Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is Engineering Technology?

"Engineering Technology focuses primarily on the applied aspects of science and engineering aimed at preparing graduates for practice in that portion of the technological spectrum closest to product improvement, industrial processes and operation functions."
— Engineering Technology Council, June 1988

Q. Is an Engineering Technology program adequate for me?

The answer is NO if:

  • You are only interested in abstract mathematical concepts
  • You feel more comfortable thinking rather than "doing"
  • You are interested in a research career
  • You want to develop theoretical concepts

The answer is YES if:

  • You like to complement theory with practice
  • You want to have the mathematical concepts to support your thoughts
  • You like to "see" your final product
  • You want to acquire knowledge to get a good job in industry
  • You want to have basic as well as practical concepts

Q. What are the "real" differences between Engineering and Engineering Technology?

  • Engineering Programs:
    • are theoretical in nature
    • rely heavily on math, physics
    • have limited hands-on experience
    • are focused towards graduate school
  • ET Programs:
    • require Math and Physics as needed
    • have a strong laboratory component
    • are geared towards immediate employment
    • solve industry needs

Q. What kind of firms employ EET graduates?

  • Applications engineering
  • Electronic manufacturing
  • Industrial control
  • Power utilities

Q. What kind of job will I be qualified for?

  • Communications engineer
  • Computer engineering technologist
  • Electrical engineering technologist
  • Electromechanical engineering technologist
  • Engineering assistant
  • Field service technician
  • Industrial technologist
  • Network manager
  • Product engineer
  • Project assistant
  • Technical Assistant
  • Technical salesperson
  • Technical writer

Q. How much money will I make?

  • Salaries are competitive and comparable to EE graduates
  • Local Average: $ 36,000
  • Ranges: $33K - $50K