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Engineering Careers

Do you enjoy problem solving, creating or designing, math and sciences? Many careers in engineering and manufacturing require technical training and advanced sciences and math. You should contact the school for admission criteria. You can study the engineering and manufacturing at a community college, a four year college/university or at a specialty training school or enrichment program.

Engineering/Manufacturing related careers:

  • Drafting/CAD
  • HVAC
  • Computer Programming
  • Construction Trades
  • Engineering

Personal Characteristics:

  • Strong math and science skills
  • Enjoy design and develop
  • Like installing equipment
  • Enjoy maintaining physical systems

Engineering/Manufacturing Programs in the West Michigan (REVISED 12/13/06)

COMMUNITY COLLEGES

Grand Rapids Community College
Grand Rapids, Michigan

Air Conditioning, Refrigeration, and Heating Tech. (certificate and 2 year)
Architectural Drafting Technology
Automotive Servicing (certificate and 2 year)
Computer Aided Engineering/Mechanical Design (certificate and 2 year)
Electronics Servicing (certificate and 2 year)
Industrial Maintenance
Industrial Technology
Plastics Manufacturing Technology (certificate and 2 year)
Quality Science (certificate and 2 year)
Tooling and Manufacturing Technology (certificate and 2 year)
Welding Technology (certificate and 2 year)
Job Training (non credit, 18 week programs)

Automotive Technician
Computer Applications Specialist
Construction Trades
CAD Technician
Computer Support Technician
Machinist/CNC Technician
Welding/Fabrication Technician

Contact:GRCC Counseling and Career Center (616) 234-3900

Kalamazoo Valley Community College
Kalamazoo, Michigan

Automotive Technology (certificate and 2 year)
Chemical Technology
Drafting

CADCAM Design
CAD Design
CAD Drafter (certificate and 2 year)

Electrical Control (certificate)
Electrical Construction (certificate)
Electrical Technology
Heating, Ventilation/Air Conditioning (certificate and 2 year)
Industrial Lab Technician
Machine Tool Automation
Machine Tool Technology/Machinist (certificate and 2 year)
Maintenance Mechanic

Facility
Industrial

Mechanical Engineering Technology
PC Support Technician
Plumbing (certificate)
Senior Lab Technician
Welding Technologies

Contact: Counseling Office (269) 488-4123
Website: www.kvcc.edu/careerguides/guides.htm

Kellogg Community College
Battle Creek, Michigan

Avionics Technician
CAD and Design Technology
Computer Engineering Technology

Computer Programming
Computer Networking
Database Administrator
Microsoft Certified Professional/Systems Engineer

Electricity/Electronics/Instrumentation
Instrumentation & Process Control
Industrial Pipefitting
Industrial Welding
Industrial Robotics
Machine Tool/Tool & Die
Maintenance Mechanic/Millwright
Office Information Technology

Administrative Assistant
Microcomputer Applications
Word/Information Processing

Refrigeration & Air Conditioning (certificate and 2 year)
Sheetmetal

Contact: Academic Advising (269) 965-4124
Website: www.kellogg.cc.mi.us/kccpages/acadprograms/index.html

Lake Michigan College
Benton Harbor, Michigan

Computer Information Systems

Information Technology
Networking
Programming

Drafting and Design (certificate and 2 year)
Electrical/Electronics Engineering Technology
Home Appliance Technologies (certificate)
Industrial Maintenance Technology
Machine Tool Technology
Plastics Technology
Skilled Trades Technology
Water Purification Technology (1+2 with Bay de Noc Community College)

Contact: Counseling & Advising (269) 927-8100 or (800) 252-1562
Website: www.lakemichigancollege.edu/dept/programs.html

Lansing Community College
Lansing, Michigan

Architectural Technology (certificate and 2 year)
Auto Body Repair (certificate)
Automotive Technology (certificate and 2 year)
Aviation
Aviation Technology
Avionics (certificate and 2 year)
Civil Technology
Computer Numeric Control Programming
Computer-Aided Drafting and Design (certificate and 2 year)
Residential Building (certificate and 2 year)
Electrical, Construction (certificate and 2 year)
Electronics (certificate and 2 year)
Heating, AC/Building Maintenance (certificate and 2 year)

Industrial Technology (certificate and 2 year)
Landscape Architecture
Machine Maintenance
Machine Repair (certificate)
Machinist Toolmaker
Millwright (certificate)
Tool and Die Maker
Truck Driver Training (certificate)
Welding

Contact: Advising and Counseling Center (517) 483-1904
Website: www.lcc.edu/academics

Montcalm Community College
Sidney, Michigan

Automotive Technology (certificate and 2 year)
Computer Repair (certificate and 2 year)
Electronics Technology (certificate and 2 year)
Information Systems (certificate and 2 year)
Machine Tool Operation (certificate)
Technical Drafting and Design (certificate and 2 year)
Welding Technology (certificate)

Contact: Counseling & Career Services (877) 328-2111 ext. 231
Website: www.montcalm.cc.mi.us/programs/viewprograms.asp

Muskegon Community College
Muskegon, Michigan

Automotive Technology (certificate and 2 year)
Biomedical Electronics Technology
Computer-Aided Drafting and Design
Digital Electronics Technology (certificate)
Industrial Technology (certificate and 2 year)
Industrial Electrical Maintenance (certificate)
Machining Technology (certificate and 2 year)
Materials Technology
Microprocessor Electronics Technology (certificate)
Production Supervision (certificate)
Pulp and Paper Science (certificate and 2 year)
Quality Assurance (certificate)
Welding Technology (certificate)
World Class Technology Manufacturing/Business

Contact: Counseling Center (231) 777-0362
Website: www.muskegoncc.edu/pages/298.asp

4 YEAR COLLEGES/UNIVERSITIES

Aquinas College
Grand Rapids, Michigan

Chemistry
Computer Information Systems
Mathematics
Physics
Pre-Engineering

Contact: Academic Advising Center (616) 732-4462 or (800) 678-9593
Website: www.aquinas.edu/academics

Calvin College
Grand Rapids, Michigan

Biology
Biotechnology
Chemistry and Biochemistry
Computer Science/Information Systems
Engineering

Chemical
Civil & Environmental
Electrical & Computer
Mechanical

Mathematics & Statistics
Pre-architecture
Physics and Astronomy

Contact: Admissions Office (616) 526-7076 or (800) 688-0122
Website: www.calvin.edu/admin/admissions/programs.htm

Cornerstone University
Grand Rapids, Michigan

Biology
Computer Information Systems (Business)
Mathematics

Contact: Admissions Office (616) 222-1426 or (800) 787-9778
Website: www.cornerstone.edu/future_students/academics/programs

Ferris State University
Big Rapids, Michigan

Applied Biology

Environmental Biology
Forensic Biology

Applied Mathematics

Actuarial Science
Computer Science
Operations Research
Statistics

Architectural Technology (2 year)
Automotive and Heavy Equipment Management
Auto Body (2 year)
Automotive Engineering Technology
Automotive Service Technology (2 year)
Biochemistry
Biology
Building Construction Technology (2 year)
CAD Drafting and Tool Design Technology (2 year)
Chemistry
Civil Engineering Technology (2 year)
Computer Information Systems (2 year and 4 year)
Computer Networks and Systems
Construction Management

Commercial/Industrial Building
Highway/Bridge Construction

Electrical/Electronics Engineering Technology
Facility Management
Heavy Equipment Service Engineering Technology (2 year and 4 year)
HVACR Engineering Technology (2 year and 4 year)
Industrial Chemistry Technology (2 year)
Industrial Electronics Technology
Manufacturing Engineering Technology (2 year and 4 year)
Mathematics
Mechanical Engineering Technology (2 year and 4 year)
New Media Printing and Publishing
Operations and Supply Management
Plastics Engineering Technology (2 year and 4 year)
Printing/Digital Graphic Imaging Technology (2 year and 4 year)
Product Design Engineering Technology
Quality Engineering Technology
Rubber Engineering Technology (2 year and 4 year)
Surveying Engineering (2 year and 4 year)
Technical and Professional Communication
Welding Engineering Technology (2 year and 4 year)
Visual Design and Web Media (2 year)

Contact: Admissions Office (231) 591-5008 or (800) 462-8553
Website: http://catalog.ferris.edu/programs

 Ferris State University-GR
Grand Rapids, Michigan

Advanced Construction Management (certificate)
Building Construction Technology (2 year)
Computer Information Systems
Construction Administration (certificate)
Construction Management
Industrial Technology & Management
Manufacturing Engineering Technology
Product Design Engineering Technology
Quality Engineering Technology
Quality Technology (certificate)

Contact: Admissions (616) 451-4777 or (800) 998-3425
Website: www.ferris.edu/grandrapids

Grand Valley State University
Allendale, Michigan

Biology
Biomedical Sciences
Cellular & Molecular Biology
Computer Sciences
Geochemistry
Engineering

Computer
Electrical
Product Design and Manufacturing
Mechanical

Information Systems
Mathematics
Natural Resources Management
Occupational Safety and Health
Physics
Statistics

Contact: Admissions Office (616) 331-2025 or (800) 748-0246
Website: www.gvsu.edu/engineering or www.gvsu.edu/smart or www.csis.gvsu.edu

Hope College
Holland, Michigan

Biology
Chemistry
Computer Science
Engineering

Biochemistry
Chemical
Computer
Electrical
Mechanical

Mathematics
Physics

Contact: Admissions Office (616) 395-7950 or (800) 968-7850
Website: www.hope.edu/academic/

Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo, Michigan

Aviation Flight Science
Aviation Maintenance Technology
Aviation Science and Administration
Biochemistry
Biology
Biomedical Sciences
Chemistry
Computer Information Systems
Earth Sciences
Engineering

Aeronautical
Chemical
Civil
Computer
Computer Science
Construction
Electrical
Engineering Graphics and Design Technology
Engineering Management
Imaging
Industrial Design
Industrial Engineering
Manufacturing
Mechanical
Paper Science

Geochemistry
Hydrogeology
Mathematics
Physics

Electrical Engineering
Material Science

Statistics

Contact: Admissions Office (269) 387-2000
Website: www.wmich.edu/academics/undergraduate/

OTHER TRAINING OPPPORTUNITIES

Michigan Construction Careers
email: info@greatermichiganpmc.org
www.miconstruction.com

Unionized Construction Apprentice Schools:

Cement masons
Carpentry
Electrical Workers
Glaziers and Glassworkers
Iron Workers
Millwrights
Painters and Drywall Finishers
Plumbers, Pipefitters
HVAC
Roofers and Waterproofers

West Michigan Plumbers, Fitters and Service Trades
(616) 837-0222
www.ua174.org

Plumbing and Pipefitting

National Association of Women in Construction - Chapter 194
(616) 837-0222
www.nawic194.org

Support resources for women entering a career in construction