Area of Study: Engineering Technology

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Overview of Engineering Technology Programs:

Engineering Technology diploma programs are designed to produce graduates with a diverse technical background, good hands-on skills, and team mentality. In addition, technology training promotes independent thinking and problem solving – critical factors when preparing individuals for troubleshooting, analysis and design, supervision and management roles.

Engineering Technology programs have a solid scientific and mathematical basis. All students are required to complete courses in physics, chemistry and electrotechnology. In addition, mathematics, oral and written communications and engineering graphics are emphasized.

Students enrolled in a technology co-op program are required to complete paid, program-relevant work-terms as part of their graduation requirements. Co-op work-terms allow students to gain real life experience in their chosen fields, which gives them a distinct edge when looking for graduate employment. The college helps in securing these placements.

Defining the workplace

Those who are part of the technology workplace include scientists, engineers, technologists, technicians and tradespeople. All have specialized education or training beyond the high school level and often work together as a team. As on any team, these
players have differing but important roles.

  • Scientists are concerned with advancing our understanding of the laws of nature and our knowledge of scientific principles. The scientist primarily works in research
     
  • Engineers employ the scientific knowledge developed by scientists in planning, designing, and constructing new products and systems. Engineering programs typically require four or five years of training
     
  • Technologists often coordinate people, material, and machinery to achieve the specific goals of a particular project. While technologists study math, engineering theory and scientific principles, it is not as theoretical as that required in engineering. It is more focused on applications. Technologists work in practical design, problem solving, complex troubleshooting, planning, project management and decision making. Technology training programs are usually two or three years in length
     
  • Tradespeople and technicians will typically install, troubleshoot, maintain, service, repair and/or operate equipment. Their initial training is generally one or two years in length and stresses practical skills

Accreditation

Technician and technology programs are developed with reference to national standards. Program advisory committees, comprised of representatives from local industries, provide practical guidance to ensure that training meets industry standards and expectations. Our engineering technician and technology programs are accredited by the Canadian Technology Accreditation Board (CTAB). Upon graduation, individuals are eligible for membership in the Association of Engineering Technicians and Technologists of Newfoundland and Labrador (AETTNL), and following two years of approved postgraduate work experience, may receive the designation of Professional Technologist (P. Tech). Designated technicians and technologists are recognized internationally through the Dublin Accord and Sydney Accord.

Gold Seal Accreditation

The Canadian Construction Association Gold Seal Certification Program is a national certification program. Certification is based on a combination of education and training as well as specific experience.
CNA provides Gold Seal training courses that prepare Engineering Technology and Industrial Trades graduates for the Gold Seal certification exam.

Faculty

Engineering Technology has over 120 faculty, consisting of professional engineers, architects, geologists, technologists, technicians, mathematicians, physicists, chemists and communication specialists.


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