Washtenaw Community College is offering two new engineering-focused associate degree programs beginning in the Fall 2018 semester.

The 64-credit Engineering Technologist – Manufacturing Associate in Applied Science program spans classes in both the Advanced Technologies and Arts & Sciences divisions at WCC. It aims to fill a significant demand from the manufacturing sector for workers on the engineering technologist/technician level. The Bureau of Labor Statistics anticipates a 5-9% growth in the field by 2026 and reports a median annual salary of $26.96 hourly or $62,330 annually. Michigan employment data predicts an 11% increase in jobs annually.

The description of the Engineering Technologist-Manufacturing program:

Students in this program will demonstrate proficiency in the operation of various types of automated design/machine tool equipment. Competencies in design, programming, and materials and machine processing will be developed. In addition, students will hone skills in the manufacturing and troubleshooting of mechanical parts and the setup and operations of advanced manufacturing systems. Students will apply problem-solving skills learned in the program to create innovative solutions for real-word manufacturing challenges in preparation for entry-level Engineering Technologist or Technician positions.

The other new engineering-focused program is the 61-credit Pre-Engineering Science Transfer Associate in Science offered through the Arts & Science Division. This program is designed to lay the groundwork for a successful transfer to a four-year engineering program. It addresses the increasing need for students pursuing STEM fields — specifically engineering.