Engineering Studies

RIT/NTID's engineering programs combine classroom and laboratory learning in technical areas with a cooperative work experience to give you an exceptional engineering education. By studying in state-of-the-art facilities and working with industry-standard equipment, you'll enter the workforce prepared to make an impact your first day on the job.

Primary Vision

The Department of Engineering Studies (DES)  is a leader in providing technical education, academic support, and encouragement to prepare deaf and hard-of-hearing students for careers in engineering, engineering technology, and engineering-related fields.

Mission Statement

DES mission is focused on providing a superior educational experience for our students’ academic growth and career achievement.            

DES offers intensive real-world experiences in technical classes taught by faculty who communicate effectively with our deaf and hard-of-hearing students. Opportunities are provided to students to develop skill sets that are in demand by the industry as well as advancing learning opportunities offered through other colleges of RIT and encouraging students’ commitment to lifelong learning.

Degrees and Programs

The associate in applied science (AAS) in applied mechanical technology is an Associate+Bachelor’s degree program that prepares students to enter and successfully complete a bachelor’s degree program in RIT's College of Engineering Technology. The program offers you unparalleled academic support and students strengthen their skills by taking courses taught by NTID faculty. This program is available for qualified deaf and hard of hearing students.

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The associate in applied science (AAS) in civil technology is an Associate+Bachelor’s degree program that prepares students to enter and successfully complete a bachelor’s degree program in civil engineering technology in RIT’s College of Engineering Technology. The program offers you unparalleled academic support and students strengthen their skills by taking courses taught by NTID faculty. This program is available for qualified deaf and hard of hearing students. 

Learn More about Civil Technology AAS 

People who work in computer aided drafting technology use their skills to create two- and three-dimensional drawings on the computer. These drawings are used to visually represent buildings, bridges, canals, and houses. This program is available for qualified deaf and hard of hearing students. 

Learn More about Computer Aided Drafting Technology AAS 

People who work in computer aided drafting technology use their skills to create two- and three-dimensional drawings on the computer. These drawings are used to visually represent buildings, bridges, canals, and houses. This program is available for qualified deaf and hard of hearing students. 

Learn More about Computer Aided Drafting Technology AOS 

The pre-baccalaureate studies program is available to students who are accepted by RIT's National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID) and are close to, but not fully ready for, direct entry into a baccalaureate-level program through one of the other colleges of RIT. It is a bridge program for qualified students, based on academic transcripts, scores on admissions tests, and other evidence that supports a reasonable expectation of success in baccalaureate course work. Qualified students who are undecided as to a program of study may choose the career exploration studies program.

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Students in the associate in occupational studies (AOS) degree in precision manufacturing technology (formerly computer integrated machining technology) are prepared for employment in precision machining and/or precision optics manufacturing occupations. These include tool and die making, mold making, instrument making, manufacturing of optical elements, and computer numerical control machining (CNC). Graduates are successfully employed in both large manufacturing corporations and small contract manufacturing shops. This program is available for qualified deaf and hard of hearing students. 

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COE/CET Support Services

Services for deaf and hard-of-hearing students in RIT's College of Engineering and College of Engineering Technology

Engineering Studies support faculty provide support services for deaf and hard-of-hearing students enrolled in RIT’s College of Engineering (COE) and College of Engineering Technology (CET). The support team is a group of faculty and staff who are professionals in their specific disciplines such as civil engineering, manufacturing/mechanical engineering technology, and electrical engineering to name a few.

Services provided for students include tutoring, academic advising, co-op advising, and career and personal counseling. Faculty with appropriate background provide individual and small group tutoring for engineering courses in RIT's College of Engineering and College of Engineering Technology. There also are other tutoring centers in various locations around campus.

Here is the current list of courses that are supported in the Engineering Studies support office.

Faculty on the Engineering Studies Support Team also provide secondary academic advising to deaf and hard-of-hearing students. They help students select appropriate courses to complete their degree requirements.

Counseling services help students with personal issues such as adjusting to college life, identity and communication issues, relationships, and career and academic program choice.

Where to find us:

College of Engineering – Building 09, Room 1115

COE/CET Support Services Faculty/Staff

Dino Laury (Lauria)
Department Chair
585-286-4613
Amber Stone
Staff Assistant
Scott Bellinger
Senior Lecturer
585-475-4400
Mary Magde
Assistant Director
585-475-6638

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