Engineering Technology

Frequently Asked Questions

What kinds of jobs do graduates get?

The Materials Science field involves working with others in a manufacturing and lab environment. If you like working with cutting edge technology, evaluating materials and components for quality, and enjoy work that demands accuracy, then the two-year degree programs at Edmonds Community College were designed with you in mind. Our graduates go on to be:

  • Industrial Engineering Technicians (ONET 17-3026) – see more at
  • Mechanical Engineering Technicians (ONET 17-3029.07)
  • Nondestructive Test Technicians (ONET 17-3029.01)
  • Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, and Weighers (ONET 51-9061)
  • Materials Technicians
  • Test Technicians
  • Quality Technicians
  • Material Development and Research positions

Studying composites is just one path towards a career in engineering technology. We also serve civil, electrical, biomedical, and mechanical engineers who desire to augment their skill sets to include materials science.

What might my schedule of classes look like?

Year One (Starting Fall 2018):

Fall Winter Spring Summer
Manufacturing Basics | ETEC 110 | 5 cr. Intro to Metrology | ETEC 120 | 5 cr. Quality Assurance Tools | ETEC 130 | 5 cr. Optional
Applied Technical Math | ETEC 150 | 5 cr. Intro to Materials Science | ETEC 175 | 5 cr. Polymer Technology | ETEC 180 | 5 cr.  
English Composition | ENGL&101 | 5 cr. Intro to Chemistry with Lab | CHEM&121 | 5 cr. Intro to Electronics | ETEC 105 | 5 cr.  

Year Two

Fall Winter Spring Summer
Intro to Composites | ETEC 200 | 5 cr. Composites Engineering Design | ETEC 250 | 5 cr.  Composites Manufacturing | ETEC 260 | 5 cr.  
Engineering Graphics | ENGR&114 | 5 cr. Intermediate CAD and 3D Printing | ETEC 230 | 4 cr. Advanced CAD and 3D printing | ETEC 231 | 4 cr.  
Public Speaking | CMST&220 | 5 cr. Human Relations in Organizations | MGMT 100 | 5 cr. Capstone Project | ETEC 290 | 5 cr.  
    Career Planning and Workplace Relations | ETEC 292 | 2 cr.  


What credentials do faculty have?

The Engineering Technology Department Chair and lead faculty for Materials Science is Ross Monroe, P.E. Ross has experience working in aerospace and medical equipment manufacturing and currently works summers at Philips Medical Systems. His credentials include:

  • Master of Science in Engineering – Chemical Engineering from the University of Washington
  • Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Oregon State University
  • Washington Professional Engineers License (#32732)
  • SME Certified Manufacturing Engineer
  • ASQ Certified Quality Technician

Ross's professional affiliations include Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), Society for the Advancement of Materials and Process Engineers (SAMPE), Advanced Materials in Transport Aircraft Structures (AMTAS) and American Society for Qualify (ASQ)


What equipment do our labs have?

Our labs have equipment to design, machine, weld, laser-etch, 3D print, and test parts and tools made with carbon fiber, polymers, metals, and ceramics. Our list includes:

  • 3D printers (in our Rapid PrototypeLab)
  • Portable 3D Scanners
  • Baby Plast Injection Molder
  • Kuka Robotic Arm
  • Autoclave,Curing Oven System, and Hot Press
  • Vacuum Forming Machine
  • HAAS TM1P CNC Machining Center
  • CNC Mill, Router Table, Drill Press, Composite Bandsaw, Table Saw
  • Differential Scanning Calorimeter
  • Rockwell Hardness Tester
  • Pulse Echo NDT
  • and more!

If you'd like to tour the labs, please contact us to arrange a time and date at 425.640.1980 or

What companies are represented on our advisory committee?

  • The Boeing Company
  • Airtech International
  • Naimor Metal Fabrication
  • Pocock Racing Shells
  • Toray Composites