engineering technology fundamentals
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Engineering Technology Fundamentals

What does an Engineering Technician do?
If you like to keep your options open, this job might be just the thing because the number of tasks engineering technicians may engage in keeps the job interesting. Engineering technicians work closely with engineers and product development scientists to help design and develop new products. With their knowledge of various systems, they may be asked to build prototypes to test new products and record the results. Engineering technologists may also use computer aided design (CAD) software to help implement a design.

Engineering technicians may help with product design, assembly process analysis, product or assembly line testing, operate and test systems, assist in manufacturing engineering design, collect and analyze manufacturing system data, troubleshoot manufacturing processes, assist with process control documentation, or they may work in a lab as a test lab technician.

What skills are needed for this job?
Ability to use math to solve problems, read blueprints, understand manufacturing principles, processes and equipment

What is the job outlook?
According to the US Bureau of Labor’s Occupational Outlook Handbook, “Job prospects will vary by specialty and location, {but} opportunities will be best for individuals with an associate degree or extensive job training in engineering technology. As technology becomes more sophisticated, employers will continue to look for technicians who are skilled in new technology and require little additional training. See the Occupational Outlook Handbook: www.bls.gov/oco/ocos112.htm

Black Hawk College Program: Earn a 21-credit certificate in Engineering Technology Fundamentals or earn a 64-credit Associate in Applied Science degree.

For information, contact Advising at the Black Hawk College Quad Cities campus: (309) 796-5100, or ADVQC@bhc.edu.

The picture above is a 3-D modeling printer, a state-of-the-art tool at BHC supported by the Advanced Technological Education (ATE) grant from the National Science Foundation.