Engineering Technology

Engineering is a broad field, encompassing a wide variety of skills and occupations. There are chemical engineers, civil engineers, electronics and electrical engineers, systems engineers, computer hardware engineers, mechanical engineers, and many others.

Description 2014 Jobs 2017 Jobs
(Projected)
Median Pay
(Hourly)
Low Pay
(Hourly)
High Pay
(Hourly)
Chemical Engineers 4,851 4,910 $58.32 $31.11 $105.50
Electrical Engineers 4,629 4,959 $48.31 $30.44 $71.12
Mechanical Engineers 9,333 9,961 $46.43 $30.19 $74.60
Petroleum Engineers 12,402 13,717 $71.77 $42.96 $136.91
Mechanical Drafter 14,976 16,530 $68.92 $40.86 $130.52
Engineers, All Other 4,358 4,602 $54.88 $28.68 $77.83

*Jobs for recently announced petrochemical projects not yet included. Source: QCEW (Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages) Employees, Non-QCEW Employees, Self-Employed & Extended Proprietors – EMSI 2013.4 Class of Worker BETA. Job and wage information drawn from counties touching a 100-mile radius of Baytown, Texas.

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Programs of Study

Associate of Applied Science, Manufacturing Engineering Technology – MEA2

This degree is designed for students who want to transfer to four-year schools and specialize in engineering fields related to the petrochemical industry.

General Requirements

Associate degree: Completion of the degree program usually requires at least 2 years of full-time equivalent academic work. (Source: Texas Workforce Commission)