Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology
Computer Science and Industrial Technology
College of Science and Technology
Overview of the program
This four-year degree program combines the application of scientific and engineering knowledge with engineering methods and technical skills to produce graduates who are able to apply technology in order to address a wide variety of industry, business, and government needs.
The field of Engineering Technology is concerned with the practical application of engineering knowledge to support engineering activities. An Engineering Technology program differs from a classic Engineering program in that it is more applied and focused on applications of technology while an Engineering program is focused more on theoretical fundamentals that can lead to the development of new technology.
The objective of the Engineering Technology Program is to emphasize engineering technology fundamentals bolstered by practical experiences, and to prepare students for engineering and technology related professions, advanced education, and lifelong learning. The program emphasizes the application of sciences to the solution of technological problems, technical knowledge, problem solving skills, and implementation skills.
Concentration in Energy Engineering Technology
Concentration in Mechanical Engineering Technology
Concentration in Computer Engineering Technology
Concentration in Construction Engineering Technology
Concentration in Industrial Engineering Technology
Strengths of the program
The applied nature of this program provides an advantage in that its graduates can quickly adapt to industry job demands with less on-the-job training. Our polls of industrial employers during the program development indicated that industrial employers expect to be able to put to productive work the technology graduates much faster than traditional engineering graduates. The program strongly emphasizes problem solving and critical thinking skills. Engineering technology students have many opportunities to participate in various research projects and are required to cultivate technical communication skills, and to demonstrate ability to work independently as well as in teams. This program aspires to be a major contributor to economic development driven workforce.
Preparing for a job in the program
To succeed in the fields of engineering technology, candidates must have strong science fundamentals and in particular math fundamentals since all technology is based on sciences. Further, these candidates should be prepared for careers in which they will provide professional and technical services, research and development services, and will be involved in technical planning and management. Therefore, they will be required to have an excellent understanding, working knowledge, and skill to apply current technology. In addition, as technology changes rapidly, it is also essential that they have the engineering fundamentals to assimilate new developments in technology and thus successfully demonstrate a skill in life-long-learning which will constantly keep them current and pertinent to the ever evolving technology needs.
Careers in the program
Graduates of this program have a wide range of career opportunities which require technical knowledge and technical problem solving skills. These are primarily expected to be related to product design and development since the skills of engineering technology graduates is closer to the production of goods and technology solutions. However, they also are eligible for careers as supervisors or managers in industrial settings or where there is a need for administrators who understand technology. Types of careers also vary from product design to maintenance of production and technology, or to self employment in consulting and technology business ventures.
Starting Salaries after completing the program (estimates only)
$40K-$61KAccording to the government’s Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition “Starting salaries are among the highest of all college graduates.”
According to a CNN report of 7/24/2009 “engineering diplomas account for 12 of the 15 the top-paying majors”. Also, see a relevant 2009 CNBC slideshow at http://www.cnbc.com/id/29408064
Campus organizations and activities affiliated with the program
Related fields that might interest you
• Computer Science
• Industrial Technology
• Materials Science
• Pre-Engineering (under Chemistry&Physics)
• Occupational Safety, Health and Environment
How do I know this is the degree for me?
Common Strengths and interests of students in the program
• I have a curiosity about science and about how things work
• I am comfortable with math fundamentals
• I like solving problems and figuring out solutions
• I am excited about technology and what one can do with it
• I am focused, motivated, and persistent in pursuing my chosen goals
This a new program in its second year and we do not have any alumni yet.
Department of Computer Science and Industrial Technology
College of Science & Technology
Hammond, LA 70402
On Campus: Fayard Hall, Room 307