Engineering Technology

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Frequently asked questions

Campus Location(s):Business & Technology
Contact: Civil, Architectural, Mechanical focus:
Mike Cline, 816.604.5281
Electronics, Computers & Electronics focus:
Joseph Roche, 816.604.5417


  1. How long does it take to earn a certificate or degree?

    Associate in Applied Science degree in Engineering Technology takes two years if attending full-time.

  2. How much does it cost?

    MCC is a great value. Our tuition is one of the lowest in the area - about 1/3 that of public four-year schools and a tiny fraction of private colleges. We offer many ways to pay plus a tuition payment plan to make it even easier to afford college.

    Calculate your estimated tuition cost here.

  3. Will my credits transfer to other colleges or universities?

    Check with one of our advisors for transfer information. Agreements are being developed with Missouri Western State University, the University of Central Missouri and DeVry University for transfer to their B.S. degree programs in Engineering Technology.

  4. Can the skills I've developed on the job count toward my certificate or degree?
    Yes, you can test out of certain courses.
  5. What is the difference between an engineer and engineering technologist?

    Engineering graduates innovate new methods of analysis and solutions for open-ended, complex and unique design problems. The field usually calls for at least a master's degree and coursework includes plenty of higher math.

    Engineering tech graduates apply current knowledge and practices to the solution of specific technical problems and standard design problems. New graduates most likely enter industry in construction, product design, development, testing, technical operations, technical services or sales. The level of math and science required is not as theoretical as that required in engineering.

  6. What is the difference in emphases?

    Our five areas of emphasis let you home in on an area you like. Some of the differences in coursework include:

    Civil engineering - Courses: CADD, structural design, physics, GIS, surveying.

    Architectural - Courses: CADD, structural design, physics, commercial and residential architecture.

    Mechanical and manufacturing - Courses: CADD, structural design, physics, parametric modeling, machining, CNC, Mastercam.

    You'll learn to apply theory and principles to solve problems of industrial layout and manufacturing production; study and record time, motion, method and speed to improve performance of production;establish standard production rates and improve efficiency.

    Electronics and computer - Courses: Programming, CADD, electronics, hardware, AC and digital analysis, digital electronics, data structures and algorithm analysis, programmable logic controllers.

    You'll learn to troubleshoot, repair and modify developmental and production electronics and their systems and develop a strong knowledge of hardware and software and how the two interact.

    Electronics - Courses: Programming, CADD, electronics, hardware, AC and digital analysis, digital electronics, chemistry.

    You'll learn to troubleshoot, repair and modify developmental and production electronics and their systems and develop a strong knowledge of hardware and software and how the two interact.

  7. What does it take to succeed in this work?

    Complex problem solving, reading comprehension, critical thinking, math and complex problem solving are essential skills of those in this field. Some other characteristics:

    • Attention to detail: Ability to focus and be thorough on details.
    • Independence: Ability to work with little or no supervision and depend on yourself to complete job tasks.
    • Integrity: Honest and ethical.
    • Adaptability/flexibility: Be able to cope with sudden, rapid changes with work and scheduling.
    • Dependability: Job requires responsible, reliable and dependable people to fulfill obligations.
    • Analytical thinking: Ability to use logic in analyzing work-related issues and problems.
    • Cooperation: Positive, pleasant attitude to work in a team environment.
    • Initiative: Willingness to take on tasks, responsibilities and challenges.
    • Innovation: Creativity and alternative thinking to solve work-related problems and develop new ideas.
    • Stress tolerance: Ability to accept criticism and being able to deal rationally with stressful situations.
    • Achievement/effort: Drive and ambition to meet personally challenging goals and put effort into mastering job task.
    • Self control: Ability to be calm, focused and composed even in adverse situations. Must be able to control emotions, anger and aggressive behavior.
    • Persistence: Ability to stick with difficult job tasks in the face of adversity to fulfill work assignments.
  8. What are the advantages of taking classes at MCC?

    MCC delivers the most cost-effective technical career preparation in Kansas City, MO. We are a publicly funded college with quality programs and full accreditation.

    • You'll work with the latest equipment and software in our design and engineering technology labs.
    • The coursework involves you in several career areas within the field to develop high levels of personal skill.
    • Industry professionals teach day and evening classes.
    • Our graduates are in demand.
    • Our classes combine instructor-led and on-line learning with hands-on lab work.
Last Modified: 5/21/14