The practice of Engineering is focused on the design, development, testing, and use of machines, technology, and structures. Engineers apply science and math principles to develop new products, improve systems, and solve technical problems. Engineering Technicians or Technologists assist engineers in many ways, such as setting up and operating equipment, running tests, and collecting data.
Schoolcraft’s Engineering Technology program offers three levels of credentials to prepare students to seek immediate employment as an engineering technician or technologist in a variety of work settings. Students will develop workplace readiness through educational experiences with a real-world focus in the ever-changing fields of engineering, manufacturing, and technology:
- The Engineering Technology Skills Certificate is designed to provide foundational skills to prepare a student for employment in the manufacturing industry.
- The Engineering Technology Certificate builds upon the Skills Certificate, enhancing a student’s career opportunity as an engineering technician or engineering technologist.
- The Engineering Technology AAS is designed to enable individuals the opportunity to continually expand and upgrade their applied skills as well as to maintain a thorough mastery of evolving manufacturing technologies. AAS graduates may also consider transferring to another college or university to earn a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering Technology.
- Individuals who have successfully completed the Department of Labor Apprenticeship Certificate in a technical occupation, may be able to apply 21-45 credits toward the completion of an Engineering Technology AAS. Contact the Associate Dean of Occupational Programs in Engineering and Technology for further details.
Students seeking to transfer to a four-year institution to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in engineering can begin their studies with Schoolcraft’s two-year Associate of Engineering degree:
- The Associate of Engineering degree allows the student to establish a strong academic foundation in mathematics and science and complete courses to fulfill general education requirements—all before moving on to a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering program at another college or university.
- Civil, chemical, computer systems, electrical, environmental, industrial, and mechanical engineering are among the most popular bachelor’s degrees, although there are more than 25 recognized specialties.
- Schoolcraft’s degree can prepare the student for transfer into any engineering specialty. o The specific courses required will be determined by the destination college or university and/or the student’s intended major.
- Students must work with an academic advisor to ensure that their courses transfer.