Welcome to the Department of Engineering Technology!
The 21st century and its global enterprise are here with advances in science, engineering and technology that defy our belief and remind us of feats first seen in the 1960’s sci-fi movies. The knowledge explosion in science, technology, engineering & mathematics (STEM) over the past decades is unquestionably overwhelming STEM-inclined people need to quickly adapt. Life-long learning has taken a do-or-die slant, as technological breakthroughs turn obsolete within only a few years of their inception. If you are technically inclined and are interested in the wide spectrum of options that the engineering profession provides, we cordially invite you to read further and browse our pages for more information!
The engineering profession covers a wide range of activities that are further depicted in the following Conceive, Design, Implement and Operate (CDIO ™) figure.
Engineering Technology (ET) is the profession in which knowledge of the applied mathematical and natural sciences gained by higher education, experience, and practice is devoted to the application of engineering principles and the implementation of technological advances for the benefit of humanity. Engineering Technology education for the professional focuses primarily on analyzing, applying, implementing and improving existing and emerging technologies and is aimed at preparing graduates for the practice of engineering that is close to the product improvement, manufacturing, and engineering operational functions.
By definition then, ET degree plans are designed to have experiential learning as the educational backbone. The reduction in mathematical and scientific requirements is compensated by a richness of laboratory courses that are almost in one-to-one proportion to lecture courses. Moreover, lecture courses emphasize the application of mathematics, science and engineering and we strive to prepare labs that are modern, project-based, inquisitive, and synchronized with the lectures.
The department offers four Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degrees, and a Master of Science (M.S.) degree, and several minors associated with fields of study within the department. Three Bachelor of Science degrees have majors in Computer Engineering Technology, Electrical Power Engineering and Mechanical Engineering Technology. These degrees are accredited by the Technology Accreditation Commission (TAC) of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). The department launched a new B.S. in Biotechnology in fall 2007 that combines biological disciplines with engineering, information technology, and other technical disciplines. The Master of Science degree has concentrations in Mechanical Engineering Technology, Network Communications, and Systems Control Technology. The curricula of these majors are designed to give students a strong understanding of the principles of the fields of study and a one-of-a-kind experiential learning opportunity in modern laboratory facilities.