Engineering Technology - Associate Degree
Eastern Florida's Engineering Technology A.S. degree will prepare you for an entry-level position in the high-growth industries of manufacturing and advanced technology or provide supplemental training for those previously or currently employed in the manufacturing industry.
Having an associate degree often makes the difference in eligibility for a higher-paid technician position in a variety of high-tech fields, such as:
- Semiconductor Manufacturing
- Biomedical, Computer, and Cellular Telephone System Repair
- Manufacturing Assembly Line Supervision
- Soldering Technology
Examples of careers you might pursue with this degree include:
- Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operator (Machinist)
- Electrical and Electronic Equipment Assembler, Repairer, or Technician
- Electromechanical Equipment Assembler
- Electronic Home Entertainment Equipment Installer and Repairer
- Fiberglass Laminator and Fabricator (Composites)
- Manufacturing Production Technician
- Mechanical Engineering Technician
- Solar Photovoltaic Installer
Engineering Technology - Associate Degree
- Degree Type
- Associate in Science (A.S.)
- Delivery Methods
- On-Campus, Hybrid
- Cocoa, Palm Bay
- Total Credit Hours
- Academic Community
- Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics
- Contact Information
Bruce Hesher, Program Manager email@example.com
EFSC maintains this program with regular input from local manufacturers, making sure you'll learn skills that are useful within local industry — the Florida Technology Corridor. Local manufacturers often hire EFSC students who are about to graduate, as you can quickly apply the hands-on skills you'll learn in this program within a real-world setting. You can also earn a variety of practical industry certifications through this degree which adds to your résumé.
Engineering Technology COURSE CURRICULUM
Most students complete the Engineering Technology associate degree within two years. The program is located primarily on the Palm Bay campus, with select courses also offered on the Cocoa campus. We routinely alternate between day and evening classes to accommodate work schedules and dual-enrolled students.
You'll take a standard set of core courses on safety, quality, and manufacturing methods during the first year, which will also prepare you to earn your first certification by passing the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC) test. During the second year, you'll complete coursework that focuses on one of three degree specializations of your choice:
Engineering Technology program sequences
The curriculum for each specialization is also organized into a sequence of courses by term, providing an easy-to-follow roadmap to stay on track as you complete your specialization's courses to earn your A.S. degree.
Engineering Technology Admissions Information
The Engineering Technology A.S. is an open-access program with rolling admissions. Submit your application via Eastern Florida's general application process. If you have questions, contact the program advisor or interested students are encouraged to reach out directly to the program's instructors which include: Bruce Hesher, Program Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org or 321-433-5779 and Meer Almeer, Associate Professor, email@example.com or 321-433-5220.
If you recently took Applied Engineering Technology 1, 2, and 3 courses at a Brevard Public High School or if you hold an industry certification (MSCC-CPT, CSWA, or CSWP), you may be eligible to receive college credit that decreases the amount of time it takes you to complete your degree. Work with the program advisor to explore those options.
Tuition and Financial Aid Eligibility
In-state tuition for this program is approximately $6,250, plus additional fees for labs and course materials. The program is eligible for Federal financial aid so students are encouraged to apply for aid plus explore scholarships that can decrease your out-of-pocket expenses.
Courses You Could Take
You can choose to do an internship as one of your technical electives, and would work with the EFSC Career Services Internship Coordinator to partner with a local company. Required courses vary depending on which track you choose, but here are four that are common to all three Engineering Technology specializations:
Learn the fundamentals, terminology, & applications used in the electronics industry, including circuit theory principles capacitance, inductance, transformers, & semiconductor diodes.
Learn this mechanical design automation software to build & modify models of parts & assemblies, plus computer aided drawing & manufacturing (CAD/CAM) used in (CNC) machining centers.
Study the characteristics, fundamentals, & manufacturing properties of materials, including metal alloys, polymers, ceramics, & composites. Learn about the machines used in manufacturing.
Focuses on the theories & principles of occupational safety & health in a real world job-related setting. Topics include OSHA compliance, safety standards, code enforcement, and preventing wide variety of industrial hazards.
Why Study Engineering Technology at EFSC?
Hands-On Training & Experienced faculty
Students enjoy hands-on learning in fully equipped soldering, composites, electronics, and robotics labs with up-to-date equipment. Training may include the use of electronic test equipment, analog and digital circuit design and fabrication, through-hole and surface-mount soldering and re-work, Electronic Design Automation (EDA), microprocessor architecture, programming, and digital and analog communications.
Many of our instructors have pioneered specialties in the industry, such as ESD control and the switch to lead free soldering.
EFSC is among more than 20 state colleges that partnered with the Florida Advanced Technological Education Center (FLATE) and the Florida Department of Education to design the statewide framework for the Engineering Technology A.S. This ensures the degree shares common courses and industry certification standards. Course concepts align with the Manufacturing Skills Standards Council (MSSC). Eastern Florida's program faculty helped create FLATE's Engineering Technology Forum, which keeps Florida colleges connected with each other and with industry.
Industry certifications bolster résumés, encourage higher salaries, assist in job retention, and are an important credential to demonstrate your knowledge and mastery of a specific skill set. Employers often look for certified employees. Learn more about industry certification and how to achieve it as part of the Engineering Technology program.
With careful planning, EFSC's Engineering Technology A.S. degree can be used to transfer to bachelor degree programs, including EFSC Bachelor of Applied Science degrees and the Engineering Technology B.S. at Daytona State College. Transferring to another college or university with an A.S. degree may require additional prerequisites and general education courses so work closely with advisors at the institution you are interested in, plus your EFSC academic advisor, to ensure your course planning is designed to meet any transfer requirements.
The Engineering Technology A.S. degree has five associated College Credit Certificates and a related CCC in robotics. Course credit from the certificates can transfer to the A.S. and you may earn them as you earn your degree. The certificates do not have placement testing or general education requirements, making them a popular starting point on the pathway to the A.S. degree. Explore the CCCs through the links below and talk with the program advisor or manager about this option.