Welcome to the Department of Engineering Technology (ETEC)! If you are rethinking your path to a career in engineering, consider a degree in Engineering Technology.
We have a rich history tracing our roots back to 1919 to the Department of Manual Arts in the College of Education, later transitioning to the Department of Industrial Education (1926), Industrial Arts (1939) and Industrial Education & Technology (1980’s). ETEC became official in 1992 in the College of Arts & Sciences and was one of the three founding departments of the College of Engineering in 2003. Since the early beginnings, the department had its sight focused on the immediate needs of industry; that vision has not changed!
The Bachelor of Science in ET degrees (BSET) with majors in Construction, Electrical and Mechanical ET are ABET-accredited; the Master of Science with a major in ET degree (MSET) and concentration areas in Construction Management, Engineering Management, Electrical Systems, or Mechanical Systems offer you opportunities to expand your technical know-how in a particular discipline, polish your professional skills such as project management and communication, and contribute to the solution of industry’s current engineering problems via applied research and the use of technology. The BSET and MSET degrees are unique in the Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex, leading to well-paying internships and part-time and full-time employment. With over 2000 alumni, the department’s success is measured by the success of our graduates.
As you explore the various departments of the College of Engineering, you may find programs with similar course names and topics; some degree names are similar; and the advertised career opportunities, job functions, and job titles may also be similar. All engineering programs and courses rely on various levels of math and science, on engineering principles, and on laboratory proficiencies. Some programs may seek to develop stronger analytical skills and broader levels of abstract design competencies. It is natural that many prospective students wonder which degree path to take, and where their best fit might be along the broad spectrum of professional occupations that engineering has to offer. Depending on the discipline, functional engineering tasks may include industrial equipment installation, maintenance and operation; engineering field work; technology deployment; new technology research and development; technology management; project bidding and scheduling; process improvement; system conceptualization, design and re-design; engineering operations management; industrial training, representation and sales; and many more! In addition, a degree from the College of Engineering can also set you on the way to career choices in business, law or medicine.
The challenge for a prospective or current student is to rely on your experience, do some “soul searching,” and seek advice to help you assess your own skills, abilities, and interests that match the academic expectations of a particular degree plan. The challenge for industry recruiters is to carefully evaluate the competencies required to perform specific functional engineering tasks and match the right candidate for the right position. I sincerely hope this helps you make an informed decision, but if you still have questions, do not hesitate to contact me.
Thank you for visiting, let us know how we are doing, and come join us in our success!
Interim Chair, the Department of Engineering Technology