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Engineering Technology

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

Take the Path to an Exciting Engineering Career

With applications in manufacturing, research and development, construction, architecture and more, the Engineering Technology program at South Hills School of Business & Technology prepares students for careers through the study and practice of three disciplines – Architectural, Mechanical and Civil Engineering. This challenging program incorporates drafting, solid modeling, Computer-Aided Drafting (CAD), and Computer Numerical Control (CNC) programming with team-building, mathematics, and problem-solving.

 
 

Our two-year Associate in Specialized Technology (AST) Degree program can ready you for employment as a:

  • CAD Technician
  • Architectural Designer
  • Field Surveying Technician
  • Engineering and Materials Technician
  • Drafter/Designer

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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Why South Hills?

Professional development.

You’ll learn to develop innovative engineering solutions while you problem-solve independently and as part of a team.

Small class sizes.

Keeping our student-to-faculty ratios low ensures you receive the kind of one-on-one attention and mentorship you need to succeed.

Expert instructors.

Our instructors are working professionals with up-to-date experience in every facet of the industry.

Real-world job insights.

A second-year internship gives you critical exposure to the field of your choice.
 

Student Internship Locations


  • Barton Associates, Inc.
  • Pennoni Associates, Inc.
  • Homeland Manufacturing Services
  • Stahl Sheaffer Engineering, LLC
  • GP Cabinets LLC
 

A Comprehensive Curriculum

In the Engineering Technology program, you’ll learn to develop innovative solutions, apply critical thinking skills, and utilize modern technology to assist professional mechanical, civil, or architectural engineers. You can become proficient in CAD and learn to use a variety of precision measuring instruments. The ET program prepares students to:

  • Create technical documents, estimates, and proposals
  • Identify, analyze, and solve broadly-defined engineering technology problems
  • Design using computer-aided design (CAD) software
  • Exhibit competence in applying industry standards and codes
  • Accurately measure using a variety of precision measuring instruments in the architectural, mechanical, and civil engineering fields
 

Course Highlights


  • Intro to Geographic Information Systems
  • Applied Physics for Engineering Technology
  • Building Codes
  • Technical Drawing
  • Solid Modeling CAD
 

Complete Course List

Engineering Technology Course List

Engineering Technology Course List for 2020-21

TermCourse #Course NameCreditsClock Hours
First TermGE117Applied Algebra460
GE183Business English I460
CP283Microsoft Office460
PD110Professional Development224
IM108Technical Drawing I4.560
Totals:18.5264
Second TermGE230Applied Algebra II460
GE184Business English II460
IM109Engineering Excel336
IM238Materials Science560
IM245Technical Drawing II4.560
Totals:20.5276
Third TermIM210Applied Physics for Engineering Technology4.560
IM211Applied Physics for Engineering Technology Lab0.510
CE111Building Codes336
IM222Geometry & Trigonometry for Engineering Technology460
IM107Introduction to Geographic Information Systems336
IM239Mechanical CAD4.560
Totals:19.5262
Fourth TermIM106Architectural CAD I572
CE201Civil CAD572
IM110Introduction to Geomatics Geospatial Science448
IM233Machining Processes3.548
IM234Machining Processes Lab224
GE259Technical Writing2.536
Totals:22300
Fifth TermIM214Architectural CAD II4.560
CE205Civil Design4.560
IM215CNC Programming3.548
IM221CNC Programming Lab224
CD207Job Search Skills224
IM244Solid Modeling CAD572
Totals:21.5288
Sixth TermIM257Architectural CAD III4.560
IM258Engineering Technology Project480
GE178Human Relations in the Workplace2.536
IM243Mechanical Design460
GE258Statistical Methods and Applications460
Totals:19296
Seventh TermCD106Career Preparation0.510
GE261Engineering Economics221
IM259Engineering Technology Internship11330
Totals:13.5361
ET PROGRAM TOTAL CREDITSET PROGRAM TOTAL HOURS
134.5 Credits2,047 Clock Hours

Meet the Faculty

John Henry

Adjunct Instructor
State College Main Campus


John's Biography

Andrew Breon

Adjunct Instructor
State College Main Campus


Andrew's Biography

Douglas Snyder

Adjunct Instructor
State College Main Campus


Todd Rhodes

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

ET Program, Student, & Alumni News

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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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Student Spotlight: Devin Pierce of Zach Wade & The Good Grief

A big win in the local music scene prompted one South Hills student to reach out to three classmates from other programs for help getting the word out about his band. Find out more about their collaboration in this Student Spotlight video interview.
by South Hills Communications
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