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CPTC Now Offering Engineering Technology Degree Program

August 27, 2015 01:12 PM

Industrial Technology students posing for a picture putting wires into a board

In response to area workforce needs, Coastal Pines Technical College (CPTC) is now offering an Engineering Technology Associate of Applied Science degree program.  Classes will be held in Kingsland and begin October 8.

The Trident Refit Facility at Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base, in particular, expressed a need for qualified applicants to fill jobs requiring mechanical and electrical engineering technology skills. Subsequently, the college’s Camden site was chosen for CPTC’s first engineering technology class. Program graduates are needed immediately to support operations at the Navy’s Trident Refit Facility, which has begun to see more in-depth maintenance periods.

The engineering technology program will also serve as a catalyst for attracting new business and industry to the area. CPTC officials are eager to partner with area development authorities to influence economic growth by promoting the program and other college programs and services, including customized training solutions.

The median annual salary of engineering technicians is consistent with the salary expectations of most Trident Refit Facility employees, between $50,000 and $60,000.  According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the median annual salary for electrical and electronics engineering technicians was $58,540 in 2013 ( The median annual income for a mechanical engineering technician is $51,980, according to the BLS in 2012. Albeit, for the 268 new hires TRF looks to hire immediately for various positions, beginning salaries will range from $31,500 to $58,000.

Students in engineering technology will begin program specific engineering core as early as the second semester of the program.  For any high school students contemplating the engineering technology degree, it is highly recommended that they complete as many math and science courses as possible. 

According to Dr. Al Cunningham, CPTC vice president for academic affairs, engineering technology students will experience a blend of theory-based lecture and hands-on laboratory work to develop a broad knowledge of mechanical engineering for the purpose of designing, developing, building and testing mechanical devices including tools, engines and machines.  And students will learn the skills needed to design and develop computers, communications equipment, medical monitoring devices, navigational equipment and other electrical and electronic equipment. 

Associate of Applied Science graduates will have the opportunity to work in the Southeast Georgia region as an engineering technician. Most will work with and learn from engineers and scientists in such fields as manufacturing, healthcare, biomedical, and telecommunications to further develop their skills. Career placement is a critical asset for Coastal Pines Technical College graduates. The CPTC Career Placement Director facilitates employment for graduates through a vast network of business and industry partnerships in the thirteen county area.


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