Engineering Technology

Become a Technologist: Students earning their bachelor’s degree in Engineering Technology are called Technologists. They are specialists dedicated to the development, design, and implementation of engineering and technology. These professionals are most likely to enter positions in sectors such as construction, manufacturing, product design, testing, or technical services and sales. Engineering Technologists often work independently or with traditional engineers applying learned engineering principles and technical skills. They may assume senior management positions in industry or become entrepreneurs.

Hand-On Learning: If you are a “hands-on” type of individual, someone who may have taken small engines, or machine shop in high school, who likes tinkering on their snowmobile or ATV on the weekend, then Engineering Technology is perfect for you! Engineering Technology students learn more through hands-on training as opposed to theory alone. They spend an extensive amount of time in the College of Technology, Art & Design’s thirteen labs where they focus on analyzing, applying, implementing and improving products and technologies.

Entry Level Positions: Product design, testing, product development, systems development, field engineering, technical operations, and quality control are all common positions for engineering technology graduates.

Difference between Engineering Technology and Engineering: Engineering Technology deals with the same topics as engineering, but the knowledge is more applied, as opposed to theoretical knowledge. Engineering Technology focuses on algebra, trigonometry, applied calculus, and other courses that are more practical than theoretical in nature. Engineering programs require advanced-level math and calculus as well as theory-based science courses. Once they enter the workforce, engineering graduates typically spend their time planning, while Engineering Technology graduates spend their time making plans work.

Career Paths

  • Applications Engineering Technology
  • Field Engineering Technology
  • Industrial Engineering Technology
  • Manufacturing Engineering Technology
  • Quality Control Engineering Technology
  • Research and Development Engineering Technology
  • Safety Engineering Technology
  • Technical Sales
  • Material Testing Engineering Technology

Recommended High School Courses

  • Drafting
  • Construction
  • Manufacturing
  • Electronics
  • Robotics
  • CADD/Computer Programming Project
  • Lead the Way classes
  • 360 eTech Classes

Median Income

  • Field Engineer: $62,000
  • Industrial Manager: $63,000
  • Applications Engineer: $66,000
  • Safety Engineer: $72,000

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Questions?

For more information email Dr. Mike Lund at mlund@bemidjistate.edu or by phone at 218.755.2951.

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