Associate in Science Degree (A.S.)
Developing the skills and knowledge to support today’s complex technology requires a shift to a systems engineering approach. Systems engineering is an interdisciplinary view of complex systems that considers customer needs, product functionality, operation, performance, testing and manufacturing. This program incorporates system modeling, simulation, automation, robotics, electronics, digital systems, networking, machine design and electrical power. Emphasis is placed upon understanding the principles of electromechanical systems, automation, system control, machine design and energy systems. Students will develop skills in creative problem solving, design principles, machine programming, computer networking and system troubleshooting.
Throughout the program, students will be required to produce written reports, verbal presentations, portfolio entries, function in teams and complete a capstone project. The program is structured around a set of core technology courses and four concentration areas - electrical, mechanical, energy or manufacturing technology. The program will prepare students to be employed in a variety of technical support positions in the fields of electronics, electromechanical systems, automation, manufacturing, facility maintenance, renewable energy technologies and the energy utility industry.
Three certificates and four concentration tracks can lead to the Engineering Systems Technology associate degree. All certificate courses map to the degree concentration track with no credit loss. This gives students the opportunity to start at the certificate level, increase employment opportunities while attending classes, and work toward the associate degree on a full- or part-time basis.
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