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Engineering Technology is the study of technology and management practices that provides a background in materials, advanced manufacturing processing (metals and plastics), automation (robotics and programmable controllers), CAD/CAM, quality control, process planning, "lean" principles, and project management.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Interpret and apply basic concepts of materials science such as strength of materials, structural properties, conductivity, and mechanical properties. Perform various non-destructive and destructive materials testing procedures.
  2. Analyze and apply electrical, electronics, and programming logic principles within various automated manufacturing environments and applications such as industrial robotics, programmable controls, and other such systems.
  3. Working individually and as a team, monitor and control lean manufacturing processes or other industrial systems.
  4. Select appropriate manufacturing processes for production applications such as forming, molding, subtractive and additive manufacturing, conditioning, joining, and finishing.
  5. Utilize 2-D and 3-D computer-aided design systems to create designs and models for products, machines, jigs, fixtures, and other mechanical devices used in manufacturing environments.
  6. Read, interpret, and verify manufacturing documentation such as part prints, plans & specifications, technical models, schematics and diagrams, production plans, tooling plans, quality plans, and safety plans.
  7. Demonstrate skills in project management, planning, and cost analysis.

Major Curriculum

The Engineering Technology major requires students to complete 78 hours. These hours are divided into three sections: General Education, Engineering Technology Core, and Electives. To learn more about each course, the prerequisites and any additional degree requirements, review the Illinois State University Catalog.

The following information is for students in the 2021-2022 catalog.
Sample 4-Year Plan of Study
ET Major Sheet

General Education Courses - Required

  • CHE 102 Chemistry and Society
  • MAT 120 Finite Mathematics
  • MQM 100 Statistical Reasoning
  • PHY 105 Fundamentals of Physics
  • PSY 110 Fundamentals of Psychology

Engineering Technology Core - Required

  • TEC 100 Professional Development in Technology
  • TEC 111 Fundamentals of Power Technology
  • TEC 116 Intro to Technical Drawing & Constraint Based Solid Modeling
  • TEC 130 Introduction to Manufacturing Processes
  • TEC 151 Introduction to Computer Systems Technology
  • TEC 216 Constraint Based Solid Modeling & Production Drawings
  • TEC 233 CNC and Machining
  • TEC 234 Robotic Systems Integration
  • TEC 240 Electric Circuits & Machines
  • TEC 263 Automated Fluid Power Systems
  • TEC 270 Managing Technological Systems
  • TEC 285 Industrial Plastics
  • TEC 293 Mechanical Properties of Materials
  • TEC 313 Quality Systems for Technology
  • TEC 320 Project Management
  • TEC 330 Applied Economic Analysis for Technologists
  • TEC 392 Manufacturing Organization and Management
  • HSC 271 Safety Technology

Electives - 9 Hours Required

  • TEC 243 Computer Networking Systems
  • TEC 244 Digital Electronics
  • TEC 333 Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing
  • TEC 345 Process Control Networks
  • TEC 370 Supply Chain Logistics
  • TEC 398 Professional Practice
  • ACC 131 Financial Accounting
  • ECO 105 Principles of Economics
  • FIL 185 Legal, Ethical & Social Environment of Business

Required Work Experience

Students in the Engineering Technology major are required to complete 400 hours of work experience. This must be done prior to enrolling in the senior capstone course: (TEC 392) Manufacturing Organization and Management.

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