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Engineering Technician

Are you a problem solver and a team player? Why not consider a career as an engineering technician? An engineering technician needs a practical understanding of engineering concepts to assist engineers and technologists in projects relating to research and development, implementation or operation.  Our Engineering Technician training course can provide you with the knowledge and skills you need to prove competency and begin your career as an engineering technician quickly.

This accelerated Engineering Technician course provides an intensive overview of skills necessary for this manufacturing role. You will learn math, inspection, safety, materials, machining, quality, grinding, electrical systems, automation, motor controls, additive manufacturing, assembly, design, and management necessary to work as an Engineering Technician. 

18 Months / 330 Course Hrs
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Course Code: GES775

What You Will Learn
  • Six Sigma, 5S, Lean, and TPM
  • Inspection Methods
  • Metallurgy and Materials Science
  • CNC Controls and Programming
  • Programmable Logic Control and Programming
  • Electrical Systems
  • Fabrication and Assembly Processes
  • Additive Manufacturing Processes
  • Composite Processing
  • Product, Process, and Production Design and Management
How the course is taught
  • Self-paced, online course
  • 18 months to complete
  • Open enrollment, begin anytime
  • 330 course hours
How you will benefit
  • Prepare for a career as a tool and die maker, die maker, tool and die machinist, or toolmaker
  • Gain confidence in your ability to perform your job


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I. Math
  1. Math Fundamentals
  2. Math: Fractions and Decimals
  3. Units of Measurement
  4. Basics of Tolerance
  5. Blueprint Reading
  6. Algebra Fundamentals
  7. Geometry: Triangles
  8. Geometry: Circles and Polygons
  9. Geometry: Lines and Angles
  10. Trigonometry: The Pythagorean Theorem
  11. Trigonometry: Sine, Cosine, Tangent
  12. Trigonometry: Sine Bar Applications
  13. Interpreting Blueprints
  14. Statistics
  15. Concepts of Calculus
II. Inspection
  1. Basic Measurement
  2. Calibration Fundamentals
  3. Hole Standards and Inspection
  4. Thread Standards and Inspection
  5. Surface Texture and Inspection
  6. Introduction to GD&T
  7. Major Rules of GD&T
  8. Inspecting a Prismatic Part
  9. Inspecting a Cylindrical Part
  10. Advanced Hole Inspection
  11. Inspecting with Optical Comparators
  12. Inspecting with CMMs
  13. In-Line Inspection Applications
III. Metal Cutting
  1. Cutting Processes
  2. Safety for Metal Cutting
  3. Overview of Machine Tools
  4. Basic Cutting Theory
  5. Band Saw Operation
  6. Introduction to Metal Cutting Fluids
  7. Metal Cutting Fluid Safety
  8. Speed and Feed for the Lathe
  9. Speed and Feed for the Mill
  10. Cutting Tool Materials
  11. Carbide Grade Selection
  12. ANSI Insert Selection
  13. Lathe Tool Geometry
  14. Drill Tool Geometry
  15. Impact of Workpiece Materials
  16. High-Speed Machining
  17. Hard Turning
  18. Machining Titanium Alloys
IV. Machining
  1. Manual Mill Basics
  2. Engine Lathe Basics
  3. Manual Mill Setup
  4. Overview of Engine Lathe Setup
  5. Manual Mill Operation
  6. Engine Lathe Operation
  7. Holemaking on the Manual Mill
  8. Threading on the Engine Lathe
  9. Taper Turning on the Engine Lathe
  10. Introduction to CNC Machines
  11. Basics of the CNC Lathe
  12. Basics of the CNC Mill
  13. Coordinates for the CNC Lathe
  14. Coordinates for the CNC Mill
  15. Basics of G Code Programming
  16. Introduction to CAD and CAM for Machining
  17. Control Panel Functions for the CNC Lathe
  18. Control Panel Functions for the CNC Mill
  19. Offsets on the CNC Lathe
  20. Offsets on the CNC Mill
  21. Creating a CNC Turning Program
  22. Creating a CNC Milling Program
  23. Turning Calculations
  24. Calculations for Programming the Mill
  25. Canned Cycles for the Lathe
  26. Canned Cycles for the Mill
  27. Haas Mill: Control Panel Overview
  28. Haas Lathe: Control Panel Overview
  29. Haas Mill: Entering Offsets
  30. Haas Lathe: Entering Offsets
  31. Haas Mill: Locating Program Zero
  32. Haas Lathe: Locating Program Zero
  33. Haas Mill: Program Execution
  34. Haas Lathe: Program Execution
  35. Haas Mill: Program Storage
  36. Haas Lathe: Program Storage
  37. Haas Mill: First Part Runs
  38. Haas Lathe: First Part Runs
  39. Fanuc Mill: Control Panel Overview
  40. Fanuc Lathe: Control Panel Overview
  41. Fanuc Mill: Entering Offsets
  42. Fanuc Lathe: Entering Offsets
  43. Fanuc Mill: Locating Program Zero
  44. Fanuc Mill: Program Execution
  45. Fanuc Lathe: Locating Program Zero
  46. Fanuc Lathe: Program Execution
  47. Fanuc Mill: Program Storage
  48. Fanuc Lathe: Program Storage
  49. Fanuc Mill: First Part Runs
  50. Fanuc Lathe: First Part Runs
  51. Mazak Mill: Control Panel Overview
  52. Mazak Lathe: Control Panel Overview
  53. Mazak Mill: Locating Program Zero
  54. Mazak Lathe: Locating Program Zero
  55. Mazak Mill: Entering Offsets
  56. Creating an EIA/ISO Program for the Mazak Mill
  57. Creating an EIA/ISO Program for the Mazak Lathe
  58. Creating a Mazatrol Program for the Mill
  59. Creating a Mazatrol Program for the Lathe
  60. Mazak Mill: Program Execution
  61. Mazak Lathe: Program Execution
  62. Mazak Mill: Program Storage
  63. Mazak Lathe: Program Storage
  64. Mazak Mill: First Part Runs
  65. Mazak Lathe: First Part Runs
  66. Mazak Lathe: Entering Offsets
V. Safety
  1. Intro to OSHA
  2. Personal Protective Equipment
  3. Noise Reduction and Hearing Conservation
  4. Respiratory Safety
  5. Lockout/Tagout Procedures
  6. SDS and Hazard Communication
  7. Bloodborne Pathogens
  8. Walking and Working Surfaces
  9. Fire Safety and Prevention
  10. Flammable/Combustible Liquids
  11. Ergonomics
  12. Hand and Power Tool Safety
  13. Safety for Lifting Devices
  14. Powered Industrial Truck Safety
  15. Confined Spaces
  16. Environmental Safety Hazards
  17. Machine Guarding
VI. Materials
  1. Introduction to Physical Properties
  2. Introduction to Mechanical Properties
  3. Introduction to Metals
  4. Introduction to Plastics
  5. Metal Manufacturing
  6. Classification of Steel
  7. Essentials of Heat Treatment of Steel
  8. Hardness Testing
  9. Ferrous Metals
  10. Nonferrous Metals
  11. Ceramics
  12. Thermoplastics
  13. Thermosets
  14. Exotic Alloys
VII. Quality and Manufacturing Management
  1. Essentials of Leadership
  2. Essentials of Communication
  3. ISO 9001:2015 Review
  4. Continuous Process Improvement: Managing Flow
  5. Manufacturing Process Applications: Part I
  6. Continuous Process Improvement: Identifying and Eliminating Waste
  7. Manufacturing Process Applications: Part II
  8. Managing Performance: Best Practices
  9. Approaches to Maintenance
  10. Process Design and Development
  11. Product Design and Development
  12. Managing Performance: Corrective Actions
  13. Production System Design and Development
  14. Equipment/Tool Design and Development
  15. Basics of Manufacturing Costs
  16. Total Productive Maintenance
  17. Conflict Resolution Principles
  18. 5S Overview
  19. Conflict Resolution for Different Groups
  20. Team Leadership
  21. Intro to Six Sigma
  22. Manufacturing Management
  23. Troubleshooting
  24. Personal Effectiveness
  25. Managing the Diverse Workplace
  26. SPC Overview
  27. Performance Management and the Law
  28. Metrics for Lean
  29. Process Flow Charting
  30. Strategies for Setup Reduction
  31. Management Tools: Product and Process Design
  32. Six Sigma Goals and Tools
VIII. Grinding
  1. Grinding Processes
  2. Grinding Safety
  3. Basic Grinding Theory
  4. Basics of the Surface Grinder
  5. Basics of the Cylindrical Grinder
  6. Basics of the Centerless Grinder
  7. Setup for the Surface Grinder
  8. Setup for the Cylindrical Grinder
  9. Setup for the Centerless Grinder
  10. Surface Grinder Operation
  11. Cylindrical Grinder Operation
  12. Centerless Grinder Operation
  13. Introduction to Grinding Fluids
  14. Grinding Ferrous Metals
  15. Grinding Nonferrous Metals
  16. Grinding Wheel Materials
Grinding Wheel Geometry
IX. Power and Control
  1. Electrical Units
  2. Applied and Engineering Sciences
  3. Safety for Electrical Work
  4. Forces of Machines
  5. Introduction to Circuits
  6. The Forces of Fluid Power
  7. Relays, Contactors, and Motor Starters
  8. Introduction to Magnetism
  9. Control Devices
  10. DC Circuit Components
  11. Distribution Systems
  12. NEC Overview
  13. AC Fundamentals
  14. AC Motor Applications
  15. Electrical Instruments
  16. Electrical Print Reading
  17. DC Power Sources
  18. AC Power Sources
  19. Conductor Selection
  20. Series Circuit Calculations
  21. Introduction to Electric Motors
  22. Reversing Motor Circuits
  23. Parallel Circuit Calculations
  24. Symbols and Diagrams for Motors
  25. Logic and Line Diagrams
  26. Battery Selection
  27. DC Motor Applications
  28. Specs for Servomotors
  29. Solenoids
  30. Timers and Counters
  31. Electronic Semiconductor Devices
  32. Photonic Semiconductor Devices
  33. Limit Switches and Proximity Sensors
  34. Photoelectric and Ultrasonic Devices
  35. Reduced Voltage Starting
  36. Solid-State Relays and Starters
  37. Deceleration Methods
  38. Acceleration Methods
X. PLCs and Automation
  1. Automated Systems and Control
  2. Basics of Siemens PLCs
  3. Intro to PLCs
  4. Siemens PLC Hardware
  5. Hardware for PLCs
  6. Numbers, Codes, and Data Types for Siemens PLCs
  7. Numbering Systems and Codes
  8. Siemens PLC Communication
  9. Networking for PLCs
  10. Siemens PLC Inputs and Outputs
  11. PLC Inputs and Outputs
  12. Siemens Human Machine Interfaces
  13. Siemens SIMATIC Modular PLCs
  14. Industrial Network Integration
  15. Basics of Ladder Logic
  16. Siemens PLC Programming Concepts
  17. Basic Programming
  18. Hand-Held Programmers of PLCs
  19. Basic Ladder Diagram Programming for Siemens PLCs
  20. Basic Function Block Diagram Programming for Siemens PLCs
  21. PLC Diagrams and Programs
  22. Ladder Diagram Timers and Counters for Siemens PLCs
  23. Function Block Diagram Timers and Counters for Siemens PLCs
  24. PLC Timers and Counters
  25. Overview of PLC Registers
  26. PLC Program Control Instructions
  27. Math for PLCs
  28. Additional Ladder Diagram Instructions for Siemens PLCs
  29. Additional Function Block Diagram Instructions for Siemens PLCs
  30. Sequencer Instructions for PLCs
  31. Siemens SIMATIC S7-1200 PLCs
  32. PLC Installation Practices
  33. Siemens SIMATIC S7-1500 PLCs
  34. Siemens Safety Integrated for Factory Automation
XI. Additive Manufacturing
  1. Intro to Additive Manufacturing
  2. Additive Manufacturing Safety
  3. The Basic Additive Manufacturing Process
  4. Additive Manufacturing Methods and Materials
  5. Design for Additive Manufacturing
  6. Additive Manufacturing Materials Science
  7. Integrating Additive Manufacturing with Traditional Manufacturing
  8. Additive Manufacturing as a Secondary Process
XII. Welding
  1. Welding Safety Essentials
  2. PPE for Welding
  3. Welding Fumes and Gases Safety
  4. Electrical Safety for Welding
  5. Introduction to Welding
  6. Introduction to Welding Processes
  7. Math Fundamentals for Welding
  8. Geometry Fundamentals for Welding
  9. Material Tests for Welding
  10. Welding Ferrous Metals
  11. Welding Nonferrous Metals
  12. Overview of Weld Types
  13. Overview of Weld Defects
  14. Welding Symbols and Codes
  15. Electrical Power for Arc Welding
  16. Introduction to SMAW
  17. Introduction to GMAW
  18. Introduction to FCAW
  19. Introduction to GTAW
  20. Fabrication Process
  21. Overview of Soldering
  22. Thermal Cutting Overview
  23. Plasma Cutting
  24. Oxyfuel Cutting Applications
  25. Introduction to Automation
  26. SMAW Applications
  27. GMAW Applications
  28. Advanced GMAW Applications
  29. FCAW Applications
  30. GTAW Applications
XIII. Adhesives
  1. Intro to Adhesive Bonding
  2. Basics of the Bonding Process
  3. Intro to Adhesive Properties
  4. Types of Adhesives
  5. Surface Preparation
  6. Steps for Adhesive Application
XIV. Fasteners
  1. Intro to Assembly
  2. Safety for Assembly
  3. Intro to Fastener Threads
  4. Overview of Threaded Fasteners
  5. Tools for Threaded Fasteners
  6. Overview of Non-Threaded Fasteners
  7. Intro to Fastener Ergonomics
  8. Properties for Fasteners
  9. Understanding Torque
  10. Threaded Fastener Selection
XV. Composites
  1. Intro to Composites
  2. Safety for Composite Processing
  3. Overview of Composite Processes
  4. Traditional Composites
  5. Advanced Thermoset Resins for Composites
  6. Advanced Materials for Composites
  7. Intro to Lay-up and Spray-up Molding
  8. Intro to Compression Molding
  9. Surface Finishing Composites
  10. Vacuum Bagging Technique: Single-sided Bagging
  11. Composite Inspection and Defect Prevention
  12. Repair Methods for Composites
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Instructors & Support

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This is not an instructor facilitated course; however, support will be provided through email, online forms, and phone.


Prerequisites / Requirements


There are no prerequisites to take this course.


Hardware Requirements: 

  • This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac.
  • Mac users may experience some issues with Adobe Flash.

Software Requirements: 

  • PC: Windows XP or later.
  • Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Adobe Flash Player. Click here to download the Flash Player.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download the Acrobat Reader.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.


  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.
Instructional Materials

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.


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This course is self-paced and open enrollment, so you can start when you want and finish at your own pace. When you register, you'll receive eighteen (18) months to complete the course.

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Upon successful completion of the course, you will be awarded a Certificate of Completion.

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