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Electrical Engineering vs Electrical Engineering Technology degree?

  1. Dec 20, 2011 #1
    What is the difference between the two different degrees, I have only been able to find a few different college websites where they describe the differences but the two different websites had different information on them.

    I really want to get into engineering and if I do regular engineering I will have to wait 4 years until I get out of service to attend college full-time but if I do engineering technology I can take it online and just go to the local college to do labs.

    Both programs are ABET

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  3. Dec 20, 2011 #2
    Vast oversimplification, but EE's design things. ET's typically work for the EE's and often end up testing the EE's designs.

    Think doctor vs. nurse.

    Think mechanic vs mechanical engineer.

    Think assembling a computer vs. designing the circuits on the graphics card and motherboard.

    A good ET can know a lot and bad engineer can know very little. But that's the gist of it.
  4. Dec 20, 2011 #3


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    Essentially, yes.

    Big difference in salary, too.
  5. Dec 21, 2011 #4
    Thanks for the information.
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