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Thursday, May 26, 2016

NACC Engineering Tech Students Score Well Above National Average

Northeast Alabama Community College (NACC) Engineering Technician students recently scored an average of 12.4 points above the national average on the National Occupational Competency Testing Institute (NOCTI) Engineering Technician examination.

“We are very pleased with the results of the NOCTI testing,” stated NACC President Dr. David Campbell. “We want our students and programs to be the best that they can be, and test results like this demonstrate that out staff is a achieving this goal.”

The Engineering Technician Program (ENT) prepares students to be the eyes, ears, hands, and feet of engineers. The ENT program includes Mechanical/Electrical and Industrial options. Courses in fluid power, programmable logic controls, robotics, solid modeling, pumps and piping, structural analysis, materials, and project management, as well as quality and productivity are included in the program. The ENT program includes industry certifications and certificates as well as a capstone project course.

“Local industries are realizing the value of having engineering technicians as part of the engineering staff,” said Deni Adkins, ENT Instructor. “They have a sound mechanical and electrical background and can really help carry the workload. Our graduates are working all over the region--in Scottsboro, Fort Payne, Huntsville, Cullman, Trenton, GA, and Chattanooga, TN, just to name a few.”

NACC offers the Associate in Applied Science, certificate, and short-term certificate in Engineering Technology. The median hourly wage for engineering technicians in the US in 2014 was $29.57 (Source: America’s CareerInfoNet, 2015. Earnings vary based on experience, education, and location). Engineering technicians are typically employed in the same places where engineers are employed, including the aerospace, energy, construction, consulting, and manufacturing industries. “Students who enter this emerging field are expected to be faced with a number of opportunities for employment in the coming years,” stated Adkins.

New students are accepted each term. While this program is not designed as a transfer program, some students may wish to complete the program and work in the field while pursuing a Bachelor’s degree. This program is approved for Federal financial aid including Pell grants and student loans.
Begin by enrolling today. Summer registration is going on now. Contact your advisor or the Admissions Office for early registration. Regular registration is May 27, 8:30 AM until 5 PM.
For more information about becoming an engineering technician, contact Deni Adkins, P.E., at 256-638-4418 or 256-228-6001, extension 2277 or by email at

Math, Science, Engineering, and Technology Center where Engineering Technology classes are taught.

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