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Engineering technicians use the principles and theories of science, engineering, and mathematics to solve technical problems in research and development, manufacturing, sales, construction, inspection, and maintenance. Their work is more narrowly focused and application-oriented than that of scientists and engineers.

Many engineering technicians assist engineers and scientists, especially in research and development. Others work in quality control, inspecting products and processes, conducting tests, or collecting data. In manufacturing, they may assist in product design, development, or production.

Engineering technicians who work in research and development build or set up equipment, prepare and conduct experiments, collect data, calculate or record results, and help engineers or scientists in other ways, such as making prototype versions of newly designed equipment. They also assist in design work, often using computer-aided design and drafting (CADD) equipment.

Most engineering technologists specialize in certain areas, learning skills and working in the same disciplines as engineers. Occupational titles, therefore, tend to reflect those of engineers.

  • Electrical and electronic engineering technologists make up 42 percent of all engineering technologists.
  • Because the type and quality of training programs vary considerably, prospective students should carefully investigate training programs before enrolling.
  • Opportunities will be best for individuals with an associate degree or extensive job training in engineering technology.

There is a wide range of options when it comes to educational preparation in engineering technology. Most employers prefer to hire engineering technologists with at least a 2-year associate degree in engineering technology.  Some universities offer two year associate degrees, others offer three or four year BS degree programs, and some offer both types of degrees.  

Engineering Technology Resources


Overview of Engineering Technology
Engineering Technology Disciplines:
Descriptions of Specific Engineering Technology Degree Fields
Admission Requirements, Alternate Degree Paths, Graduate Programs, Accredited Programs
Day in the Life:
Teams and Coworkers, Tasks, the Workplace
Employer Options, Salary Ranges, Types of Employers
Statistics, Industries, Employers
Career Path Forecast:
Predictions, Employers
Professional Organizations:
Resources, Networking, Support
Overview of Engineering Technology
Internet Resources:
American Academy of Environmental Engineers
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

American Institute of Chemical Engineers
American Nuclear Society

American Society of Agricultural Engineers
American Society of Civil Engineers
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

Institute of Industrial Engineers

Note: Some resources in this section are provided by the US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.



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