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Engineering Technology - Bachelor of Applied Science

Engineering Technology - Bachelor of Applied Science

This program is not currently accepting new students

Engineering Technology is the practical application of math and science to the solution of real-world problems. By applying engineering principles and implementing technological advances, engineering technologists work to benefit society. Graduates with an Engineering Technology degree often seek employment in fields such as, manufacturing; component design; test and evaluation; production engineering; distribution and sales; operation, service and maintenance; and company management.

BTC’s Bachelor of Applied Science in Engineering Technology (BAS-ET) degree is designed to meet the needs of students who want to practice engineering in industry. The program focuses on providing applied technical education that prepares graduates to be productive professionals who make meaningful contributions to the engineering industry. Our program curriculum balances theoretical content with robust applied problem solving. Intensive engineering design projects provide students with a strong foundation of engineering knowledge and skills that align with traditional and emerging engineering and technology careers.

The BAS-ET degree is a 2-year + 2-year online format. This program allows students who have previously received a 2-year associate degree to complete an additional 2-years of an applied bachelor’s degree, fully online. All junior- and senior-level courses are delivered via online instruction, and is designed for students who are unable to attend a traditional Engineering Technology program due to geographic location or scheduling challenges (work, family, or other obligations).


Employment Information

$61,006 starting annual wage2
$78,062 average annual wage2
$98,488 potential annual wage2
  • Employment and Wage Data Sources

    1Employment data come from the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) and reflect WA/OR employment for students enrolled at BTC between 2017-18 and 2019-20. Students are included in the employment rate if they left with a credential. Rates are not shown for programs with fewer than 10 students meeting the above criteria.

    2Whatcom County and WA State wage data come from Washington State Employment Security Department (ESD) 2021 Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates and reflect 2018-21 employment. Wage data represent occupations that BTC faculty have identified as the most relevant career paths for program graduates. Note that these wages reflect employees with varying educational levels/credentials. For cases in which multiple occupations have been identified by faculty, a weighted percentile is calculated using each occupation’s percentile wage and employment size estimate. Wages are not shown for programs for which occupations do not meet the ESD’s minimum thresholds for publishing. If the program has wage data from the Washington SBCTC that involves shift work, these ESD wages reflect the same number of hours used in the annual wage calculation. Starting wage = 25th percentile, median wage = 50th percentile, wage potential = 75th percentile.

  • Estimated Program Costs

Tuition Fees and Rates overview page


When Can I Start?

Students can apply for admission into this program in any quarter. After being admitted, students will join the next cohort, which starts every fall quarter. During the admissions and advising process, a detailed program of study will be developed for each student.

What are the Minimum Entry Requirements?

Students must complete all of the following requirements before being admitted to the next cohort. For students who are currently working to complete their first degree, conditional acceptance into the program can be granted during the admissions and advising process.

  • Completed Accredited Associate Degree or Higher (minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5)
  • Communications (5 credits) - Typical course(s): ENGL& 101
  • Computer-Aided Design (5 credits) - Typical course(s): ENGR 180 or general CAD experience
  • Humanities (5 credits) - Typical course(s): CMST& 210 or CMST& 220
  • Natural Sciences with Lab (10 credits) - Typical course(s): CHEM& 110 or CHEM& 121 or CHEM& 161 AND PHYS& 110 or  PHYS& 114 or PHYS& 221
  • Quantitative/Symbolic Reasoning (5 credits) - Typical course(s): MATH& 142

What are My Next Steps?


Total Program Credits: 93

  • Current Students: Learn how to use this page to register for classes

  • Typical Student Schedule
  • Quarter 1

  • ENGL 310Business Communications5 CR
  • ENGT 301Applied Engineering Lab I3 CR
  • ENGT 311Manufacturing Processes and Systems3 CR
  • MATH& 151Calculus I5 CR
  • Quarter 2

  • ENGT 302Applied Engineering Lab II3 CR
  • ENGT 321Applied Systems Engineering3 CR
  • MATH& 152Calculus II5 CR
  • PHIL 310Professional Ethics5 CR
  • Quarter 3

  • ECON 310Managerial Economics5 CR
  • ENGT 303Applied Engineering Lab III3 CR
  • ENGT 350Applied Chemical Engineering3 CR
  • OPM 412Workplace Health and Safety5 CR
  • Quarter 4

  • ENGT 490Engineering Technology Capstone I5 CR
  • MATH& 146Introduction to Statistics5 CR
  • OPM 411Facility Layout and Materials Handling5 CR
  • Quarter 5

  • ENGT 312Applied Electricity and Electronics5 CR
  • ENGT 491Engineering Technology Capstone II5 CR
  • PSYC 310Industrial Organizational Psychology5 CR
  • Quarter 6

  • ENGT 465Applied Environmental Engineering5 CR
  • ENGT 492Engineering Technology Capstone III5 CR
  • OPM 315Lean Concepts and Applications5 CR
  • View past class requirements for this program.

Program Outcomes

  • An ability to apply knowledge, techniques, skills and modern tools of mathematics, science, engineering, and technology to solve broadly-defined engineering problems appropriate to the discipline;
  • An ability to design systems, components, or processes meeting specified needs for broadly-defined engineering problems appropriate to the discipline;
  • An ability to apply written, oral, and graphical communication in broadly-defined technical and non-technical environments; and an ability to identify and use appropriate technical literature;
  • An ability to conduct standard tests, measurements, and experiments and to analyze and interpret the results to improve processes; and
  • An ability to function effectively as a member or leader on a technical team.

Employment Outlook

Employment in this field is expected to increase. Job openings for Engineering Technologists vary according to industry requirements.

Below are examples of potential job titles/positions for Engineering Technologists:
  • Engineering Technologist
  • Engineering Technologist/Analyst
  • Manufacturing Technologist
  • Maintenance and Reliability Technologist
  • Application Engineer/Technologist
  • Field Engineer
  • Quality Engineer
  • Project Engineer
Below are examples of the types of industries that Engineering Technology graduates have the potential to enter:
  • Aerospace
  • Agriculture
  • Automotive
  • Food Manufacturing
  • Energy (renewable)
  • Environmental Services
  • General Manufacturing
  • Natural Resources
  • Technical Services
  • Wastewater Treatment

Faculty & Support


If you have questions about this program or want help with the admissions steps to Bellingham Technical College, please email

Current students wanting academic planning and support, can connect with the program Instructor(s) or email