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Engineering Employability of A.S. Degree in Engineering Science

  1. Mar 16, 2009 #1
    Hi, I'm looking for some input from industry professionals on the employability of an individual with only an Associate's Degree in Engineering Science from a Community College. Generally this degree is meant only to get you into a 4 year school so you can finish a bachelors, but it involves taking Calculus through multi-variable and differential equations as well as calc based physics I and II (plus the optional Modern Physics). Usually Statics, Dynamics, Mechanics of Materials, Circuit Analysis, Digital Electronics, and Computer Aided Engineering Classes are also taken with a Final Design Project in the last semester. It seems like someone possesing these skills would be highly marketable, if not as a full fledged engineer but as someone doing either light engineering work or perhaps technical sales. What kind of positions would you consider hiring someone with this background for? what kind of starting salaries can they expect. There seems to be little to know info on this degree, considering that it's sole intent is to get you into a 4 year school. Personally I'm impatient and want to get my hands dirty in some real work, while not racking up debt (maybe get an employer to pay my way through the rest). I appreciate all responses, Thanks.
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  3. Mar 16, 2009 #2
    Going to work at this point sounds like a good recipe for assuring that you will not ever finish an engineering degree.
  4. Mar 18, 2009 #3
    Not obtaining a bachelor's degree doesn't bother me. If anyone has any information on the employability of the degree that I actually have, I would greatly appreciate it.
  5. Mar 19, 2009 #4
    Check out Careerbuilder and Monster to get an idea.

    From the engineers I've spoken to, the only people with associates in engineering science they actively look for are those who are gods with software packages like AutoCAD, SolidWorks, and other drafting/design packages. But even then, you will most likely hit a ceiling in earnings that is half that (or less) than someone with a BS in engineering.

    I'm one class away from having an associates in engineering science, but I'm transferring to a University to get my BS. I've actually decided not to take that single class (a general-education course that doesn't transfer to my university).

    If you make it through all the math, science/labs, and general-education courses you might as well just finish the bachelors degree - the investment is well worth it.

    You also can't get professional engineering certification without a BS.
  6. Mar 19, 2009 #5
    You will probably be able to get on as a drafter or a technician if you want technical work, or a salesman if you like to shoot the breeze and talk nonsense.
  7. Mar 20, 2009 #6
    It sounds like a really cool program IF you are planning on getting a Bachelors degree in Engineering. Without a Bachelor's degree in a real engineering program (civil, electrical, or mechanical) that's ABET accredited, you will have a tough time finding someone to hire you.
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