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. This course can provide you with the knowledge and skills you need to prove competency and begin your career as an engineering technician quickly.

This online Engineering Technician course provides an...

18 Months / 330 Course Hrs
Open Enrollment
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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 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
  • Enrolled students are invited to attend our exclusive annual virtual National Apprenticeship Week events, featuring live webinars, workshops, and employer interactions

How the course is taught

  • Self-paced, online course
  • 18 Months to complete
  • Open enrollment, begin anytime
  • 330 course hours
  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
    17. Grinding Wheel Geometry
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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

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


There are no prerequisites to take this course.


Hardware Requirements:

  • This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac.

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows 8 or later.
  • Mac: macOS 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.


  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.

Instructional Material Requirements:

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

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This course is open enrollment, so you can register and start the course as soon as you are ready. Access to your course can take 24-48 business hours.

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.

The time allotted for course completion has been calculated based on the number of course hours. However, if you are unable to complete the course, contact the student advising team to see what options you may have available to work out a suitable completion date. Please note that an extension fee may be charged.

The course instructor will be available by email to answer any questions and provide feedback on your performance. Occasionally, your course may be supported by a team of industry experts. You will also receive support from the student advising team.

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

This course will provide you with the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. Potential students should always do research on the job market in their area before registering.

This course is non-credit, so it does not qualify for federal aid, FAFSA and Pell Grant. In some states, vocational rehab or workforce development boards will pay for qualified students to take our courses. Additionally, some students may qualify for financial assistance when they enroll, if they meet certain requirements. Financing is available from select schools. Learn more about financial assistance.

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