Engineering Technology at South Hills School of Business & Technology

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

Engineering Technology Course List for 2018-19

This program information appears in the 2018-19 school catalog. Click here to download 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 TermCD200Career Preparation0.510
GE261Engineering Economics221
IM259Engineering Technology Internship11330
Seventh Term Totals:13.5361
ET PROGRAM TOTAL CREDITSET PROGRAM TOTAL HOURS
134.52,047

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

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.