Four Careers in Engineering Requiring a 2-Year Degree

by Robinson, Marcia Tuesday, February 21, 2012
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The Bureau of Labor Statistics is forecasting plenty of jobs in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) occupations. Many of these STEM jobs with increasing number of job openings are in the Engineering sector. When people hear about engineering jobs, they typically do not think about careers that require only a 2-year college degree. Most people think that all engineering professions require a 4-year degree. These engineering careers requiring only a 2-year degree are not only well paying jobs, but have a really bright outlook for the 21st century. Anyone who is interested in the sciences, particularly in becoming an engineer, but who want to be in the job market pretty quickly, should consider earning a 2-year degree in one of these engineering programs.

Electrical Engineering Technicians are hired to test or modify electrical machinery or electrical control equipment and circuitry in industrial or commercial plants or laboratories. Electrical Engineering Technicians typically work under the direction of engineers or senior technicians. Most of these jobs require a 2-year associate degree or vocational training and on the job training. Seventy eight percent of these professionals have an associate degree or less. Median hourly wage in 2010 was $26.94.

Electronic Engineering Technicians are hired to build, test, troubleshoot, repair, and modify electronic components, parts, equipment, and systems. Electronic engineering technicians work on computer equipment like missile control instrumentation. They routinely apply principles and theories of electronics, electrical circuitry, engineering mathematics, electronic and electrical testing, and physics. Electronic engineering technicians are usually supervised by other engineering staff. Sixty six percent of employees in this occupation have an associate degree. Median hourly wage in 2010 was $26.94.

Nanotechnology Engineering Technicians work on commercial-scale production equipment to produce, test, or modify materials, devices, or systems of molecular or macromolecular composition. These engineering technicians work typically under the supervision of other Nanotechnology professionals. This occupation is classified as a green job by the Department of Labor. Median hourly wage in 2010 was $27.89.

Environmental Engineering Technicians work to modify, test, and operate equipment and devices used in the prevention, control, and remediation of environmental problems. This occupation has a bright outlook as a green job of the future. Thirty eight percent of environmental engineering technicians have a 2-year associate degree or less. Median hourly wage in 2010 was $20.86.