An engineering technology professional is trained in certain aspects of development and implementation of a respective area of technology. Engineering technology education is even more applied and less theoretical than engineering education, though in a broad sense both have a focus on practical application. Engineering technology professionals often assist engineers but after years of experience, they can also become engineers. Like engineers, areas where engineering technology professionals can work include product design (including improvement), fabrication and testing. Also as with engineers, engineering technology professionals sometimes rise to senior management positions in industry or become entrepreneurs.
"The School of Applied Engineering and Technology houses academic programs that allow students a variety of options in choosing the best fit for them. Knowledge spans the following areas/career options: applying scientific and engineering knowledge and methods combined with technical skills in support of engineering activities, developing and directing the production/distribution of products and services to prepare management-oriented technical professionals in the economic-enterprise system; preparing technically-oriented individuals for career advancement into supervisory, leadership/management, and entrepreneurial roles in their fields of technical expertise."
(Provided By: Southern Illinois University - Carbondale)
"Engineering technology emphasizes the application of existing scientific and engineering techniques to a variety of real-world problems. “Application” is the key word in this definition, in that engineering technology differs from engineering in its emphasis on practical applications rather than on theory and design.
(Provided by: Kansas State University - Polytechnic Campus)
"Students in the bachelor of science in industrial technology program learn to apply basic engineering principles and technical skills to support industrial engineers and managers. Graduates are prepared for technical positions such as: plant manager, quality assurance manager, industrial engineer and manufacturing engineer"
(Provided by: The University of Texas at Tyler)
"Since its origination, the Manufacturing Engineering Department has grown to 11 faculty. The program is unique in that it provides a more hands-on and kinesthetic approach compared to traditionally encountered in engineering programs at other institutions."
(Provided by: Georgia Southern University)
"Applied physics majors at Siena start with a choice: specialize in mechanical or electrical engineering. From there, your journey to becoming an engineer, a physicist and the like, includes exciting hands-on experience from the get go, opportunities for international travel, a foundational knowledge that not all engineers get"
(Provided By: Siena College)
Through the combination of a rigorous curriculum and hands-on learning, California University of Pennsylvania prepares undergraduates for exciting careers in the fields of applied engineering and technology. Our Applied Engineering and Technology (AET) Department is highly accredited and internationally recognized, receiving top honors as a model program.
(Provided by: California University of Pennsylvania)
In Purdue’s engineering technology degree programs, students learn about and practice designing, building, testing and refining. They use class projects to discover how to use the right materials, the right sensors and electronic parts, and the right processes to work efficiently and be attractive to consumers.
(Provided by: Purdue University)