TCC technology programs have openings for fall start

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (August 19, 2013) – Tallahassee Community College has openings in several technology-related career programs this fall.


The Engineering Technology program leads to an Associate in Science degree. Most courses are taught at TCC’s Advanced Manufacturing Training Center (AMTC) on the southwest edge of campus. Students in this program have the opportunity to earn national Manufacturing Skill Standards Council certification.


The program prepares students for jobs as industrial machinery mechanics, general and operations managers, and supervisors of production workers, mechanics, installers and repairers. It includes 60 credit hours of courses and takes two academic years to complete. Courses are offered primarily in the evenings.


To learn more about the AMTC engineering technology program, call (850) 201-9720 or


TCC’s Drafting and Design Technology programs also have openings. Students may enroll in one of the certificate programs described below, or they may choose the A.S. degree program, which offers specializations in either building construction or surveying/geographic information systems (GIS).


CAD Foundations Certificate

This certificate prepares students to produce and interpret Auto Cad/Revit drawings. Graduates may be employed as CAD technologists or assistant architectural, engineering or surveying specialists (15 credit hours).


Fire Sprinkler Design Technology Certificate

This certificate prepares students to design fire sprinkler systems using CAD and computer technology. Graduates may be employed as fire protection installation technicians, assistants to fire safety contractors, fire protection designers and installers, and assistants to fire inspectors and investigators (18 credit hours).


Drafting and Design Technology A.S. Degree with Building Construction Specialization or Surveying/GIS Specialization

This degree prepares students to translate ideas, specifications and calculations to produce accurate working drawings and to use geographic information systems (GIS) in topographic surveying. Graduates may be employed as drafters; CAD technicians or specialists; GIS technicians; and assistants to architects, engineers or surveyors (62 credit hours).


According to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, drafters were projected to earn an average of $19.63 per hour in Florida in 2013.


TCC strives to connect its graduates with professionals and employers in their field of study. The Career Center helps students arrange internships and other “real-world” opportunities. Last fall, TCC sent four of its drafting and design technology students to the Seven Hills Regional User Group’s GIS workshop at the Florida State Conference Center.


Bret Hammond, who chairs TCC’s engineering technology programs, knew the event would benefit students, exposing them to the wide range of uses for GIS data, from emergency management to monitoring bird populations and mapping watersheds. They saw first-hand how GIS information can be integrated with the CAD tools they had learned to use at TCC.


TCC’s career programs welcome students who have graduated high school recently and those who have been out of school for a while. “Many of our students already have degrees in other fields and come to us to re-tool their skills or branch out into a new career field,” said Hammond.


For information about TCC’s drafting and design technology programs, call (850) 201-8352 or contact