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 www.onetonline.org
  • 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 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)

Full time engineering faculty member Tucker Howie teaches both Engineering transfer and some ETEC classes; he holds the following academic and industry credentials:

  • Doctorate of Philosophy in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Washington
  • Masters of Science in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Washington
  • Bachelor of Science in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Washington
  • Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Washington
  • Certified SolidWorks Associate

Tucker has been involved with research developing methods to locate and quantify early stages of heat damage in composite materials; he also has research experience with smart materials such as shape memory alloys and shape memory polymers.

Tucker's professional affiliations include the Society for the Advancement of Materials and Process Engineers (SAMPE) and Advance Materials in Transport Aircraft Structures (AMTAS).

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 Prototype Lab)
  • 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
  • Scanning Electron Microscope
  • 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 etec@edcc.edu

What companies are represented on our advisory committee?

  • The Boeing Company
  • Airtech International
  • K&K Industries
  • Pocock Racing Shells
  • Toray Composites