A manufacturing engineering technician is a professional person who is flexible, self-motivated, team oriented, and capable of assigning as well as following instructions. Manufacturing engineering technicians are called upon to assist engineers in the research, development and the modification of new and current designs, products and processes. Many technicians are involved in the assembly, acceptance testing, and providing field service support for current products. The technician possesses an understanding of CAD drafting, engineering drawings, fluid power fundamentals, instrumentation and data acquisition, industrial electrical and electronics applications, machining and tooling principles and precision measurement. The Manufacturing Engineering Technology A.A.S. degree program provides the student with a multi-discipline skill base and prepares the individual to perform the high level tasks that are required in today`s global manufacturing market. This degree is unique in that it allows the student to receive a broad-based education in the manufacturing environment along with a specialization in one or more of the many areas involved in this field. The student may choose to specialize in automated machinery systems, electronics, fluid power, machine technology, engineering CAD, plastic technology or welding. This degree is also intended for those seeking career advancement. Students may continue their education and proceed towards a Bachelors in Manufacturing degree which prepares the student for supervisory and management positions.

Career Opportunities

This is one of the fastest growing areas of employment in manufacturing occupations. There is an extensive shortage of individuals who possess a multi-discipline skill base. Global market competition has directed manufacturing companies to seek out the multi-facet candidate. As a result of these situations, demand for the graduate is extremely high. The employment positions offer excellent opportunities for personal and professional growth. Individuals who seek a career as a manufacturing engineering technician may find jobs in a variety of diverse areas such as: assembly, automation, manufacturing, quality assurance, research and development, design, and field service. Job duties may include supervision, engineering, and product development along with customer relations and travel. Manufacturing Engineering Technicians are in high demand in small to large companies and within various government agencies. The Manufacturing Engineering Technician is well positioned for advancement opportunities as well as long-term employment.

Award Outcomes:

  • Follow safety guidelines and practices as mandated by O.S.H.A.
  • Apply electrical concepts as they relate to N.E.M.A. and I.E.C. electrical standards and equipment.
  • Develop PLC programs using Boolean algebra and software methods.
  • Produce engineering drawings and schematics using ANSI, ISO and industry symbols and standards.
  • Problem solve by analyzing data using statistical process control (SPC) and quality assurance (QA) theory and methods.
  • Utilize data acquisition systems and devices that are prevalent in the manufacturing industries.
  • Generate drawings with a personal computer and computer aided design (CAD) software.
  • Analyze fluid power applications in accordance with NFPA and industry standards and practices.
  • Comprehend terms and methods that are used to communicate between manufacturing industry disciplines.
  • Examine manufacturing engineering design concepts and processes.
  • Use applied physics to investigate power transmission methods.
  • Investigate production models using various data methods.
  • Utilize software applications commonly found in the manufacturing industry.

Required Credits

Technical Studies Requirements 54 Credits
  • ARET1175 Industrial Electricity and Electronics I 3
  • ELEC1000 DC Circuits 4
  • FLPW1231 Industrial Electricity I 3
  • FLPW1101 Fluid Power Technology I 3
  • FLPW2020 Advanced Programmable Logic Controllers 3
  • ARET1190 Programmable Logic Controllers 3
  • MACH1056 Blueprint Reading I 3
  • MACH1205 Machine Tool Technology 3
  • METS1020 Industrial Manufacturing Processes 3
  • METS1050 Quality Control 3
  • METS2000 Engineering Design Principles 3
  • METS2100 Statics and Strength of Materials 3
  • PLST1041 Introduction to Plastics Molding Processes 3
  • ARET1125 Power Transmission and Mechanical Systems 4
  • Choose one of the following:
  • ENGC1100 AutoCAD 4
  • ENGC1160 Inventor 4
  • ENGC1250 SolidWorks I 4
  • ENGC2100 Pro/ENGINEER I 4
  • Choose one of the following specializations:
  • Choose Automation Robotics Engineering Technology Specialization
  • ARET1130 Maintenance Operations 2
  • ARET1155 Automation Controls 3
  • ARET1160 Packaging Machinery Systems 4
  • ARET1165 Vision Systems for QA/SPC 3
  • ARET1170 Troubleshooting Packaging Machinery 3
  • ARET1200 Introduction to Robotics 2
  • ARET2105 Fluid Power Motion Control 2
  • ARET2110 Advanced Programmable Logic Controllers 4
  • ARET2150 Engineering Design and Fabrication 2
  • Choose Electronics Specialization
  • ELEC1050 AC Circuits 4
  • ELEC1100 Complex AC Circuits 3
  • ELEC1150 Diodes and Rectifiers 2
  • ELEC1200 Soldering Skills 1
  • ELEC1250 Solid State Components and Circuits 5
  • ELEC1300 Operational Amplifiers 2
  • ELEC1400 Basic Troubleshooting 3
  • ELEC1450 Basic Digital Logic 3
  • Choose Engineering CAD Specialization
  • ENGC1011 Engineering Drawing I 3
  • ENGC1021 Engineering Drawing II 3
  • ENGC1041 Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing 3
  • ENGC1201 Industrial CAD Project 3
  • Choose at least 8 credits from the following:
  • ENGC1100 AutoCAD 4
  • ENGC1160 Inventor 4
  • ENGC1250 SolidWorks I 4
  • ENGC1255 SolidWorks II 4
  • ENGC2011 Special Fields of Drafting 3
  • ENGC2100 Pro/ENGINEER I 4
  • ENGC2110 Pro/ENGINEER II 4
  • Choose Fluid Power Specialization
  • FLPW1106 Fluid Power Technology II 4
  • FLPW1181 Pumps, Actuators, and Conductors 4
  • FLPW1191 Hydraulic Components 3
  • FLPW1236 Industrial Electricity II 3
  • FLPW1320 Hydraulic Circuits 2
  • FLPW1340 Pneumatic Circuits and Air Logic 4
  • Choose Machining Specialization
  • MACH1110 Turning Technology I 3
  • MACH1125 Milling Technology I 3
  • MACH2400 CNC Setup and Operation 3
  • MACH2406 CNC Programming 3
  • MACH2410 CAD/CAM 3
  • MACH2415 CNC Milling 3
  • MACH2435 CNC Turning Centers 3
  • Choose Plastics Manufacturing Specialization
  • PLST1008 Fundamentals of Plastics/Chemistry/Ingredients 4
  • PLST2007 Properties and Tests of Selected Plastics 4
  • Choose at least 12 credits from the following:
  • PLST2011 Extrusion Molding Processes I 3
  • PLST2017 Extrusion Molding Processes II 4
  • PLST2128 Injection Molding Process I 4
  • PLST2138 Injection Molding Process II 4
  • PLST2143 Injection Molding Process III 4
  • PLST2300 Plastics Engineering Technology Internship 4
  • Choose Welding and Metal Fabrication Specialization
  • WLDG1135 Gas Metal Arc Welding I 3
  • WLDG1181 Blueprint Reading for Welders 3
  • WLDG1220 Gas Tungsten Arc Welding I 3
  • WLDG1350 Flux Cored Arc Welding I 3
  • Choose at least 8 additional WLDG credits 8
General Education Requirements 12 Credits

Elective Credits

Technical Studies Electives 0 Credits
General Education Electives 6 Credits
  • Hennepin Technical College‚Äôs 2000-level general education courses meet the guidelines of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC).

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