Major: Engineering Technology
Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology (BSET)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 187.5
Co-op Options: Three Co-op (Five years); One Co-op (Four years); No Co-op (Four years)
Classification of Instructional (CIP) code: 15.0000
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 17-3029
About the Program
The degree is Engineering Technology, the career is Engineering.™
Engineering Technology is a branch of engineering that emphasizes practice and the application of theory to solve real-world problems. Although the subject areas of core courses in both engineering technology and traditional engineering are similar, engineering technology courses stress the application of engineering techniques, while traditional engineering courses focus on the development of concepts.
To meet the increasing need for engineering technologists, the BS in Engineering Technology program at Drexel University is organized around a practice-based learning approach to knowledge development. There is extensive use of hands-on laboratory exercises in a majority of the classes. Due to its application-oriented focus, the program is ideally suited for students who plan to pursue careers in a variety of design-, production-, and service-related positions and who learn best by seeing concepts put into practice.
As Engineering Technology students advance, the practice-based approach leads them to skills in the practical and immediate use of technology. Engineering Technology graduates focus on using current and emerging technologies to solve applied engineering problems that industry faces.
The state-of-the-art technology at the heart of the practice-based laboratories, allows graduates to be well versed in the application of modern technology to production-level engineering problems. Through real world industry-sponsored capstone projects, internships with local companies, etc., students in the Engineering Technology program frequently become closely connected to the regional industry and often end up employed with those local industries.
Concentrations are available in biomedical, electrical, mechanical, and industrial engineering technology:
- Biomedical Engineering Technology
- Electrical Engineering Technology
- Industrial Engineering Technology
- Mechanical Engineering Technology
All students enrolled in the program are required to take general education courses, including mathematics, sciences and liberal arts. All concentrations consist of core fundamental courses, technical electives, free electives, and a three-term senior design project, reflecting industrial practices. During their sophomore year, students need to choose one of the four available concentrations.
The program includes full-time and part-time enrollment options. Students pursuing the full-time option can opt for a four-year program with a six-month internship or a five-year program with three six-month co-op cycles.
Engineering technology graduates are uniquely qualified to serve in a variety of functions requiring traditional and nontraditional technological skills. The program also prepares students for graduate study in a variety of fields, including engineering technology, engineering management, business administration, and health-care.
The mission of the Engineering Technology program is to provide contemporary students with an academic foundation and practical education in engineering technology through an outstanding curriculum and applied research program, and the participation of our students in one of the nation's most successful cooperative educational programs.
Engineering Technology Program Educational Objectives
The Engineering Technology program produces graduates who:
- apply discipline-specific theory, experiments and real world experience to interpret, analyze and solve current and emerging technical problems;
- communicate clearly and persuasively with technical and non-technical people in oral, written and graphical forms;
- function individually and on teams to design quality systems, components or processes in a timely, responsible and creative manner;
- demonstrate behavior consistent with professional ethics and are cognizant of social concerns as they relate to the practice of engineering technology;
- strive for professional growth and engage in lifelong learning.
Engineering Technology Student Outcomes
The program's outcomes reflect the skills and abilities that the curriculum is designed to provide to students by the time they graduate. These are:
- an ability to select and apply the knowledge, techniques, skills, and modern tools of the discipline to broadly-defined engineering technology activities;
- an ability to select and apply a knowledge of mathematics, science, engineering, and technology to engineering technology problems that require the application of principles and applied procedures or methodologies;
- an ability to conduct standard tests and measurements, to conduct, analyze, and interpret experiments, and to apply experimental results to improve processes;
- an ability to design systems, components, or processes for broadly-defined engineering technology problems appropriate to program educational objectives;
- an ability to function effectively as a member or leader on a technical team;
- an ability to identify, analyze, and solve broadly-defined engineering technology problems;
- an ability to apply written, oral, and graphical communication in both technical and non-technical environments, and an ability to identify and use appropriate technical literature;
- an understanding of the need for and an ability to engage in self-directed continuing professional development;
- an understanding of and a commitment to address professional and ethical responsibilities including a respect for diversity;
- a knowledge of the impact of engineering technology solutions in a societal and global context;
- a commitment to quality, timeliness, and continuous improvement.
The Engineering Technology program is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET.
For additional information, please visit the Engineering Technology web page.
The Engineering Technology program is designed to meet employers' growing needs for college-educated problem-solvers, created by the technology revolution. Career opportunities in engineering technology are virtually limitless with at least 5,500 companies in the region offering more than 150 current job openings for engineering technologists. As a leading urban university in the Greater Philadelphia region, Drexel's location offers access to a vast number of industries including:
- Power generation
- Public utilities
- Medical care
With the skills developed in this program, students will be able to integrate academic theory and professional practice in order to communicate effectively with engineers from different fields, scientists, the production workforce, marketing professionals, company management, and ultimately the customer. Students may participate in the design, development, testing, and manufacturing of industrial machinery, electric and electronic equipment, medical devices, consumer products, and other equipment.
Engineering technologists can serve in industry in many capacities; some fields include:
- Automation design and process engineering
- Mechanical/production engineering
- Electrical engineering and electronics
- Field engineering
- Systems engineering and management
- Environmental engineering
- Quality control
- Sales and customer service
- Testing engineering
Visit the Drexel Steinbright Career Development Center page for more detailed information on post-graduate opportunities.