Engineering Technology


Cory Nickles

Cory Nickles is always up for a challenge. So, the engineering technology programs at Piedmont Technical College were perfect for him.

Nickles graduated from Greenwood High School in 1996 and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. After his tour was over, he left the Corps because he didn’t want to continually relocate his children.

“I didn’t want to be gone their entire childhood,” he said.

Then September 11 happened and Nickles joined the National Guard.

Malaurie Hullings

Malaurie Hullings has never been the type to follow the crowd. She loved physics and math, two subjects that many of her friends avoided. It proved to be the key to her future. “My aunt, who is a life coach, asked me what my future plans were,” said Hullings. “I was good at problem solving and curious about how things worked and she pointed me toward engineering.”

Mechanical Engineering Technology

Most industrial products are mechanical in nature, and almost nothing can be made without the use of machines and structures. There will always be a need for the Mechanical Engineering Technology specialist.

Engineering Design Technology

Students prepare for actual work situations through practical training in a new state-of-the-art computer designed CAD laboratory using AutoCAD, and other advanced CAD software.

School of Engineering Technology

For more than 40 years, our Engineering Technology programs have produced graduates whose skills and abilities have helped them obtain excellent jobs and pursue advanced degrees.

The Engineering Technology Curricula at Piedmont Technical College offer options for students who want to enter the work force after just two years, and for those who wish to pursue a Bachelor's degree in either Engineering Technology Management, or pure Engineering

Engineering Bachelor's Degree Options

1+3 Programs

University of South Carolina Columbia

The Mechanical and Electrical Engineering transfer options are designed to facilitate the transfer of PTC students into the USC Electrical Engineering or Mechanical Engineering programs. Students will enroll in the Associate in Science program and take courses that are the equivalent of the first year of USC's electrical engineering or mechanical engineering B. S. program.

Electronic Engineering Technology

Skilled in the operation, troubleshooting, calibration and repair of electronic instruments and systems found in process control, communications, computers, manufacturing, programmable logic controllers and microprocessors, the graduate is not limited to one specific area of employment. Practical, hands-on experience on sophisticated electronic equipment provides the student with the skills necessary to assist in the basic design, construction, analysis, modification, inspection and calibration of electronic circuits and systems.

Jeremy Houchins

Jeremy Houchins grew up taking his toys apart to see how they worked. He never thought he could parlay that into a career.

“When I graduated from high school, I was pretty lost,” said Houchins. “I knew I had to go to college, but I didn’t know what I wanted to do.”

The North Charleston native graduated from Southern Wesleyan University with a degree in criminal justice, but he knew it wasn’t a career he wanted to pursue. After graduation, he relocated to Greenwood and took a position with Eaton Electrical. Over time, he knew he needed a change.

Jode Robinson

After getting his start at Piedmont Technical College, Jode Robinson is on his way to becoming a nuclear engineer.

Robinson spent many years as a cable TV supervisor, and knew that he was ready for a change.

“I had a lot of people telling me I needed to go back to school to be an engineer,” Robinson said. “That became one of the driving forces for me to go back to school.”

Tabby Davis

Tabby Davis is making her mark in the traditionally male-dominated world of engineering.

As a lead engineer for Product Applications at Eaton, Davis often finds herself the only woman in the room, providing technical training around the world. But, her journey began in a non-traditional way.

"I took drafting classes in high school and really loved those," Davis said. "I thought I wanted to be an architect, but I wasn't financially able to go to college."

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