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Purdue University College of Technology | Engineering Technology B.S.

Student at Purdue University College of Technology at IU South BendEngineering Technology

Bachelor of Science

The Engineering Technology (ET) degree program is geared toward application of ideas and theories and innovation. It is based on the foundation of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). This degree program provides students with a broad range of exciting experiences in: computer graphics technology; computer and information technology; electrical engineering technology; industrial technology; mechanical engineering technology; and organizational leadership and supervision.

The United States Department of Education recognizes ET as a field that is primarily focused on engineering values and ideas, along with the technical skills necessary for typical engineering development projects. ET involves functions for research, production, operations, and programs that are designed for specific engineering fields.

Engineering technologists can use their education and application of STEM, for example, to help make and/or manage the production and related processes of roads/bridges, buildings, power distribution systems, racing teams, computers, software, electronic instruments, environment, and transportation systems that are used daily.

The ET graduate is prepared to immediately begin technical assignments, since many technology programs stress current industrial practices and design procedures. The ET graduate can apply established procedures which utilize current state-of-the-industry practice. The ET graduate is more likely to get hands-on jobs in technical sales, as a team leader, working in a laboratory, or field position.

Graduates work for companies across the technological, construction, distribution, health care, and engineering spectrum; but they are best suited to areas that deal with application, production, implementation, engineering operation, sales, and distribution, as opposed to the conceptual design and research functions performed by typical engineering graduates.

Entry-level positions in product design, testing, development, systems engineering, field engineering or production, technical operations, and quality control are all common positions for ET graduates. Graduates are eligible to become registered professional engineers in most states, with wide variation in the qualification requirements.

Program Requirements

(All courses are 3 credit hours, unless otherwise designated.)

First Year (32 cr.)

First Semester

  • CGT 11000 Technical Graphics Communications
  • MATH-M 115 Precalculus and Trigonometry (5 cr.)
  • TECH 10500 Introduction to Engineering Technology
  • TECH 12000 Technology and the Individual

Select one of the following:

  • MET 14300 Materials and Processes I
  • MET 14400 Materials and Processes II

Second Semester

  • CNIT 15500 Introduction to Object-Oriented Programming
  • ENG-W 131 Elementary Composition 1
  • IT 21400 Introduction to Lean Manufacturing
  • MATH-M 119 Brief Survey of Calculus 1
  • SPCH-S 121 Public Speaking
Second Year (35 cr.)

Third Semester

  • CGT 22600 Introduction to Constraint-Based Modeling
  • CNIT 17600 Information Technology Architecture
  • MET 24500 Manufacturing Systems
  • PHYS-P 221 Physics 1 (5 cr.)
  • ECET course selective

Fourth Semester

Select one of the following:

  • ECON-E 103 Introduction to Microeconomics; or
  • ECON-E 104 Introduction to Macroeconomics
Third Year (30 cr.)

Fifth Semester

  • COMM 32000 Small Group Communication
  • IT 34200 Introduction to Statistical Quality
  • TECH 32000 Technology and the Organization
  • Humanities or liberal arts elective
  • Technical selective

Sixth Semester

  • ENGL 42100 Technical Writing
  • IT  44600 Six Sigma Quality
  • OLS 28400 Leadership Principles
  • TECH 33000 Technology and the Global Society
  • Technical selective
Fourth Year (31 cr.)

Seventh Semester

  • IT 45000 Production Cost Analysis
  • TECH 49600 Senior Design Project Proposal (1 cr.)

Select one of the following:

  • COM 30300 Intercultural Communication; or
  • COM 31400 Advanced Presentational Speaking

Eighth Semester

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