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
 
FIRST TERM
GE117Applied Algebra460
GE183Business English I460
CP283Microsoft Office460
PD110Professional Development224
IM108Technical Drawing I4.560
TOTAL CREDITS / CLOCK HOURS18.5264
 
SECOND TERM
GE230Applied Algebra II460
GE184Business English II460
IM238Materials Science560
CP287Microsoft Excel4.560
IM245Technical Drawing II4.560
TOTAL CREDITS / CLOCK HOURS22300
 
THIRD TERM
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
TOTAL CREDITS / CLOCK HOURS21.5292
 
FOURTH TERM
IM106Architectural CAD I572
CE201Civil CAD572
IM233Machining Processes3.548
IM234Machining Processes Lab224
GE259Technical Writing2.536
TOTAL CREDITS / CLOCK HOURS18252
 
FIFTH TERM
IM214Architectural CAD II4.560
CE205Civil Design4.560
IM215CNC Programming3.548
IM221CNC Programming Lab224
CD207Job Search Skills224
IM244Solid Modeling CAD572
TOTAL CREDITS / CLOCK HOURS21.5288
 
SIXTH TERM
IM257Architectural CAD III4.560
IM258Engineering Technology Project480
GE178Human Relations in the Workplace2.536
IM243Mechanical Design460
GE258Statistical Methods and Applications460
TOTAL CREDITS / CLOCK HOURS19296
 
SEVENTH TERM
CD200Career Preparation0.510
GE261Engineering Economics221
IM259Engineering Technology Internship11330
TOTAL CREDITS / CLOCK HOURS13.5361

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.