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2013-2015 Catalog 
2013-2015 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Engineering Technology, AA

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The Career

Engineering technology emphasizes the application of scientific and engineering techniques to a variety of real-world problems. Application is the key word in this definition, in that engineering technology emphasizes practical applications as well as theory. Engineering technologists work in the job spectrum between the engineer and the skilled technician, with responsibilities closest to those of the engineer.

The work of technologists is usually focused on product improvement, manufacturing, construction and engineering operational functions. Technologists are employed in a large and wide-array of industries including: manufacturing, construction, industrial, maintenance and management.

Entry-level positions in product design, testing, development, systems engineering, field engineering, technical operations and quality control are common for engineering technology graduates. Programs prepare their graduates to apply others’ designs.

Professional Traits

Those pursuing a career in this field should:

  • Be able to anticipate and prevent problems
  • Provide fair but firm guidance
  • Be enthusiastic and constantly alert
  • Possess good communication and organizational skills
  • Work well independently and on a team
  • Be able to analyze, compare and interpret detailed information

The Program

ECC offers its engineering technology students a complete two-year program which includes the basic calculus, physics and chemistry classes as well as the hands on mechanical and electrical classes in state-of-the-art facilities. ECC students participate in classroom design projects. Class sizes are small, giving students the opportunity to receive individual help when necessary.

Admissions Requirements

To enter the program, students must have completed:

  • High school diploma or the equivalent (documentation must be sent to the registration office)
  • Application for admission
  • A placement test as specified by the college (some coursework requires minimum placement results)

Transfer Options

Engineering Technology students benefit from an articulation agreement between East Central and Southeast Missouri State University. They transfer to four-year, bachelor of science programs with a very high completion rate.

Please note that transferring credit is decided solely by the bachelor degree-granting institution, not ECC. Students are advised to make early contact with the four-year college or university of their choice so that they can take the appropriate coursework at East Central.

Employment Opportunities and Salary Information

The number of positions in the engineering technology field is expected to remain steady, with no or little change by the year 2022, reports the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Here are the median annual salaries for the main career types in this field as of 2014:

Aerospace Engineering and Operations Technicians $64,310
Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technicians $60,330
Industrial Engineering Technicians $55,660
Electromechanical Technicians $55,600
Mechanical Engineering Technicians $55,470
Environmental Engineering Technicians $51,030
Civil Engineering Technicians $50,290


East Central College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
30 N. LaSalle St., Suite 2400
Chicago, Illinois 60602-2504


Program Faculty

Isaiah Kellogg, Ph.D.

Instructional Assistant
Linda Arrington

Division Chair

Ann Boehmer


Mathematics and Physical Science

Program of Study

This program of study is for a full-time student; part-time study is also available. Please contact an academic advisor for full course options. For the most current academic schedule (which is subject to change), visit the college Web site at

Year 1

Year 2

Fall Semester

Total Semester Hours 16-17

Spring Semester

Total Semester Hours 15-17

*Additional Technical Electives

Fall Semesters

Spring Semesters


  • IE 2183 - Process & Control Systems Hours: 3
Electrical and Mechanical:

AA program (64-67 credit hours)

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