Frequently Asked Questions

What is Integrated Engineering Technology?
The Integrated Engineering Technology (InET, formerly Mecomtronics) curriculum was designed in response to the industry's need for multi-functional technicians competent in mechanical, computer, telecommunications and electronics technology. As an engineering technician, you will work individually or as a member of a professional team, applying aspects of scientific and engineering concepts to the implementation of existing technologies and the creation of new technologies.

What will I study?
You will acquire knowledge and skills in demand by business and industry in the areas of installation, maintenance and administration of computer and industrial systems as well as the development, operation and maintenance of automated systems. You will learn how to assist with planning and management of manufacturing processes and how to operate production equipment, as well as apply quality principles for improvement of products.

What industries need graduates of the Integrated Engineering Technology program?
You'll find employment opportunities in the electronics, pharmaceutical, food, health, packaging, manufacturing, computer and transportation fields. Specifically, the MAJOR EMPLOYMENT AREAS IN INTEGRATED ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY include:

  • Plant engineering technician
  • Industrial maintenance technician
  • Maintenance mechanic
  • Industrial electrician
  • Industrial service engineer
  • PLC technician/programmer
  • Field service repair
  • Controls technician

According to the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment prospects for Engineering Technicians through 2012 will remain steady, increasing on average with overall employment trends. The Illinois Department of Employment Security cites average entry-level yearly wages as ranging from $29,000 to $32,000, with median annual incomes of about $45,000.

Can I get a four-year degree?
The program at COD offers a two-year Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree, which graduates can use to continue their studies at a four-year college or university to obtain a bachelor's degree in the engineering technology field. Transfer agreements are available for program graduates to several four-year schools, such as Bradley University, Northern Illinois University, and the Illinois Institute of Technology.

What is different about the Integrated Engineering Technology program?
The following innovative features highlight the InET program:

  • Competency-based
    The program focuses on skills and knowledge that a student must have for immediate employment.

  • Project-centered
    Learning is through hands-on, industry-based projects.

  • Activity-based learning
    Various activities tie the academic subject material from Math, English and Physics in context with technical subjects.

  • Integrated approach
    The delivery of academic subject matter, such as Math, English and Physics, is carried out concurrently with material and skills learned in the technical courses.

  • Modular delivery
    The curriculum is organized in "building blocks" to provide flexibility and reinforce mastery.

  • Studio learning environments
    The classroom simulates a workplace setting, with all learning resources in a single location.

  • Team-oriented approach
    Like the real workplace, students often work in teams to complete projects

 


 

 

Contact Information


Alison Greene, Program advisor
Technical Education Center (TEC), Room 1047, (630) 942-2969

Bridget McFarland, Program Support Specialist
Technical Education Center (TEC), (630) 942-8419 

Business and Technology Division
Technical Education Center (TEC), Room 1034, (630) 942-2592