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Department ofEngineering Technology

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About the Department

The primary goal of the Department of Engineering Technology is preparation of students for both short and long term career success in engineering and technical fields. Our Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology (BSET) programs are developed specifically for students who desire a technical undergraduate education with an emphasis on solving actual work place problems. These programs provide an exceptionally strong foundation for applications of scientific and engineering knowledge and methods in the work place.

Our faculty is dedicated to excellence in teaching and maintains knowledge of current technology by working closely with industry on applied research projects. As a result, our students enter the work place with state of the art knowledge and the skills to contribute immediately.

Engineering Technology Is . . . .

The profession in which knowledge of the mathematics, natural sciences, and applied engineering fundamentals gained through higher education, hands-on experience, and industrial practice is devoted to application of engineering principles and the implementation of technological advances for the benefit of humanity.

Engineering Technology education focuses primarily on analyzing, applying, implementing and improving existing technologies and is aimed at preparing graduates for practice in that portion of the technological spectrum closest to the product development, improvement, build, and support.

Comparison of Engineering Technology and Engineering Programs

Engineering technology and engineering are similar in many ways and there is much overlap between these two fields in the work place. The most important distinction involves a difference in focus.

Engineering technology emphasizes application and implementation of known technologies where engineering focuses on research and development of new technologies. From a course content viewpoint, engineering technology programs require mathematics and science courses that are more application based compared to the theoretical concepts that are the focus of engineering programs.

TAC of ABET Programs for Professional Practice

The first program category is for students who are interested in professional practice and licensing as a professional engineer or land surveyor. The Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, accredits these programs and graduates are eligible to take the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) or Land Surveying (FLS) examination in Virginia and many other states. These exams are the first step to licensure as a professional engineer or land surveyor.

There are several concentration areas for the TAC of ABET BS in Engineering Technology degree:

  • Civil Engineering Technology (CET) with options in Structural Design, Construction Management, and Surveying / Site Development Technology.
  • Electrical Engineering Technology (EET) with options in Electrical Systems and Computer Engineering Technology.
  • Mechanical Engineering Technology (MET) with options in Manufacturing, Systems, Mechanical Systems Design, and Nuclear Technology.

General Engineering Technology (GET) for the Technical Career

The second program category is designed to meet the needs of those students working in technical fields that do not require a professional engineering or surveying license: the Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology with a concentration in General Engineering Technology (GET). The BS-GET program is designed for technology fields that require advanced knowledge as a foundation for professional accomplishment, success, and advancement. Current GET options include:

  • Electromechanical

Career Opportunities in Engineering Technology

Engineering technology combines science and engineering knowledge with application skills to provide a solid foundation for success in the technology driven work place. Engineering technology graduates work in a wide array of fields that include:

  • Project and construction management
  • Automation, robotics, and control systems
  • Computer software / hardware systems
  • Manufacturing and plant engineering
  • Material and equipment fabrication
  • Network management and security
  • System design and operation
  • Telecommunications

Engineering Technology graduates receive excellent starting salaries with diverse entry-level titles such as engineer, project manager, maintenance supervisor, and technical sales specialist.

For more information contact the Career Management Center Office.

Graduate Degree Options

Engineering technology graduates have a number of graduate study alternatives. Many enroll in the ODU Masters in Engineering Management program either on-campus or through TELETECHNET to further their education. Others pursue graduate degrees in an engineering or business field.


Academics

The BS degree program in Civil Engineering Technology offers a high quality degree program that meets national standards of excellence. It is a significant component of the University's commitment to science, engineering and technology, particularly in fields of major importance to the region. Through the University's TELETECHNET distance learning program, the Civil Engineering Technology program provides opportunities for technical personnel throughout the state and elsewhere to enhance their education and pursue baccalaureate level studies. Simultaneously, the program supports the general education components that yield a well-rounded graduate who is aware of societal needs and issues.

The BS degree program in Electrical Engineering Technology offers a high quality degree program that meets national standards of excellence. It is a significant component of the University's commitment to science, engineering and technology, particularly in fields of major importance to the region. Through the University's TELETECHNET distance learning program, the Electrical Engineering Technology program provides opportunities for technical personnel throughout the state and elsewhere to enhance their education and pursue baccalaureate level studies. Simultaneously, the program supports the general education components that yield a well-rounded graduate who is aware of societal needs and issues.

The BS degree program in Mechanical Engineering Technology offers a high quality degree program that meets national standards of excellence. It is a significant component of the University's commitment to science, engineering and technology, particularly in fields of major importance to the region. Through the University's TELETECHNET distance learning program, the Mechanical Engineering Technology program provides opportunities for technical personnel throughout the state and elsewhere to enhance their education and pursue baccalaureate level studies. Simultaneously, the program supports the general education components that yield a well-rounded graduate who is aware of societal needs and issues.

The Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology, with a major in General Engineering Technology (GET), is designed for students with military training and education in mechanical or electrical engineering technology. Students obtain a concentration in electromechanical systems and a minor in engineering management. The degree program is included in the Navy College Program Distance Learning Partnership (NCPDLP) , Air Force Associate's to Bachelor's Cooperative (A-B-C), Coast Guard Afloat Education, and Marine Corps Career College Program.


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