If you enjoy tinkering with gadgets and bringing ideas to life, engineering technology may be for you. Engineering Technologists (ET) literally create the objects we depend on, from smartphones to suspension bridges and everything in between. While traditional engineers work mainly in the conceptual stage of product development, ET graduates are hands-on, building and implementing new technologies in testing labs and in the field. They can apply their abilities in using technical equipment, selling technical products, serving as manufacturers' technical representatives, supervising construction projects and manufacturing processes, and more. A degree in engineering technology will give you marketable skills in this practical, applied science.
PRE-Engineering Technology requirements
- Students with a GPA of 2.0-2.5 wishing to transfer into the engineering technology program will be admitted as pre-engineering technology students.
- Students who have not completed their lower division courses or pre-calculus course may be classified as pre-engineering technology students as well.
- Students will need to complete pre-calculus and maintain a GPA over 2.5 to be reclassified in their appropriate ET programs.
Each of our engineering technology degree programs is comprised of a few different subject areas. Read below to understand the different parts of this program.
Math and science
Math and science classes are instrumental to your success in the upper level courses. Many math and science courses are prerequisites to classes that come later in the program. They are the foundation for a bachelor's degree and are very important. Many of the math and science courses are able to be transferred in from community colleges, and our academic standards require grades of C or better in each of the math and science courses.
Lower division technical courses
Like the math and science courses, these classes are also considered foundational. Lower division means these classes have a course listing number between 1000 or 2000. The majority of these classes are usually transferred in from community colleges. Each program is designed to utilize 20-26 credits of elective credits in this area. These electives would be the classes that make up a curriculum of applied sciences at the community college. Along with the electives, each program has a few required courses which necessary for success in the upper level courses. These classes are mandatory, because in order to be a technologist you need to have a solid background in technology.
Upper division technical core classes
These classes are the main attraction of your engineering technology bachelor's degree. Upper division means the course listing number is higher than 3000, and these classes are considered junior and senior level courses. Due to the level of math, and the rigor of these classes, it is rare that they would be transferred in from community college. Sometimes lower level courses will be offered with similar names to these courses, but their content would be introductory, where the core classes here would be more advanced. Each program has a specific set of courses to prepare you for career in your chosen area. Students also have opportunities to choose electives that enhance their experience in their technical areas.
Communication and general education
These classes are requirements for graduation from Wayne State University. Most universities and colleges require general education courses in order to produce well-rounded graduates. These classes help students communicate better and further each individual's level of critical thinking, a major skill that employers look for.