Engineering Technology, Associate in Applied Science Degree

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Program Description for Engineering Technology

Eastern Iowa Community Colleges' new Engineering Technology program trains students in the practical application and implementation of existing technology used in the manufacturing world.

Engineering Technology is available at all three EICC colleges, Clinton, Muscatine and Scott Community Colleges. The Associate in Applied Science degree program is designed so that roughly the first three semesters are identical and students can take courses at any of the three colleges. In the final semester, the student has the choice of specializing in four different areas: Automation, Electro/Mechanical, Process Control or Renewable Energy.

The program provides a great deal of flexibility, making it ideal for students coming straight out of high school as well as those already in the workforce. It includes flexible scheduling, hybrid courses (a combination of in-class and online learning), and a model of eight-week modules that allow numerous start times during the year.

Engineering Technology was made possible through funding from a Pathways to Engineering Technology Careers grant which is 100% financed through a $2.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor.

Award Options for Engineering Technology

AAS Degrees






Career Areas for Engineering Technology

Graduates will be familiar with the processes and equipment associated with production including mechanical, hydraulic, pneumatic, electrical, electronic, and computers usually in combination. Students will be prepared for a wide variety of careers including:

  • Plant Maintenance Technician
  • Robotics Technician
  • Process Controls Technician
  • Electrical/Electronics Technician
  • Process Development Technician
  • Automation Technician
  • Service Engineer
  • Project Coordinator
  • Design Technician
  • Health and Safety Coordinator
  • Production Planner/Scheduler
  • Quality Assurance Coordinator
  • Renewable Energy Technician
  • Solar Systems Installer
  • Ethanol Manufacturing Maintenance Technician
  • Windsmith

Job Outlook for Engineering Technology

Demand for workers is solid with strong salaries. The Bureau of Economic Analysis reported in 2011 that the average manufacturing worker earned $77,060 annually including benefits.

Demand for graduates is expected to remain high. The government projects that by the year 2018, Iowa's advanced manufacturing segment alone will experience a shortage of 6,672 skilled workers due to older worker retirement and increasing need for Iowa products.

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Locations: Clinton Community College, Muscatine Community CollegeBlong Technology Center

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