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Engineering Technology Details

The outlined courses will help you learn key skills and gain the knowledge to excel in various roles related to engineering technology. The program curriculum includes courses on drafting with AutoCAD®, manufacturing materials and processes, quality control systems, introduction to technical drawings, and more!

Program Goal and Outcomes

Program Goal

The overall program goal for the A.S. in Engineering Technology Degree is to prepare students for entry-level positions as engineering technicians.

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to...
  • Demonstrate effective written and interpersonal communication skills
  • Demonstrate a high level of inquiry, analytical, and problem-solving skills
  • Demonstrate effective quantitative skills
  • Demonstrate proficient computer and information literacy skills
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the liberal arts, natural sciences, and social sciences
  • Recognize the work habits and characteristics that are demonstrated by successful technicians, including the codes and standards that technicians must know
  • Read and interpret various types of technical drawings, including those used in engineering applications, and understand the basics of computer-aided design (CAD)
  • Develop engineering graphics, utilizing orthographic projections, dimensioning, sectioning, tolerance, and threads
  • Identify the basic terminology, theories, and applications relating to electricity and electronics, including the components and operation of electrical and electronic systems
  • Identify various types of electric motors and describe how they are controlled; list the steps to use when troubleshooting electric motors and controllers
  • Explain the methods, laws, and procedures used in engineering mechanics, including the branches of statics, dynamics, kinematics, and kinetics
  • Identify manufacturing systems and processes, and recognize different materials used in manufacturing and engineering applications
  • Describe total quality management (TQM), materials and inventory management, inspection plans, measuring tools that collect quality data, and various statistical process control methods
  • List the steps and materials used in the tool design process, including the design of workholding devices, jigs, presses, dies, and gages
  • Understand the basic concepts of pneumatic systems and how they compare and contrast with hydraulic systems; identify the concepts related to the delivery of compressed air
  • Recognize important safety facts and practices associated with electrical, chemical, fire, material-handling, and machine hazards
  • Understand the fundamentals of designing machine elements, including developing an awareness of procedures and materials, identifying how forces and stresses affect materials, and recognizing machine components
  • Demonstrate common technical skills employed by engineers, such as the use of manufacturing processing equipment, measuring devices and quality control equipment, and skills in the testing of materials

Semester 1

Basic Skills Assessment

All degree applicants are required to complete two Basic Skills Assessments, one in reading and one in math, to determine the level of readiness for beginning their selected program. Additional studies may be required.

Succeed by learning how to use your Penn Foster program, and learn the basics of engineering technology.

Objectives:

  • Understand how to use your Student Portal.
  • Access the Penn Foster Community and use it to find answers.
  • Connect with Penn Foster on various social media sites.
  • Use a scientific calculator.
  • Learn about the development of engineering and engineering technology.
  • Understand technical mathematics.

Objectives:

  • Learn the basic math skills you’ll need to succeed in your program.
  • Practice math functions using real-life examples.
  • Use the metric system and formulas.

Objectives:

  • Review basic grammar.
  • Use action verbs.
  • Learn how to construct paragraphs.
This course will allow you to build your computer skills through a combination of reading and hands-on practice. You will navigate popular software tools such as Windows® and Microsoft® Office.

Objectives:

  • Create, edit, and illustrate Microsoft® Word™ documents
  • Apply formulas and functions to large data sets in Microsoft® Excel®
  • Incorporate useful charts and graphs to summarize data
  • Add, delete, sort, and lay out table data
  • Create presentations in Microsoft® PowerPoint® using advanced tools, tables, and charts

Objectives:

  • Read and interpret technical drawings.
  • Interpret symbols and abbreviations.
  • Apply dimensioning and tolerancing to actual print reading.
  • Get an overview of computer-aided drawing and its role in modern technology.

Objectives:

  • Define the physical universe as you know it.
  • Get the foundation you need to understand chemistry, physics, and earth and space sciences.
Proctored Examination

You will be required to complete a proctored exam on selected courses each semester. These assessments will evaluate the knowledge and skills that you learned during the semester. You choose the time, the location, and the qualified exam supervisor.

Semester 2


Objectives:

  • Cover a comprehensive collection of manufacturing and materials processing techniques.
  • Learn the historical perspectives and basic science of manufacturing and its related materials.
  • Read about specific manufacturing methods as they are applied to specific materials.
  • Study the theory of the automation of today’s manufacturing environment, productivity, and quality improvement systems.
Study basic algebraic concepts. Review the systems of equations, polynomials, and radicals. Learn how to factor polynomial expressions and simplify rational expressions.

Objectives:

  • Explain basic algebraic concepts
  • Solve and graph linear equations and inequalities
  • Analyze relations, functionality, and systems of linear equations
  • Prepare algebraic operations on polynomial and rational expressions and equations
  • Solve problems involving radicals and complex numbers

Additional Course Material:
Textbook: Intermediate Algebra


Objectives:

  • Draft using AutoCAD.®
  • Learn computer-aided drafting and design systems.
  • Use AutoCAD® menus and features.
  • Create files and entities.
  • Organize and annotate drawings.
  • Modify displays.

This course teaches the skills and techniques of effectively developing, drafting, and revising college-level essays toward a specific purpose and audience: active reading, prewriting strategies, sentence and paragraph structure, thesis statements, varied patterns of development (e.g., illustration, comparison and contrast, classification), critical reading toward revision of structure and organization, editing for standard written conventions, use and documentation of outside sources. Students submit two prewriting assignments, and three essays (process analysis, classification and division, argumentation).

Objectives:

  • Use writing skills to construct well-written sentences and active reading skills to understand and analyze text
  • Develop paragraphs using topic sentences, adequate detail, supporting evidence, and transitions
  • Describe the revision, editing, and proofreading steps of the writing process
  • Distinguish between different patterns of development
  • Use prewriting, drafting, revising, and editing to write a formal, college-level essay
  • Recognize how to determine the reliability of secondary sources and to give proper credit to sources referenced in an essay
  • Use prewriting, drafting, revising, and editing to write a formal, college-level essay
  • Use techniques of drafting, evaluating, and creating a sound written argument

Objectives:

  • Get a foundation in electrical and electronics terminology, theory, and concepts.
  • Learn the basic principles of electricity and the fundamental applications of Ohm's law to circuit analysis.
  • Read about magnetism and electromagnetism, and alternating current theory and circuit applications.
  • Study theory and applications of most basic components, devices, and machines.
  • Explore capacitors, inductors, batteries, DC and AC motors, conductors, insulators, and basic rectification devices.
Proctored Examination

You will be required to complete a proctored exam on selected courses each semester. These assessments will evaluate the knowledge and skills that you learned during the semester. You choose the time, the location, and the qualified exam supervisor.

Semester 3


Objectives:

  • Learn about the branches of engineering mechanics.
  • Study free-body diagrams, kinematics, force-mass acceleration method, impulse momentum, and the collision of two bodies.

Objectives:

  • Read about establishing quality systems.
  • Explore interpreting conventional and GD&T system drawings.
  • Learn about setting up and using inspection tools and equipment.
  • Discover how to develop part acceptance procedures.
  • Study the statistical process control (SPC) fundamentals and practical applications.

Objectives:

  • Learn about exponential and logarithmic functions.
  • Understand trigonometric functions and analytical trigonometry.
  • Explore systems of equations.
  • Read about inequalities.
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HUM102 - Art Appreciation

In this course, you will gain an understanding of artistic media, historical periods and artistic movements, the roles of the artist and the viewer, and the principles of art criticism.

Objectives:

  • Define the language, visual elements, and principles of design of art
  • Identify two-dimensional media
  • Identify three-dimensional media
  • Explain the evolution of art from ancient Mediterranean cultures through eighteenth century Europe
  • Identify features and popular examples of art throughout the history of African, Asian, Pacific, and American cultures
  • Compare the genres of the Modern and Postmodern eras of art from around the world

Additional Course Material:
Textbook: Living with Art, 11th Edition

HUM104 - Music Appreciation

In this course, you'll understand how to appreciate music by learning about the roles of the composer and the listener, the principles of music theory and instrumentation, musically significant historical periods, and varying styles of music.

Objectives:

  • Identify the building blocks of music a composer can use to create a piece, such as rhythm, melody, harmony, texture, form, and timbre
  • Explain the evolution of Western music through history, from the Middle Ages to the twenty-first century
  • Differentiate between the music of the baroque era and the musical styles of previous time periods
  • Recognize the major characteristics of classical music, including form, melody, and instrumentation
  • Discuss the musical trends and innovations that occurred during the romantic era
  • Trace the evolution of American popular music in the twentieth century
  • Recognize the influence of world music on modern Western composition

Additional Course Material:
Textbook: Experience Music, Fourth Edition

ENG115 - Introduction to Literature 

This course will allow you to develop your critical thinking skills and broaden your knowledge of the main genres of literature — fiction, poetry, and drama.

Objectives:

  • Explain how to effectively read fiction for both knowledge and enjoyment
  • Identify different styles and forms of poetry
  • Use what you've learned in this course to discuss, write about, and understand literature
  • Prepare a critical interpretation of fiction or poetry based on what you've learned in this course
  • Discuss how literary dramas differ from fiction and poetry
  • Identify different strategies of critical literary analysis
Proctored Examination

You will be required to complete a proctored exam on selected courses each semester. These assessments will evaluate the knowledge and skills that you learned during the semester. You choose the time, the location, and the qualified exam supervisor.

Semester 4


Objectives:

  • Get a broad introduction into 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional Computer-Aided Design (CAD), focused on engineering technology.
  • Learn about specific applications.
  • Use AutoCad® in hands-on exercises, assignments, and projects.
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EST200 - Fluid Power

Objectives:

  • Get a comprehensive overview of hydraulics and pneumatics.
  • Explore the basic scientific principles and concepts necessary for understanding the operation and applications of hydraulic and pneumatic components and systems.
  • Learn about power system controls, system schematics, and essential troubleshooting practices.

IET232 - Programmable Logic Controllers

Objectives:

  • Identify PLC hardware components, systems, and codes
  • Apply basic PLC programming, logic, and wiring diagrams
  • Utilize programming timers and counters
  • Summarize data and program control instructions
  • Outline math and sequencer and shift register instructions
  • Interpret PLC installation practices, troubleshooting control processes, and ControlLogix controllers

IET237 - Materials Management and Inventory Control

Objectives:

  • Analyze the stages of production scheduling with emphasis on material management, production, MPS, and MRP
  • Recognize the importance of CRP and PAC in relation to MRP
  • Categorize the uses and applications of an inventory management system
  • Show the functions of advanced processes in inventory with importance to distribution, production, and JIT
  • Analyze the importance of quality management and product control in determining the success of businesses

IET243 - Industrial Safety

Objectives:

  • Learn the procedures for handling various materials.
  • Explore performing job tasks safely.
  • Survey the regulations designed to improve industrial safety.

MET231 - Mechanical Design 1

Objectives:

  • Identify different mechanical systems as well as the principles and materials that must be applied in their design
  • Explain the different types of machine loading and stresses
  • Describe how loading leads to mechanical failure and how loading affects rotating shafts
  • Recognize the different types of fasteners and the factors that contribute to their strength

MET232 - Mechanical Design 2

Objectives:

  • Describe the design and use of springs and bearings
  • Describe and distinguish different types of gears
  • Differentiate other elements used in mechanical design
  • Consider geometric tolerances in mechanical design

MET240 - Electro/Mechanical Control Technology

Objectives:

  • Learn how to recognize control system types.
  • Study various types of feedback loops.
  • Learn about designing digital and analog systems.
  • Explore the operation of controlled and sensing devices.
  • Read about system evaluation and troubleshooting.

MET243 - Tool Design

Objectives:

  • Analyze the structure of the tool designing process and the elements involved in it
  • Identify the factors ruling the selection of workholding devices in the process of designing
  • Categorize the steps needed in designing fixtures and jigs
  • Distinguish between the pressworking tools and the various processes where they are used in their design
  • Explain the principles of bending, forming, drawing, and forging in the designing of dies
  • Identify the various principles involved in the designing of gages
  • Categorize the methods of tool design

Textbook: Fundamentals of Tool Design

MET248 - Industrial Plastics

Objectives:

  • Learn about basic chemical principles that are relevant to the plastics industry.
  • Understand the properties and uses for various types of plastics.
  • Discover how to test and identify the plastic's properties, and the effects of introducing certain additives.
  • Learn about manufacturing processes, such as molding, machining, finishing, process control, and extruding. 
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BUS121 - Economics 1

Objectives:

  • Explain the economic systems and the economic perspective
  • Identify the key factors in macroeconomics and how economists study the economy as a whole
  • Explain the macroeconomic models and fiscal policies
  • Explain money, banking, and financial policy
  • Explain extending analysis of aggregate supply, current issues in theory and policy, and international economics
  • Analyze foreign exchange and investment and the effects each nation’s economy has on another nation’s economy

SSC125 - Introduction to Sociology

Objectives:

  • Describe deviance, crime, and social control.
  • Discuss the effects of stratification, racial and ethnic inequality, sex, gender, and sexuality.
  • Examine the role of health, family, education, and religion in human behavior.

SSC130 - Essentials of Psychology
This course will introduce you to the relationship between biology and behavior. You will learn about human development throughout the life span.

Objectives:

  • Identify major psychological theories.
  • Discuss consciousness, memory, thought, and language.
  • Define intelligence, personality, and stress.
  • Analyze the role of gender in psychology.
  • Explain how community influences behavior.
In this course you’ll learn the basic concepts of milling programs, various lathe operations and safety requirements, and the major components of machining centers.

Objectives:

  • Distinguish the difference between accuracy and precision
  • Recognize standard and metric micrometers and the five types of depth and height gages
  • Identify tools used during material testing, machine and job setup, production and postproduction, and inspection
  • Describe grinding machines and how they operate
  • Explain the fundamental methods and principles related to machining metal
  • Explain basic milling concepts, the milling machine coordinate system, basic features and common parts
  • Distinguish between various types of modern lathes
  • Explain various lathe operations and how to set up a lathe using various work holders and auxiliary equipment
  • Explain the purpose and function of HVAC systems
  • Prepare AutoCAD drawings for a residential floor plan with the HVAC layout and transition pieces part of the HVAC layout
Proctored Examination

You will be required to complete a proctored exam on selected courses each semester. These assessments will evaluate the knowledge and skills that you learned during the semester. You choose the time, the location, and the qualified exam supervisor.

Additional Details

Associate Degrees from Penn Foster College are awarded under licensing from the Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education.

Penn Foster College Accreditation & Licensing Details

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As you know this is an online academic program. This means you will need high-speed internet access to begin your program. In addition, you will need access to a Microsoft® Windows® based computer running Windows 7® or later or an Apple® Mac® computer running OS X® or later, and an email account to participate in and complete your program.
Access to Microsoft® Office 365 is a requirement for this program.
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