Engineering Technology: Blending Creative Thinking and Versatility

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NICC_engineeringWhile exploring solutions to complex problems, people in engineering technology careers use a variety of tools and technologies in new ways. This field rewards both adaptability to changing technology and the ability to think creatively.

The Engineering Technology program at Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) provides students with vital hands-on experience. This bridges the gap between understanding a theory or concept and how that knowledge is applied in the real world.

“Since engineering technology is such a broad field, we are providing our students an opportunity to both explore and experience the many facets of manufacturing and technology,” said Lisa Digman, NICC engineering
technology instructor.

Students are introduced to many tools and technologies that will assist them in their career, including:

  • Robotics technology
  • Solid modeling software
  • 3-D printers
  • Computer Aided Design (CAD)
  • Hydraulics and pneumatics
  • Electronics
  • Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs)

The ability to apply knowledge in a work environment, as well as being proficient with these key technologies, is critical to employers.

NICC_future_ready“Employers are the experts, and Northeast Iowa Community College is responsive to their needs, especially as manufacturing moves into robotics, digital manufacturing, flexible automation and additive manufacturing,” Digman explained. “As technologies become more widely used, the knowledge, skills and abilities of our graduates need to reflect those changes.”

Engineering technology is a dynamic field, and our graduates are qualified to work in a variety of positions, including test technicians, CAD operators, designers, process technicians, quality analysts, and facilities or planning.

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