WVU Parkersburg’s Engineering Technology programs offer many challenges and rewards for technically-minded students who want to develop a career as an electronics technician, field engineer, laboratory technician, circuit/system designer or maintenance technician and other related fields.
Graduates are prepared to solve problems and make calculations in their specialty fields.
Fundamentals are stressed with the expectation that graduates can offer basic entry skills to the majority of industrial and technical employers.
Degree Concentrations. The AAS Degree in Engineering Technology is comprised of a common core of courses required of all Engineering Technology students plus a variety of specialized courses for each track. The Electronics Concentration is designed to build upon the Electricity and Instrumentation (E&I) Certificate from WVU Parkersburg and provides additional coursework required for careers in high level technical electronics, signal processing, communications and automated control. The Specialized Concentration is designed to build upon a previously earned technical Certificate (HVAC/R, IM, Chemical and Polymer Operator Technology, etc.) from WVU Parkersburg. Additional courses are then selected to provide the students an enhanced framework of technical skills .To complete the degree, a student must complete one of the options outlined on the following pages while maintaining a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0.
Why Engineering Technology at WVU Parkersburg?
The Engineering Technology program at WVU Parkersburg offers a number of unique opportunities for technically-minded students with strong background in math and physical science. These include:
- A career ladder that begins with 1-year degree certificates in Electricity and Instrumentation leading into the Electronics associate degree, or a ladder beginning with any WVU Parkersburg technical certification (HVAC/R, Chemical and Polymer Operator, Industrial Maintenance, etc.) leading to the Specialized associate degree.
- A pathway progressing from the associate of applied science into the bachelors of applied technology (B.A.T.) in Management
- Academic training and hands-on experience in an engineering setting
Examples of potential career positions include:
- Industrial technician
- Medical equipment service technician
- Power generation technician
- Communication installer and repairer
Average annual salary is $61,173, and can range between $30,000 and $90,000 according to the U.S. Department of Labor.