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

Industrial Engineering Technology Certificate

The Career

Industrial engineering technicians 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 narrowly focused and application-oriented than that of scientists and engineers.

Many engineering technicians assist engineers and scientists, especially in research and development. Others work in quality control, conducting tests or collecting data. In manufacturing, they assist in product design, development or facilities maintenance. Job titles include maintenance engineer, engineering technician and field service technician.

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. 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 ECC Industrial Engineering Technology program prepares students to function as technical assistants to engineers performing installation, maintenance and modification of advanced manufacturing equipment. The program is accredited by ATMAE (Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering) and offered at the ECC site in Washington (Four Rivers Career Center).

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.

Assuming appropriate placement scores, full-time students can expect to complete the certificate of achievement in 18 months, and the certificate of specialization in 12 months.

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 (some courses require minimum placement results)

Additional Program Information*

Standard Occupational Classification (SOC)

Job Placement Rate
88 percent

Achievement: $3,516 (In-District);
$5,113 (Out-of-District)
Specialization: $2,376 (In-District);
$3,448 (Out-of-District)

Required Fees
Achievement: $1,128;
Specialization: $758

Books and Supplies


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

Certificate of Specialization

Total Credit Hours 32

Total Credit Hours 36