Engineering Technology

Engineering technicians and technologists are vital team members who focus on applying engineering and technology to solutions, whereas engineers focus on theoretical thinking. They work with engineers, designers, planners and architects.

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.

Program highlights

  • 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.
  • Graduates will have a strong background in mathematics, design principles, computer aided design and other technologies relating to the engineering fields.
  • Industry professionals teach day and evening classes.
  • Our classes combine instructor-led and on-line learning with hands-on lab work.
  • You can test out of certain courses from the skills you've developed on the job

Degree and certificate options


As an engineering technician, drafter or designer you’ll find work at such companies as Black & Veatch, BlueScope Construction, Burns & McDonnell, Olsson, BSE Structural Engineers and more.


Visit Occupational Information Network (O*NET) to view salary information, employment outlook and personal characteristics needed for this career.

Complex problem solving, reading comprehension, critical thinking, math and complex problem solving are essential skills of those in this field

Transfer made simple

Whatever your transfer destination, we'll work to make sure your credits move easily. That's why we're experts at it. We've worked out specific transfer agreements with many four-year colleges and universities.

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


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