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Metropolitan Community College Engineering Technology Program

Engineering Technology

Program Overview

MCC Campus(es): MCC-Penn Valley
Contact: Marcus Million,, 816.604.5298

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, physical scientists or planners.

As an engineering technician, drafter, or designer at such companies as Black & Veatch, BlueScope Construction, Burns & McDonnell and many more.

Five Areas of Interest

Civil Engineering

Civil engineering techs help plan, design and oversee construction and maintenance of efficient structures and facilities including skyscrapers, bridges, roads, and infrastructure. They work with steel, wood, concrete, earth as well as advanced construction materials. Courses: CADD, structural design, physics, GIS, surveying.


Architectural engineering techs apply engineering principles and technical skills to develop efficient buildings and related systems, such as lighting and communications systems. Courses: CADD, structural design, physics, commercial and residential architecture.

Mechanical and Manufacturing

Mechanical engineering techs deal with all technology of the past, present, and future. They help modify, develop and test machinery and equipment and are involved with research, test, development or production. 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 the performance of production; establish standard production rates and improve efficiency.Courses: CADD, structural design, physics, parametric modeling, machining, CNC, Mastercam.

Electronics and Computers

Electronics and computer techs help design, build and produce computerized electronic equipment and create the next generation of electronic devices. They lay out, build, test and increase the efficiency of electronic components of devices and systems. 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.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.

Stand out student gets multiple job offers after MCC degree: Meet Matthew Hernandez

As commencement approached, Matthew Hernandez, 21, got news he was named 2016 Engineering Technology Student of the Year.

At about the same time, Hernandez received more confirmation that he was ready for a career when two companies offered him a job before he even graduated. He ultimately decided to work at Preston Refrigeration in Kansas City, Kansas, where he is a CADD(Computer-Aided Drafting and Design) technician.

Read Matthew's success story.

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

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.

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.

Can the skills I've developed on the job count toward my certificate or degree?

Yes, you can test out of certain courses.

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.

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 in 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.

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.