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Engineering Technology

Two-Year Associate in Specialized Technology (AST) Degree Program
Available at the State College Main Campus

The South Hills Engineering Technology program prepares our students for engineering careers through the study and practice of three disciplines – Architectural, Mechanical and Civil Engineering. This comprehensive, challenging program incorporates drafting, solid modeling, Computer-Aided Drafting (CAD), and CNC programming with team-building, mathematics, and problem-solving skills.

In our Engineering Technology program, you will learn to develop innovative solutions, apply critical thinking skills, and utilize modern technology to assist professional mechanical, civil, or architectural engineers. You will become proficient in CAD, learn to design and implement spreadsheets, accurately measure using a variety of precision measuring instruments in the mechanical and civil fields, and much more. Our ET students learn to work both independently and as part of a team.

 
 

Classes will include the study of Mechanical Drafting and Mechanical CAD, Architectural CAD and Civil CAD, Building Codes, Machining Processes, CNC Programming, Mechanical Design, Civil Design, Architectural Design, Materials Science, and Physics.

Our Engineering Technology graduates work as CAD Technicians in the mechanical, civil, and architectural fields, as Engineering and Materials Technicians, and as Drafter/Designers.

Successful students in this program will be strong in technology, math, and science.


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ET Program, Student, & Alumni News

Alumni Stories – Jody Christoff

Alumni Stories – Jody Christoff

As a single mom with a mortgage facing the loss of her factory job due to foreign competition, Jody Christoff turned to South Hills to help her get back on her feet. Learn how the Admissions Team steered her in the right direction based on her strengths and interests, and find out how she's now doing after graduating top of the Engineering Technology class in 2013.
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South Hills Students Design Robots

South Hills Students Design Robots

Students of South Hills School of Business & Technology's Engineering Technology specialized associate degree program are given a project in their Mechanical Design course for which they design and build a robotic vehicle that is capable of retrieving and carrying a small object.
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South Hills Students Prepare For A Successful Job Search

South Hills Students Prepare For A Successful Job Search

As part of the curriculum for each of its specialized associate degree programs, students at South Hills School of Business & Technology must take a Job Search Skills course to ensure they learn how to craft résumés and cover letters, polish their interviewing skills, and utilize the latest job-seeking methods.
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Engineering Technology and Information Technology Students Tackle LEGO Instruction Writing Project

Engineering Technology and Information Technology Students Tackle LEGO Instruction Writing Project

As a mid-term assignment, South Hills School of Business & Technology's Engineering Technology and Information Technology students worked together in teams to create LEGO brick building projects and instructional slideshows.
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South Hills Utilizes Local Experts to Prepare Students for the Workplace

South Hills Utilizes Local Experts to Prepare Students for the Workplace

To keep the curriculums for its 11 specialized associate degree programs current and relevant to the community's workforce needs, South Hills School of Business & Technology relies on input from Program Advisory Committees that are comprised of local employers, internship site supervisors, and South Hills alumni.
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Engineering Technology Students Visit Sports Complex Construction Site

Engineering Technology Students Visit Sports Complex Construction Site

In November 2018, students from South Hills School of Business & Technology's Engineering Technology specialized associate degree program went on an academic field trip to a sports complex under construction to see the concepts they've been studying in use in real life.
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Engineering Technology Student Projects at South Hills

Engineering Technology Student Projects at South Hills

Get a closer look at some of the finished final projects designed and assembled by South Hills School of Business & Technology's second-year Engineering Technology students.
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ET (Engineering Technology) Club Visits Famed Fallingwater House

ET (Engineering Technology) Club Visits Famed Fallingwater House

Members of the ET (Engineering Technology) Club at South Hills School of Business & Technology in State College recently travelled to Mill Run, PA to visit Fallingwater, a historical and architectural home designed in 1935 by renowned American architect, Frank Lloyd Wright.
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“I Am South Hills” – Karen Maynor

“I Am South Hills” – Karen Maynor

Karen Maynor is the Engineering Technology Program Coordinator and instructor at the State College Main Campus of South Hills. She brings more than 30 years of experience in the field of engineering and shares her expertise in the classroom. Find out how she keeps her curriculum current and how she feels about teaching in the fifth installment of our "I Am South Hills" video series.
by South Hills Communications
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South Hills Main Campus Announces New Technology Open House

South Hills Main Campus Announces New Technology Open House

South Hills School of Business & Technology will hold a Technology Open House on Thursday, April 19 from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. at the Main Campus. The event is open to the public and will offer demonstrations and exhibits featuring the Information Technology program, the Engineering Technology program, and Drone Initiative non-credit classes and events.
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Complete Course List

Engineering Technology Course List

Engineering Technology Course List for 2019-20

This program information appears in the 2019-20 school catalog. Click here for all course descriptions.


TermCourse #Course NameCreditsClock Hours 
First TermGE117Applied Algebra4.060
GE183Business English I4.060
CP283Microsoft Office4.060
PD110Professional Development2.024
IM108Technical Drawing I4.560
First Term Totals:18.5264
Second TermGE230Applied Algebra II4.060
GE184Business English II4.060
IM238Materials Science5.060
IM109Engineering Excel3.036
IM245Technical Drawing II4.560
Second Term Totals:20.5276
Third TermIM210Applied Physics for Engineering Technology4.560
IM211Applied Physics for Engineering Technology Lab0.510
CE111Building Codes3.036
IM222Geometry & Trigonometry for Engineering Technology4.060
IM107Introduction to Geographic Information Systems3.036
IM239Mechanical CAD4.560
Third Term Totals:19.5262
Fourth TermIM106Architectural CAD I5.072
CE201Civil CAD5.072
IM233Machining Processes3.548
IM234Machining Processes Lab2.024
IM110Introduction to Geomatics Geospatial Science4.048
GE259Technical Writing2.536
Fourth Term Totals:22300
Fifth TermIM214Architectural CAD II4.560
CE205Civil Design4.560
IM215CNC Programming3.548
IM221CNC Programming Lab224
CD207Job Search Skills224
IM244Solid Modeling CAD572
Fifth Term Totals:21.5288
Sixth TermIM257Architectural CAD III4.560
IM258Engineering Technology Project480
GE178Human Relations in the Workplace2.536
IM243Mechanical Design460
GE258Statistical Methods and Applications460
Sixth Term Totals:19296
Seventh TermCD106Career Preparation0.510
GE261Engineering Economics221
IM259Engineering Technology Internship11330
Seventh Term Totals:13.5361
ET PROGRAM TOTAL CREDITSET PROGRAM TOTAL HOURS
134.5 Credits2,047 Clock Hours

Careers in Engineering Technology


With study in three Engineering disciplines - Architectural, Mechanical and Civil Engineering - our graduates are prepared for a variety of career options, including:


Each student completes a summer-long internship before graduation, providing real world experience. We have placed interns at locations including:


South Hills Engineering Technology graduates are well-trained and in demand for their skillsets and work ethics. Some of the firms employing our graduates include:

Meet the Faculty

Karen Maynor

Program Coordinator / Instructor
State College Main Campus


Karen's Biography
Karen's "I Am South Hills" Video

John Henry

Adjunct Instructor
State College Main Campus


John's Biography

Heather Fink

Adjunct Instructor
State College Main Campus


Heather's Biography

Andrew Breon

Adjunct Instructor
State College Main Campus


Andrew's Biography

Douglas Snyder

Adjunct Instructor
State College Main Campus


Program Advisory Committee

State College Main Campus
Member NameJob TitleCompany
George Dick  Technician Stahl Sheaffer Engineering
Todd Rhodes  Designer Barton Associates
Jeremy Rickard  Engineer Technician Stahl Sheaffer Engineering
Dan Ring  Process Engineer Avail Technologies

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