FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — Many jobs around the Midwest require skilled workers. In this week's Skilled To Work, we learn more about engineering technology.
Engineering technology encompasses many different fields of study and application.
Caitlin Cramer with Ivy Tech says it's a rewarding field for those interested in how things work.
"You can do anything from technician work, working in a manufacturing setting, working on a factory floor to actually an engineering role where you're designing a product or a process,” Caitlin Cramer With Ivy Tech said. “The nice thing about engineering technicians is that ideally, you bridge this gap between technicians and manufacturers and engineers who sit in the background and design things."
Training for the program differs in your area of study, but many of their courses include extensive lab-work for hands-on training.
Cramer says people who go through their program have no problem getting jobs.
"The Midwest as a whole suffers from a huge brain drain right now, and so manufacturing companies especially here in the Midwest are always hiring people,” Cramer said. “Our students have gotten hired at places like steel dynamics, at the city, at USSI Ultra Electronics, and in all of these places, they're working as engineers. Designing things, testing circuitry, working with the city to build systems and infrastructure."
Cramer says her favorite area of study is material science which includes figuring out the composition of metals and what makes them work the best for you.
She says any area of engineering can be for you if you have an inquisitive mind.
"Engineering is so much fun. You spend pretty much all of the time figuring out how stuff works,” Cramer said. “So if you have any interest in how to put stuff together, how to take stuff apart without permanently breaking it, how to design something to solve a problem, engineering's a perfect fit for that."