Tuesday, May 24, 2022


What's going on youtube the common sense professor here and today we're going to answer the question of what is engineering technology stay tuned let's start by looking at an accreditation body abed so abet accredits both engineering and engineering technology programs .

Abed actually stands for the accreditation board for engineering and technology so abet states that a two-year engineering technology graduate is considered a technician while a four-year engineering technology graduate is .

Considered a technologist and a four-year graduate of a theoretical engineering program is considered a full engineer so by their standard only someone who graduates with a four-year engineering degree is actually going to be considered an engineer this is completely false .

Let me first break this down by the program so we have a kind of an understanding of the differences so let's start with a four-year engineering program some people call it full engineering which i don't like that term some people call it theoretical engineering that's a more proper term .

For it here's why if you go into a degree into let's say electrical engineering or civil engineering you're going to be expected to take calculus 1 calculus 2 calculus 3 sometimes differential equations and then some type of calculus based science like calculus based physics one .

Two and three now there are some engineering programs now that are looking to start students a little earlier so you might take an introduction to engineering class or maybe another type of introductory class while you're taking these math and science classes now when we look into this .

You'll see that there really is not a two-year theoretical engineering degree what there is is a two-year pre-engineering degree the reason for this is because generally engineering students spend their first two years taking gen eds taking all their math all their sciences .

And all their gen eds before getting into the engineering programs years three and four it just doesn't make a lot of sense that a community college would offer a two-year theoretical engineering degree when the first two years is spent taking math classes so what community colleges will do in this case .

Is offer a pre-engineering degree and so a student can actually go to a community college they can take all their math and science classes get those out of the way transfer to a four-year university and then all they have to take your core classes at the university so now let's look at a four-year .

Engineering technology degree now remember what i told you that somebody who graduates with an engineering technology degree according to abet is a technologist a better name for engineering technology is applied engineering as a matter of fact there's another accrediting agency .

Named atme which stands for the association of technology management and applied engineering who did a lot of work to come up with this new division of applied engineering instead of just engineering technology now one thing to understand is there's still theory .

In engineering technology but there is not as much math and science in engineering technology as there is in a theoretical engineering program so generally students who take an engineering technology program will take college algebra trigonometry statics calculus sometimes calculus two that's generally .

The most math you'll have to take as calculus ii then they'll have to take some type of sciences but generally those sciences are algebra based now that is not saying that a student can't take a calculus based science class that's perfectly fine for a student to do that but one of the .

Biggest differences between an engineering technology program and a theoretical engineering program is the hands-on the applications that is why engineering technology is considered a plot engineering whereas regular engineering i'll call it is considered .

Theoretical engineering so you can expect labs in an engineering technology program to have a lot of applications based on the industry they're going into my students for instance we focus a lot on automation so generally the labs in my classes are heavily focused on pocs robotics mechatronics any type of automation that .

They'll find in industry so that way they are better prepared when they go into industry to have this real world applications now let's look at a two-year engineering technology degree remember i told you a two-year engineering degree is actually pre-engineering well someone can .

Actually receive a two-year engineering technology degree in let's say electrical engineering technology or automation engineering technology or mechanical engineering technology from a community college so generally they will have an associate of applied science or an associate of .

Science degree in electrical engineering technology or mechanical engineering technology and so on i actually went this route i actually have an associate degree in engineering technology and that is really what causes so much confusion when you look at a four-year engineering .

Technology degree many times i will have students come to me and they will think that they're getting a four-year degree but they're going to be a technician in the field well that's possible they could be a technician but what i've seen is the majority of the students that graduate with my program with the .

Four-year engineering technology degree receive positions as engineers now like i mentioned before both the two-year engineering technology degree a four-year engineering technology degree and a theoretical engineering degree can be accredited through abet .

But only the two-year engineering technology and four-year engineering technology can be accredited through app may so there are plus and minuses to both so let me just break this down real quick and help you understand the differences now if you go to a community college and you get a two-year engineering technology .

Degree a lot of times you can have what we call articulation agreements or a two plus two what that means is you take two years at the community college and then transfer into a university and get the other two years at the university and end up with your .

Bachelor of science degree in engineering technology a graduate actually receives an associate of applied science and an engineering technology degree and a bachelor of science in engineering technology degree now is that really beneficial maybe it could be so one way that this .

Could be beneficial is you go to a community college where sometimes it's free and many times it's way cheaper than a university and then receive your associate degree transfer to a university actually have a job as a technician while you're finishing your bachelor .

Degree sometimes that company might even pay for your degree one way or the other you're making quite a bit of money as a technician while you're finishing up your bachelor degree now that's not always feasible because honestly being a technician takes a lot of time but you will make quite a bit of money now if you're looking at being a .

Technician then really all you'll need to do is get a two-year degree from associate degree if you want to be an engineer then you will need a four-year degree there's no doubt about that one of the downfalls of a four-year engineering technology degree is the ability to get your pe licensure .

Pe is professional engineer and a lot of times jobs require pe licensure now it depends on the state for pe licensure but some states don't accept that i teach in a state that does not accept an engineering technology degree in order to be able to sit for your pe licensure now .

Generally that doesn't matter so much students in my program are getting high paying jobs and they don't have any trouble at all getting the job so that has not been a factor at all in the case of my graduates now i will say i teach in a niche program as i mentioned it's it's more of an automation .

Engineering technology program the demand is very high and so that might be the big difference why my students don't need a pe licensure as much but that is a downfall you need to do your research on that so if you're in a state that accepts an abet accredited engineering technology degree for pe licensure then you really .

Don't have anything to worry about the only difference between that is sometimes you will have to work a little more in industry before you can sit for that licensure but there are some states and again you need to check in on this there are some states that do not allow a graduate of an engineering technology .

Degree to sit for the pe licensure so let's look at these titles that abet placed on these graduates of engineering technology and engineering degrees again remember a two-year engineering technology degree will lead to a technician position according to abet a four-year engineering technology .

Degree leads to a technologist while a four-year theoretical degree leads to a an engineer now here's the issue with that i challenge you go to monster.com or indeed.com or or one of these websites where you can look up positions and type in the term technologist and tell me how many .

Engineering positions come up generally what you're going to find is very specialized positions or medical positions you're not going to see technologist positions out there for engineers again what i've seen the majority of my students they receive jobs as automation engineers .

They're not technologists which leads me to last point in this video if you get a two-year degree and you go out into the field and you're a technician and you love your job you're going to have a very high paying very good job there is absolutely nothing wrong with that if you get a .

Four-year engineering technology degree and go out and get a job as an engineer and you love your job then that's fantastic here's what i've seen my students get jobs in as far as salary goes on the low end i've seen 55 000 up to 85 000 starting out that is in automation .

Engineering sometimes this is called something different like controls engineering or instrumentation and controls which is my background but these are very high paying jobs so the question that you need to ask yourself is that which one is the best fit for .

You are you a better fit as a technician if you don't mind getting dirty and you really like getting your hands on things and fixing things then you might be a great technician if you like the design of things but maybe you want more of an office type job then an engineer might be a .

Better fit for you both are fine i have honestly seen cases in industry where a technician will make more than an engineer because many times technicians are paid by the hour while engineers are paid by salary and of course that opens up the doors for bonuses and different things but a lot of times you'll have a .

Technician and an engineer spending about the same amount of time at industry but even though the hourly rate of the technician is lower they're getting paid overtime which makes up for that difference if you're confused about which program to choose let me tell you a good gauge to go by and that's your .

Act scores or sat i just want to make it very clear people will always try to make these different levels right so you have theoretical engineering which is a high level you have engineering technology which is lower than engineering and then you have a two-year associate degree .

Don't get into that any of these fields are going to lead to a great job for your future okay so i really hope that this video has helped you if you have questions leave questions below if you can think of a video that you'd like to see me make in the future please tell me i .

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