Engineering Technology

Improving quality of life and fueling the economy through innovation

Exploration in Engineering Technology

Engineering Technology education focuses on problem-solving specifically involving lab and technical skills. The two-year program at Columbia Basin College (CBC) provides you with valuable knowledge and the skills you will need to secure a rewarding career in the engineering field. You’ll develop problem-solving abilities, technical drafting skills and receive exposure to the many disciplines of engineering. You’ll also gain hands-on experience with real-world equipment and computer programs, including generating physical models in our 3D design lab.

  • Practical training

    CBC utilizes up-to-date technology and programming to train you to solve real-world problems and generate innovative solutions. Our 3D design lab provides you with the hands-on learning you need to feel comfortable in this field.

  • Employment qualified

    Engineering technicians (graduates of associate degree programs like this one) contribute greatly to the modern engineering industry as vital members of engineering teams.

  • Transfer ready

    Turn your foundational associate degree from CBC into a bachelor's degree in a wide variety of engineering areas of study at a four-year institution of your choice.

“I would not be where I am today without the Engineering Technology program at CBC. It set the foundation for my career!”

Ryan J. Durham, Engineering Technician III, City of Kennewick, Public Works Department

Engineer Technicians Design for the Future!

Engineering is a vast discipline with many areas of study. Graduates from the Engineering Technology program generally find application-oriented careers in manufacturing, field service, marketing and technical sales and teams. No matter your interests, you’ll find a career that makes a difference:

  • Study robotics to improve global productivity.
  • Reduce carbon emissions by engineering renewable energy storage methods.
  • Enhance lives with improved prosthetic and mobility products.
  • Open up new markets by innovating in communications and computing.
  • Improve safety and reduce carbon emissions for future automobiles.
  • Enhance flight safety or reach for the stars with aerospace innovations.
  • Work with water and wastewater projects to prevent disease and keep the environment clean.
  • Improve safety through well-designed roads and bridges or aid in disaster relief through storm water projects that reduce damage caused by flooding.
Focused student

Whether you’re working on the cutting edge of innovation or keeping vital, day-to-day power and communications running smoothly for your community, engineering technology is one of the most essential areas of study in today’s world.


Program Learning Outcomes for the AAS in Engineering Technology

Program learning outcomes are the knowledge, skills, and abilities that students will achieve before they graduate. The outcomes below were developed by the faculty in Engineering Technology with input from accrediting bodies, advisory committees, employers, etc. This collaboration ensures that the outcomes are relevant for careers that this degree leads to.

Students who graduate with an AAS in Engineering Technology will be able to:

  1. Solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science and mathematics
  2. Apply the engineering design process to produce solutions that meet specified needs
  3. Analyze and interpret data and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
  4. Produce engineering drawings with CAD
  5. Document technical activities in written and verbal reports
  6. Work and communicate effectively in teams
  7. Produce engineering calculations with a clear problem statement
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Students walking around CBC's Pasco campus