Differences Between Engineering and Engineering Technology Degree Programs
Students who are considering technical careers may be unfamiliar with engineering technology or may misunderstand its relationship to engineering. Engineering technology programs emphasize the practical application of mathematical, scientific and engineering principles while engineering programs emphasize the theoretical study of the same mathematical, scientific and engineering principles. Neither program is inherently superior to the other and both programs effectively prepare graduates for productive careers and for further study in graduate school.
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From an educational standpoint, the measure of any undergraduate curriculum in engineering or engineering technology is its accreditation by ABET. This body accredits engineering technology programs through its Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission and engineering programs through its Engineering Accreditation Commission.
The baccalaureate programs in civil, electrical, and mechanical engineering technology at Point Park University are fully accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET (www.abet.org).
In the workplace, employers on the whole do not distinguish between engineering technology and engineering graduates in their hiring practices. Under the laws of most states, including the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, a graduate of either program is eligible for licensure as a Professional Engineer (PE) after gaining the requisite experience and taking the prescribed examinations.
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