Students wanting to pursue careers within this interest area often prefer hands-on projects and independence while working.
They like creating practical and useful solutions, objects, or processes that help others to function in both work and home and taking existing knowledge and translating it into practical applications, through technology, inventions, or systems. They are problem solvers who enjoy putting together pieces in a way that is new and inventive. Sound like you?
Programs of Study
Applied Engineering Technician
Basic Machine Manufacturing Technology
Commercial Truck Driving
Construction Trades Skills
Forklift Certification Training*
Heavy Equipment Operations*
Home Improvement License
Home Inspection License
Solar Photovoltaic Installer
*These programs are offered at Harford's Leading Edge Training Center Powered by the Ratcliffe Foundation.
• Hands-on, mechanical, interested in how things work
• Use and adapt technologies to solve problems
• Enjoy building and creating
• May prefer to go straight into workforce
• Always looking to learn something new
• Often enjoy being active, outdoors
• Concrete problem solvers
• Work with things they can touch, see, use or improve
A wide variety of job opportunities as technicians and technologists exist in manufacturing, electronics, production and processing, operations, and research and development. They are the ones who bring the plans to life. Those entering the job market with a two-year degree may work with engineers to fabricate models or draw plans. Students may also pursue apprenticeship programs in trade fields such as welding, electrical, and plumbing.
Although many students in this area choose to directly enter the workforce, others use these programs as stepping stones to broader fields or as an add-on to a four-year degree. Common transfer destinations lead them to advanced degrees in fields such as Biotech, Engineering, and Defense.
On campus opportunities in this program area include internships at local businesses and Aberdeen Proving Ground, Additive Manufacturing and Engineering opportunities with Volunteers for Medical Engineering (VME), and clubs such as 3D Printing Club, Engineering Club, and Biological Outreach Initiative. During the COVID-19 pandemic, students in Additive Manufacturing used their skills to fabricate PPEs and donated them to local organizations.