Engineering Technology, Associate of Applied Science


Program Information

If you enjoy working on a project from initial plans to completion and want to work in a growing field, then our Engineering Technology degree might be a great fit for you.

San Jacinto College’s Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Engineering Technology purpose is to provide students with a fundamental, insightful, and practical-based education centered around the knowledge, skills, and abilities of existing and new developments emphasizing the application of specific engineering techniques. Graduates will develop the theoretical and practical understanding of the safety, processes, systems, tools, and techniques necessary to construct, refine, operate, and maintain an engineering design.

The differences between engineering and engineering technology are not always obvious. Engineering technicians apply basic engineering principles and technical skills to support engineers engaged in various projects. This field includes multiple engineering support functions for research, production, operations, and applications to specific engineering specialties calling for the practical application of science, math, and engineering to many problems. Engineering technicians and technologists work in partnership with engineers or scientists to bring humanity-benefitting designs from the realm of pure theory into reality, developing improvements to existing processes or creating entirely new technologies.

Though engineering technicians work alongside engineers, they have markedly different responsibilities. An engineering technician works alongside a qualified team of engineers and technologists to ensure all equipment used to bring a design to life remains functional and working. Specific duties include collecting materials, running tests, recording data, providing all available equipment, and working throughout the development process. Engineers tend to focus on the theoretical aspects of mathematics, science, and engineering principles. Their process revolves around identifying solutions to real-world problems and conducting the analysis needed to confirm it is a viable idea. Engineers must obtain a bachelor’s degree or higher for employability and may require additional licenses and certifications to advance. In contrast, engineering technicians must obtain a certificate, associate degree, and industry certifications to advance.

At San Jacinto College, the engineering technology curriculum will cover topics in:

  • General Engineering
  • Safety and Tools
  • Electricity/Electronics
  • Material Science/Composites
  • Computer Aided Design
  • Additive and Subtractive Manufacturing
  • Quality Assurance/Reliability

Career Opportunities

Graduates are prepared to become engineering technicians working in a wide range of fields such as aerospace, aviation, phones, highway and bridge construction, manufacturing systems, piping systems for chemical plants, computers, and even toy making.

The need for qualified engineering technicians is greater than ever. As various types of engineering projects get off the ground, the demand grows more every year. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and JobsEQ, mechanical engineering technologists and technicians will enjoy a national job growth of 6% between 2020 and 2030.

Earning Potential

Aerospace Engineering and Operations Technologists and Technicians: $91,0311 per year

Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technologists and Technicians: $72,2801 per year

Industrial Engineering Technologists and Technicians: $75,5311 per year

Mechanical Engineering Technologists and Technicians: $66,4001 per year


Source:, median salary Gulf Coast region, 2022

For more information, students may contact Department Chair Roger Watkins, at or 281-929-4603.


South Campus


Students in this program must participate in an external learning experience course called ENTC 2380 Cooperative Education. Students enrolling into San Jacinto College programs with external learning experiences (i.e., clinical, practicum, externship, cooperative, etc.) will be required to comply with the immunization requirements and policies of the clinical/external learning sites to engage in all clinical/external learning experiences. Vaccination requirements at clinical/external learning sites are implemented pursuant to the independent authority of such facilities and are not mandated by San Jacinto College. Failure to meet the immunization requirements mandated by clinical/external learning sites may limit a student’s ability to complete the program and/or may delay the student’s graduation date. San Jacinto College does not process exemptions, and students should address potential vaccination exemptions directly with the clinical/external learning site.

Plan of Study


Plan of Study Grid
First Year
First TermCredits
ENGL 1301 Composition I 3
ELPT 1311
Basic Electrical Theory
or Electricity Principles
ENTC 1271 Introduction to Engineering Technology 1 2
ENTC 1347 Safety and Ergonomics 3
MATH 1314 College Algebra 3
Second Term
DFTG 1313 Drafting for Specific Occupations 2 3
INTC 1307 Instrumentation Test Equipment 3
RBTC 1305 Robotic Fundamentals 3
MATH 1316
Plane Trigonometry
or Pre-Calculus Math
Social and Behavioral Sciences 3
Summer Year One Term
Select one of the following: 4
Applied Physics
College Physics I (lecture)
and College Physics I (lab)
University Physics I (lecture)
and University Physics I (lab)
Second Year
First Term
ENTC 1343 Statics 3 3
ENTC 1349 Reliability and Maintainability 3
METL 1401 Introduction to Metallurgy 4
QCTC 1243 Quality Assurance 2
Second Term
ENTC 1323 Strength of Materials 3
ENTC 2331 Manufacturing Materials 3
ENTC 2380 Cooperative Education - Engineering Technology, General 3
Select one of the following: 3
Introduction to Speech Communication
Public Speaking
Interpersonal Communication
Business and Professional Speech
Language, Philosophy and Culture (Humanities) or Creative Arts (Fine Arts) 3
 Total Credits60

Capstone Experience: ENTC 2380 Cooperative Education – Engineering Technology, General 


Students who have successfully completed ENGR 1201 Introduction to Engineering may use ENGR 1201 Introduction to Engineering to fulfill this requirement. 


Students who have successfully completed ENGR 1304 Engineering Graphics I may use ENGR 1304 Engineering Graphics I to fulfill this requirement. 


Students who have successfully completed ENGR 2301 Engineering Mechanics - Statics may use ENGR 2301 Engineering Mechanics - Statics to fulfill this requirement.