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Engineering vs Engineering Technology


  • An engineering (ENGR) graduate is designer and innovator.

  • Emphasis of curriculum is on developing new methods of analysis and solutions for open-ended, complex and unique design problems. Most discipline-specific study occurs in the junior and senior years.

  • First two years have more theoretical math and science. Lab work is mostly related to demonstration of theoretical principles.

  • Mechanics and electricity courses are calculus based. Coursework includes multiple semesters of calculus and calculus–based theoretical university level science courses during the first two years followed by engineering science, analysis and design in the junior and senior years. For most schools, students are not “in” the engineering program until their junior year. So the first two years are called “pre-engineering.”

  • New graduates would most likely aspire to an entry-level position in conceptual design, systems engineering, product research or development.

  • Graduates are readily accepted to graduate school for advanced study in engineering. Engineering graduate programs are usually very similar to and closely allied with graduate programs in the traditional sciences. Generally more advanced math and science is required.

  • Graduates are eligible for professional registration in all states through examination and documented experience. Registration is required for some specializations.

  • More likely to get a research, development, or design job that incorporates the use of computer models or simulation.

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Engineering Technology

  • An engineering technology (ENGT) graduate is an implementer.

  • Emphasis of curriculum is on applying current knowledge and practices to the solution of specific manufacturing and design problems. Students engage discipline-related topics early in the curriculum.

  • First two years have more discipline specific classes and more hands-on labs that pertain directly to a related discipline.

  • Math is algebra and some calculus, and most science is algebra and trigonometry based. Coursework includes algebra, trigonometry, applied calculus and college level sciences; level of math is not as in-depth as engineering programs while focusing on applications of the engineering disciplines in the freshmen and sophomore years of study.


  • New graduates would most likely enter industry in construction, product design, development, testing, technical operations, or technical services and sales.

  • There are some options for graduate school in areas such as Construction & Facilities Management, Fire Protection & Administration, engineering management, business administration, or similar programs.

  • Graduates are eligible for professional registration in some states with a wide variation in licensing requirements.

  • More likely to get a 'hands-on' laboratory, testing, construction, or in-the-field job.
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