]

      Sam Garrett, Jr.  
      Engineering Technology Instructor & Program Director
      All Campuses Campus
      sgarrett@laniertech.edu
      Phone: (770) 297-4531





    Nature of the Work [+]

    Mechanical engineering technicians help mechanical engineers design, develop, test, and manufacture industrial machinery, consumer products, and other equipment. They may make sketches and rough layouts, record and analyze data, make calculations and estimates, and report their findings.

    Industrial engineering technicians plan ways to effectively use personnel, materials, and machines in factories, stores, hospitals, repair shops, and offices. As assistants to industrial engineers, they help prepare machinery and equipment layouts, plan workflows, conduct statistical production studies, and analyze production costs.

    Electrical and electronic engineering technicians help engineers design and develop computers, communications equipment, medical monitoring devices, navigational equipment, and other electrical and electronic equipment. They often work in product evaluation and testing, using measuring and diagnostic devices to adjust, test, and repair equipment.




    Work Environment [+]

    Mechanical engineering technicians help with manufacturing processes on the shop floor or with development phases in research and development labs before manufacturing takes place.

    Industrial engineering technicians work in various industries and businesses to coordinate activities that ensure the quality of final products or services. Most work full time.

    Electrical and electronic engineering technicians work closely with electrical engineers. They work primarily in manufacturing settings, research and development laboratories, and utilities.




    Training, Other Qualifications, and Advancement [+]

    Most employers prefer to hire someone for a mechanical engineering technician position, with an associate’s degree or other postsecondary training. Prospective engineering technicians should take as many science and math courses as possible while in high school.

    Industrial engineering technicians typically need an associate’s degree or a postsecondary certificate. Associate’s degree programs are typically offered by community colleges or technical institutes, and certificate programs are offered at vocational and technical schools.

    Electrical and electronic engineering technicians typically need an associate’s degree.








    Job Outlook [+]

    Employment of mechanical engineering technicians is expected to grow by 4 percent from 2010 to 2020, slower than the average for all occupations. Nevertheless, there should be opportunities for those who can master new software and technology, as well as traditional manual skills.

    Employment of industrial engineering technicians is expected to grow 4 percent from 2010 to 2020, slower than the average for all occupations. The growing emphasis on cost control through increasing efficiency will keep up demand for industrial engineering technicians’ services in most industries, including nonprofits.

    Employment of electrical and electronic engineering technicians is expected to 2 percent from 2010 to 2020, resulting in little or no change for this occupation. These technicians work in manufacturing industries, which are growing slowly. The federal government also employs a large number of electrical and electronic engineering technicians.





       
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