An Engineer is...the team leader of an engineering team. Engineers plan, design and supervise engineering projects from concept to completion. Engineers solve problems by relying on their creative and academic skills. You should enjoy problem solving and be challenged by the effort it requires. Engineering is one of the few professional fields in which a bachelor's degree is sufficient career preparation. Many engineers, however, do go on for a master's degree in order to move into high level management positions. An engineering degree can also open doors to other professions such as medicine, business administration, law, computer development, etc.
A Technician is...a doer and implementer, who focuses on the practical elements of a job. He or she provides technical assistance in a specialized area, and performs the day-to-day tasks required in carrying out a project. Usually technicians work as part of a team that is engaged in a particular project or operation. Technology majors prepare for practical design and production work, rather than for jobs that require theoretical, scientific and mathematical knowledge of engineering.
To be an Engineer - Associate in Science (A.S.) Degree. Engineering Science Program with baccalaureate transfer options in:
Entrance requirements for the Engineering Science Program: Algebra, geometry, intermediate algebra, trigonometry, and pre-calculus or the completion of MTH 175 at MCC, 3 years of science including chemistry and physics. Number of credit hours to complete degree requirements: 73-74
To be a Technician - Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)
Entrance requirements for technology programs: Algebra and intermediate algebra. Physics recommended (but not required). Number of credit hours to complete degree requirements at MCC: Varies with program -66 to 70 credit hours.
Your answers to the following questions may help you choose between engineer or technician in selecting a course of study and ultimately a career.
If you answered "yes" to most of these questions, consider the Engineering Science Degree Program at MCC.
If you answered "yes" to most of these questions, consider a technician's degree at MCC.