Engineering technology emphasizes the application of scientific and engineering techniques to a variety of real-world problems. Application is the key word in this definition, in that engineering technology emphasizes practical applications as well as theory. Engineering technologists work in the job spectrum between the engineer and the skilled technician, with responsibilities closest to those of the engineer.
The Mechanical & Manufacturing Systems option emphasizes building strong proficiencies in design, development, application and management of product, manufacturing processes, and systems. A broad core of technical course work is presented in detail, from conventional machining operations to the latest applications and principles of computer-aided design using CAD/CAM, advanced manufacturing processes, robotics, integrated automation systems, quality control and improvement systems, along with advanced techniques in solid-modeling and prototype production. The introduction and application of manufacturing trends and innovations are reinforced throughout the program by integrated laboratory experiences.