Field of Study Overview

Technology is forever changing. Whether it is crafting bridges or programming new software, we are always demanding newer, better and faster processes. Engineers are the sources of this change; they examine and redesign existing machinery as well as come up with new products to make the world a better place.

A major in Engineering Technology will provide you with knowledge of engineering principles and technical skills in order to assist engineers with various projects. Students will focus on the technological aspects of engineering. There are many different elements to this field, with opportunities for students interested in electronics, building structures, designing machinery or even preserving nature. A fondness of architecture and engineering can be united with a degree in Architectural Engineering Technology; while an interest in engineering and the environment can lead to a degree in Environmental Control Technology.

Within this field you will be taking courses in Technical drawing, Computers for engineering technology, Processes of industry, and Structural Systems. The majority of these majors, within this field, are offered as an Associate's degree, however depending on the institution this major could be offered as a Bachelor's degree. A Bachelor's may present you with more job opportunities and higher pay, while an Associate's might be recommended for those who already have job experience.

Required Skills

Mathematical and Scientific skills are critical in order to be successful in any of these majors. Engineering Technology focuses on the modernization of products; therefore problem solving and creativity are two vital skills. Students interested in this field are advised to take prior courses in mathematics and science. Students may also want to gain work experience through part-time jobs, internships or co-op positions. There is a lot of hands-on learning involved in this field.

Careers

Graduates with a degree in Engineering Technology can enter into many different careers. Most graduates become Technicians in whichever concentration they chose; for example, if you majored in Civil Engineering Technology you could become a Civil Engineering Technician. Technicians aid engineers and other project managers in order to complete their assignments.

Others may choose careers in Quality Control. This job involves conducting tests, inspecting products and processes, and collecting data in order to maintain and improve the profitability and regulations of industries.

Most technicians work full 40 hour weeks in offices, construction sites, manufacturing or industrial plants, or laboratories. As technology continues to improve and get more sophisticated, the demand for skilled technicians will grow. Average starting salary is $37,820 with a mid-career salary of $62,739.

Field at a Glance

  • Yearly Graduations
    23,197
    (online) 4,945
    (associate) 7,242
    (bachelor) 15,955
  • Average Starting Salary
    $38,000
  • Average Mid-Career Salary
    $63,000

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