The new program will be offered at Ivy Tech's campuses in South Bend, Kokomo, Muncie, Richmond, Columbus, Evansville and Bloomington. The degree will provide students with technical skills and knowledge necessary for employment in engineering technology industries.
The program will educate skilled technicians who will work with engineers and other technicians to design, implement and support engineering processes.
Activities such as collecting, analyzing and interpreting data and troubleshooting complex integrated systems will be fundamental concepts in all coursework. Students will develop basic and advanced skills appropriate to the application of science, technology, engineering and math that will enable graduates to enter the workforce and/or transfer to a four-year engineering technology program.
Graduates may continue their education at selected university sites across Indiana, applying their credits toward a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Technology (BS-ET). This program is designed to meet the "Criteria for Accrediting Engineering Technology Programs," as set forth by the "Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc.," (ABET).
The Indiana Economic Growth Regions (EGRs), in which this degree will be offered are regions that rank manufacturing industries as key occupational opportunities. According to the Indiana Department of Workforce Development's website, Hoosiers by the Numbers, EGR 2 has the largest manufacturing base in the state with 26.9 percent of the total employment attributed to manufacturing.
Likewise, EGR 4 is a well-developed manufacturing region. Eight of the top 10 employers in the region are manufacturing in nature.
This region has also hosted a dramatic increase in alternative energy related employment potential in the areas of wind turbine construction and maintenance, biofuel production, battery technology and smart grid technologies.
All of these emerging technology industries have a need for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) trained technicians. EGR 6 continues the trend toward manufacturing with 14.8 percent of the total employees finding jobs that account for 24.4 percent of the total income within the region.
The EGR regions 8, 9, and 11, find similar analysis points with compensation packages that average more than $60,000 a year in manufacturing, a similar figure found across the state.
Ivy Tech Community College is the state's largest public post-secondary institution and the nation's largest, singly-accredited statewide community college system with more than 130,000 students enrolled annually.