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Engineering Technology at Illinois State is an applied program that allows students to explore the integration of engineering principles and modern manufacturing technology. Our students are well equipped to become project managers after they graduate.

Engineering Technology graduates perform many of the same jobs as mechanical engineers who are closely involved with production facilities. For example, as a product or process engineer, an Engineering Technology graduate may be responsible for selecting the appropriate engineering process or designing a production system to produce high-quality products at competitive prices. As a project engineer, he or she may be responsible for coordinating new product development and implementing new production equipment.

In the State of Illinois, courses leading to a degree in Engineering Technology DO NOT meet the requirements for licensure as a professional engineer. See the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation website for more information on engineering licensure.

Salary Statistics


Starting salary range for the previous year

Salary data is compiled from alumni surveys and graduate exit surveys. The salary range reported is dependent upon location and does not reflect the entire compensation package offered.

Employment Opportunities

Job Titles

Graduates of the Engineering Technology program are actively recruited for leadership roles. Recent initial placement positions include the following:

  • Application engineer
  • Design engineer
  • Quality engineer
  • Diesel application engineer
  • Energy service associate
  • Integration engineer
  • Manufacturing engineer
  • Manufacturing specialist
  • Mechanical designer
  • Mold design engineer
  • Project manager
  • Process engineer
  • Production engineer
  • Project coordinator
  • R&D engineer
  • Robot programmer
  • Robotics service engineer/technician
  • Sustaining reliability engineering technician
  • Regional project engineer specialist
  • Automated systems engineer
  • Rotational engineer

Employers Who Have Hired Our Graduates

  • ABB Robotics
  • Ameren
  • Bosch
  • Brandt
  • Renishaw
  • Rivian
  • Siemens
  • UPS
  • Bridgestone America
  • Caterpillar, Inc.
  • Eakus Corp.
  • Genesis Systems Group
  • Hurco Companies, Inc.
  • Hydro-Gear
  • IVPlastics, Inc.
  • Matrix Design, Inc.
  • Medical Murray
  • Molex
  • Pro Mold & Die
  • SMC Corporation
  • Taylor Communications
  • Transco Products, Inc.
  • We Are Alexander
  • Weather Tech
  • Wolf Robotics
  • Vizient Manufacturing
  • Ring Container Technologies
  • Custom Aluminum Products, Inc.