Some Careers in Electronics Engineering Technology you may Not Have Thought About

Some Careers in Electronics Engineering Technology you may Not Have Thought About | ECPI UniversityIf you enjoy working with computer hardware, medical equipment, and other electronic devices, you’ve probably thought about studying electronics engineering technology. Being an electrical engineering technician is an attractive career in its own right, but its required skills also open the door to a number of related careers. If you study this field, you’ll have a chance to break into the following jobs:

Civil Engineering Technicians:

As a civil engineering technician, you’ll work with civil engineers to design and plan buildings, infrastructure projects, and utilities. You will do most of your work in offices or laboratories, though you may occasionally have to travel to construction sites to oversee plans as they are carried out. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median pay in this field is $47,500 per year. The number of jobs for civil engineering technicians is not expected to change much in the next ten years. Although employers prefer to hire workers who have studied civil engineering specifically, they are often willing to hire workers with associates degrees in any engineering or engineering technology field. With a degree in electrical engineering technology, you’ll be a competitive applicant for this job. [Read more...]

EXPO Reveals the “Truth” About Manufacturing Jobs

EXPO Reveals the “Truth” About Manufacturing Jobs | ECPI University | MFGDAY14They came with robots, 3D printers, and advanced machinery of all types. Manufacturers from across Coastal Virginia arrived at ECPI University ready to change some minds. It was all part of a nationwide event called Manufacturing Day Expo, held on October 3. Sponsored by a coalition of professional associations and leading manufacturers, it was one of many such events held simultaneously at cities around the nation, all with one purpose in mind: to dispel the outdated myths associated with manufacturing careers.

“It’s nothing like it used to be,” says ECPI University Virginia Beach Campus President Kevin Paveglio. “People who work in manufacturing operate in a more automated and rewarding environment. They use technical skills to trouble shoot, set-up and program components like robots, automated systems and computers…and they experience very competitive compensation and benefits.” What’s more, according to a recent study by Deloitte Touche, there are an estimated 600,000 technical jobs waiting to be filled throughout the nation…and that number is growing. [Read more...]

ECPI University Graduate Builds Business in Growing Healthcare Niche

ECPI University Graduate Builds Business in Growing Healthcare NicheNeed a gently-used defibrillator? How about an ultra-reasonable price on an ultrasound machine? Well, then John Taylor is your man. This 1996, ECPI University graduate is the owner of Medical Equipment Sales of Virginia. It’s a company that seems to be perfectly positioned to serve a cost-conscious healthcare industry.

While the company does provide new equipment, it’s built on refurbishing used medical machines and devices. Though, by the time it’s done with them, they operate like new. From CT scanners to EKG machines to hospital beds – John’s company can provide just about anything a hospital, clinic, surgery center or doctors’ office could possibly need. All equipment comes with warranties and John’s highly-skilled technicians provide 24-hour maintenance. [Read more...]

What Will Mechatronics (robotics engineering) Look Like in 5 Years?

What Will Mechatronics (robotics engineering) Look Like in 5 Years? | ECPI UniversityMechatronics is an exciting career that blends three different disciplines into one exciting profession: electronic, mechanical, and computer engineering. When most people think of mechatronics, they think of robots on automobile assembly lines, but it goes much deeper than that. For example, Ohlins Racing is using  mechatronics to improve the performance of motorcycle suspension systems. Leveraging technology initially developed for the racing world, they’re able to scale it to accommodate a much broader market.

When it comes to advanced manufacturing, mechatronics eliminates some human interaction in the process, lowering production costs. It also makes the process more efficient and less error-prone. All of these factors are very attractive to most management teams and virtually guarantee that they will invest in this technology more heavily in the coming years. [Read more...]

3 Organizations Preparing Students for Manufacturing Careers

3 Organizations Preparing Students for Manufacturing Careers | ECPI UniversityIn a world inundated with products and services, it can be easy for most people to forget the huge, underlying engine that drives it all: manufacturing. No matter what the economy is projected to look like in the future, manufacturing will always be relevant – barring, of course, total economic collapse. Manufacturing is the seed of high technology, and it is advancing at an astonishing pace.

As technology fuels America’s return as a leading manufacturer, it is creating a steady supply of highly-skilled jobs for people who can program, maintain, and troubleshoot automated machinery and robotic devices. However, the demand is far outpacing the supply, creating a major skills gap. [Read more...]