Students in the STEM Foundation program may choose to take an Engineering Technology focus with their coursework. This option is intended for students interested in transferring into an Engineering program as a junior.
What is Engineering Technology?
Engineering technology is a major ingredient in the economic development of America and the world at large. In theory and practice, engineering and engineering technology share a common foundation of knowledge in math, science, engineering and design principles. During the engineering process, an engineer assumes responsibility for the research, analysis, design and development of a project. Engineering technology may be described as the “practical applications arm” of engineering. Once a project engineer has determined that an idea is theoretically feasible within the parameters observed in the physical world, the main task of the technologist is to translate the engineer’s idea into practical reality. Essentially, the engineer creates designs, the technologist works out how to make those designs solid in the real world and the technician keeps the required technology working throughout the process.
Program Learning Outcome
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Apply appropriate mathematical and scientific principles to engineering and technology applications.
- Engage in professional dialogue with others to effectively convey and receive technical information using visual, written, and verbal methods.
- Apply effective use of CAD software to develop architectural, civil and mechanical drawings in a manner that is efficient and compliant with standard industry practices. To use the techniques, skills and tools for modern engineering.
- Evaluate computer aided design models and assemblies based on critical thinking and problem- solving skills.
- To integrate processes involving people, material, equipment and information.
- Create 2D and 3D computer drawings and models for manufacturing and prototyping.
- Be proficient in the utilization of Computer Numerical Controlled equipment. This includes the operation of and the setup of Computer Numerical Controlled mills and lathes.
- Author and troubleshoot Computer Numerical Control programs.
- Adapt to different working environments, software programs, design concepts and understand civic, environmental and sustainable design issues.
Career Opportunities Upon Completion
- Engineering Technician
- CAD Designer
- Engineering Draftsman
- Interior Designer
- Machine Technician
- CNC Programmer/Operator
- Quality Technician
- Test Technician
Recruits with an ET qualification assure employers of an understanding of the key facets of problem-solving in a real-world environment, and a familiarity with the capabilities of state-of-the-art technology. As a result, engineering technology employment prospects look bright for the future. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 139,300 new openings in engineering professions are expected between 2016 and 2026 as their services will be in demand in various areas; such as, rebuilding of infrastructure, renewable energy and robotics. Due to the rapidly-changing nature of the modern world, new technologies will be needed to respond to the changing needs of humanity – and more engineers, technicians and technologists will be required to deliver them.