Engineering Technology Career Pathway
The Engineering Technology career pathway provides students with a number of career pathways to post-secondary education and industry work. Students who pursue a program in the Engineering Technology field will complete core courses and earn an OSHA certification during their first year. Upon completing the Level I curriculum students will select a career pathway in the field of Robotics and Automation Technology and/or Mechatronics Engineering Technology.
Level I Core Curriculum
All Level I students, regardless of their career pathway, will complete the same core content their first year in the program. Students must earn the OSHA 10-Hour Safety Certification. Additionally, students will complete the content required in the core course MET 130 - Industrial Electrical Systems. Students enrolled in the Technical Academy (mechatronics) can earn dual enrollment credits for their work.
Level II and II Career Pathways Curriculum
The level II students will continue to complete the content required in the core course MET 120 - Industrial Mechanical Systems. During Level II and Level III of the program students will continue to specialize and complete the competencies related to their chosen career pathway.
Students will also be expected to earn recognized industry certifications in their chosen program area. These pathways are considered “high priority occupations” by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor for Berks County. Successful students will find excellent job opportunities available in the region.
Students are expected to supplement their technical education program at BCTC with a “college prep” academic program at their participating high school. This is critical to being able to successfully complete the highly technical coursework in Engineering Technology. It will also enable students to pass college academic placement tests and earn advanced credits.
The Engineering Technology curriculum provides a relatively seamless transition to postsecondary education. Through articulation and partnership agreements, successful students will earn advanced credits with Reading Area Community College, Lehigh Carbon Community College, Pennsylvania College of Technology, and Pittsburgh Technical Institute.