Department of Engineering Technology

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What majors and minors are offered?
Why should I choose this engineering technology program?
Why is it important that the program is accredited?
What are the admission requirements for the program?
As a high school student, how should I prepare for an engineering technology degree?
What is the typical class size?
How do students work together with faculty?
What student organizations are available?
Have any of your students received any special awards recently?

What majors and minors are offered?
The Department of Engineering Technology offers Bachelor of Science or Associate of Science degrees in:

The department also offers a “Two Plus Two” degree in Bachelor of Science in Technology.

Construction Engineering Technology
Graduates can look forward to positions as field engineers, job estimators, inspectors, project managers, and superintendents in the construction industry. Other applied engineering positions are available to construction graduates in commercial and municipal engineering projects including preparation of plans and specification of facilities, highway construction, surveying, technical sales of construction equipment, quality control, construction management, architectural support and engineering liaison. Business is a recommended minor for the Bachelor of Science degree in this program.

Electronics Engineering Technology
Graduates can expect applied engineering positions in such areas as microprocessor applications, product development, control systems design, medical electronics, production, installation of electronic equipment, power systems, automation, communications, and computer hardware design. Positions in technical sales and with telephone companies are also available for electronics graduates.

Electronics and Computer Engineering Technology
Graduates enjoy careers in electronics, and computer and manufacturing industries, in addition to governmental and defense industries such as field engineers, computer hardware and software engineers, and network administrators. Graduates of this program are also trained in programmable logic controllers and can choose to work in manufacturing industries.

Manufacturing Engineering Technology
Graduates of this program find positions in the manufacturing industry such as production supervisors, plant engineers, quality assurance inspectors, assembly supervisors, and sales engineers. Manufacturing careers are intellectually challenging and provide excellent monetary rewards.

Bachelor of Science in Technology
This is designed for the student who has completed a career-oriented associate degree program and desires the bachelor’s degree with an additional concentration in an approved area of study. As a prerequisite for this degree, the student must earn an AAS or AS degree.

Why should I choose this engineering technology program?
The demand for engineering technology graduates is high. The starting salaries of engineering technology graduates are one of the highest among all graduates. All of the instructors in the department are highly qualified. Also, the small class sizes and personal attention students receive from the faculty lead to a successful college experience.

Students get excellent hands-on laboratory experiences in all of Missouri Western’s Engineering Technology programs, and also have opportunities to participate in internships and practicums offered by local and regional industries.

Why is it important that the program is accredited?
National accreditation is one way to ensure the quality of the program you choose. The organization providing accreditation ensures the program meets certain standards of quality.

The Department of Engineering Technology at Missouri Western is the only one at a public state-supported institution in the state of Missouri that has four-year accredited programs (ETAC of ABET – Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology) in construction and electronics engineering technologies. It is also the first one in the state to have secured ETAC of ABET accreditation for the four-year programs in construction and electronics engineering technologies.

What are the admission requirements for the program?
There are no set admissions requirements for the Engineering Technology Department. However, it is beneficial if a student has completed four years of high school math.

As a high school student, how should I prepare for an engineering technology degree?
Successful candidates for the engineering technology program should have a love of science and technology, have completed four years of high school math, and have developed good study habits. However, developmental courses in math are available to facilitate entry into the program.

What is the typical class size?
On average, a typical majors class consists of 10 to 15 students, which allows students personal interaction with professors.

How do students work together with faculty?
Students have the opportunity to work one-on-one with the faculty on independent study/research projects and in the laboratory. The instructors are also easily accessible with convenient office hours and online assistance. Some students choose to participate as lab techs. These students assist other students and faculty in the laboratory, and act as tutors for their peers outside of class. This offers students an opportunity to become involved with the department at levels beyond their course work, helping to strengthen their knowledge and experience in the field.

What student organizations are available?

  • Associated General Contractors
  • American Society of Civil Engineers
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
  • Instrumentation Systems and Automation Society
  • Society of Manufacturing Engineers

Have any of your students received any special awards recently?
Students have received the following awards from external technical societies:

  • 2004-05 Missouri American Concrete Institute Outstanding Undergraduate Award
  • 2004-05 American Society of Civil Engineers – Kansas City Section, Missouri Outstanding Senior