|We're getting the word out about ETE: how to take the ball and run with it
to get a top-notch engineering technology education ... the variety of
college programs you can pursue ... and the career opportunities that
could result from an ETE. Below, we get the ball rolling with a few commonly
asked questions about ETE.
Q. What's the primary difference in education requirements for engineering technologists and technicians?
A. The Engineering Technician will normally have received an Associate of
Applied Science degree (a two-year degree). The Engineering Technologist
will have received a four-year Bachelor of Science in Engineering
Technology from an accredited engineering technology program.
Q. What do engineering technology education programs generally consist of?
A. Engineering technology programs focus on application and practice and,
generally, offer a 50/50 mix of theory and laboratory experience. Programs
include specialized technical courses that emphasize rational
thinking and applying scientific principles to find practical solutions to
technical problems, as well as courses in mathematics and science. Most
programs also include classes that help students improve their
communication skills, which is important because technologists and
technicians must be able to describe and communicate their ideas to
co-workers. Technologists also take a number of courses in the humanities
and social sciences to gain an understanding of how their technical work can
Q. What are some of the college programs I could consider for engineering
technician or technologist?
A. The disciplines are many in engineering technology, but some of the
programs offered by both two- and four-year colleges can include: civil
engineering technology; electromechanical technology; electronics and
computer engineering technology; environmental engineering technology;
industrial engineering technology; manufacturing engineering technology;
mechanical engineering technology; plastics and composites
engineering technology; and quality engineering technology. To learn more
about the program that interests you, contact your local college or
university admissions office, the Dean of Engineering or the department
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