Can someone explain the differences between engineering and engineering tech?
From the UNC Charlotte website..
This is from the UNC Charlotte website :http://www.et.uncc.edu/comparison.html
I hope this might help.
An innovator - one who is able to interweave a knowledge of advanced mathematics, the natural and engineering sciences, and engineering principles and practices with considerations of economic, social, environmental, and ethical issues to create new systems and products. The engineering graduate can develop new procedures to advance the state of the art.
A doer or implementer - one who is able to apply a basic knowledge of mathematics, the natural and engineering sciences, current engineering practices, and an understanding of economic principles to the solution of design problems and to the operation or testing of engineering and manufacturing systems. The engineering technology graduate can apply established procedures which utilize the current state of the art.
To provide the knowledge necessary to design and manufacture state of the art products and systems needed to meet the current and future needs of society.
To provide the knowledge required to apply state of the art techniques and designs to meet the current needs of society.
Emphasis is on developing methods of analysis and solutions for open-ended design problems.
Emphasis is on applying current knowledge and practices to the solution of specific technical problems.
To develop conceptual abilities.
To develop application abilities.
BS in Engineering
BS in Engineering Technology
Four years. (2 years for an Associate of Applied Science Degree)
Bachelor of Science in Engineering.
(For example: Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering)
Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology with a major in ________.
(For example: Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology with a major in Civil or Electrical or Fire Safety or Mechanical ET)
Graduates are referred to as engineers. Professional examination & certification is required before title 'Engineer' can be used in private practice.
Associate Degree graduates are referred to as engineering technicians.
Bachelor Degree graduates are referred to as engineering technologists, however it should be noted that the actual job title given to graduates depends solely upon the employer, and is usually based upon the graduate's degree, experience, and the specific job position assigned by the employer.
Transfer from an engineering program to an engineering technology program is possible with a minimum loss of credits and time.
Transfer from an engineering technology program to an engineering program generally is not done without a significant loss of credits and time.
Transfer from a community college with an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in Engineering Technology to the BSET program at UNC Charlotte generally results in admission with Junior standing.
Typical Aspirations of the New Graduate
The engineering graduate would most likely aspire to an entry level position in conceptual design, systems engineering, manufacturing, or product research and development.
The engineering technology graduate entering industry would most likely aspire to an entry level position in product design, development, testing, technical operations, or technical services and sales.
Adaptability to Current Industrial Practices
The engineering graduate typically requires a period of 'internship' since engineering programs stress fundamentals.
The engineering technology graduate is prepared to immediately begin technical assignments since technology programs stress current industrial practices and design procedures.
Graduates are eligible to become registered professional engineers in all states by a process of examination and documentation of experiences.
Graduates are eligible to become registered professional engineers in most states, with wide variation in the qualification requirements.
Graduate Education Opportunities
Graduate study in engineering is available to qualified bachelor of science engineering graduates.
Graduate study in engineering is available to qualified bachelor of science engineering technology graduates. However, it usually requires significant preparatory courses (especially in advanced mathematics) prior to graduate studies.
Many BSET graduates continue their education with graduate study in areas such as Computer Science, Engineering Management, Masters of Business Administration (MBA), and Technical Management.
Nationwide, the typical starting salary differential is $200/month or $2400/year less for the engineering technologist.
In a Nut Shell
The decision factors often used by those not sure of the path to choose usually boil down to:
(1) The mathematics is not as hard in engineering technology. A significant level up through calculus is required, however.
(2) The engineering technologist is more likely to get 'hands-on' jobs, working in a laboratory or field position, as opposed to a design/desk job.
Thank you for the reply BillBLack. It was very informative.
For my BS in Engineering Technology , I have to do the following math:
What other math courses are taken for a BS in Engineering?
Does anyone have a list of states?
Generally, engineering requires 3 semesters of calculus, one of differential equations, and one of linear algebra. Some of the other courses you will take are almost entirely math as well.
Engineering is a better degree than engineering technology - a significant fraction of engineering technology people are ones who couldn't do the math of engineering (for that matter, I switched to Mechanical Engineering from Aerospace because I couldn't handle the math of Aerospace). An engineering degree is worth more in the job market.
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