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.

Learn more about the Applied Mechanical Technology AAS program 

People who work in architectural and civil 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 the Architectural and Civil Drafting Technology AAS program 

People who work in architectural and civil 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 the Architectural and Civil Drafting Technology AOS program 

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 the Civil Technology AAS program 

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.

Learn more about the Pre-Baccalaureate Studies in Engineering program 

Students in the associate in occupational studies (AOS) degree in precision manufacturing 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.

Learn more about the Precision Manufacturing Technology AOS program 

Engineering Studies 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 tutoring 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 comprised of faculty who are professionals in their specific disciplines and peer tutors.

Services provided for students include individual and small group tutoring, co-op and career advising, and collaboration with the faculty and administrators in RIT's College of Engineering and College of Engineering Technology.

Where to find us:
College of Engineering – Building 09, Room 1115

COE/CET Support Services Faculty/Staff

Contact Us

Student Resources

Current engineering students enter here to access important resources for courses and co-ops.

Go to Student Resources
RIT login required