Eastern Iowa Community Colleges has developed a new degree opportunity in Engineering Technology.
Launched in the Spring of 2014, the program trains students to be specialists in the practical application and implementation of existing technology within the field of engineering. This degree will prepare highly skilled and needed workers for area manufacturers. The demand is solid and the salaries are projected to be good: in 2011, the Bureau of Economic Analysis reported that the average manufacturing worker earned $77,060 annually, including benefits.
The Engineering Technology Associate of Applied Science (AAS DEGREE) includes areas of specialization in Automation, Electro/Mechanical, Process Control and Renewable Energy. A sequence of calculus courses is available for those students wishing to transfer on for their Bachelor’s degree.
Current job titles within the industry include: civil engineering technician, electronics engineering technician, industrial engineering technician, mechanical engineering technician, plant systems technician, robotics technician, and computer engineering technician. Demand for graduates is expected to remain high. The government projects that by the year 2018, Iowa’s advanced manufacturing segment will experience a significant shortage of skilled workers due to older worker retirement and the nation’s increasing need for Iowa products.
Offered at Clinton, Muscatine and Scott Community Colleges the program will provide delivery options that will allow individuals who are currently working to complete the degree through flexible scheduling, hybrid courses (a combination of in-class and online learning), and a model of eight-week modules which allows for numerous start times during the year.
Our colleges also provide Career Navigators, individuals who work one-on-one with students to develop an education plan, including choosing which program and which learning options might be right for you. Your navigator can help you with scheduling, registration, staying on track and even some issues outside of classes that can create barriers. They also provide encouragement, support and act as a referral source to link students up with funding, tutoring and career placement.