Engineering Technology Department
What is Engineering Technology?
Engineering technology is a profession in which the knowledge of mathematics, physical and social sciences and engineering is applied to planning, design and implementation of products and processes.
Engineering technology is a branch of engineering education that emphasizes the practical aspects of engineering, rather than abstract concepts or theories. It combines theory with practical technical skills, providing support of engineering activities. It is therefore a blend of the application of science, engineering knowledge and skills used in engineering practices. In the occupational spectrum between the craftsman and the engineer, it lies closest to that of an engineer. Solutions of applied technical problems related to engineering in a specific field of specialization (information systems, polymers, electronics, manufacturing and mechanics) are emphasized.
For more information:
- What is the difference between engineering and engineering technology?
- Is engineering technology right for you?
- Pathway to a Career in Engineering
- Degree Programs
- Incoming Transfer Opportunities
- Program Specialization
- Networking Opportunities
- Specific to the Engineering Technology Department
- What can I do with this degree when I graduate?
- What is ABET accreditation and why is it important?
- Local Job Opportunities
- Contact Information
What is the difference between engineering and engineering technology?
The difference between engineering and engineering technology is blurred and the two often overlap. While engineering focuses on theory and conceptual design, engineering technology usually focuses on application and implementation. In a nutshell, where engineering is more theoretical, engineering technology is more hands-on and application oriented. From a curricular standpoint, engineering programs typically require higher-level mathematics, including multiple semesters of calculus and calculus-based theoretical science courses, while engineering technology programs typically focus on algebra, trigonometry, applied calculus and other courses that are more practical than theoretical in nature.
Is engineering technology right for you?
If you are a practical hands-on oriented individual, engineering technology could be right for you. In the occupational spectrum between the craftsman and the engineer, it lies closest to that of an engineer. Solutions of applied technical problems related to engineering in a specific field of specialization (information systems, polymers, electronics, manufacturing and mechanics) are emphasized.
Pathway to a Career in Engineering
Graduates of our four-year engineering technology program are likely to enter the work force with position titles such as:
- Applications Engineer
- Design Engineer
- Electrical Engineer
- Mechanical Engineer
- Project Engineer
- Tooling Engineer
Since our program is ABET accredited, graduates from our bachelor level engineering technology degree programs are eligible to become registered professional engineers (P.E.) in the State of Ohio by a process of two examinations (the FE and PE exams) and documentation of engineering work experience.
Those with a two-year associate degree in either Electrical/Electronic Engineering Technology or Mechanical Engineering Technology still may enter the workforce and have viable technical occupations. Graduates of our two-year engineering technology program are likely to enter the workforce with position titles such as:
- Engineering Technician
- Design Specialist
- Manufacturing Engineer
- Mechanical Designer
- Project Engineer
Graduates of engineering technology programs normally work within the engineering team in applied design, project management, product development, testing, manufacturing, production or operations. They may also work in technical services including field engineering, marketing or sales. The Kent State Tuscarawas faculty have considerable industrial experience in their respective fields of specialization, in addition to their academic preparation at the advanced degree level.
The Engineering Technology department at Kent State Tuscarawas offers:
Associate of Applied Science degrees:
The curriculum is designed to prepare graduates for technical careers in industry as members of the engineering team. Each program consists of 61-65 credit hours and stresses problem solving, with an emphasis on technical applications and applied design. Graduates from the programs will have completed a number of required technical "core" courses in addition to their mathematics, science and general requirements.
Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology degrees with concentrations in:
- Electrical/Electronics Engineering Technology
- Green and Alternative Energy
These degrees can be obtained with an additional two years of full-time studies following an associate degree. The structure of the degree program allows the student to acquire an in-depth background in one of the Engineering Technology disciplines (Electronics, Mechanical/Systems, Green and Alternative Energy or Integrated) while increasing competencies in one or more of the related engineering science areas.
Incoming Transfer Opportunities
The unique 2+2 nature of our BS Engineering Technology degree makes our program a good fit for the incoming transfer student. For a student with a previously earned qualifying AAS Degree track, our BS Engineering Technology degree can be completed in 2 years at Kent State Tuscarawas or at your own pace. The major courses are offered online and at the Kent State Regional Campus tuition; the resulting degree is fully ABET Accredited.
- For student with a previously earned Mechanical Engineering Technology (AAS) degree it is possible to complete a BS in Engineering Technology with a concentration in Mechanical/Systems.
- For student with a previously earned Electrical/Electronic Engineering Technology (AAS) degree it is possible to complete a BS in Engineering Technology with a concentration in Electrical/Electronic Engineering Technology.
- For student with a previously earned Alternative Energy Engineering Technology (AAS) degree it is possible to complete a BS in Engineering Technology with a concentration in Green and Alternative Energy Technology.
- For student with any other previously earned engineering technology (AAS) degree or two years in a qualifying engineering technology program degree it is possible to complete a BS in Engineering Technology with a concentration in Integrated Engineering Technology.
- The Engineering Technology Department, which began in the 1970’s, is well established on the Tuscarawas Campus and in the industrial sectors of Tuscarawas County and the surrounding counties in East Central Ohio.
- Our Mechanical Engineering Technology (AAS) degree has been ABET accredited since 1974, our Electrical/Electronic Engineering Technology (AAS) degree since 1978 and our BS Engineering Technology degree since October 2018.
- The strength of engineering technology at Kent State Tuscarawas is that students learn in an applied format. They learn by doing and gain valuable experience that transfers to the workplace.
Most of our Engineering Technology Department faculty members have worked or are currently working in industry and bring practical experience into the class room from companies such as:
- Babcock and Wilcox, Akron, OH
- Boltaron Inc., Newcomerstown, OH
- Combi Packaging Inc, North Canton, OH
- FirstEnergy, Akron, OH
- The Gradall Company, New Philadelphia, OH
- Hadlock Plastics, LLC, Geneva, OH
- H-P Products, Inc, North Canton, OH
- Meteor Sealing Systems, LLC, Dover, OH
- The M.K. Morse Company, Canton, OH
- Novelis, Uhrichsville, OH
- OMEGA Pressure, Sunbury, OH
- Robin Industries, Inc., Berlin, OH
- Sanborn Wire Products, Rock Creek, OH
- Smith and Wesson Chemical Company, Inc., Rock Creek, OH
- Union Metal Corporation, Canton, OH
- Zimmer Biomet, Dover, OH
- Students have the opportunity to learn from faculty members many who are 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 through internships that are offered typically in a student’s sophomore year.
- 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.
Specific to the Engineering Technology Department
- Low instructor to student ratios (on average 1:17) 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 Engineering Technology Department has friendly and knowledgeable staff and faculty members who are dedicated to helping students.
- Students are also able to join organizations like the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) and can be involved in nationwide competitions which helps connect them to other students and to the campus.
- Graduates of the two-year degree often enter the workforce and complete their BS degree at their own pace.
- Our upper level (Junior and Senior) technical courses all have online alternatives, so that our BS degree can be completed online.
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. Kent State engineering technology graduates are employed in:
- Design engineering
- Field engineering
- Manufacturing engineering
- Product engineering
- Quality control
- Technical supervision
What is ABET accreditation and why is it important?
ABET is an accreditation board for college and university programs in the disciplines of applied and natural science, computing, engineering and engineering technology at the associate, bachelor’s and master’s degree levels. With ABET accreditation, students, employers and the society we serve can be confident that our program meets the quality standards that produce graduates prepared to enter a global workforce.
The Kent State University at Tuscarawas Mechanical Engineering Technology (AAS) degree has been ABET accredited since 1974, our Electrical/Electronic Engineering Technology (AAS) degree since 1978 and our BS Engineering Technology degree since October 2018.
What this means is:
- The Kent State University at Tuscarawas Engineering Technology degree has been recognized to meet the global standard for technical education in the engineering technology profession.
- It enhances the employment opportunities of our graduates, as many multinational corporations require graduation from an accredited program.
- It supports the ability of our BS Engineering Technology graduates to pursue a Professional Engineers license, as graduation from an ABET-accredited program is a minimum qualification.
- It paves the way for our graduates to work globally, because ABET accreditation is recognized worldwide through international agreements.
Paul Dykshoorn, Engineering Technology Director, 330-308-7475 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Amy Bowers, Engineering Technology Administrative Assistant,
330-308-7457 | email@example.com