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

Industrial Engineering Technology, AAS

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The Career

Industrial engineering techicians use the principles of science, engineering and mathematics to solve technical problems in research and development, manufacturing, sales, construction, inspection and maintenance. Their work is more narrosly focused and application-oriented than that of scientists and engineers. Many engineering technicians assist engineersm and scientists, especially in research and development. Others work in quality control, conducting tests or collecting data. In manufacturing, they may assist in product design, development or facilities maintenance.

Professional Traits

Those pursuing a career in industrial engineering technology should:

  • Have a certain degree of creativity
  • Possess good communication skills
  • Be able to work well with others

Employment and Salary Information

Nationwide, the median annual earnings of industrial engineering technicians were $52,020 in May 2013, per the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The five industries employing the largest number of these positions and their median yearly earnings were:

Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing $64,030
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing $54,560
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing $55,110
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing $48,540
Plastics Product Manufacturing $48,540

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.

The Program

The Industrial Engineering Technology program is offered at the ECC site in Washington (Four Rivers Career Center). The program is accredited by the Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE).

Technicians install, troubleshoot and maintain complex manufacturing and processing equipment. Job titles include maintenance engineer, engineering technician and field service technician.

This program prepares students to function as technical assistants to engineers performing installation, maintenance and modification of advanced manufacturing equipment.

Students receive training in machinery maintenance and repair; basic electrical principles, motor controls and process control systems; hydraulic and pneumatic control systems; programmable controls, robotics and industrial computers; welding and basic machine shop equipment; safety practices; and basic HVAC systems.  Students also learn the problem-solving, teamwork and self-management skills demanded by business and industry today.

Admissions Requirements

Students must have completed:

  • High school diploma or the equivalent (documentation 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

The AAS degree is designed for students seeking employment immediately upon graduation. However, many of the credits, particularly the general education electives received with this degree, may qualify as transfer credit by four-year schools.

Please note that these decisions are made solely by the bachelor degree-granting institution, not East Central College. Students seeking to transfer are advised to contact the institution of their choice before beginning a program or reviewing other degrees and coursework offered through ECC.


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 Location

Located at the Four Rivers Career Center
1978 Image Drive
Washington, MO 63090

Program Faculty/Coordinator
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 Web site at

Year 1

Year 2

Total Semester Hours 16

Spring Semester

Total Semester Hours 16

AAS Program (68 credit hours)

A - Course that is also part of the Certificate of Achievement program (47 credit hours)

S - Course that is also part of the Certificate of Specialization program (32 credit hours)

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