Engineering Technology

Two-Year Associate in Specialized Technology (AST) Degree Program
Available in State College

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 state-of-the-art 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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Complete Course List

Engineering Technology Course List for 2017-18

This program information appears in the 2017-18 school catalog. Click here to download all course descriptions.

CodeCourseCreditsClock Hours
GE117Applied Algebra460
GE183Business English I460
CP283Microsoft Office460
PD110Professional Development224
IM108Technical Drawing I4.560
GE230Applied Algebra II460
GE184Business English II460
IM238Materials Science560
CP287Microsoft Excel4.560
IM245Technical Drawing II4.560
IT223Advanced Microsoft Excel230
IM210Applied Physics for Engineering Technology4.560
IM211Applied Physics for Engineering Technology Lab 0.510
CE111Building Codes336
IM222Geometry & Trigonometry for Engineering Technology460
IM107Introduction to Geographic Information Systems336
IM239Mechanical CAD4.560
IM106Architectural CAD I572
CE201Civil CAD572
IM233Machining Processes3.548
IM234Machining Processes Lab224
GE259Technical Writing2.536
IM214Architectural CAD II4.560
CE205Civil Design4.560
IM215CNC Programming3.548
IM221CNC Programming Lab224
CD207Job Search Skills224
IM244Solid Modeling CAD572
IM257Architectural CAD III4.560
IM258Engineering Technology Project480
GE178Human Relations in the Workplace2.536
IM243Mechanical Design460
GE258Statistical Methods and Applications460
CD200Career Preparation0.510
GE261Engineering Economics221
IM259Engineering Technology Internship11330

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:

  • Manufacturing Engineer
  • Quality Engineer
  • Project Manager
  • Jr. Machinist
  • Computer Draftsman
  • Engineering Technician
  • Mechanical Draftsman
  • CAD Technician
  • Field Technician
  • Architectural Designer

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

  • Actuated Medical
  • API Technologies
  • Barton Associates
  • First Quality
  • Hillis-Carnes Engineering
  • Penn State-Applied Research Lab
  • Quality Machining, Inc
  • S&A Homes
  • Sound Technology
  • Stahl Sheaffer Engineering

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:

  • Advanced Powder Products
  • Barton Associates
  • S&A Homes
  • Hillis-Carnes Engineering
  • First Quality
  • Actuated Medical
  • Sound Technology
  • Penn State-Applied Research Lab
  • API Technologies
  • Stahl Sheaffer Engineering

Karen (Hughes) Maynor

ET Program Coordinator / Full-time Instructor
State College Main Campus

Karen Maynor has been teaching Engineering Technology courses at South Hills School of Business and & Technology since 2007 and has been the Program Coordinator since 2010. She is a graduate of East Tennessee State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics, and from The Pennsylvania State University, where she earned a Certificate in Geographic Information Systems. Prior to teaching at South Hills, Karen acquired over 30 years of experience working as a consultant with companies involved in energy exploration, environmental health and safety, stream relocation, land development, and geographic information systems.

Karen’s professional career outside of South Hills extends to teaching pre-engineering technical drawing classes at a local high school as an adjunct instructor.

Gary Powers

Full-time Instructor
State College Main Campus

Gary Powers has been teaching at South Hills School of Business & Technology since 1998 as an instructor in the Engineering Technology program. Gary earned his B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy and served our country for 11 years in the Navy, in both operations and engineering.

Following his Naval experience, Gary worked in production and engineering with Corning, Inc. He inspires his students, instilling them with leadership and critical thinking skills, and stays up to date on the “state-of-the-art” in engineering developments and innovations. In 2009, Gary was named Outstanding Educator of the Year by the Pennsylvania Association of Private School Administrators (PAPSA).

John Henry

Adjunct Instructor
State College Main Campus

John Henry has been a Computer Aided Drafting instructor at South Hills School of Business & Technology since 1998. After graduating from Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Engineering, John started his career at Grove Manufacturing in Shady Grove, PA. He then moved back to Centre County and has worked at Chemcut and Scientific Systems. He is currently employed at Supelco and has been there for the past 17 years.

John brings his diverse manufacturing background and real world examples into the classroom to help his students become successful in their future careers.

Heather Fink

Adjunct Instructor
State College Main Campus

Heather Fink has been teaching at South Hills School of Business & Technology since 2009 and is the Adjunct Instructor for the architectural courses in the Engineering Technology program. Heather is a graduate of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Architectural Technology program. She is a Facilities Designer with Penn State. Prior to joining Penn State she worked for a local architect for over 20 years as Project Manager and Designer. Additionally, she has over 25 years of experience in custom home design. Heather’s work involves plan creation for commercial and residential construction, knowledge of Building and Zoning Codes, coordination of designs with Civil, Mechanical, and Structural Engineers, and acting as a liaison between owners and contractors.

Program Advisory Committee

State College Main Campus
Member NameJob TitleCompany
Joe Springman Senior Facilities PlannerGeisinger Systems Services
Rod StahlPrincipalStahl Sheaffer Engineering
Todd RhodesCAD Technician IIBarton Associates
Mike LucasProcess EngineerAPI Technology
Craig Shaffer Operations ManagerAdvanced Powder Products
Brian StoverEngineering SupervisorTeledyne Paradise Datacom
Doug SnyderDrafterPenn State Applied Research Lab
Maggie TreasterEngineer TechnicianStahl Sheaffer Engineering
Jeremy RickardEngineer TechnicianStahl Sheaffer Engineering
Qian ZhangCAD Designer/GIS AnalystARM Group

For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please view the Engineering Technology Disclosures page on our website.