Engineering Technology

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Engineering Technology prepares students for careers in various technical fields. The curriculum includes a mix of general education courses and specialized courses in areas such as computer-aided drafting, electronics, mechanics, and materials science.  Students will also gain hands-on experience through laboratory projects. Graduates of this program will be equipped with the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in entry-level positions in engineering technology or to transfer to a four-year university to pursue a bachelor's degree in a related field.

engineering working on robotWhat is Engineering Technology?

Engineering Technology is a field of study that focuses on the practical application of engineering principles in various industries. Unlike traditional engineering programs, which tend to focus on theoretical concepts and mathematical models, Engineering Technology programs typically place more emphasis on hands-on training and the use of modern technology and equipment to solve real-world problems. Graduates of Engineering Technology programs are equipped with the practical skills and knowledge necessary to work in a variety of technical positions, such as electronics technician, mechanical designer, or quality control specialist. Engineering Technology graduates may also go on to pursue further education in related fields or advance their careers through on-the-job experience and professional development.

Is Engineering Technology for Me?

Engineering Technology is an ideal choice for individuals who are interested in pursuing careers in technical fields but prefer hands-on learning rather than theoretical and mathematical concepts. It is also a good fit for individuals who are interested in solving practical problems in various industries, such as manufacturing, construction, or electronics.

Here are some key traits and skills that can make someone a good fit for studying Engineering Technology:

  • Analytical thinking
  • Detail-oriented
  • Curiosity
  • Strong math and science skills
  • Hands-on experience
  • Teamwork
  • Problem-solving
  • Computer literacy
  • Attention to safety
  • Adaptability


Here are some careers that someone can pursue with an Engineering Technology associate degree:

  1. Electronics Technician: Electronics technicians test and repair electronic equipment such as computers, communication systems, and medical devices.
  2. Mechanical Technician: Mechanical technicians work in manufacturing and repair mechanical equipment such as engines, turbines, and pumps.
  3. Quality Control Technician: Quality control technicians test and inspect products and ensure that they meet industry standards and specifications.
  4. Computer-Aided Design (CAD) Technician: CAD technicians use computer software to create and design products, structures, and systems.
  5. Electrical Engineering Technician: Electrical engineering technicians assist electrical engineers in designing, testing, and maintaining electrical systems and equipment.
  6. Manufacturing Technician: Manufacturing technicians work in factories to help design, build, and test products and manufacturing processes.
  7. Automation Technician: Automation technicians design, program, and maintain automated systems and machines used in manufacturing and other industries.
  8. Instrumentation and Control Technician: Instrumentation and control technicians install, maintain, and repair equipment used in industrial processes, such as chemical plants and oil refineries.
  9. Environmental Engineering Technician: Environmental engineering technicians assist environmental engineers in designing and implementing solutions to environmental problems, such as air and water pollution.
  10. Industrial Engineering Technician: Industrial engineering technicians assist industrial engineers in designing and improving manufacturing processes to increase efficiency and productivity.
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Beyond BC

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Graduates with an Associate Degree from Bakersfield College may choose to continue their education at a university to earn a 4-year degree. See your Counselor and/or a Transfer Specialist for specific questions, options, and opportunities.

Department and Pathway

Academic Department: Engineering and Information Technology

Career & Learning Pathway: Industrial Technology and Transportation Pathway


See the entire list of Engineering (ENGR) courses, Architecture (ARCH) courses, and Industrial Drawing (INDR) courses available at BC in the catalog.

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