Engineering Technology
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Engineering Technology

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Program Overview

Program Overview

Engineering Technology introduces you to the world of electrical, manufacturing, mechanical and chemical engineering. You will receive a broad overview of the electro-mechanical skills, computer knowledge and application skills necessary for ET and can then choose an area of specialization in manufacturing, computer-aided drafting/design or mechanical engineering technology. Connecticut employers are seeking technology graduates who have a strong math/science background and who are well grounded in the application of technology to workplace problems. Business and industry needs technical people who have knowledge in several areas of ET to improve areas such as robotics and numerical control. Because of this, special funding is available for a number of ET programs. A course in engineering technology is required before you can register for the degree program.

  • Career-oriented students are prepared for beginning positions in engineering. Typical positions for which graduates are qualified include: technician (engineering, laboratory, quality control or service), CAD draftsperson,CNC programmer, industrial salesperson, or a supervisor or manager (upon completing 4-year degree). The program is also attractive to those presently employed seeking skills enhancement and/or upward mobility.
  • The program also enables graduates to transfer to baccalaureate programs at senior institutions. Students can seamlessly transfer to the Industrial Technology Management program at Central CT State University. 

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Degree options include:

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Take the "General Engineering" path. As a student at Naugatuck Valley Community College, many opportunities will present themselves to you.

To get started in an Engineering program, you don't have to choose a specific Engineering field. The Engineering Technology degree will give you a broad engineering foundation and leave many options for school and career fields. 


Become a highly skilled, hands-on, manufacturing technologist for the 21st century! Students are engaged in learning a full range of practical industrial skills that occur throughout a product’s assembly or production process.

What is Automated Manufacturing?

In the Manufacturing Engineering Program, you will learn to develop the most competitive manufacturing processes to produce new and future products. You will learn the basic engineering fundamentals and how to apply the scientific principles you have already learned to solve the most complicated of technical problems.

The program includes working with:

    • Computer Numerical Controlled Machines (CNC) 
    • Computer-Aided Manufacturing Software (CAM) 
What happens after?

Upon completion of this program, graduates will be eligible to go into various fields of manufacturing engineering, product development, CNC/CAM programming, and project or production supervision.


Learn to use and master technology used by designers and engineers to create technical drawings and computer models.

What is CAD?

Computer-aided design (CAD) is an advanced, rapidly evolving technology used by designers, engineers and technical illustrators to create technical drawings and computer models. It is essential to many industries because drawings and computer models are required before any product can be manufactured. CAD involves a specialization in one of the following:

    • technical illustration
    • general CAD/D 
    • manufacturing 
    • mechanical 
    • engineering design 

Because of its broad application, CAD will also lead to a variety of employment opportunities such as, CAD draftsperson/operator, mechanical draftsperson, designer, engineering technician, technical illustrator and digital prototyping technician.


Earn a certificate 

Certificates in Engineering Exploratory, 2D Computer-Aided Drafting, 3D CADD Modeling, CADD Modeling (Advanced), CNC Machining, Modern Manufacturing Design, Advanced Manufacturing: Machine Technology are available to students who do not wish to pursue a full two-year course of study.

Career Possibilities

Career Possibilities

 

Some career opportunities may require additional education beyond an associates degree.

Quick Facts

Engineering Technology Quick Facts

Looking for a Seamless Transfer?
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Students can seamlessly transfer to the Industrial Technology Management program at Central CT State University.

Career Forecast
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The need for Engineering Technology graduates who have a strong math/science background and who are well grounded in the application of technology to workplace problems, has been the focus of much attention by the state’s employers.

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Get a Quality Education That Prepares Graduates for Immediate Employment

The Engineering Technology Program leads to an associate in science degree. It was developed to meet the need for educational opportunities that will lead to employment in jobs using electro-mechanical skills, computer knowledge and application skills.

The increasing application of two or more technologies to achieve desired results in such areas as robotics and computer numerical control has focused our attention on the value of an engineering technology generalist.

The engineering technician is versed in several disciplines including electrical, automated manufacturing, mechanical, and chemical, and also has a good working knowledge of computer systems. The Engineering Technology Program prepares students to be engineering technicians who are able to respond to the changing demands of “high tech” industries, who are able to communicate with both the production worker and the engineer, and who can “wear many hats.” The Engineering Technology Program is attractive to those with specific career and educational goals that require diversity and to those who are unsure of their interests and/or abilities. Students may tailor a special program to meet specific educational and/or career goals which may include a unique career, job objectives, or a technology-oriented transfer program. While providing a quality education that prepares graduates for immediate employment, the program also enables graduates to transfer to baccalaureate programs at senior institutions. It is also attractive to those presently employed seeking skills enhancement and/or upward mobility.

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Certificate Programs

Certificate Programs

The Engineering Exploratory Certificate is designed to prepare students for Engineering Technology programs and enable them to evaluate career choices in Engineering Technologies.

The 2D Computer-Aided Drafting Certificate meets the need of individuals interested in a basic exposure to, and /or exploration of, using and applying 2D CAD. The Advanced CADD Modeling Certificate can be attained while you are enrolled and working toward a degree, or it can be achieved in and of itself. Students will work on creating 2D professionally finished drawings under the supervision of a senior draftsperson.

The need for qualified engineers is a growing national concern. The 3D computer-aided drafting will help you:

  • seek entry-level employment opportunities 
  • upgrade your technical skills 
  • prepare for career advancement opportunities

The Advanced CADD Modeling Certificate is the third of the CADD certificates and continues to prepare students for employment and career advancement opportunities. The Advanced CADD Modeling Certificate can be attained while you are enrolled and working toward a degree, or it can be achieved in and of itself. This certificate prepares you to do basic and advanced manual CNC programming. Students will develop an engineering concept through the detail design process and produce professionally finished engineering drawings.

Entry-level programmers as well as machinists/tool makers are needed in the college's service region. The CNC Machining Certificate primarily supports two career ladders; An individual with no prior experience in machining or manufacturing, who after the completion of the CNC Machining Certificate, should be able to be employed as an entry level programmer. An individual with prior experience using manual machines wishing to upgrade skills. NVCC's Engineering Technologies programs prepare graduates to be engineering technicians who are able to respond to the changing demands of Connecticut's "high tech" industries.

The Modern Manufacturing Design Certificate is designed for students seeking employment and advancement in support positions in a variety of manufacturing disciplines which require CAD, manufacturing, and mathematics skills. The credit hour requirement for this certificate facilitates completion within one year, and therefore meets the Workforce Investment Act criteria for training programs.

The Lean Manufacturing Certificate was developed as a response to the expressed future and current needs of the manufacturing community. The U.S. Department of Labor along with local industry has demonstrated a demand and need for courses in the areas of lean management. This certificate provides students with the skills that will increase their employability in the manufacturing field as well as set them on a path that will enable them to further their education.
The Supply Chain Management Certificate was developed as a response to the expressed future and current needs of the manufacturing community. The U.S. Department of Labor along with local industry has demonstrated a demand and need for courses in supply chain management. This certificate provides students with the skills that will increase their employability in the manufacturing field as well as set them on a path that will enable them to further their education.
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Academic & Transfer

Looking to extend your education and pursue a 4-year degree? Upon receiving their associates degree, the program enables graduates to transfer to baccalaureate programs at senior institutions, and specifically, to seamlessly transfer to the Industrial Technology with a Specialization in Technology Management  at Central CT State University. 

Career Paths

The Engineering Technology Program prepares students to be engineering technicians who are able to respond to the changing demands of “high tech” industries, who are able to communicate with both the production worker and the engineer, and who can “wear many hats.” The Engineering Technology Program is attractive to those with specific career and educational goals that require diversity and to those who are unsure of their interests and/or abilities. Students may tailor a special program to meet specific educational and/or career goals which may include a unique career, job objectives, or a technology-oriented transfer program. While providing a quality education that prepares graduates for immediate employment, it is also attractive to those presently employed seeking skills enhancement and/or upward mobility. Some career paths include:

  • Technician (Engineering, Laboratory, Quality Control or Service)
  • CAD Draftsperson
  • CNC Programmer
  • Industrial Salesperson
  • Supervisor / Manager (upon completing 4-year degree)

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