What is engineering technology?

Engineering technology is the practical application of science and engineering to a wide range of real world problems.

What is the difference between engineering and engineering technology?

The differences between engineering and engineering technology are not always obvious. There is a great deal of overlap between the two fields of study. At Wayne State both types of engineering programs have a strong emphasis on math and science, especially physics and calculus. While topics of core classes in both programs seem similar, engineering technology classes will emphasize the application of engineering techniques, and the engineering courses will focus on the development of concepts.

Graduates of engineering technology and engineering programs complement each other in skills and interests. Technologists work with technicians, engineers and scientists to form technological teams that produce an ever-increasing rate of technological advancement.

What does “technologist” mean?

Baccalaureate engineering technology graduates are often called technologists to distinguish them from baccalaureate graduates of engineering programs. However, the National Bureau of Labor Statistics does not have a category called “technologist” and consequently industrial job titles show little distinction between technologists and engineers.

Is engineering technology at WSU right for you?

Decisions about higher education are usually difficult and complex. One of the best ways to figure out if this is the right program for you, is to come on to campus. Here you will be able to explore, ask questions and get a feel for our Wayne State community. 

Program specialization:

  • The Division of Engineering Technology started back in 1973, and is very established on campus and in the industrial sectors of Southeastern Michigan.
  • The strength of engineering technology at WSU is that students learn in an applied format. They learn by doing and gain valuable experience that transfers to the workplace.

Networking opportunities:

  • Students have the opportunity to learn from faculty members who are well respected in their field. Division of Engineering Technology faculty members are approachable and knowledgeable.
  • The Division of Engineering Technology also often offers special classes that are taught by local industry specialists. This provides students not only with cutting edge practices, but also with contacts from local businesses.
  • The Division of Engineering Technology has many partnerships with local industry.
  • Many of our current students, not to mention our alumni, have full-time positions in engineering; the collaborative nature of our program leads to a vast amount of networking opportunities. 

Specifically to the Division of Engineering Technology:

  • The majority of our students transfer after some community college or after completing an associate’s degree in applied sciences.
  • Many have worked in industry for years and have decided to return to school for economic reasons.
  • Many of our undergraduates work full time and take part-time classes .

Academic services and student support

  • Wayne State University offers many student services including tutoring, academic success support, career services, academic accessibility and personal counseling.
  • Financial aid and scholarships are available to students who qualify.

Specifically to the Division of Engineering Technology:

  • Centralized academic advising gives students personalized attention and plans of study. This gives students clarity about their degree requirements and enables them to meet their academic goals.
  • The Division of Engineering Technology has friendly and knowledgeable staff and faculty members who are dedicated to helping students.
  • Students are also able to join organizations like the Engineering Technology Student Organization, which helps connect them to other students and to the campus.

What can I do with this degree when I graduate?

Graduates of baccalaureate engineering technology programs have been very successful in obtaining professional employment relevant to their education. Wayne State engineering technology graduates are employed in:

  • Manufacturing engineering
  • Production engineering
  • Marketing
  • Maintenance
  • Quality control
  • Product testing
  • Field engineering
  • Design
  • Technical supervision

A professional engineering technologist’s job responsibilities require technical and practical knowledge. They can apply their abilities in using technical equipment, selling technical products, serving as manufacturers’ technical representatives, or supervising varied construction projects and manufacturing processes.

While industrial duties range, the technologist’s responsibilities are close to that of an engineer, and often they work alongside engineers on the various aspects of project development, production planning, and the final testing of industrial, military or consumer products.