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Engineering Technology

Create Your Success Story in Engineering Technology

If you love to dive headfirst into a problem and work to find, solve, and build a solution, don't wait to enroll in Compton College's Engineering Technology Program. Our robust and technical program gives students hands-on instruction to work as skilled engineers in manufacturing and other industries. Engineers earn high salaries and can work in a variety of settings.

Compton College's Engineering Technology teaches students math, chemistry, physics, drafting, computer-aided design (CAD), engineering principles and design, manufacturing processes, and electronics, and how to apply the associated concepts and tools in technical fields. Courses include Aerospace Engineering, Basic Robotics, Basic Welding, and more.

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How can I apply?

Becoming a Compton College student starts by filling out a free online application. After that, there are a few simple steps to follow before it's time to enroll in classes. Click to get started today.

What are the steps to enrollment?

Click here for all the details you need to understand the process from application to graduation, but here's a brief summary of the steps to become a Compton College student.

  1. Apply for admission
  2. Explore your financial aid options
  3. Complete your online orientation
  4. Work with a counselor to create your educational plan
  5. Register for classes

Need more help? Click here for our virtual program guides.

What degrees and certificates are offered?

Compton College offers two Certificates of Achievement for students to consider in the Engineering Technology Program.

  • Engineering Technology (29-33 units)
  • Engineering Technician (21-25 units)

How much does this program cost?

The program cost is $46 per unit for California residents, not including books, fees, and supplies. For example, unit fees for a 15-unit certificate would be $690, ranging up to the 60-unit associate degree, which would be $2,760. Most students qualify for financial aid or for the Compton College Promise Program.

How long is the program?

Program length varies depending on whether you are pursuing an associate degree or certificate and how many classes you are able to take each semester.

What types of jobs are available once I earn a degree or certificate?

  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Engineering Technician
  • Industrial Engineer
  • Manufacturing Engineer
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What is the salary range for jobs in this field?

The median salary for mechanical engineers and technicians in California is $71,570 and varies based on industry and experience. Among mechanical engineers nationally, the lowest 10 percent earned less than $36,200, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $91,320.

Are there internships and/or work experience available?

Cooperative Work Experience (CWEE) is designed to provide Compton College students with workplace experience and enhanced skills. We invite you to learn more about the work experience process with us by visiting the CWEE website.

Why choose Compton College?

Compton College is a great value for students looking to make a change or enhance their career and get experience for in-demand, high-paying jobs. Our diverse programs, affordable fees, and outstanding student services are here to support your career goals. The Engineering Technology Program is just one of many career paths we offer and trains students based on industry standards to ensure success.

Can I transfer to a university after earning a degree?

Upon completing Compton College's Engineering Technology Program, students can use their certificate and/or degree to work immediately or complete additional general education and major preparation coursework for transfer to a university.

What else do I need to know?

At least 50% of the major requirements for the associate degree must be completed at Compton College.

Who are the program contacts?

Rosa Portillo Gonzalez
Student Services Advisor
Business and Industrial Studies
Office: Welcome Center D-27

Alicia Zambrano
Student Services Advisor
Business and Industrial Studies
Office: Vocational Technology Building, VT-150

"Compton College has taught me so much. Before, I thought that earning a degree was the most valuable aspect of a college education. But what I have come to realize is developing the skills to learn on your own and be a self-directed individual is most valuable. I've received the guidance here to learn how to help myself and grow on my own."
Erik Aparicio, Compton College student


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