FAQ – Engineering and Technology
Where have recent electronic engineering technology graduates been employed?
About 99 percent of Vaughn graduates are employed or continue their educations within one year of graduation.* 83% of Vaughn grads are employed in their field of choice or continue their education within one year.* Some are employed at well-known companies such as Lockheed Martin, The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, Rockwell Collins, United Technologies, Consolidated Edison and JetBlue Airways.

*Outcomes include data within one year of graduation for graduates who reported via survey. There was a total of 282 graduates in 2018. 220 reported an outcome for a 78% response rate. The 2018 graduate class includes September 2017, December 2017 and May 2018 graduates.

What kind of systems will I work on during my electronic engineering technology studies?
Aircraft communications and navigation systems, pulse systems including transponders and distance measuring equipment (DME), weather and radar altimeter systems, power and distribution systems, flight control systems including: autopilot and flight directors, flight management systems (FMS), electronic flight instrument systems (EFIS), traffic alert and collision avoidance systems (TCAS) and global positioning systems (GPS).
What type of engineering is mechatronic engineering?
On the leading edge of industry today, mechatronic engineering is an innovative field that uniquely combines the elements of mechanical, electronic and computer engineering to design “smart” technology, such as the Mars Rover.

Students in this field take courses in basic engineering sciences and application (mechanical, electronic, computer and controls theory) and are also required to take courses in automation, robotics and CATIA. Exposure to the design process exists throughout the curriculum in various engineering courses. To complete this program, students are required to take three credit hours of a senior project related to mechatronic components development.

Where can I take my Federal Communication Commission (FCC) examination?
The newly renovated FAA-Authorized Prometric Test Center at the College provides students with all the written exams for the FCC General Radio Telephone License.
How long does it take to complete the electronic engineering technology programs?
A full-time student can complete the BS program in eight semesters or four years, and the AAS program in four semesters or two years.
What are some of the design courses I will take in the animation and digital technologies program?
  • 3-D Computer Graphics: Creating artistically rendered, photorealistic and animated 3-D scenes using the 3-D Studio Max software.
  • Introduction to Interactive Media: Creating interactive media productions using a range of popular software programs such as Dreamweaver and Flash.
  • Advanced Computer-Aided Design: Learning the more advanced functions of the AutoCAD software program and creating and using layers and cross-reference drawings.
For more information and a full list of courses, please see the undergraduate catalog.
What kind of equipment and software will I use during my animation and digital technologies studies?

Students work on Dell-Dimension XPS R350 computer stations equipped with 350-mhz Pentium II Processors, 128 MB RAM and eight-gigabyte hard drives. These computers, located in the graphics lab, are fully equipped with software programs such as:

  • Studio Max, a 3-D animation program
  • AutoCAD, a high-end engineering drawing software package
  • Adobe Photoshop, a program which enables you to edit and manipulate images in a variety of ways
  • Macro-Media Director, a program which combines text, video, images and sound to mix interactive media presentations
How long does it take to complete the animation and digital technologies degree?
A full-time student can complete the BS program in eight semesters or four years and the AAS program in four semesters or two years.
What are some of the courses I will take in aeronautical engineering technology (pre-engineering)?
  • Material Science and Composites: This course will cover basic atomic structure, metallurgy, plastic and ceramic materials.
  • Computational Methods in Engineering: This course will cover numerical analysis, finite difference approximations, matrix inversion methods, implicit and explicit procedures.
  • Engineering Graphics: This course emphasizes the interpretation of engineering drawings, combining theory and standard practice.
Can I transfer an associate's degree in engineering technology to a bachelor of science degree?
Graduates of this program can either continue their studies in the College’s bachelor of science degree program or transfer to engineering programs at other four-year programs at a variety of colleges. For more information, please see the department chairman.

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