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If designing, manufacturing and building machines, systems and structures appeals to you, consider engineering or engineering technology for your major and career path. Chaffey College can prepare you for entry-level careers or transfer to 4-year colleges or universities to pursue degrees in civil engineering and other fields. You can work in power and industrial plants, government, laboratories, construction and other sectors.


Stuart Egli
Mo Tavakoli
Professor, Math & Engineering



This curriculum provides students with sufficient understanding of engineering
concepts and skills for attainment of upper-division status in engineering in a four-year college or university. For the non-transfer student, this curriculum
should be of value in attaining employment at the level of technician.
The California Engineering Liaison Committee urges transfer students to remain in the community college until completion of lower-division requirements in
mathematics, chemistry, physics, and engineering, insofar as those courses are

Program Learning Outcomes:
Upon the successful completion of this degree, students should be able to:

  1. Apply the laws of electricity and mechanics appropriately as needed for
  2. Apply laws of physical and chemical properties of materials appropriately in
    relation to the effective design of buildings and products.
  3. Apply computer-programming language to solve practical engineering
  4. Effectively display information graphically and employ graphics as a
    fundamental thought process in drawing and design.
  5. Increase problem solving skills and critical thinking in engineering.
  6. Conduct laboratory experiments and apply an understanding of theory to the
    use and operation of electrical test equipment.

Degrees and Certificates

Associate of Science in Engineering Technology

The engineering technology associate degree program prepares students for employment in technical fields or to transfer to university engineering technology programs. By completing the degree or certificate requirements, students acquire a foundation in the principles of engineering, engineering design, computer-aided design, electronics, manufacturing processes, manufacturing automation and the application of math and science in technical fields. This program is tightly linked to our mechanical drafting program and many students choose to do both. Students planning to transfer to 4-year programs are also encouraged to take related courses in our Engineering program ENGIN30 and ENGIN50.

Careers in engineering technology involve high level technical work in the creation, manufacture, production, utilization, and distribution of industrial materials, products and processes. Engineering technicians/technologists serve as members of the engineering team and engage in the management, design, production, assembly, quality control and sales activities in their respective fields.

Graduates accept jobs with titles such as CAD and design technicians, engineering aides, engineering technicians, CNC programmers, plant maintenance personnel, designers/draftspersons, production assistants, project managers, sales engineers, consultants, design/production assistant, manufacturing support and lab technicians/technologists within many disciplines of engineering technology. With additional experience, promotion to positions such as industrial supervisors, machine and tool designers, technical buyers, production expeditors, and cost estimators is possible.

Engineering Technology Certificate of Achievement

The Engineering Technology Certificate of Achievement provides students the fundamental skills needed for employment in technical positions in the design and manufacturing workplace. By completing the certificate requirements, students acquire a foundation in math, chemistry, physics, drafting, computer-aided design (CAD), engineering principles and design, manufacturing processes, and electronics, and can apply the associated concepts and tools in technical fields. Engineering technicians can expect to find employment as key members of an engineering/production team and be involved in the product development/production cycle at virtually any stage from research and development to quality assurance to customer support or technical sales.

2+2+2 Program

The Engineering Technology program is designed as a 2+2+2 program that provides students pathways from High School to Chaffey College to careers or to 4-year engineering technology programs. Students are provided with the opportunity to get Chaffey college credit for core Drafting and Engineering Technology courses by taking Project-Lead-the-Way and drafting classes in their high schools.
Specific articulation agreements are in place between Chaffey College and local high schools. Articulation agreements are also in place for most of our courses that can be transferred to the engineering technology programs at Cal Poly Pomona and CSU Long Beach.



Careers in Engineering Technology

From BLS.GOV 2015 Nationwide Data

Aerospace Engineering and Operations Technicians

Aerospace engineering and operations technicians operate and maintain equipment used in developing, testing, and producing new aircraft and spacecraft. Increasingly, these workers are using computer-based modeling and simulation tools and processes in their work.
Associate's degree

Electro-mechanical Technicians

Electro-mechanical technicians combine knowledge of mechanical technology with knowledge of electrical and electronic circuits. They operate, test, and maintain unmanned, automated, robotic, or electromechanical equipment.
Associate's degree

Civil Engineering Technicians

Civil engineering technicians help civil engineers to plan, design, and build highways, bridges, utilities, and other infrastructure projects. They also help to plan, design, and build commercial, industrial, residential, and land development projects.
Associate's degree

Industrial Engineering Technicians

Industrial engineering technicians help industrial engineers implement designs to use personnel, materials, and machines effectively in factories, stores, healthcare organizations, repair shops, and offices. They prepare machinery and equipment layouts, plan workflows, conduct statistical production studies, and analyze production costs.
Associate's degree

Mechanical Engineering Technicians

Mechanical engineering technicians help mechanical engineers design, develop, test, and manufacture mechanical devices, including tools, engines, and machines. They may make sketches and rough layouts, record and analyze data, make calculations and estimates, and report their findings.
Associate's degree


Drafters use software to convert the designs of engineers and architects into technical drawings. Most workers specialize in architectural, civil, electrical, or mechanical drafting and use technical drawings to help design everything from microchips to skyscrapers.
Associate's degree


Other related careers

 Engineering Technology Roadmaps – Core Courses

Engineering Technology Degree – Typical

 Note: Students planning to transfer to 4-year colleges and universities should consider taking PHYSICS 44/45 instead of PHYSICS 20.

 Engineering Technology Degree – Another Option 

 Technology in Drafting and Engineering Technology Labs

Application Software

Our labs are equipped with the latest versions of the design and manufacturing software most commonly in use in industry today. These include:

  • Autodesk AutoCAD - general design drafting
  • AutoDesk REVIT - Architectural design and drafting
  • SolidWorks - Mechanical/Civil design and drafting
  • MasterCAM - Manufacturing CNC toolpath generation and programming

Computer Hardware

Our labs all have up-to-date computers with expanded memory and graphics to handle the demands of the applications software in use in our classes. Each student workstation includes a dual-screen configuration that enables the use of the application software seamlessly with other tools such as web based and multi-media learning resources.

3D Printers

All of our classes have access to several different 3D printers.

  • Z-Corp Z-310 powder 3D printer
  • Dimension Elite 1000 ABS plastic 3D printer
  • MakerBot PLM plastic 3D printer
  • 3D Scanner
  • Students also have access to 3D scanning capabilities.

CNC Machines

Our manufacturing automation lab includes several CNC machines including:

  • Haas 3-axis mill
  • Intelitek ProLight 100 3-Axis CNC mill
  • Intelitek Benchmill 6000 3-Axis CNC mill
  • Bolton CNC lathe
  • CNC Plasma Cutter

Industrial Robot

  • Scorbot-ER 4u Industrial Robot

Injection Molding Press

  • We are currently in the process of installing a Morgan plastic injection molding press used to test mold and molded part designs.

Related External Resources

AIA - American Institute of Architects
The American Institute of Architects (AIA) is a professional organization for architects in the United States. Located in Washington, D.C., the AIA offers education, government advocacy, community redevelopment, and public outreach to support the architecture profession and improve its public image. The AIA also works with other members of the design and construction team to help coordinate the building industry.

AIAA - American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) is the professional society for the field of aerospace engineering. The AIAA was founded in 1963 from the merger of two earlier societies: the American Rocket Society (ARS), founded in 1930 as the American Interplanetary Society (AIS), and the Institute of Aerospace Sciences (IAS), founded in 1932 as the Institute of Aeronautical Sciences.

ANSI - American National Standards Institute
The Institute oversees the creation, promulgation and use of thousands of norms and guidelines that directly impact businesses in nearly every sector: from acoustical devices to construction equipment, from dairy and livestock production to energy distribution, and many more. ANSI is also actively engaged in accrediting programs that assess conformance to standards - including globally-recognized cross-sector programs such as the ISO 9000 (quality) and ISO 14000 (environmental) management systems.

ASCE - American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) is a professional body founded in 1852 to represent members of the civil engineering profession worldwide. It is the oldest national engineering society in the United States. ASCE's vision is to have engineers positioned as global leaders who strive toward building a better quality of life. Its world headquarters is in Reston, Virginia.

ASME - American Society of Mechanical Engineers
The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) is a professional body, specifically an engineering society, focused on mechanical engineering. The ASME was founded in 1880 by Alexander Lyman Holley, Henry Rossiter Worthington, John Edison Sweet and Matthias N. Forney in response to numerous steam boiler pressure vessel failures. The organization is known for setting codes and standards for mechanical devices. The ASME conducts one of the world's largest technical publishing operations through its ASME Press, holds numerous technical conferences and hundreds of professional development courses each year, and sponsors numerous outreach and educational programs.

ASID - American Society of Interior Designers
Founded in 1975, the American Society of Interior Designers is the oldest, largest and leading professional organization for interior designers. While the Society celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2005, the rich, vibrant history of the organization goes back further--much further--to the founding of its predecessor organizations, the American Institute of Interior Designers (AID) and the National Society of Interior Designers (NSID).

IEEE - Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
A non-profit organization, IEEE is the world's leading professional association for the advancement of technology. The IEEE name was originally an acronym for the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. Today, the organization's scope of interest has expanded into so many related fields, that it is simply referred to by the letters I-E-E-E (pronounced Eye-triple-E).

IIE - Institute of Industrial Engineers
IIE is the world’s largest professional society dedicated solely to the support of the industrial engineering profession and individuals involved with improving quality and productivity. Founded in 1948, IIE is an international, nonprofit association that provides leadership for the application, education, training, research, and development of industrial engineering.

MAES - The Society of Mexican American Engineers and Scientists
MAES was founded in 1974 to increase the number of Mexican Americans and other Hispanics in the technical and scientific fields. By projecting the positive image of its members and their accomplishments, MAES helps to improve the perception of Mexican Americans. By providing a networking and nurturing environment, members are able to develop and hone their leadership, communication, management, and technical skills while improving the educational state of America.

PLTW - Project Lead the Way
Project Lead the Way (PLTW) is a United States based Not-for-Profit Career and Technology Education curriculum development organization that promotes engineering and engineering technology courses in K-12 schools.
PLTW implements an idea that was originally developed by Richard Blais in the 1980s while he was the chairman of the Technology Department of an upstate New York school district. PLTW provides course material to middle and secondary schools in the United States. The organization is focused on the curricula of mathematics, science, biotechnology and engineering. The courses include IED (Introduction to Engineering Design) and POE (Principles of Engineering).

SAE - Society of Automotive Engineers
SAE International (SAE) is a professional organization for mobility engineering professionals in the aerospace, automotive, and commercial vehicle industries. The Society is a standards development organization for the engineering of powered vehicles of all kinds, including cars, trucks, boats, aircraft, and others. Membership is open to the public for those particularly interested in Human Factors and Ergonomic Standards.[1]

SME - Society of Manufacturing Engineers
The Society of Manufacturing Engineers is the world's leading professional society advancing manufacturing knowledge and influencing more than half a million manufacturing practitioners annually.
Through its communities, publications, expositions and professional development resources, SME promotes an increased awareness of manufacturing engineering and keeps manufacturing professionals up to date on leading trends and technologies. Headquartered in Michigan, the Society has members in more than 70 countries and represents manufacturing practitioners across all industries

SPE - Society of Plastics Engineers
The Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) is an international organization dedicated to the advancement of knowledge and education for all plastics professionals.
The SPE was founded in 1942. Today it is home to more than 20,000 plastics professionals in the United States, and more than 70 countries around the world.

SWE - Society of Women Engineers
The Society of Women Engineers (SWE), founded in 1950, is a not-for-profit educational and service organization. SWE is the driving force that establishes engineering as a highly desirable career aspiration for women. SWE empowers women to succeed and advance in those aspirations and be recognized for their life-changing contributions and achievements as engineers and leaders.