Opportunities to Earn as You Continue to Learn

Professor working with two male students in engineering lab

Professor Gerald Nicholas Aska (center) works with engineering students Javier Martinez, of Dover (l), and Josue Hernan Guardado, of Hopatcong, in the Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering Center.

Opportunities abound for well-paying careers for those who study engineering at County College of Morris (CCM) where students can start earning in a year while they continue their studies.

At CCM, students in the Department of Engineering Technologies and Engineering Science can earn a certificate in Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) Technology within a year for immediate work in the field. CAD operators use software to create drawings and blueprints for products and buildings. From there, they can continue their studies to earn an associate degree in Electronic Engineering Technology, Engineering Science, Fire Science Technology or Mechanical Engineering Technology. They either can enter the field directly or, if they wish, seamlessly transfer to the college’s partner institution – the New Jersey Institute of Technology – or another four-year institution to earn a bachelor’s degree.

Engineers hold eight of the top 15 job titles on Glassdoor’s Best Jobs in America for 2022 list. The career options for those holding an engineering degree also are plentiful and varied, including engineering technician, biomedical technologist, machine learning engineer, software engineer, civil engineer and more. Not only is there a strong demand for engineers, the salaries are also impressive. According to Indeed, the average salary for an engineer in New Jersey is $81,000, which is 29 percent higher than the national average, while engineers with 10 years of experience in the state earn about $96,000.

“Our programs merge theory, application and design,” says Professor Venancio L. Fuentes, chair of the Engineering Technologies and Engineering Science department. “At CCM, students benefit from being taught by an experienced faculty committed to providing them with the competencies and experience to succeed in our rapidly evolving technological world.”

Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering Center

The Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering Center.

At CCM, students learn and gain hands-on experience in the college’s state-of-the-art Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering Center, working in the prototype, electronics and materials laboratories where they apply classroom learning to reality.

“It is hard to describe how amazing our facilities are – if you can visualize being able to go from engineering design concept to tangible manufactured product in hand within hours – that is what students can do here at CCM,” says Dr. Kathleen Naasz, dean of the School of Business, Mathematics, Engineering and Technologies.

A recent graduate, Thomas Cullen, who earned a bachelor’s degree from Seton Hall University and then enrolled at CCM to earn an associate degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology, has high praise for CCM’s engineering programs. Today, he is a production control engineer at New Jersey Precision Technologies where he is responsible for project management in electrical discharge machining, an extremely high precision area of manufacturing.

“CCM offers an intense engineering program that will prepare you for working full time in the industry or for a 4-year degree,” he says. “It gives you a lot of freedom to explore the field with a good foundation; it is an excellent value.”

At CCM, students also benefit from scholarships specifically for engineering students. In addition to the general scholarships available at the college, Glenbrook Technologies and the National Defense Industrial Association provide grants to reduce the cost of studying engineering at CCM.

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