4 programs that will turn your love of science and technology into a career

What does supporting the safe and efficient construction of buildings, maintaining electronic and mechanical machines, and saving the earth have in common? They’re all important jobs in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) that offer an arena for designing, building and improving the technology and processes that ensure our society thrives and runs smoothly and safely.

Check out these exciting in-demand career paths that are sure to lead you to a future in STEM.

  • Architectural Technology

    Are you creative with a knack for math? Do you think designing buildings and structures would be a rewarding career option? If you answered yes, architectural technology might be the field for you. Contractors, building designers, developers and project managers working in architectural technology use both their inventive left and analytical right brain as they focus on the commercial aspect of building construction and renovation.

    DC’s three-year Architectural Technology program prepares students for work in this field, with instruction in freehand sketching; sustainability and green technology; renovation and restoration; site planning; estimating and technical communications. The sustainable design skills they gain will provide a leg up in today’s increasingly eco-friendly architectural field. A third-year field placement also allows students to gain invaluable workplace experience to add to their resumé.

    Who is this program best for?

    Individuals looking to gain knowledge and apply skills in computer-aided-design (CAD), building methods and project management using the most current industry-recognized CAD programs such as AutoCAD and Building Information Modeling.

  • Electronics Engineering Technician

    In an economy that depends on finding new ways to use technology to make it easier for us to live, work and play, electronics engineering technicians maintain, operate, test, install and service electronic equipment. Professionals find careers in the fields of telecommunication, data communications, computing, industrial automation, test and measurement, power generation and distribution, health care and consumer products.

    DC’s two-year Electronics Engineering Technician program combines theory with hands-on experience and project-based learning of analog and digital electronic circuits and systems, as well as advanced instrumentation, Internet of Things, microprocessors and the design of smart technologies. Interested students hoping to further their education and skills can choose to complete one more year and receive an advanced diploma in Electronics Engineering Technology.

    Who is this program best for?

    Individuals hoping to pursue a future in the mechanics of electronics, electronic circuits, programming and automation and who hope to find a career as an alarm system, broadcast engineering, communications, robotics or service technician, or computer-aided designer.

  • Mechanical Engineering Technician

    Are you interested in how things work or driven by a need to fix and improve on the mechanics of technology? A career in mechanical engineering as a maintenance technician, quality assurance or control inspector, control technician or computer-aided-drafting (CAD) specialist may be the perfect fit.

    DC’s two-year Mechanical Engineering Technician program provides students with the ability and confidence to seek opportunities and provide support within the dynamic world of engineering, including the automotive, energy generation, construction and manufacturing sectors, with endless opportunities for a career in design, metal and non-metal fabrication including machining or technical support. Interested students hoping to further their education and skill can choose to complete one more year and receive an advanced diploma in Mechanical Engineering Technology.

    Who is this program best for?

    Individuals who want to work in industries focused on engineering design, computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM), manufacturing science and processes, and applied mechanics.

  • Environmental Technology

    Are you passionate about the environment and want to preserve and protect our earth, air and water? Environmental technologists spend much of their day outdoors conducting critical monitoring, sampling and surveying before returning to the lab to perform analyses and to the office to record and tabulate data. Whether advising organizations on best practices or holding them accountable for poor ones, their work is vital to ensuring the health of our communities and future of our planet.

    DC’s three-year Environmental Technology program focuses on the chemical and biological sciences as they relate to environmental pollution and includes a third-year field placement. An emphasis is placed on ground and surface water quality, soil and waste management and recycling in urban and industrial settings, and students also examine environmental regulations and review their social and economic impacts on communities.

    Who is this program best for?

    Individuals who are passionate about the environment and excited about gaining skills in environmental science, sampling and toxicology to pursue a successful and rewarding career.

Did one of these career paths pique your interest? There’s never been a better time to expand your knowledge and apply to post-secondary education. Launch your career at DC today in the School of Science & Engineering Technology – spaces may be available to start classes this September.

Visit www.durhamcollege.ca/launch for a list of all open programs or contact DC at 905.721.3126 or recruitment@durhamcollege.ca.