Purdue University’s MS in Engineering Technology 100% online curriculum is designed to prepare you for leadership and advanced technical positions in industry, business, academia and government in applied research, solution development, entrepreneurial ventures and management.

The 30-credit online degree program can be completed in as little as two years, and consists of 12 courses. All courses focus on real-world knowledge relating to the management, development and innovation of new technologies that can be directly applied to solving business and industry problems. The curriculum is also dynamic in content and regularly updated to keep pace with emerging trends in engineering technology.

  • Technology from a Global Perspective (3 credit hours): This course gives students from all disciplines the opportunity to learn, research, and discuss, the global challenges faced by professionals when working and interacting with international organizations and companies. Global grand challenges we face as a society and in industry, and how to use technologies to solve these issues, will be covered. Other topics include international business and industry ethics, international cultures in the workplace, and global project management and innovation. Part of the course allows students to explore their own research and higher education passion on a global scale of impact.
  • Fundamentals of Collaborative Leadership and Agile Strategy (3 credit hours): This course provides students with a foundation in collaborative leadership and agile strategy. The course brings together theories and insights from a variety of disciplines including engineering, management, psychology, and social science. Increasingly manufacturing management is being called upon to apply their technical skills in collaborative environments that cut across organizational units and inter-organizational boundaries. Understanding how to design and guide collaborations and apply agile approaches for meeting strategic objectives is an important skill-set and knowledge-base in the 21st Century economy, defined more by open networks than the rigid hierarchies of the past.
  • Facilities Engineering Technology (3 credit hours): Application of the engineering sciences and technology to modern high performance buildings, which can be net zero in terms of their demand for electricity from the utility grid. Emphasizes residential and commercial facilities along with their impact on human health and comfort.   Identifying energy conservation measures and evaluating their economic impact are an important focus of the course.
  • Energy Sustainability and Management  (3 credit hours): The global need for comprehensive energy management to achieve sustainability goals is discussed, including energy efficiency and renewable energy. Energy audits of industrial facilities to identify and implement cost effective opportunities for improved performance  are targeted. The importance of post construction monitoring, evaluation, and reporting is emphasized.
  • Smart Manufacturing and Global Supply Chain Management (3 credit hours): Advanced manufacturing uses innovative technology to improve products or processes through the Internet of Things. Smart manufacturing is not limited to emerging technologies; rather, it is composed of efficient, productive, highly integrated, tightly controlled processes across a spectrum of globally competitive U.S. manufacturers and suppliers, including the facilities themselves. This course will examine the selection, characteristics, and optimization of materials, processes, big data, cloud analysis of design data, control and adaptive theories, and personnel in a production environment. Examining global manufacturing issues through a variety of business examples, you will study the framework that explains the characteristics and challenges surrounding global supply chain management investigating the impact on supplier, manufacturer, and customer.
  • Engineering Technology Capstone Research Writing (Review of Literature & Proposal) (1 credit hour): Graduate students in the School of Engineering Technology need to be able to develop and format writing styles to present their work. Hence, this course will focus on the utilization and writing practices using the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA). Not all of the writing you will do will conform exactly to APA style (IEEE for example), but a significant part will.  The purpose of this course is to expose you to a variety of methods of how to search for information of professional interest and to teach a formal approach to writing about it, leading to a project research proposal.
  • Applied Optimization (3 credit hours): This course will introduce technology graduate students and senior undergraduates to the basic concepts of optimization methods, with particular emphasis on applications in product and process design. Math reviews will be included as needed by the students. Unconstrained nonlinear problems will be presented and solved using robust methods that are simple to implement. Constrained problems will be solved using a basic extension of an unconstrained method. Permission of department required.
  • Internet of Things and Cybersecurity (3 credit hours): The internet has brought about the ability to embed computing into everyday devices to allow them to send and receive information. These devices known as the Internet of Things (IoT) will require management at all levels to understand the inherent security risks due to the interconnection via the internet. Illegally accessing (hacking) IoT is increasingly becoming the most pervasive form of industrial espionage in use today. Understanding the threats aimed at IoT and how to protect IoT will be the key to keeping sensitive corporate information and secrets secure and private, and will require everyone’s participation, not just the IT department. For this course students will learn the basics of research of and into cybersecurity, and the techniques used to commit industrial related crimes; how to detect these potentially catastrophic crimes; and the means to protect one of the company’s most important assets…its systems and data.
  • Engineering Technology Capstone Research Writing (Research Investigation & Writing) (1 credit hour): The capstone purpose is a culminating Engineering Technology research and writing event requiring students to use the collective knowledge, wisdom and research that have been assimilated during the course of the degree program. Specifically, the learning outcome is an opportunity to select a problem or issue which is then analyzed, corrected and documented. Projects are typically an applied application of technology or process to solve a business, industrial or education problem as described by a problem statement and reinforced by a thorough review of the literature. The deliverables or concrete outcomes can take the form of comparative analyses, pilot/prototype systems, software development, physical plant layouts, educational and training media, human resource studies, design of experiments studies, multimedia development, and theory of constraints model applications, to name just a few. 
  • Engineering Technology Statistics for Industry (3 credit hours): The purpose of this course is to teach technology leaders how to make better decisions regarding business and manufacturing processes by having a deep understanding of process capability. Emphasis is placed on the application of probability, statistical analysis and Design of Experiments (DOE) to understand, determine and develop process capability. Tools and concepts explored in this course include fishbone diagrams, Pareto charts, QA/QC, FMEAs, SPC, Cp/CpK, upper and lower control limits/charts, Six Sigma, ANOVA, and the Taguchi Methodology.  Through practical applications and hands-on experiments, this course works to bridge the gap between the classroom and real world experimental design.
  • Engineering Technology Capstone Research Writing (1 credit hour): The capstone purpose is a culminating Engineering Technology research and writing event requiring students to use the collective knowledge, wisdom and research that have been assimilated during the course of the degree program. Specifically, the learning outcome is an opportunity to select a problem or issue (possibly tied to your own company), which is then analyzed, corrected and submitted to a scholarly journal paper for publication in an appropriate journal or trade publication. Some students might choose to put it in perspective in the formative stages, for example, to evaluate your responsibilities in the workplace. You can identify processes, procedures and opportunities that could make your employer serve its internal and external customers better. While the capstone is an academic requirement, you can also use it to affect your organizations’ ability to be more effective.
  • Manufacturing System Design for Sustainability (3 credit hours): This course prepares manufacturing and information technology leaders to design and analyze manufacturing processes to achieve manufacturing system objectives that meet internal and external customers quality, cost and delivery requirements within a safe environment. The course project covers major aspects of manufacturing system design and Industry 4.0 in the context of meeting customer needs. Technology leaders and entrepreneurs learn how to work with others to develop the design of manufacturing systems that are sustainable (business, ecological, social, technological) for the long-term. When to use lean and six-sigma techniques in the context of the manufacturing enterprise system design to meet customer needs will be assessed from a system design perspective, through analytical and computer simulation techniques, and through the use of physical modeling tools.


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