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Frequently Asked Questions

What kinds of jobs do graduates get?

The Materials Science field involves working with others in a manufacturing or lab environment. If you like working with cutting-edge technology, evaluating materials and components for quality, and enjoy work that demands accuracy, then our two-year degree programs at Edmonds College were designed with you in mind. Our graduates go on to be:

  • Industrial Engineering Technicians (ONET 17-3026) – see more at www.onetonline.org
  • Mechanical Engineering Technicians (ONET 17-3029.07)
  • Nondestructive Test Technicians (ONET 17-3029.01)
  • Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, and Weighers (ONET 51-9061)
  • Materials Technicians
  • Test Technicians
  • Quality Technicians
  • Laminators, Fabricators, and a variety of entry-level manufacturing positions
  • Material Development and Research positions
  • Sales representatives for manufacturing equipment

Studying composites is just one path toward a career in engineering technology. We also serve civil, electrical, biomedical, and mechanical engineers who desire to augment their skill sets to include materials science.

What equipment do our labs have?

Our labs have equipment to design, machine, weld, laser-etch, 3D print, and test parts and tools made with carbon fiber, polymers, metals, and ceramics. Our list includes:

  • WaterJet Cutter
  • Universal Laser Cutter
  • 3D printers (in our Rapid PrototypeLab) - including FDM and SLS printers
  • Portable 3D Scanners
  • Baby Plast Injection Molder
  • Kuka Robotic Arm
  • Autoclave, Curing Oven System, and Hot Press
  • Vacuum Forming Machine
  • HAAS TM1P CNC Machining Center
  • CNC Mill, Router Table, Drill Press, Composite Bandsaw, Table Saw
  • Differential Scanning Calorimeter
  • Dynamic Mechanical Analyzer
  • MTS Materials Testing System
  • Rockwell Hardness Tester
  • Pulse Echo NDT
  • and more!

If you'd like to tour the labs, please contact us to arrange a time and date at 425.640.1980 or etec@edmonds.edu.

What companies are represented on our advisory committee?

  • Airtech International
  • Advanced Cutting Solutions (ACS)
  • Bosch Rexroth
  • MTM Robotics
  • The Boeing Company

What credentials do our faculty have?

The Engineering Technology Department Chair and lead faculty for Materials Science is Ross Monroe, P.E. Ross has experience working in aerospace and medical equipment manufacturing. His credentials include:

  • Master of Science in Engineering – Chemical Engineering from the University of Washington
  • Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Oregon State University
  • Washington Professional Engineers License (#32732)
  • SME Certified Manufacturing Engineer
  • ASQ Certified Quality Technician

Ross's professional affiliations include Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), Society for the Advancement of Materials and Process Engineers (SAMPE), Advanced Materials in Transport Aircraft Structures (AMTAS) and American Society for Quality (ASQ).

Can I continue on to a Bachelor's degree?

The Associate of Applied Science - T in Materials Science Technology is direct preparation for our Bachelors of Applied Science in Advanced Manufacturing and Materials Engineering Technology (AMMET).