The field of Engineering and the field of Technology are closely related, yet different, disciplines. Both offer opportunities to be creative in solving problems and designing things that can make a difference for society. As there are many ways to participate in these areas, it is important to realize that different educational preparation is required, depending on the whether one chooses an Engineering path or a Technology path. Either path can be pursued through programs at Corning Community College.
Engineers apply the principles of advanced mathematics and science to develop economical solutions to technical problems. Their work is the connection between scientific discoveries and the commercial applications that meet societal and commercial needs. Engineers may work in design, research, development, testing, production, maintenance, and project management. Engineers specialize in particular disciplines. These include Aerospace, Agricultural, Architectural, Biomedical, Chemical, Civil, Electrical, Environmental, Industrial, Materials, and Mechanical.
A bachelor of science degree (BS) in an engineering discipline is required for entry level engineering jobs, requiring a minimum of four years of study. The first two years of study include fundamental engineering courses and general education requirements that may be completed through an associate in science degree (AS) in Engineering Science at a community college, such as Corning. This university parallel program then transfers to a four year institution where concentrated study in a chosen engineering discipline leads toward a bachelor’s degree.
The Engineering Science curriculum is demanding and challenging. Coursework stresses theory and conceptual design. This highly theoretical approach requires rigorous mathematics with calculus based coursework, interfacing the advanced mathematics with physical principles.
Technicians use the principles of engineering to help solve technical problems, and work alongside engineers in research, development, manufacturing, sales, construction, and maintenance. There work is more applications oriented than that of engineers. Technicians assist engineers in areas of testing, data collection, analysis, design and prototyping. Technicians also specialize, in the same disciplines as the engineers with whom they work.
An associate in applied science degree (AAS) in an engineering technology discipline is required for entry level technician positions. Disciplines that may be studied at Corning Community College include Automotive, Chemical, Electrical, Machining, Manufacturing, and Mechanical CAD Design. These two year programs allow for entry into the workforce. There is also the option of transfer to a four year institution for continued study toward a bachelor of science in engineering technology (BSET) in a chosen discipline. This further study develops skills more closely related to engineering, with employment opportunities as a technologist or more similar to those obtained by graduates with a bachelor’s degree in engineering.
The Technology programs are practical and hands-on. Coursework stresses methods of analysis with integral laboratory components. The practical nature of technology requires algebra and trigonometry based mathematics for application of analysis in complex real world problems.
We invite you to contact either the division chairperson or any of the faculty to answer your questions and perhaps arrange for a visit to our facilities.
Your success in technology requires diligence and determination. CCC is committed to work hard with you to meet your goals!
Brad Cole, Associate Dean of Instruction, Mathematics, Physics, Technology and Engineering Science
607-962-9243 or NY & PA 800-358-7171, ext 9243