Program Goals and Outcomes

Engineering technology goals and outcomes

The online Associate Degree in Engineering Technology can help students prepare for jobs in emerging fields such as automation, 3D printing, robotics, and alternative energies.

Engineering Technology

Associate Degree 16-24 mo As low as $60/mo
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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
  • Describe the operation of a number of pieces of manufacturing equipment and how they’re used in the design of a final product

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