The Engineering Technology Support Specialist Certificate prepares the individual for initial employment as an engineering support specialist or engineering technician in various specialized arenas. Additionally, it provides supplemental training for an individual previously or currently employed in either of these occupations. This certificate program is comprised of the core of the Engineering Technology degree program. Credits earned toward this certificate can be applied to the Associate in Science in Engineering Technology degree.
This program focuses on broad, transferable skills, acquisition of information, and demonstration of the following elements of the Engineering Technology Program: production materials and processes, quality production, computer-aided drafting, electricity and electronics, mechanics, instrumentation, and safety. The program technical skills standards align with those of the Manufacturing Skills Standards Council (MSSC), which defines the information, skills, and abilities required of today's frontline manufacturing workers. The curriculum provided within the certificate core courses prepares the student for the MSSC Certified Production Technician examination.
This program is not provided through traditional lectures and laboratory sessions at specifically scheduled times; instead, all of the material is formatted into self-study modules (called "units") that contain both theory and hands-on components. These modules provide information on applied engineering competencies, components, circuits, mechanisms, and equipment that are widely used in manufacturing facilities. Several unit modules make up one course.
The Engineering Technology lab and classroom facilities at the Clear Springs Advanced Technology Center in Bartow consist of high-quality laboratory equipment for numerous hands-on activities that develop the skills required to construct, operate, analyze, and program a wide range of circuits and equipment used in this field. An instructor monitors the student's progress, grades exams, and determines the final letter grade for each course completed. The instructor also assists the student in selecting appropriate courses to progress through the program. Classes are open for enrollment at all times, and scheduling is independent from traditional fall, spring, and summer terms at the College.
Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs):
After successfully completing this program, the graduate is able to:
PLO1: Demonstrate an understanding of industrial processes and material properties.
PLO2: Generate and interpret computer-aided drawings.
PLO3: Demonstrate a fundamental understanding of electricity and electronics.
PLO4: Demonstrate an understanding of industrial safety, health, and environmental requirements.
PLO5: Demonstrate proficiently in the use of quality assurance methods and quality control concepts.
PLO6: Demonstrate proficiency in using tools, instruments and testing devices.
PLO7: Demonstrate basic troubleshooting skills.
PLO8: Demonstrate appropriate communication skills.
PLO9: Demonstrate appropriate math skills.
PLO10: Demonstrate an understanding of modern business practices and strategies.
PLO11: Demonstrate employability skills.