Overview & Curriculum Outline

  • Engineering Technology Career Pathways - Overview


    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 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  

    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.

    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 130 Industrial Electrical Systems - 27 Tasks    = 250 hrs, 4 credits

    Level I - 10 Tasks                                                = 100 hrs

                                                        Total Hours     = 360 hrs

    Students Select Career Pathway



    Robotics & Automation


    Level II - 40 Tasks

       Approx. 360 hrs

    MET 120 - Industrial Mechanics - 5 credits
    MET 140 A - Intro. to PLC Part 1 - 2 credits
    MET 101 - Intro to Shop Machinery - 3 credits

       Approx. 360 hrs          Total Credits - 10

    MET 120 - Industrial Mechanics - 33 Tasks = 200 hrs.
    MET 140A - Intro to PLC Part 1 - 16 Tasks = 100 hrs.
    MET 101 - Intro to Shop Machinery - 21 Tasks = 60 hrs.

       Approx.  360 hrs.



    Robotics & Automation



    Level III – 29 Tasks

       Approx. 360 hrs

    Attends RACC and BCTC
    MET 140B - Intro to PLC Part II - 2 credits                
    MET 150 - Industrial Mechanics II - 6 credits              
    MET 160 - Rotating Electrical Machines - 4 credits

       Approx. 360 hrs.          Total Credits - 12

    Level III - 29 Tasks

    NOCTI End of Program Exam