Engineering Technician

  • 18 Months
  • 330 Course Hours
  • $2,145

Overview

Train for a Career as an Engineering Technician

Are you a problem solver and a team player? Why not consider a career as an engineering technician? An engineering technician needs a practical understanding of engineering concepts to assist engineers and technologists in projects relating to research and development, implementation or operation. This course can provide you with the knowledge and skills you need to prove competency and begin your career as an engineering technician quickly.

This online Engineering Technician course provides an intensive overview of the skills necessary for this manufacturing role. You will learn math, inspection, safety, materials, machining, quality, grinding, electrical systems, automation, motor controls, additive manufacturing, assembly, design, and management necessary to work as an Engineering Technician.

WIOA Approved

This is a Mississippi WIOA approved program.  Those interested in seeing if they qualify to use WIOA funding to pay for this training should contact their local MS WIN Job Center. 

What you will learn

  • Six Sigma, 5S, Lean, and TPM
  • Inspection Methods
  • Metallurgy and Materials Science
  • CNC Controls and Programming
  • Programmable Logic Control and Programming
  • Electrical Systems
  • Fabrication and Assembly Processes
  • Additive Manufacturing Processes
  • Composite Processing
  • Product, Process, and Production Design and Management

How you will benefit

  • Prepare for a career as a tool and die maker, die maker, tool and die machinist, or toolmaker
  • Gain confidence in your ability to perform your job

How this course is taught

  • This is a non-credit program offered in partnership with ed2go.  You do not have to be admitted to the university to enroll in this program. 
  • This is an open enrollment program, which means you can enroll and start at any time.  There are no set start and end dates. 
  • This course is entirely online and can be completed at a pace and time that is convenient for you.  There are not set times you must attend classes.  
  • You will have 18-months from the date of enrollment to complete this program.  

Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites to take this course.


Job Outlook

Engineering technicians solve technical problems in research and development, manufacturing, sales, construction, inspection, and maintenance by using science, engineering, and mathematical principles

Earn $44,000+ annually
According to Glassdoor, certified Engineering Technicians can earn around $44,784 per year on average.
 
Expected 5% Job Growth
 

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistices, the job outlook for engineering technicians from 2016 through 2026 is around 5%.


  

Curriculum

Math
Math Fundamentals, Fractions and Decimals, Units of Measurement, Basics of Tolerance, Blueprint Reading, Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Statistics, and Concepts of Calculus
 
Inspection
Basic Measurement, Calibration Fundamentals, Hole Standards and Inspection, Thread Standards and Inspection, Surface Texture and Inspection, Introduction to GD&T, Major Rules of GD&T, Inspecting a Prismatic Part, Inspecting a Cylindrical Part, Advanced Hole Inspection, Inspecting with Optical Comparators, Inspecting with CMMs, In-Line Inspection Applications
 
Metal Cutting
Cutting Processes, Safety for Metal Cutting, Overview of Machine Tools, Basic Cutting Theory, Band Saw Operation, Introduction to Metal Cutting Fluids, Metal Cutting Fluid Safety, Speed and Feed for the Lathe, Speed and Feed for the Mill, Cutting Tool Materials, Carbide Grade Selection, ANSI Insert Selection, Lathe Tool Geometry, Drill Tool Geometry, Impact of Workpiece Materials, High-Speed Machining, Hard Turning, Machining Titanium Alloys
 
Machining
Manual Mill Basics, Setup, Holemaking, and Operation, Engine Lathe Basics, Setup, Operation, Threading, Taper Turning, CNC Machines, G Code Programming, CAD and CAM for Machining, Haas Mill and Lathe, Fanuc Mill and Lathe, Mazak Mill and Lathe.  
 
Safety
Intro to OSHA, Personal Protective Equipment, Noise Reduction and Hearing Conservation, Respiratory Safety, Lockout/Tagout Procedures, SDS and Hazard Communication, Bloodborne Pathogens, Walking and Working Surfaces, Fire Safety and Prevention, Flammable/Combustible Liquids, Ergonomics, Hand and Power Tool Safety, Safety for Lifting Devices, Powered Industrial Truck Safety, Confined Spaces, Environmental Safety Hazards, Machine Guarding.  
 
Materials
Introduction to Physical Properties, Introduction to Mechanical Properties, Introduction to Metals, Introduction to Plastics, Metal Manufacturing, Classification of Steel, Essentials of Heat Treatment of Steel, Hardness Testing, Ferrous Metals, 
Nonferrous Metals, Ceramics, Thermoplastics, Thermosets, Exotic Alloys.
 
Quality and Manufacturing Management
Essentials of Leadership, Essentials of Communication, ISO 9001:2015 Review, Continuous Process Improvement: Managing Flow, Manufacturing Process Applications: Part I, Continuous Process Improvement: Identifying and Eliminating Waste, Manufacturing Process Applications: Part II, Managing Performance: Best Practices, Approaches to Maintenance, Process Design and Development, Product Design and Development, Managing Performance: Corrective Actions, Production System Design and Development, Equipment/Tool Design and Development, Basics of Manufacturing Costs, Total Productive Maintenance, Conflict Resolution Principles, 5S Overview, Conflict Resolution for Different Groups, Team Leadership, Intro to Six Sigma, Manufacturing Management, Troubleshooting, Personal Effectiveness, Managing the Diverse Workplace, SPC Overview, Performance Management and the Law, Metrics for Lean, Process Flow Charting, Strategies for Setup Reduction, Management Tools: Product and Process Design, Six Sigma Goals and Tools. 
 
Grinding
Grinding Processes, Grinding Safety, Basic Grinding Theory, Basics of the Surface Grinder, Basics of the Cylindrical Grinder, Basics of the Centerless Grinder, Setup for the Surface Grinder, Setup for the Cylindrical Grinder, Setup for the Centerless Grinder, Surface Grinder Operation, Cylindrical Grinder Operation, Centerless Grinder Operation, Introduction to Grinding Fluids, Grinding Ferrous Metals, Grinding Nonferrous Metals, Grinding Wheel Materials.
 
Power and Control
Electrical Units, Applied and Engineering Sciences, Safety for Electrical Work, Forces of Machines, Introduction to Circuits, The Forces of Fluid Power, Relays, Contactors, and Motor Starters, Introduction to Magnetism, Control Devices, DC Circuit Components, Distribution Systems, NEC Overview, AC Fundamentals, AC Motor Applications, Electrical Instruments, Electrical Print Reading, DC Power Sources, AC Power Sources, Conductor Selection, Series Circuit Calculations, Introduction to Electric Motors, Reversing Motor Circuits, Parallel Circuit Calculations, Symbols and Diagrams for Motors, Logic and Line Diagrams, Battery Selection, DC Motor Applications, Specs for Servomotors, Solenoids, Timers and Counters, Electronic Semiconductor Devices, Photonic Semiconductor Devices, Limit Switches and Proximity Sensors, Photoelectric and Ultrasonic Devices, Reduced Voltage Starting, Solid-State Relays and Starters, Deceleration Methods, Acceleration Methods.
 
PLCs and Automation
Automated Systems and Control, PLCs, Siemens Human Machine Interfaces, Siemens SIMATIC Modular PLCs, Industrial Network Integration, Basics of Ladder Logic, Siemens PLC Programming Concepts, Basic Programming, Hand-Held Programmers of PLCs, Basic Ladder Diagram Programming for Siemens PLCs, Basic Function Block Diagram Programming for Siemens PLCs, PLC Diagrams and Programs, Ladder Diagram Timers and Counters for Siemens PLCs, Function Block Diagram Timers and Counters for Siemens PLCs, PLC Timers and Counters, Overview of PLC Registers, PLC Program Control Instructions, Math for PLCs, Additional Ladder Diagram Instructions for Siemens PLCs, Additional Function Block Diagram, Instructions for Siemens PLCs, Sequencer Instructions for PLCs, Siemens SIMATIC S7-1200 PLCs, PLC Installation Practices, Siemens SIMATIC S7-1500 PLCs, Siemens Safety Integrated for Factory Automation.
 
Additive Manufacturing
Intro to Additive Manufacturing, Additive Manufacturing Safety, The Basic Additive Manufacturing Process, Additive Manufacturing Methods and Materials, Design for Additive Manufacturing, Additive Manufacturing Materials Science, Integrating Additive Manufacturing with Traditional Manufacturing, Additive Manufacturing as a Secondary Process.
 
Welding
Welding Safety Essentials, Introduction to Welding, Welding Ferrous Metals, Welding Nonferrous Metals, Overview of Weld Types, Overview of Weld Defects, Welding Symbols and Codes, Electrical Power for Arc Welding, Introduction to SMAW, Introduction to GMAW, Introduction to FCAW, Introduction to GTAW, Fabrication Process, Overview of Soldering, Thermal Cutting Overview, Plasma Cutting, Oxyfuel Cutting Applications, Introduction to Automation, SMAW Applications
GMAW Applications, Advanced GMAW Applications, FCAW Applications, GTAW Applications.
 
Adhesives
Intro to Adhesive Bonding, Basics of the Bonding Process, Intro to Adhesive Properties, Types of Adhesives, Surface Preparation, Steps for Adhesive Application.
 
Fasteners
Intro to Assembly, Safety for Assembly, Intro to Fastener Threads, Overview of Threaded Fasteners, Tools for Threaded Fasteners, Overview of Non-Threaded Fasteners, Intro to Fastener Ergonomics, Properties for Fasteners, Understanding Torque, Threaded Fastener Selection.
 
Composites
Intro to Composites, Safety for Composite Processing, Overview of Composite Processes, Traditional Composites, Advanced Thermoset Resins for Composites, Advanced Materials for Composites, Intro to Lay-up and Spray-up Molding, Intro to Compression Molding, Surface Finishing Composites, Vacuum Bagging Technique: Single-sided Bagging, Composite Inspection and Defect Prevention, Repair Methods for Composites.

 

Instructor

This is not an instructor facilitated course; however, support will be provided through email, online forms, and phone.


 

FAQs

WHAT DO ENGINEERING TECHNICIANS DO?  
Engineering technicians help solve technical problems in many ways. They build or set up equipment, conduct experiments, and collect data and calculate results. They might also help to make a model of new equipment. Some technicians work in quality control, where they check products, do tests, and collect data.
 
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AN ENGINEER AND AN ENGINEERING TECHNICIAN?
Engineers tend to go to work applying the science and mathematics knowledge to solve problems and design processes and products. Technicians tend to start their careers performing tests, collecting data, and assisting engineers.
 
WHAT ARE THE DUTIES OF AN ENGINEERING TECHNICIAN?
Engineering technicians are responsible for developing and testing solutions to solve technical problems in research and development, manufacturing, sales, construction, inspection, and maintenance.  
 
DO I HAVE TO BE ADDMITTED TO MISSISSIPPI STATE UNIVERSITY TO ENROLL IN THIS PROGRAM?
No, you do not have to be an admitted student to Mississippi State University to enroll in this program.  Our online non-credit advanced career training programs are open to all. 
 
WHEN CAN I START THE COURSE?
This course is open enrollment, so you can register and start the course as soon as you are ready. Access to your course can take 24-48 business hours.
 
AM I GUARANTEED A JOB?
This course will provide you with the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. Potential students should always do research on the job market in their area before registering.
 
CAN I GET FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE?
This course is non-credit, so it does not qualify for federal aid, FAFSA and Pell Grant. Financing is available through other private, military, and government funding options.  Learn more about financial assistance.  

Overview

Train for a Career as an Engineering Technician

Are you a problem solver and a team player? Why not consider a career as an engineering technician? An engineering technician needs a practical understanding of engineering concepts to assist engineers and technologists in projects relating to research and development, implementation or operation. This course can provide you with the knowledge and skills you need to prove competency and begin your career as an engineering technician quickly.

This online Engineering Technician course provides an intensive overview of the skills necessary for this manufacturing role. You will learn math, inspection, safety, materials, machining, quality, grinding, electrical systems, automation, motor controls, additive manufacturing, assembly, design, and management necessary to work as an Engineering Technician.

WIOA Approved

This is a Mississippi WIOA approved program.  Those interested in seeing if they qualify to use WIOA funding to pay for this training should contact their local MS WIN Job Center. 

What you will learn

  • Six Sigma, 5S, Lean, and TPM
  • Inspection Methods
  • Metallurgy and Materials Science
  • CNC Controls and Programming
  • Programmable Logic Control and Programming
  • Electrical Systems
  • Fabrication and Assembly Processes
  • Additive Manufacturing Processes
  • Composite Processing
  • Product, Process, and Production Design and Management

How you will benefit

  • Prepare for a career as a tool and die maker, die maker, tool and die machinist, or toolmaker
  • Gain confidence in your ability to perform your job

How this course is taught

  • This is a non-credit program offered in partnership with ed2go.  You do not have to be admitted to the university to enroll in this program. 
  • This is an open enrollment program, which means you can enroll and start at any time.  There are no set start and end dates. 
  • This course is entirely online and can be completed at a pace and time that is convenient for you.  There are not set times you must attend classes.  
  • You will have 18-months from the date of enrollment to complete this program.  

Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites to take this course.


Job Outlook

Engineering technicians solve technical problems in research and development, manufacturing, sales, construction, inspection, and maintenance by using science, engineering, and mathematical principles

Earn $44,000+ annually
According to Glassdoor, certified Engineering Technicians can earn around $44,784 per year on average.
 
Expected 5% Job Growth
 

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistices, the job outlook for engineering technicians from 2016 through 2026 is around 5%.


  

Curriculum

Math
Math Fundamentals, Fractions and Decimals, Units of Measurement, Basics of Tolerance, Blueprint Reading, Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Statistics, and Concepts of Calculus
 
Inspection
Basic Measurement, Calibration Fundamentals, Hole Standards and Inspection, Thread Standards and Inspection, Surface Texture and Inspection, Introduction to GD&T, Major Rules of GD&T, Inspecting a Prismatic Part, Inspecting a Cylindrical Part, Advanced Hole Inspection, Inspecting with Optical Comparators, Inspecting with CMMs, In-Line Inspection Applications
 
Metal Cutting
Cutting Processes, Safety for Metal Cutting, Overview of Machine Tools, Basic Cutting Theory, Band Saw Operation, Introduction to Metal Cutting Fluids, Metal Cutting Fluid Safety, Speed and Feed for the Lathe, Speed and Feed for the Mill, Cutting Tool Materials, Carbide Grade Selection, ANSI Insert Selection, Lathe Tool Geometry, Drill Tool Geometry, Impact of Workpiece Materials, High-Speed Machining, Hard Turning, Machining Titanium Alloys
 
Machining
Manual Mill Basics, Setup, Holemaking, and Operation, Engine Lathe Basics, Setup, Operation, Threading, Taper Turning, CNC Machines, G Code Programming, CAD and CAM for Machining, Haas Mill and Lathe, Fanuc Mill and Lathe, Mazak Mill and Lathe.  
 
Safety
Intro to OSHA, Personal Protective Equipment, Noise Reduction and Hearing Conservation, Respiratory Safety, Lockout/Tagout Procedures, SDS and Hazard Communication, Bloodborne Pathogens, Walking and Working Surfaces, Fire Safety and Prevention, Flammable/Combustible Liquids, Ergonomics, Hand and Power Tool Safety, Safety for Lifting Devices, Powered Industrial Truck Safety, Confined Spaces, Environmental Safety Hazards, Machine Guarding.  
 
Materials
Introduction to Physical Properties, Introduction to Mechanical Properties, Introduction to Metals, Introduction to Plastics, Metal Manufacturing, Classification of Steel, Essentials of Heat Treatment of Steel, Hardness Testing, Ferrous Metals, 
Nonferrous Metals, Ceramics, Thermoplastics, Thermosets, Exotic Alloys.
 
Quality and Manufacturing Management
Essentials of Leadership, Essentials of Communication, ISO 9001:2015 Review, Continuous Process Improvement: Managing Flow, Manufacturing Process Applications: Part I, Continuous Process Improvement: Identifying and Eliminating Waste, Manufacturing Process Applications: Part II, Managing Performance: Best Practices, Approaches to Maintenance, Process Design and Development, Product Design and Development, Managing Performance: Corrective Actions, Production System Design and Development, Equipment/Tool Design and Development, Basics of Manufacturing Costs, Total Productive Maintenance, Conflict Resolution Principles, 5S Overview, Conflict Resolution for Different Groups, Team Leadership, Intro to Six Sigma, Manufacturing Management, Troubleshooting, Personal Effectiveness, Managing the Diverse Workplace, SPC Overview, Performance Management and the Law, Metrics for Lean, Process Flow Charting, Strategies for Setup Reduction, Management Tools: Product and Process Design, Six Sigma Goals and Tools. 
 
Grinding
Grinding Processes, Grinding Safety, Basic Grinding Theory, Basics of the Surface Grinder, Basics of the Cylindrical Grinder, Basics of the Centerless Grinder, Setup for the Surface Grinder, Setup for the Cylindrical Grinder, Setup for the Centerless Grinder, Surface Grinder Operation, Cylindrical Grinder Operation, Centerless Grinder Operation, Introduction to Grinding Fluids, Grinding Ferrous Metals, Grinding Nonferrous Metals, Grinding Wheel Materials.
 
Power and Control
Electrical Units, Applied and Engineering Sciences, Safety for Electrical Work, Forces of Machines, Introduction to Circuits, The Forces of Fluid Power, Relays, Contactors, and Motor Starters, Introduction to Magnetism, Control Devices, DC Circuit Components, Distribution Systems, NEC Overview, AC Fundamentals, AC Motor Applications, Electrical Instruments, Electrical Print Reading, DC Power Sources, AC Power Sources, Conductor Selection, Series Circuit Calculations, Introduction to Electric Motors, Reversing Motor Circuits, Parallel Circuit Calculations, Symbols and Diagrams for Motors, Logic and Line Diagrams, Battery Selection, DC Motor Applications, Specs for Servomotors, Solenoids, Timers and Counters, Electronic Semiconductor Devices, Photonic Semiconductor Devices, Limit Switches and Proximity Sensors, Photoelectric and Ultrasonic Devices, Reduced Voltage Starting, Solid-State Relays and Starters, Deceleration Methods, Acceleration Methods.
 
PLCs and Automation
Automated Systems and Control, PLCs, Siemens Human Machine Interfaces, Siemens SIMATIC Modular PLCs, Industrial Network Integration, Basics of Ladder Logic, Siemens PLC Programming Concepts, Basic Programming, Hand-Held Programmers of PLCs, Basic Ladder Diagram Programming for Siemens PLCs, Basic Function Block Diagram Programming for Siemens PLCs, PLC Diagrams and Programs, Ladder Diagram Timers and Counters for Siemens PLCs, Function Block Diagram Timers and Counters for Siemens PLCs, PLC Timers and Counters, Overview of PLC Registers, PLC Program Control Instructions, Math for PLCs, Additional Ladder Diagram Instructions for Siemens PLCs, Additional Function Block Diagram, Instructions for Siemens PLCs, Sequencer Instructions for PLCs, Siemens SIMATIC S7-1200 PLCs, PLC Installation Practices, Siemens SIMATIC S7-1500 PLCs, Siemens Safety Integrated for Factory Automation.
 
Additive Manufacturing
Intro to Additive Manufacturing, Additive Manufacturing Safety, The Basic Additive Manufacturing Process, Additive Manufacturing Methods and Materials, Design for Additive Manufacturing, Additive Manufacturing Materials Science, Integrating Additive Manufacturing with Traditional Manufacturing, Additive Manufacturing as a Secondary Process.
 
Welding
Welding Safety Essentials, Introduction to Welding, Welding Ferrous Metals, Welding Nonferrous Metals, Overview of Weld Types, Overview of Weld Defects, Welding Symbols and Codes, Electrical Power for Arc Welding, Introduction to SMAW, Introduction to GMAW, Introduction to FCAW, Introduction to GTAW, Fabrication Process, Overview of Soldering, Thermal Cutting Overview, Plasma Cutting, Oxyfuel Cutting Applications, Introduction to Automation, SMAW Applications
GMAW Applications, Advanced GMAW Applications, FCAW Applications, GTAW Applications.
 
Adhesives
Intro to Adhesive Bonding, Basics of the Bonding Process, Intro to Adhesive Properties, Types of Adhesives, Surface Preparation, Steps for Adhesive Application.
 
Fasteners
Intro to Assembly, Safety for Assembly, Intro to Fastener Threads, Overview of Threaded Fasteners, Tools for Threaded Fasteners, Overview of Non-Threaded Fasteners, Intro to Fastener Ergonomics, Properties for Fasteners, Understanding Torque, Threaded Fastener Selection.
 
Composites
Intro to Composites, Safety for Composite Processing, Overview of Composite Processes, Traditional Composites, Advanced Thermoset Resins for Composites, Advanced Materials for Composites, Intro to Lay-up and Spray-up Molding, Intro to Compression Molding, Surface Finishing Composites, Vacuum Bagging Technique: Single-sided Bagging, Composite Inspection and Defect Prevention, Repair Methods for Composites.

 

Instructor

This is not an instructor facilitated course; however, support will be provided through email, online forms, and phone.


 

FAQs

WHAT DO ENGINEERING TECHNICIANS DO?  
Engineering technicians help solve technical problems in many ways. They build or set up equipment, conduct experiments, and collect data and calculate results. They might also help to make a model of new equipment. Some technicians work in quality control, where they check products, do tests, and collect data.
 
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AN ENGINEER AND AN ENGINEERING TECHNICIAN?
Engineers tend to go to work applying the science and mathematics knowledge to solve problems and design processes and products. Technicians tend to start their careers performing tests, collecting data, and assisting engineers.
 
WHAT ARE THE DUTIES OF AN ENGINEERING TECHNICIAN?
Engineering technicians are responsible for developing and testing solutions to solve technical problems in research and development, manufacturing, sales, construction, inspection, and maintenance.  
 
DO I HAVE TO BE ADDMITTED TO MISSISSIPPI STATE UNIVERSITY TO ENROLL IN THIS PROGRAM?
No, you do not have to be an admitted student to Mississippi State University to enroll in this program.  Our online non-credit advanced career training programs are open to all. 
 
WHEN CAN I START THE COURSE?
This course is open enrollment, so you can register and start the course as soon as you are ready. Access to your course can take 24-48 business hours.
 
AM I GUARANTEED A JOB?
This course will provide you with the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. Potential students should always do research on the job market in their area before registering.
 
CAN I GET FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE?
This course is non-credit, so it does not qualify for federal aid, FAFSA and Pell Grant. Financing is available through other private, military, and government funding options.  Learn more about financial assistance.  

Registration Information

WIOA Approved

This is a Mississippi WIOA approved program.  Those interested in seeing if they qualify to use WIOA funding to pay for this training should contact their local MS WIN Job Center. 

The Enginering Technician program is 100% online and allows you to enroll at any time.  After enrolling you will have 18-months to complete the program at a pace that is convenient for you.  You can get started today by clicking the "Enroll Now" button below and completing your registration at our partner ed2go site.