Associate in Applied Science (AAS)
Offered through Science, Technology, Engineering and Math
@ Florissant Valley
The Engineering Technology Associate in Applied Science (AAS) program prepares students for entry-level positions as engineering technologists through classroom instruction, laboratory skill practice and/or work experience. Students gain hands-on knowledge in electronics, blueprint reading, measurement techniques, and prototype development.
The recommended academic plan blends general education requirements with options for areas of concentration to ensure students get the most out of their certificate or degree.
About the Program
Individuals interested in this program find it is designed to accommodate new students as well as those who are already working in the field. Graduates of this two year, 60-credit hour program will learn how to translate the general ideas of the engineer into specific, detailed plans and communicate those plans to other people and departments in any engineering organization.
Students can select courses from a wide range of electives. This allows them the opportunity to choose the type of engineering environment they want to focus on when they graduate. Depending on the electives chosen, students will be prepared for work in automation, facilities maintenance, production operations, technical graphics, bio medical equipment, electronics or other areas of the engineering or manufacturing operations. View the STLCC Course Catalog for detailed information about this program.
Engineering AAS Program Fast Facts
This program prepares students for entry-level positions as engineering technologists.
Students gain hands-on knowledge in electronics, blueprint reading, measurement techniques and prototype developments.
Engineering technician’s jobs are available in a wide variety of areas including medical, manufacturing, engineering, repair, maintenance and other fields.
Course work can be focused on biomedical equipment repair, computer aided design, manufacturing, electronics repair, robotics, or other areas.
A potential median annual salary in the Engineering Technology field.
Robotics technicians and electro-mechanical technicians will see a 5.1% increase in job openings in the next few years.
55+ years old
An estimated 2.7 million U.S. manufacturing workers are 55+ years old and will soon retire.
Opportunities in the Field
The U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics projects growth across a wide range of engineering technician fields.
- Robotics technicians and electro-mechanical technicians will see a 5.1% increase in job openings in the next few years.
- Computer numerically controlled (CNC) programmers and industrial engineer technicians will see a 4-6% increase in positions available.
- Medical equipment repairers (biomedical engineering technicians) will see a 5% increase.
According to a Wall Street Journal article, baby boomer retirements are starting to sap factories of their most experienced workers. An estimated 2.7 million U.S. manufacturing employees are 55 years of age or older and will be retiring soon. Additionally, more technicians will be needed as companies begin “onshoring” manufacturing operations in the future.
Manufacturing position salaries vary by geographic location, amount of education and experience; and the type and size of the employer. Median annual earnings are between $48,000 and $56,000 per year depending on the position, with higher salaries in larger metropolitan areas.
Electronics/biomedical salaries vary by geographic location, amount of education and experience; and the type and size of the employer. Median annual earnings are between $50,000 and $65,000 per year depending on the position, with higher salaries in larger metropolitan areas.
Within this Engineering Technology Associate in Applied Science (AAS) program, students can stack or assemble a series of traditional and nontraditional credentials including certificates and degrees. These stackable credentials make it easy for a student to earn a degree or certificate in a short period of time, get started on their career and then continue earning other certificates or degrees to build upon. Students can select courses from a wide range of electives.
Students completing coursework in the Computer Aided Design CS, Biomedical Electronics Technician CP and/or Precision Machining Technology CS can apply those credit hours as electives toward this Engineering Technology AAS degree. Thus, students can graduate with this AAS degree in Engineering Technology and a certificate of specialization or proficiency. Careful planning with academic advising can help students to complete the AAS program and multiple certificates in approximately two years.
With more than 50 years of accreditation, you can trust your education at STLCC measures up to other schools in the region.
STLCC is proud to have continuously maintained accreditation through the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) since 1966. Every decade, the college undergoes a comprehensive site visit to ensure we’re maintaining the high standard we set over 50 years ago.
In addition to institutional accreditation by the HLC, many programs have been accredited or approved by recognized accrediting bodies. You can view the details of those accreditations in our online catalog.
In 2018, we hosted another comprehensive site visit and prepared for this evaluation through the Open Pathway process. STLCC received full accreditation through 2028.
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