Combine the science of sound and electrical engineering technology to create and manipulate the aural experience in a variety of ways.

Audio Engineering Technology

Audio Engineering Technology Major

A major in the Electrical Engineering Technology Program
in the School of Engineering Technology

Our relationship to sound is critical. It is one of the main ways we interpret the world around us, from your personal ear buds and your desktop, to a concert hall, sports stadiums, amusement parks, the halls of congress, and even the battlefield.

When you major in audio engineering technology at Purdue University, you’ll learn to create sound by building a guitar or a pick-up. You will focus on designing, building, and testing a variety of technologies, such as microphone amplifiers, mixers and other signal processors, Bluetooth and other radio frequency channels, power amplifiers, and loud speakers. Then you will combine these audio elements to properly record, play, and reinforce sound in a public performance space.

From mechanical and electrical design through theatre sound implementation, you will focus on how audio technology hardware works and why, as well as how to apply it in a variety of spaces. Your skills will be in demand by hardware manufacturers, convention centers, museums and performance spaces. You may work in a state-of-the-art lab, in a studio or theatre with performance stars, around the world installing your designs, or on the technical road staff for a live performance company.


  • Enhance your credentials with a minor in theatre, built into your plan of study.
  • Prepare for professional certifications.
  • Gain global and work experience through regional and international study, internships and/or co-ops.
  • Earn your advanced degree sooner through our 5-year combined BS/MS program.
  • Take advantage of firsthand knowledge from professors who have worked in the industry, doing just what they are teaching you to do.
  • Utilize the Polytechnic learning environment to become a career-ready graduate
  • If you participated in PROJECT LEAD THE WAY courses during high school, you can redeem up to 12 credit hours toward this major.

What can I do?

Audio systems architect
Audio technology designer
Audio hardware engineer
Entertainment technology systems specialist

Where can I go?

Shure, Inc.
Crown Audio
General Motors


The electrical engineering technology program is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET,, under the commission’s general criteria and program criteria for Electrical/Electronic(s) Engineering Technology and similarly named programs.

One of my favorite things about my program is how classes are structured – not lectures all week, but mixed with labs. This structure builds relationships with team members in class and at the end of 16 weeks you just don’t get a grade. You get great friends!
Walter Kansoriwula
Mechanical Engineering Technology
student quote photo
information graphic
information graphic
information graphic
information graphic

About the school/department

The School of Engineering Technology at Purdue University provides degree programs in mechanical, manufacturing, electrical, industrial, and supply chain engineering technologies, capitalizing on where the disciplines overlap. The learning environment mirrors the engineering teams most graduates will work in. Faculty research projects provide immediate industry results and help students put theory into practice.

Additional Information

Request more degree information

show/hide more form fields

Talk to an Advisor

Prospective students

Prospective students can reach out to to request an appointment to speak with a School of Engineering Technology advisor or student services professional.

Current students

Current students can schedule an appointment to meet with academic advisors in person or virtually via BoilerConnect.

Learn more about advising

Related Degrees

Continuing Education