Engineering Technology Programs

Engineering Technology programs focuses on the application of engineering theory (as opposed to the development of theory). Using knowledge of mathematics and natural science, engineering technology is devoted to implementation and extension of existing technology for the benefit of humanity.

Career Outlook

ET students gravitate toward careers on the applied side of engineering, like Carrier Corp, Smith & Nephew, Wright Medical, Medtronic, FedEx, International Paper, AutoZone, ThyssenKrupp Elevator, Tennessee Valley Authority, Raytheon, Northrop Grumman, Parker Hannifin, Baptist Memorial Health Care Corporation, MLGW and Goodyear Tire & Rubber.

Engineering Technology Degree vs. Traditional Engineering Degree

What is the difference between an ET degree and an engineering degree? Graduates from our engineering programs are called engineers, but when you graduate from our engineering technology program, you are called a technologist. Traditional engineering tracks focus on theory and conceptual design, while ET is primarily focused on application and implementation. Math courses
in the ET program are lower level and more practical in nature, like algebra, trigonometry and applied calculus. Traditional engineering requires higher-level mathematics, including additional semesters of calculus and calculus based theoretical science courses.

By the Numbers


Herff is home to 180 students pursuing undergraduate degrees in engineering technology.


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Average 16 courses offered during the day and 14 courses offered at night each semester to serve the broad needs of the student population. ET offers the only fully available night program
in the Herff College.


The Herff ET program is home to 15 aspiring graduate students seeking master's degrees and/or graduate certificates.


There are three dynamic industrial sectors served by the ET program: Manufacturing, Electronics, and Computer Systems.


Herff's ET program is comprised of a comprehensive core and eight fields of study from which the student may select in order to best fulfill their needs and interests: Automation & Control Systems, Electronic Communications Systems, Mechanical Systems Design, Microprocessor Systems, Operations Strategy & Lean Principles, Product Realization, Software Design, System/Network Administration.