Overview & Curriculum Outline

  • Engineering Technology Career Pathways - Overview


    The Engineering Technology career pathway provides students with a number of career pathways to postsecondary education and work. Students who pursue a program in the Engineering Technology field will complete two 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 Electronic Engineering Technology, Robotics and Automation Technology or Mechatronics Engineering Technology.  

    Level I Core Curriculum  

    All first level students, regardless of their career pathway, will complete the same core curriculum their first year in the program. Students must successfully complete and earn the OSHA 10 hour Safety Certification.  In addition, students will complete the follow two core courses: MET 130 - Industrial Electrical Systems and MET 120 Industrial Mechanical Systems. 

    Level II and III Career Pathways Curriculum  

    During the second and third level of the program students will begin 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 also will 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. 

    The following chart provides a graphic outline of the curriculum for the Engineering Technology Career Pathway:

    Engineering Technology - Secondary Level


    OSHA/CareerSafe Certification                               =   10 hrs

    MET 120 Industrial Mechanics - 33 Tasks               = 200 hrs

    MET 130 Industrial Electrical Systems - 27 Tasks   = 150 hrs

                                                            Total Hours     = 360 hrs

    Students Select Career Pathway



    Robotics and Automation


    CETa 1st  Exam DC Circuits - 35 Tasks  

    CETa 2nd Exam AC Circuits - 42 Tasks


                                  Approx. 360 hrs

    Level II  -  40 Tasks




    Approx.    360 hrs

    -  MET 140 Intro. to PLC Part I - 16 Tasks = 100 hrs              

    - MET 101 Intro. To Shop Machinery - 21 Tasks     =   50 hrs

    - IFT 110 Microcomputer Applications - 12 Tasks =   45 hrs



    Approx.  195 hrs













    Robotics and Automation


    CETa 3rd Exam Semiconductor – 10 Tasks

    CETa 4th Exam Digital Circuits  –  13 Tasks



    Approx.  360 hrs

    Level III – 29 Tasks





    Approx. 360 hrs

    Attends RACC and BCTC

    -  MET 140 Introduction to PLC Part II

    -  MET 150 Industrial Mechanics II                   

    -  MET 160 Rotating Electrical Machines       

                                                                                                                                  Approx.  195 hrs

    NOCTI End of Program Exam