Engineering Technology at Illinois State University is an applied program that allows students to explore the integration of engineering principles and modern 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.
Why Study Engineering Technology?
The Engineering Technology major at Illinois State University 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. Graduates of the Engineering Technology program possess the modern skills that are highly sought after in many technology-related industries.
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?
While Engineering majors eventually do work involving conceptual design or research and development with a heavy use of analytical tools and theoretical design, the Engineering Technology program at Illinois State will prepare you to improve engineering processes, manage projects, and apply existing technology to solve complex problems.