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Engineering Technology

Engineering Technology at Illinois State University is an applied program that allows students to explore the integration of engineering principles and modern manufacturing technology. The courses in Engineering Technology focus on the management of people, processes, and materials through hands-on application-oriented activities. As a result, our students are well equipped to become technically-oriented managerial professionals and leaders in business and industry.

Program Goals

One of the goals of the Engineering Technology program is to prepare professionals capable of managing projects and processes in industrial settings. The integration of the curriculum emphasizes the importance of understanding products, materials, processes, part design, tool design, process control, and quality, all of which are key components of project management.

Our students learn in three integrated ways:

  • Theory- Internalizing ideas necessary to succeed in the field.
  • Practice- Familiarizing themselves with the processes needed to complete tasks.
  • Experience- Using our modern facilities to gain experience with the equipment and processes they will be dealing with in their future careers.

The courses in the ET program focus on the management of people, processes, and materials through application-oriented activities. As a result, our students are well equipped to become project managers.

Student learning is supported by the dedicated ET faculty and by using well equipped laboratories with some of the most modern technology used in industry. Students graduating from the ET program are highly sought after for careers in regional, national, and international companies.

Why Study Engineering Technology?

The ET major at ISU teaches undergraduate students about the technology and management practices widely used in manufacturing industries today. An important aspect of our program is the emphasis placed on hands-on work in the classroom. We not only introduce students to the theoretical concepts of engineering and modern manufacturing; we have them experience these concepts through hands-on lab activities in most of their courses.

Engineering Technology vs. Engineering

Most graduates from our Engineering Technology program have the word "Engineer" in their job title. So what is the difference between Engineering and Engineering Technology programs? The following table presents some basic differences between the two areas of study.

  Engineering Engineering Technology
Curricular Focus Theory and Conceptual Design Application and Implementation
  Higher level mathematics
including multiple semesters
of calculus and
calculus-based theoretical
science courses
Focus on algebra,
trigonometry, applied
calculus, and other courses
that are more practical
than theoretical in nature
  Theoretical, with little
hands-on work
Applied, with much hands-on
  Large class sizes Small class sizes (20-25
Career Paths Entry-level work often
involves conceptual
design or research
and development
Entry-level work often involves
project coordination, process
improvement, and
  Heavy use of analytical tools
& theoretical design
Application of existing
technology to improve
processes and solve

 (Refer to the ABET organization Engineering vs Engineering-Technology for additional information).

Undergraduate Advisement

Cathy McKay
Phone: (309) 438-2665
Location: 215 Turner Hall
Email: camckay@ilstu.edu


To prepare technically-oriented managerial professionals and leaders for business, industry, government, and education by articulating and integrating student experiences and core competencies in engineering technology.

Accredited by:

The Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE)

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