The Engineering Technology Council of the American Society for Engineering Education defines Engineering Technology as the profession in which knowledge of mathematics and natural sciences gained by higher education, experience, and practices is devoted primarily to the implementation and extension of existing technology for the benefit of humanity. Engineering technology education focuses primarily on the applied aspects of science and engineering aimed at preparing graduates for practice in that portion of the technological spectrum closest to product improvement, manufacturing, and engineering operational functions. Graduates of bachelors engineering technology programs are referred to as “engineering technologists.” Engineering technologists are ideally suited for industries that deal with application, manufacturing, implementation, engineering operation, sales, and production.
The Engineering Technology unit offers two four-year degree programs: Electrical Engineering Technology (EET) and Mechanical Engineering Technology (MET). The EET program includes two emphases: Electronic Systems and Power Systems. The goal of the Engineering Technology programs is to prepare well educated, highly skilled, and socially and professionally responsible engineering technologists from a diverse population of students so that they can have productive and rewarding careers at local, state, and national levels. Graduates will be well grounded in the fundamentals of engineering, mathematics, science, communications, and problem solving. To continuously improve the quality of education, the programs utilize input from employers, alumni, and an industry advisory board. Both engineering technology degree programs are accredited by the Technology Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (TAC/ABET), 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012.
Engineering Technology Program, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, Corpus Christi, TX 78412-5797. Phone: (361) 825-5849. Web: http://entc.tamucc.edu/
Electrical Engineering Technology
The objective of the Electrical Engineering Technology Program is to educate students to be practical and qualified engineering technologists who have the technical and managerial skills necessary to enter careers in the design, application, installation, manufacturing, operation and/or maintenance of electrical/electronics systems.
Student Learning Outcomes
- Use modern tools and software packages to analyze, design, and program electrical systems;
- Apply scientific, engineering, and technological concepts for the analysis, design, development, and operation of electrical systems;
- Conduct, analyze, and interpret experiments and apply experimental results to improve processes;
- Identify, analyze, and solve technical problems;
- Function effectively on teams;
- Develop plans for implementing quality projects on time and within budget;
- Write quality project reports and deliver oral presentations which are appropriate for technical audiences;
- Understand professional, ethical, social, and global responsibilities;
- Engage in life-long learning and professional development activities.
Courses in Engineering Technology tend to be sequential. It is very important that students have the proper prerequisites. When in doubt students should check with their faculty mentor.