May 23, 2022  
2022-2023 College Catalog 
    
2022-2023 College Catalog

Engineering & Industrial Technology


Engineering and Industrial Technology Division

The Engineering and Industrial Technology degree and certificate programs prepare students for exciting careers as automation specialists, multi-skilled technicians, supervisors in a manufacturing environment, automotive technicians, HVAC technicians, facilities technicians, industrial maintenance technicians, designers, CNC programmers, welders, or engineering technicians. The skills learned here can be used on the job in manufacturing, residential and commercial construction, facilities maintenance, facilities management, automotive service centers, energy producing facilities, and more. With increasing technology, companies need more and more workers with advanced training and skills. The highly qualified faculty provide real-world experience through project-based learning. Day, evening, online, and hybrid courses are available to accommodate busy schedules.

Students may receive credit toward a certificate or degree based on prior educational experience, work experience, and military experience. Students interested in obtaining advanced standing for course work should contact their academic advisor. More information is available under “Advanced Standing” in this Catalog.

The Engineering and Industrial Technology Division provides rigorous, hands-on learning experiences that require the regular participation of the student. As such, the Engineering and Industrial Technology Division has a more rigorous attendance policy than the College. Any student who accumulates more absences during the term than the class is scheduled to meet in a two-week period is subject to being withdrawn from the class. The number of allowable absences during the summer term or other sessions of varying length will be 10% of the total number of class meetings. Students who arrive late may, at the discretion of the instructor, be marked absent for that class. Students who continually arrive late to class are subject to being withdrawn from the class. In extenuating circumstances, a student may request re-admittance to class by meeting with the instructor and explaining the circumstances of the absences. If the instructor agrees to re-admit the student, the student will be informed of the requirements which must be met to successfully complete the course. Individual departments or programs may have a more rigid attendance policy. Those policies must be communicated in writing to students on the first day of class.

Engineering and Industrial Technology Departments


Automotive Technology

Program Information

The Automotive Technology program trains students in the testing, diagnosis and service of motor vehicles. Graduates may find employment in automotive dealerships, working for themselves, or at independent service centers.

The Automotive Technology program offers an associate degree and four certificate options. Credit for courses in the certificates also can be applied toward the associate degree.

Scheduling and Entry Options

Day classes are available. Although a student may enter in any term, starting in the Fall Semester is highly suggested because automotive courses are only offered in the semester indicated and are subject to prerequisites. Full-time students usually complete requirements in five semesters. Part-time students should allow nine to eleven consecutive semesters to earn the degree. General Education course requirements can be completed at any time during the program. Students entering the Automotive Program are strongly recommended to have a personal laptop for classes. 

www.tctc.edu/auto

CNC Programming and Operations

Program Information

CNC Programming and Operations prepares graduates to work as CNC programmers and operators with manufacturers requiring high production volumes or short run batches of discrete parts. The program offers an associate degree and four certificate options. Credit for courses in the certificates also can be applied toward the associate degree.

Scheduling and Entry Options

Program courses are offered during the day beginning in the Fall Semester of each year and are offered at the Industrial Technology Center (ITC) in Sandy Springs. Additionally, the first three semesters of the associate degree are available at the Oconee Campus. Entry during any other term will be permitted but may limit the courses that are available. Full-time day students usually complete requirements in six terms. General Education course requirements can be completed at any time during the program. Courses can be completed in any order subject to the completion of course prerequisites.

www.tctc.edu/cnc

Engineering Design Technology

Program Information

The Engineering Design Technology program prepares students to work in a collaborative manner with design teams to translate ideas and solutions into 2-D CAD drawings and 3-D CAD models. Students develop skills and techniques by using modern software such as AutoCAD, Catia, and SolidWorks. Students will be creating 3D models using CAD software and from these computer-generated models, students use 3D printers to produce physical prototypes and industrial parts. Students will be using CAD software to create 2D engineering documentation such as shop drawings, P&IDs, and plant layouts. Graduates are typically employed as part of a design team by manufacturing, engineering, and mechanical companies.

The Engineering Design Technology program offers an associate degree.

Scheduling and Entry Options

Program courses are offered during the day beginning in the Fall Semester of each year. Entry during any other term will be permitted but may limit the courses that are available. Full-time day students usually complete degree requirements in five terms. General Education course requirements can be completed at any time during the program. Courses can be completed in any order subject to the completion of course prerequisites.

www.tctc.edu/edt

Engineering Systems Technology

Program Information

The Engineering Systems Technology program will prepare students to design, prototype, build, and troubleshoot the types of control systems that are used in today’s high-tech industries and businesses. Students will gain knowledge in electricity, electronics, digital circuits, computer controlled devices, system programming, programmable logic controllers (PLC), human machine interfaces (HMI), industrial networking, pneumatics, robots, computer aided design (2D & 3D CAD), problem solving, and critical thinking. This program prepares students to pursue a career as an engineering technician in a variety of settings such as manufacturing, design labs, quality labs, supply chains, and other businesses that utilize current smart technology control strategies.

The Engineering Systems Technology program offers an associate degree and one certificate. Credit for courses in the certificate may also be applied toward the associate degree.

Scheduling and Entry Options

The Engineering Systems Technology program is located on the Pendleton Campus. Although major courses start each Fall Semester, students may enter the program any term. Full-time students usually complete the program requirements in five semesters. Part-time students should allow at least nine consecutive semesters to earn the degree. Although courses can be completed in any order, subject to the completion of course prerequisites, students are advised to follow the recommended course sequence. General Education course requirements can be completed on any TCTC campus or online, as available.

 

Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning Technology

Program Information

The Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning Technology program offers an associate degree and two certificate options. Graduates service equipment in homes, businesses, and industries. Graduates may choose to work independently or for equipment distributors, for small companies or large ones, in building automation systems or facilities maintenance.

Scheduling and Entry Options

Day and evening classes are available. Full-time day students can expect to complete the program in five terms. Evening students should allow eight to ten terms to complete the degree. General Education course requirements can be completed at any time during the program.

www.tctc.edu/hvac

Manufacturing Management and Leadership

Program Information

This degree program equips students for careers as supervisors/team leaders in manufacturing by teaching leadership and communication skills unique to an industrial environment.  In addition, heavy emphasis is placed on Lean Manufacturing practices, quality principles, managerial accounting, and industrial safety. Students are required to complete technical coursework selected from any technical field in the Engineering and Industrial Division.

The Manufacturing Management and Leadership program offers two associate degrees, and six certificate options. Credit for courses in the certificates can also be applied toward the associate degree. The Production and Operations Emphasis, A.A.S., Manufacturing Operators I Certificate, Manufacturing Production I Certificate, and Manufacturing Production II Certificate are restricted for TCTC I-BEST students. 

Scheduling and Entry Options

Day and evening classes are available. Although major courses start in the Fall Semester, students may enter any term. Full-time day students usually complete degree requirements in five terms. Students working swing shifts can have classes arranged around their work schedules. Many of the core courses are offered online. General Education course requirements can be completed at any time during the program. Courses can be completed in any order subject to the completion of course prerequisites.

www.tctc.edu/mml

Mechatronics Technology

Program Information

The Mechatronics Program is designed for students who want to make a career out of becoming a technician in the world of automation. The program assists students in acquiring the multifunction and employability skills needed in today’s manufacturing environment as an entry level technician. Today’s industry relies on well-trained electromechanical technicians to reduce downtime and increase efficiency of the equipment. Students learn how to diagnose and repair a variety of automation systems such as mechanical, electrical, hydraulics, pneumatics, PLCs, and robotics. They learn the importance of how each system is integrated in the automation process. There is an extensive focus placed on troubleshooting and how it is applied to electromechanical systems. 

The Mechatronics Program offers an associate degree and two certificate options. Credit for courses in the certificates also can be applied toward the associate degree.

Scheduling and Entry Options

Day and evening classes are available. The full program is offered on the Pendleton Campus. Additionally, the first two semesters are offered on the Anderson and Oconee Campuses. Full-time day students usually complete requirements in six terms. For students taking a reduced load, a degree requires eight to ten terms. General Education course requirements can be completed at any time during the program. Courses can be completed in any order subject to the adherence of course prerequisites and corequisites. 

www.tctc.edu/mech

Welding Technology

Program Information

The Welding Technology program utilizes hands-on, practical training in basic and advanced welding techniques for welding steel, stainless steel, and aluminum materials. Welding training emphasizes stick, MIG, and TIG welding in pipe and structural applications, along with other skills needed in the workplace such as blueprint reading, robotic welding, fabrication, and welding metallurgy. Upon successful completion, students will be prepared for a variety of employment opportunities related to welding, primarily in construction and metalworking.

The Welding Technology program offers one associate degree option and four certificate options. Credit for courses in the certificates also can be applied toward the associate degree.

Scheduling and Entry Options

Day and evening classes are available, and students may enter any term. Full-time day students usually complete requirements in six terms. For students taking a reduced load, a degree requires eight to ten terms. General Education course requirements can be completed at any time during the program. Courses can be completed in any order subject to the completion of course prerequisites.

www.tctc.edu/wld