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“The U.S. Department of Labor reports that opportunities for engineering technicians will be best for individuals with an associate degree or extensive job training in engineering technology.”(1)
Interested in the “hands-on” side of technology? The Engineering Technology program at Harford Community College focuses on applied knowledge— the application and implementation of practices within the manufacturing sector — and places a strong emphasis on problem solving, critical thinking, and communication skills.
The program is built around the needs of the manufacturing industry therefore, emerging technologies such as additive manufacturing (3D Printing) are key components. Students take classes in Blueprint Reading, Hydraulics and Pneumatics, and CADD, and acquire marketable skills in Electronics, Mechanics, and 3D Printing Technologies. In fact, Harford is one of the few community colleges with an emphasis on 3D Printing. Students in the program build their own 3D printer, through which they learn the design process, collaboration and team building, and develop hands-on, trial and error, knowledge of manufacturing.
Harford students often take on internships with local companies such as J.M. Huber in Havre de Grace. The Program has built relationships with Aberdeen Proving Ground and other local companies working on rapid prototyping, providing opportunities not offered elsewhere.
While some use 3D printing as a stepping stone for entrepreneurship opportunities, many graduates with an associate degree in Engineering Technology obtain critical jobs as technicians in areas such as construction, manufacturing, product design, testing, or technical services and sales. Others pursue further study in engineering, facilities management, or business administration.
Governments, businesses, organizations, and private contractors connected to engineering research and technology fields recognize an ongoing need for skilled/trained engineering technicians and technologists. According to the 2016-2017 Occupational Outlook Handbook, employment of engineering technicians and technologists is expected to be 136,000 by 2024.
As additional technician and technical positions are created through the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) program, a number of opportunities in this field are, and will continue to be, available in Harford County, Maryland.
(1) 2016-2017 Occupational Outlook Handbook
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