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

Engineering 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 most 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. They are best suited in entry-level positions that deal with application, production, implementation, engineering operation, sales and distribution such as product design, testing, development, systems engineering, field engineering or production, technical operations, and quality control.

Program Requirements

All courses are 3 credit hours, unless otherwise designated.

First Year (33 cr.)
First Semester
  • CGT 11000 Technical Graphics Communications
  • ENG-W 131 Reading, Writing, and Inquiry I
  • MATH-M 115 Precalculus and Trigonometry (5 cr.)
  • MET 16200 Computational Analytical Tools (1 cr.)
  • TECH 12000 Design Thinking in Technology

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
  • IT 21400 Introduction to Lean Manufacturing
  • MATH-M 119 Brief Survey of Calculus 1
  • SPCH-S 121 Public Speaking
  • Humanities Foundation Selective

Second Year (34 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

Third Year (30 cr.)
Fifth Semester
Sixth Semester

Select one of the following:

  • ECON-E 103 Introduction to Microeconomics; or
  • ECON-E 104 Introduction to Macroeconomics
  • IT  44600 Six Sigma Quality
  • OLS 28400 Leadership Principles
  • TECH 33000 Technology and the Global Society
  • Technical elective

Fourth Year (27 cr.)
Seventh Semester
Eighth Semester
  • CAND 99100 (0 cr.)
  • ENGL 42100 Technical Writing
  • TECH 49700 Senior Design Project (2 cr.)
  • Free elective
  • Humanities or liberal arts elective
  • Advanced oral communication selective

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