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.
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.
Our students get hands-on experience with our 10 robots in the Caterpillar Integrated Manufacturing Laboratory, the new computer-controlled lathe in the Machine Shop, and injection-molding machines in the Plastics Lab, among other equipment.
Our Engineering Technology program will prepare you to hit the ground running in your first job, giving you the technical expertise and management know-how to excel in many different roles. You will apply technology to solve real-world problems, learning from experts how to use current industry equipment.
|Engineering Technology ✔||Engineering|
|Small class sizes and closer faculty relationships||Big lecture classes|
|Broad range of equipment and disciplines||Dig deeper into narrower concepts|
|Dual focus on technology and project management||Math, math, and more math|
Our graduating students are highly recruited. Most alums get a job with "Engineer" in their title, although their roles will vary depending on the size of the company. Recent job titles include:
Dr. Kevin Devine, Associate Professor and Program Coordinator
Dr. Matt Aldeman, Assistant Professor
Dr. Isaac Chang, Assistant Professor
Dr. Jaby Mohammed, Assistant Professor
Jeritt Williams, Instructional Assistant Professor