The Bridging Communities Pre-Engineering Technology program is recommended for students interested in a university engineering or technology degree, as well as students interested in community college engineering technology programs. This two year dual enrollment program provides students with the opportunity to earn six high school credits and 16 college credits from Rappahannock Community College. Students participate in TSA competitions and will have the opportunity to earn industry credentials.
Engineering vs. Engineering Technology
Engineering and engineering technology are separate but closely related. Engineering programs focus on theory and conceptual design, while engineering technology programs focus on application and implementation. Graduates of engineering programs are called engineers. They often pursue work involving conceptual design or research and development. Graduates of four-year engineering technology programs are called technologists, while graduates of two-year engineering technology programs are called technicians. These professionals are most likely to enter positions in sectors such as construction, manufacturing, product design, testing, or technical services and sales.
Graduates in the engineering and technology fields can expect to earn salaries in the range from $28,000 to $121,000, depending on final degree and experience.