Concentrations Strengthen Engineering Technology Program

by Alana J. Mauger

Montgomery County Community College’s (MCCC) Board of Trustees took action on Monday to approve modifications to the College’s Engineering Technology Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) program. Effective fall 2014, the modifications introduce concentrations in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Nanofabrication, thereby providing students with a more clearly defined pathway to employment.

Under the new model, coursework for all Engineering Technology freshmen is consistent, laying the foundation for students to select a concentration in their sophomore year. Instead of second-year students mixing and matching electives, the concentrations provide greater focus in a specific area, increasing graduates’ employability.

Students who graduate with an A.A.S. in Engineering Technology are prepared with the knowledge and skills necessary to work as technicians in a variety of advanced technology areas, including instrumentation, communications, and mechanical structures and systems.

“Engineering technicians work with engineers as part of an engineering team,” explains William Brownlowe, associate professor of Engineering at MCCC. “The engineers plan and design projects, and then the engineering technicians help make them a reality, seeing them through to completion.”

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Outlook Handbook, the median salary for engineering technicians ranges from $48,000-$56,000, depending on the area of specialization. Overall, engineering technician occupations are projected to grow by five percent through 2020.

Modifications to MCCC’s Engineering Technology A.A.S. program meet the curricular requirements established by the Technology Accreditation Commission (TAC) of the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology (ABET). MCCC plans to seek ABET accreditation for its Engineering Technology A.A.S. program.

To learn about the Engineering Technology and Engineering Science programs at Montgomery County Community College, visit mc3.edu/academics.

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