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

Industrial Technology, AA

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The Career

Industrial technology emphasizes the use of engineering and manufacturing technology to make production faster, simpler and more efficient. The industrial technology field employs creative and technically proficient individuals who can help a company achieve efficient and profitable productivity. Industrial technologists work in a job spectrum between the skilled technician and upper management.

Industrial technology graduates have several career paths available to them. Many graduates work in planning and designing manufacturing processes and equipment, management of the operation and maintenance of complex operating systems or implementing designs and processes. These technologists are employed in a large and wide array of industries including manufacturing, facilities management, construction, industrial, maintenance, telecommunications and sustainable energy.

Employment and Salary Information

Examples of possible career paths and their annual median salaries* include:

Safety Specialist $66,790
Construction and Building Inspector $53,450
Industrial Production Manager $89,190
Industrial Engineering Technologist $58,670
Production Specialist $50,980
Quality Control Inspector $43,120

* Data provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Professional Traits

Those pursuing a career in this field should:

  • Be at ease working with technology
  • Possess good communication and organizational skills
  • Work well independently and as part of a team
  • Be able to analyze, compare and interpret detailed information
  • Anticipate and prevent problems

The Program

East Central College offers its industrial technology students a complete two-year program. It consists of basic calculus, science classes and hands-on mechanical and electrical classes in state-of-the art facilities. ECC students benefit from instruction in optimization theory, industrial processes, industrial planning procedures, computer applications and report and presentation preparation.

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 (please note: some coursework requires minimum placement results)

Transfer Options

Industrial 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.

Special Funding Available

Scholarships and grants are available for those who qualify through the Missouri Manufacturing WINs grant. Please contact Financial Aid for more details.


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

Nathan Esbeck

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 website at

Year 1

Year 2

Fall Semester

Total Semester Hours 17

Spring Semester

  • Technical Elective Hours: 3 **
  • Technical Elective Hours: 3 **
  • Technical Elective Hours: 3 **
  • Life or Environmental Science Hours: 3
  • Civilization/History Elective Hours: 3 ***
  • Geography/Sociology/Anthropology Elective (GLB) Hours: 3
Total Semester Hours 18

**Additional Technical Electives

AA program (66 credit hours)

* Telecommunications students take PH 1703 /PH 1712  College Physics I Lecture/Lab; Industrial students take CH 1105  Introduction to Chemistry Lecture/Lab

*** Students taking the Psychology elective (Year 2 Fall) must enroll in the Civilization elective (Year 2 Spring). Students choosing the Ethics elective (Year 2 Fall), must take the History elective (Year 2 Spring).

F - Courses that are only offered in the fall semester.

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