Applied Engineering Technician

Take the first step toward a challenging and rewarding career in engineering by completing the Applied Engineering Technician certification program. 

Harford's Applied Engineering Technician program prepares you to work alongside engineers and scientists, working hands-on with electrical controls and components in a variety of workplaces. Although opportunities for engineering technians will be best for individuals with an associate degree or extensive job training in engineering technology, this certificate gets you started and open doors to working in manufacturing, electronics, production and processing, operations, and research and development.

Program Overview

Credential Earned:

Applied Engineering Technician Certificate


No. of Classes:




In-classroom and Lab




Must be at least 18 years of age and have a high school diploma or GED


Courses in the Engineering Technician Program

Required Courses

Introduction to Electrical Control Systems

Basic Electricity/Electronics for Engineering Technicians

Instrumentation for Industrial Applications

Engineering Technical Print Reading

Elective Courses

Computer Aided Design (CAD)

3D Printing


What Can I Do When I Complete The Program?

After completing this program, you can begin working as and entry-level technician or you may choose to pursue an associate degree in Engineering Technology


Job responsibilities of an Engineering Technician may include:

  • Assist engineers and scientists in conducting applied research in electrical engineering.
  • Design or modify engineering schematics for electrical transmission and distribution systems or for electrical installation in residential, commercial, or industrial buildings, using computer-aided design (CAD) software.
  • Diagnose, test, or analyze the performance of electrical components, assemblies, or systems.
  • Install or maintain electrical control systems, industrial automation systems, or electrical equipment, including control circuits, variable speed drives, or programmable logic controllers.




According to CareerOneStop and the Bureau of Labor Statistics:

  • the manufacturing engineering technologists job category is projected to grow by 3% earning a median wage of $88,450 per year*.
  • employment of engineering technicians and technologists is expected to increase 7% through 2024, with a median wage in Maryland of $70,000*.
  • employment of engineering technicians and technologists is expected to increase 2% through 2024, with an average wage in Maryland of $74,510.


*Completion of this certificate does not guarantee this yearly salary.