Engineering Technology

Program Overview

The Bridging Communities Engineering Technology program is recommended for students interested in a university engineering or technology degree, community college engineering technology programs, or entry into the technology workforce. This two year dual enrollment program provides students with the opportunity to earn six high school credits and 20 college credits from Rappahannock Community College. Students also have the opportunity to earn multiple industry credentials. Upon successful completion of the two year program, Rappahannock Community College awards the students an Introduction to Engineering Technology Career Studies Certificate.

Graduates in the engineering and technology fields can expect to earn salaries in the range of $36,000 to $132,000, depending on final degree and experience. These professionals are most likely to enter positions in sectors such as construction, manufacturing, product design, testing, system operation and maintenance, or technical services and sales.

Year 1 of Engineering Technology - 11th Grade

The junior year program introduces students to a variety of engineering fields and related careers. Students will study and explore engineering technology design, fundamentals of modeling and design processes applied to real world problems. Instruction includes projects that focus on solving engineering problems. Students complete the OSHA 10-hour general industry safety course and take the NOCTI Pre-Engineering/Engineering Technology industry credential assessment. Students have the opportunity to earn 3 high school credits and 7 college credits.

High School Courses:

  • 8450 - Engineering Explorations I

College Courses:

  • EGR 115 - Engineering Graphics
  • EGR 120 - Intro to Engineering
  • EGR 123 - Engineering Design


  • Recommendation of School Counselor
  • Complete English & Math VCCS placement tests
  • Completion of Algebra II (or concurrent enrollment in Algebra II)
  • Enroll in Rappahannock Community College

VCCS Requirements:

  • Place into ENF 2 on the English Virginia Placement Test (VPT)
  • Pass units 1 - 5 of the Math (VPT)

Year 2 of Engineering Technology - 12th Grade

The senior level class introduces students to concepts common in most engineering and technology occupations. Students focus on electrical circuit analysis, mechanisms, and the energy industry, with the opportunity to achieve Energy Industry Fundamentals (EIF) Certification. The bearer of the Energy Industry Fundamentals Certificate has a foundational knowledge and understanding of the utility industry. Students have the opportunity to earn 3 high school credits and 13 college credits.

High School Courses:

  • 8491 - Engineering Studies

College Courses:

  • EGR 135 - Statics for Engineering Technology
  • ETR 113 - AC/DC Fundamentals
  • ELE 176 - Introduction to Alternative Energy
  • ENE 104 - Energy Industry Fundamentals


  • Successful completion of Engineering Technology I with a "C" or higher