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Engineering technology

Postby Randall O. » Sat Aug 13, 2016 1:31 pm

I applied for the BS program of chemical engineering but was inelible due to my transfer grades in calculus. I have my associates in chemical engineering from my county college. The school I applied to that denied my entrance to chemical engineering program recommended I reapply for BS in engineering technology. I did a bit of research and didn't find much. What is the difference between engineering and engineering technology? Can I do the same things a normal engineer can do with the same salary? Can I still compete with engineering majors? I don't want to be stuck not being happy at a job with a bad degree.
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Re: Engineering technology

Postby Rich Lemert » Sun Aug 14, 2016 10:26 pm

An engineering program has a greater focus on math, and on theory. It gives you the knowledge you need to develop a new process or design. You understand the physics and the chemistry behind what you're doing, and you understand how the different parts of the process work together.

An engineering technology program is, in many ways, more practical. A technologist is more likely, for example, to actually know how to run the equipment used in the process. Their job is not to create a new process, but to implement and apply the designs the engineers have come up with.

One way to think about the difference is to realize that while an engineer might be able to specify what size pump is needed in a process, he doesn't necessarily know which direction the impeller (in a centrifugal pump) rotates. The technologist may not be able to size the pump, but he or she is going to know how it operates - including the impeller rotation.

All this means technologists are not going to be competing with engineers, but the will be working closely with them. They're probably not going to earn the same salary, but relative to other career choices they should be well-paid. The important thing is not to think of it as a consolation prize. It's a completely different career path with its own rewards and limitations.
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Re: Engineering technology

Postby D.X. » Tue Aug 16, 2016 2:25 am

Hi Randall,

In my early days of college I started off as an Electrical Engineering Technology Major (EET), at my local College of Technology. I subsequently changed direction to the life sciences.

I endorse all Rich said, in that world, other path was the Electrical Engineer path (EE), that was where you studied all the advanced calculus, diferential equations and become proficient in Computer programing as applied that super advanced math material. As Rich hinted, the Engineering path yields the "creators", "theorist", "modeling", "theroetical Problem solvers" where I see the Technologist as the "expert Operators", "real-world Trouble shooters", and "operational implimentors", they are more the "as applied" folk. No Need for that advanced Level math or that level of Computer programing skills (i.e you Need to know a language).

That being said the Jobs are differentiated and you'r not competing with Engineers, but you do have a very wide door to alot of great Jobs. Some Areas for you to look at can include Medical Devices specific to Imaging Technology (i.e. MRI, Cat-scan, X-ray machines, Anaesthesia Monitoring) which have high Need for techologist who know These machines inside and out, who are also feeding back to the EE Teams for product development. Another area to look is the Defense Industry (i.e. Radar, Guidance-systems, etc.), Communications industry (cell phone, Radio-Systems, etc) they use to higher alot of EEs and EETs back in my day. No to mention manufacturing, there is always Need for technologist to Support operations of manufacturig machines, etc. Some of These are really really really good and stable Jobs. I.e they can pay very well as your establish Expertise and Reputation etc. As Rich said, this is not a colsolation prize. Actually its a great stand-alone prize.

Good luck,

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