The Engineering Technology Difference

The Engineering Technology Difference
For the way you learn

In a Purdue Polytechnic Engineering Technology major, you will:

  • Focus on theory-based, applied learning. You will learn how and why things work, and then you will demonstrate those theories in a laboratory setting or team project.
  • Assist with research with immediate industrial impact. Whether it is an undergraduate research project, a company-funded senior capstone or an independent project, you will be creating solutions for use today and in the future.
  • Learn skills that prepare you for an engineering career. Projects emphasize teamwork and problem-solving skills, presentations polish communication skills, and internships offer real-world experiences.
the degree is ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY.
the career is ENGINEERING.™
For the payoff

You will be prepared to:

  • Work with people, technologies, processes and products.
  • Manage teams and workflow.
  • Improve and implement new technologies.
  • Collaborate with a wide range of professionals.
 

ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY MAJORS

AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY

Design and maintain essential aircraft manufacturing equipment, such as engines, wind tunnels and virtual computer simulators.

Career Options
  • Airframe design engineer
  • Integration engineer
  • Logistics engineer
  • Reliability engineer

AUDIO ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY

Combine the science of sound, electronics and audio technology to create and manipulate the audio experience in a variety of settings.

Career Options
  • Amplifier designer
  • Audio systems engineer
  • Audio system consultant
  • Imagineer

AUTOMATION AND SYSTEMS INTEGRATION ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY

Learn how to automate systems using mechanical components, computer- based controllers and environmental sensors.

Career Options
  • Automation engineer
  • Manufacturing engineer
  • Process engineer
  • Quality engineer

COMPUTER ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY

Devise, integrate and embed the intricate microcomputer processing systems that control the items people use every day.

Career Options
  • Application engineer
  • Computer systems designer
  • Software engineer
  • Test engineer

ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY

Put your knowledge of electricity and electronics into motion to improve everyday items and invent life-changing products.

Career Options
  • Applications engineer
  • Controls engineer
  • Instrumentation engineer
  • Systems engineer

ENERGY ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY

Design solutions for energy creation and efficient transmission to industrial, commercial and residential customers.

Career Options
  • Building control engineer
  • Instrumentation engineer
  • Mechanical design engineer
  • Power systems engineer

ENGINEERING-TECHNOLOGY TEACHER EDUCATION

Learn how to share your enthusiasm for STEM with the next generation by becoming someone’s favorite teacher!

Career Options
  • K-12 technology education teacher
  • Corporate trainer
  • Instructional coordinator

INDUSTRIAL ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY

Manage information, supplies and equipment to coordinate operations while directing people to make products or provide services.

Career Options
  • Industrial engineer
  • Manufacturing engineer
  • Purchasing manager
  • Sales engineer

MECHANICAL ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY

Manage people and production while applying principles of materials, solid and fluid mechanics and energy to create or improve products and processes.

Career Options
  • Mechanical engineer
  • Project engineer
  • Production engineer
  • Quality engineer

MECHATRONICS ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY

Combine computing controls and sensors with mechanical and electronic systems to create electromechanical products and smart devices.

Career Options
  • Applications engineer
  • Engineering consultant
  • Industrial engineer
  • Product engineer

NETWORK ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY

Learn to solve high-level networking challenges securely, efficiently and accurately using the best-suited hardware and software options.

Career Options
  • Network engineer
  • Network architect
  • Systems engineer

ROBOTICS ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY

Combine your skills in mechanics, electronics, automation, computing and software to design and build robotic systems.

Career Options
  • Robotics automation software engineer
  • Robotics designer
  • Robotics engineer
  • Quality engineer

SUPPLY CHAIN AND SALES ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY

Use technology, communication and business analysis to coordinate the timing and manage the logistics of incoming supplies and outgoing products.

Career Options
  • Global logistics analyst
  • Industrial engineer
  • Production manager
  • Quality control engineer
 
 

Is engineering technology right for you?

The following is an engineering technology synopsis based on information from ABET (www.abet.org), the computing, applied and natural science, and engineering technology accreditation agency. ABET accredits 4,005 programs at 793 colleges and universities in 32 countries.

Engineering technology is practical.

  • Engineering technology programs focus on application and implementation.
  • Engineering technology programs stress advanced design practices.
  • Engineering technology programs typically focus on algebra, trigonometry, applied calculus and other courses that are more practical than theoretical in nature.
  • Graduates with engineering technology degrees enter fields such as construction management, manufacturing, product design, testing or technical services and sales. Those who pursue further study often consider engineering, facilities management or business administration.

PE licensing for engineering technology graduates

Graduates from ABET-accredited bachelor-level engineering technology degree programs are eligible to become registered professional engineers (P.E.) in many (but not all) U.S. states and territories by a process of two examinations (the FE and PE exams) and documentation of engineering work experience.