Frequently Asked Questions

All of the instructors in the department are highly qualified, and small class sizes and personal attention help students have a successful college experience.

Students also get excellent hands-on laboratory experiences and have opportunities to participate in internships and practicums offered by local and regional industries.

National accreditation lets you know that it is a high-quality program. The accrediting organization ensures that the program meets certain standards of quality.

The Department of Engineering Technology at Missouri Western is the only public institution in the state of Missouri that has four-year accredited programs (Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology) in construction engineering technology and electronics engineering technology.

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.

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, if you did not complete four years of high school math, developmental courses in math are available at Missouri Western.

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

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.

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

Mission
The Department of Engineering Technology at Missouri Western State University serves the public through the delivery, promotion and advancement of engineering technology education in the areas of construction, electronics, manufacturing and computer technology.

Vision
The Department of Engineering Technology at Missouri Western State University will provide regional and national leadership in assuring quality and in stimulating innovation in engineering technology education, and will serve as the hub of engineering technology education in the State of Missouri.

Goals

  • Continue to utilize the Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) Plan to strengthen the academic quality of all the programs.
  • Continue to maintain ETAC/ABET accreditation of BS degree programs in construction and electronics engineering technologies, and strive to get other departmental programs accredited by ETAC of ABET.
  • Develop and maintain a state-of-the-art teaching and learning environment in the department.

Accreditation

ETAC/ABET Accreditation
The four-year programs in construction engineering technology and electronics engineering technology are nationally accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ETAC of the ABET).

Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI)
All the programs in the Department of Engineering Technology are required to demonstrate achievements through a variety of assessment tools, such as graduate career performance and employer feedback, exit examinations, course assessments, student surveys, graduate surveys, etc. Assessment is continuous and ongoing.

Industrial Advisory Board

The Department of Engineering Technology has a strong industrial advisory board. Board members consist of industry leaders, business owners, corporate officers, field engineers and school administrators, to name a few. Many of the board members are also department alumni.

The board assists with curriculum development, informing faculty members of current industrial needs, and providing a strong tie between the students and local businesses for recruitment and internship placement

If you have been on the board, you know that your opinions and efforts have contributed greatly to the success of our programs, and the faculty and students greatly appreciate that. If you are interested in becoming a board member, please email Dr. Jinwen Zhu, department chair at jzhu@missouriwestern.edu with your brief background information.