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Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

NOCTI and Nocti Business Solutions (NBS) | Evaluated Learning Experience

Engineering Technologies/Technicians - Pennsylvania Customized Test (8091)

Course Category: 


NOCTI proctored test centers throughout Pennsylvania. This assessment is not available through Nocti Business Solutions.

September 2015 – Present. 

Instructional delivery format: 
Proficiency exam
Learner Outcomes: 

Students will be able to: implement a safety plan; Operate lab equipment according to safety guidelines; use appropriate personal protective equipment; comply with OSHA and EPA regulations for a safe work site; identify emergency first aid procedures; maintain safe working practices around tools and equipment; participate in classroom and laboratory management and clean-up activities; investigate engineering careers, training, and associated opportunities; explain the purpose and functions of an engineering team; analyze current Professional Engineering codes of ethics; analyze ethical engineering issues; analyze and explain ethical and technical issues contributing to an engineering disaster; identify the engineering problem; gather information about problems and solutions; apply steps in the problem-solving method; identify the way numbers are expressed in scientific notation, engineering notation, and System International (SI) notation; actively participate as a member of an engineering project team; apply constructive feedback; resolve conflict within the team; use active listening techniques and formal and informal speaking skills; explain the importance of selling a project idea to team members; outline the steps of an iterative design process; determine whether design is safe for a given user; generate a design improvement to address specific flaws/failures; create a proposal for an engineering project; participate in a design review; properly use graphics equipment and tools; describe various types of drawings; perform metric-U.S. system conversions; use engineer’s and architect’s scales; prepare freehand sketches; apply line conventions; prepare additional views to clarify the design; apply principles of dimensioning and annotation; prepare drawings for product assembly, fabrication, or construction; create schematics; identify the three areas of modeling (i.e., physical, conceptual, and mathematical); create a scale model or working prototype; identify methods and sources for obtaining materials and supplies; compile a materials list that includes vendors and costs for all required materials and equipment to build a prototype; write a step-by-step procedure for an assembly; research the history of manufacturing and its milestones; research a topic in manufacturing; describe procedures used in manufacturing; identify basic flowcharting and discuss their functions; create and apply a flowchart that portrays a manufacturing process; create a control system that replicates a factory cell; demonstrate how research is used in Engineering Economics; describe the relationship of time and cost to manufacturing systems; explain the difference between primary and secondary manufacturing processes; evaluate and present a production line activity; outline the product-development process; plan steps of production for a manufactured product; list tools needed for a manufactured product; make a list of the production processes in manufacturing; apply manufacturing systems to develop and produce a prototype for a product; evaluate a product prototype and the processes used in its manufacture; prepare a process, identify machines that are used to carry out the process, then describe the work that each machine performs; research the history and industrial use of CAM; define “What is Power”; discuss the forms of potential energy and forms of kinetic energy; research methods of energy conversion (e.g., electrical, fluid, mechanical); define terms used in power systems; define the Laws of Thermodynamics; research renewable/non-renewable energy sources; study energy efficiency and conservation; calculate material properties relating to a stress strain curve; create a model utilizes a renewable energy concept; create a written report of material test evaluations; prepare a concept of an alternative energy for transportation; locate and explain examples of the six simple machines, their attributes, and components; measure forces and distances related to mechanisms; calculate mechanical advantage and drive ratios of mechanisms; design, create, and test various drive systems; determine efficiency in a mechanical system; convert power between units; measure torque and use it to calculate power; demonstrate principles of mechanical systems as they relate to power transmission; identify components of a fluid system; calculate values in a fluid power system using Pascal’s Law; calculate values in a pneumatic system using the ideal gas laws; calculate flow rate, flow velocity, and mechanical advantage in a fluid power system; given a set of data, calculate distance, displacement, speed, velocity, and acceleration; calculate acceleration due to gravity, based on data from a free-fall device; design a vehicle that stores and releases potential energy for propulsion; select appropriate machine control inputs and outputs, based on the need of a technological system; differentiate between the characteristics of digital and analog devices; select between open and closed loop systems to solve a technological problem; create system control programs that use flowchart logic; define and discuss open and closed loop systems; create and use flowcharts; identify components needed to integrate computer controls for an automated system; plan, design, and construct an automated system; program an automated system using computer hardware and software; interface output devices to a computer, microcontroller, or programmable logic controller; describe the properties of materials; investigate methods used to alter materials; illustrate causes of failure in materials; investigate various types of metals and applications and various types of natural and manufactured wood and applications; research various types of ceramics and applications; investigate various composite and synthetic materials; discuss principles of statics and dynamics to calculate the strength of various engineering materials used to build a structure; create free body diagrams of objects, identifying all forces acting on the object; differentiate between scalar and vector quantities; identify magnitude, direction, and sense of a vector; calculate the X and Y components, given a vector; calculate moment forces, given a specified axis; apply Total Quality Management techniques (TQM); define ISO-quality standards; make linear measurements accurately to 1/16-inch; use a micrometer to accurately measure to .001-inch; use a dial caliper to measure accurately to .001-inch and combination squares and protractors for angular measurement; identify and demonstrate safety rules and use of electricity lab machines and equipment; define and describe basic electrical terms; determine the direction of current flow in DC circuits and current flow in AC circuits; identify and draw electronic symbols and circuit diagrams; Identify resistors by type and value; describe types of sensing and control devices; determine current, voltage, and resistance in series-parallel circuits; measure circuit values with a multi-meter; compute values of current, resistance, and voltage using Ohm’s Law; compute the values of electrical power; calculate voltage, amperage, and resistance in series circuits and parallel circuits; use a variety of meters to take readings; demonstrate lockout/tagout procedures; identify purpose and location of over-current devices; select over-current devices; and explain transformer operation.  Performance Component:  Part Creation and Modification (54%); and Paper Tower (46%).


This exam assesses individuals' end-of-program knowledge and skills in an online proctored proficiency examination format. In addition, some programs administer a performance component test to assess application of skills.

Credit recommendation: 

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in Engineering Technology (9/15) (9/20 revalidation). NOTE: An additional 1-2 credits may be awarded based on successful completion of the Performance Component when given in conjunction with the written proficiency examination.