Technology Careers

About the Career

Engineering career benefits include challenging work, avenues for expressing creativity, intellectual development, financial security, prestige and a professional work environment.

Though there are many diverse fields of engineering from aerospace to manufacturing, the five major fields are electrical, mechanical, civil, chemical and computer.

Electrical engineers work with electricity in its many forms – from electrons to large-scale magnetic fields. In addition to designing new products, they construct, operate and maintain a wide variety of electrical systems and equipment.

Mechanical engineers are concerned with the design, development and manufacture of machines and mechanical engineering systems. The goal of a mechanical engineer is to develop mechanical systems that are as efficient as possible.

Civil engineers design and supervise the creation of structures. From tunnels and dams, to highways and airports, to water and sewer systems, civil engineers employ computer technologies and advanced materials to design structures that meet society’s needs.

Chemical engineers use chemistry, physics and math along with engineering tools to solve problems relating to the production and use of chemicals.

Computer engineers apply scientific theory and engineering design to use and develop new computer hardware or software.


Many students will find Midlands Technical College the ideal place to complete the first two years of a four-year, professionally oriented engineering program. In addition to the five engineering career fields listed above, MTC offers the first two years of four-year programs in Computer science and Computer Information systems, as part of a formal “2 + 2” agreement with the College of Engineering and Computing at the University of South Carolina. MTC’s Engineering 2+2 program provides lower tuition, evening courses, smaller classes, preparatory courses, and tutoring assistance.

Upon admission, all engineering 2+2 students are initially enrolled in the Engineering Science Certificate, which will be the basis for a customized associate’s degree that will include the courses that comprise the first two years of the particular engineering or computer science discipline at the University of South Carolina that is of interest to the student.

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Academic students are taking courses for credit toward a degree, certificate, or diploma. They can earn a degree, certificate, or diploma at MTC or transfer to another school to complete their studies. Academic students must apply to and enroll at the college.

Academic Programs


Training students—sometimes called "Continuing Education" students—can take individual courses or earn certificates and certifications. They don't have to apply to the college; they can register directly for classes. Training courses don't earn college credit or transfer to other institutions.

Training Programs