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Engineering and Technology Engineering involves the science and skill of applying knowledge to design and build structures, machines, devices, systems, materials, and processes. Technology is the making, modification, usage, and knowledge of tools, machines, techniques, and systems in order to solve a problem or improve a preexisting solution to a problem. Persons specializing in engineering and technology have taken extensive coursework in mathematics, physics, chemistry, and the applied sciences. Many work in laboratories and testing centers, conduct research and development, and are involved in manufacturing or construction. Given the critical nature of the work in this sector, job possibilities for persons trained in engineering and technology abound, even in times of economic downturn. In the future, more engineers and technologists (those who have a broad and deep understanding of the technology) will be needed to meet challenges in areas, such as environmental protection, advanced manufacturing, electronics development, and infrastructure improvement. Maintaining a workforce that is well-versed in engineering and technology is a key portion of the public education agenda of the U.S. and is vital to the long-term health of the American economy.

Occupation

For anyone who plans to enter the job market in this field, a strong knowledge base in English, math, and science, along with critical thinking, complex problem solving, and operations monitoring skills, are a must. High school students should meet with an advisor/guidance counselor to create an appropriate career action plan that may include high school classes in: • • • • • •

Biology Chemistry English Math Programming Physics

Annual Entry-Level Wage Range*

(Sources: O*Net 2012 and Arizona Tech Prep 2011)

Typical Training Required

Civil Engineering Technicians

$34,870 - $42,880

Associate’s Degree

Electrical & Electronics Engineering Technicians Industrial Engineering Technicians

$30,970 - $39,320

Associate’s Degree

$39,650 - $45,250

Associate’s Degree

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 2011

Program

College/Skill Center

ENGINEERING Electronics Engineering Technology Engineering Technology

Mesa Chandler-Gilbert, Estrella Mountain, Glendale

TECHNOLOGY Automation Technology Automation Technology Level I Automation Technology Level II Automation Technology Level III Computer and Networking Technology Electric Utility Design Technology

Estrella Mountain, Mesa Estrella Mountain, Mesa Mesa Mesa Glendale Chandler-Gilbert

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Program

College/Skill Center

Technology, continued Electric Utility Technology Electrical Technology Electromechanical Automation Technology Electronics Manufacturing Technology Electronics Technology Industrial Electronics Technology Meter Technology Network Maintenance

Chandler-Gilbert GateWay Mesa Glendale Mesa SouthWest Skill Center Chandler-Gilbert Glendale

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