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Electrical, Industrial and Mechanical
Associate Degree Program

What is an Engineer?

Electrical Engineer

An electrical engineer is someone who designs and develops new electrical equipment solves problems and tests equipment. They work with all kinds of electronic devices, from the smallest pocket devices to large supercomputers. Electrical engineering deals with electricity, electro-magnetism and electronics.
Electrical Engineers assemble electrical systems or prototypes, using hand tools or measuring instruments. They build, calibrate, maintain, troubleshoot, or repair electrical instruments or testing equipment.

Industrial Engineer

Industrial engineering is a branch of engineering which deals with the optimization of complex processes, systems or organizations. Industrial engineers work to eliminate waste of time, money, materials, person-hours, machine time, energy and other resources that do not generate value.
Industrial Engineers, design new equipment or materials or recommend revision to methods of operation, material handling, equipment layout, or other changes to increase production or improve standards. Test selected products at specified stages in the production process for performance characteristics or adherence to specifications. Compile and evaluate statistical data to determine and maintain quality and reliability of products. Study time, motion, methods, or speed involved in maintenance, production, or other operations to establish standard production rate or improve efficiency. Interpret engineering drawings, schematic diagrams, or formulas for management or engineering staff.

Mechanical Engineer

Mechanical engineering is the discipline that applies engineering, physics, and materials science principles to design, analyze, manufacture, and maintain mechanical systems. Mechanical engineering that involves the design, production, and operation of machinery.
Mechanical engineers evaluate tool-drawing designs by measuring drawing dimensions and comparing with original specifications for form and function using engineering skills. They devise, fabricate, and assemble new or modified mechanical components for products such as industrial machinery or equipment, and measuring instruments.

Prerequisite Courses
Students must verify degree level proficiency in Reading, Writing, and Math before program admission.
College Algebra (MATH 1111) is required unless exempted via ACCUPLACER or examination.

Degrees and Certificates
Associates of Applied Science Degree in Engineering Technology

Length of Program
  • Degree: 5 semesters
  • 66 Credit Hours

Semester Program Begins
Every Semester

Application Process

Applicants to the Engineering Technology Degree Program must meet all Admissions requirements; complete an application and pay the application fee. Apply to Gwinnett Technical College at and submit all transcripts from high school and previous college work, and take the ACCUPLACER test if required.

Program Deadlines
You may enter in the Fall, Spring or Summer Terms.



(This data was compiled from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)


2016 Median Pay Electrical:$59,730 to $62,190
Industrial:$53,330 to $54.280
Mechanical:$54,480 to $55,470
Entry level Education Associate's degree, Diploma, Certificate
Number of jobs, 2014 Electrical:34,100
Job Growth, 2024 Electrical:7%