Department of Engineering Technology

Department Details
Chairperson: Hasanul A. Basher, Ph.D.
Contact Number: (803) 536-8474
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Degree Programs
Undergraduate Programs
Civil Engineering Technology
Electrical Engineering Technology
Mechanical Engineering Technology

Program Overview

The mission of Engineering Technology encompasses that of the College of Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Transportation and the University which is to provide a high-quality education balanced with broad learning opportunities from other fields integrated to provide intellectual richness and flexibility. The department offers four-year programs leading to the Bachelor of Science degrees in Civil Engineering Technology, Electrical Engineering Technology, Mechanical Engineering Technology, and Industrial Education with an option in Industrial Technology. The engineering technology programs emphasize concepts of theories in addition to the practical aspects of engineering and are a blend of the application of science, engineering knowledge, and technical skills in support of engineering activities. The engineering technology curricula are designed to prepare persons for responsible positions in industry or to pursue further studies in their respective fields. The industrial education program trains persons who wish to qualify as teachers of industrial subjects in primary schools whereas the industrial technology program prepares professionals for employment in business, industry, and government.

Civil Engineering Technology

This curriculum is designed to give the student a thorough knowledge of basic engineering science and hands-on experience and training in the application of fundamental principles in the analysis, design, and maintenance of civil engineering works. Students in Civil Engineering Technology have the opportunity to prepare themselves for a professional career in one of several areas into which the field is traditionally divided: structures, foundations, surveying, hydraulics, material testing, soil mechanics, and construction. Graduates of this program find challenging opportunities to pursue careers in a broad spectrum of fields including urban transportation systems, industrial and commercial building, pollution control systems, water development systems, and housing and urban planning.

The Civil Engineering Technology program is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET,

Electrical Engineering Technology

The Electrical Engineering Technology (EET) program offers a strong undergraduate curriculum with the mission of providing an opportunity to acquire high degree of proficiency in mathematics, physical sciences, and engineering technology in a supportive, interdisciplinary environment that prepares them for successful careers in industry, government, and academia. The analytical and problem-solving skill, and proficiency in the use of techniques and tools that implement these skills are stressed throughout the curriculum by incorporating the use of state-of-the- art laboratory facilities and computer-based tools. A capstone design experience in the senior year provides the opportunity to integrate design, analytical, and problem-solving skills along with communication skills in a team environment which emulates electrical engineering practice. The EET program is designed to prepare students to work in the broad fields of electronics, communications, control systems, robotics, computer technology, and power systems as well as pursue higher studies in the field. This program is aimed at high school graduates, non-traditional students, and transfer students from other colleges seeking an application-oriented four-year technical education. Internship and co-op experiences are encouraged as vehicles for enhancing students’ communication and interpersonal skills, in addition to establishing awareness of industry practice and technical development. The overall program provides an integrated educational experience and training to maintain professional competency through life-long learning.

During the first two years, emphasis is placed upon establishing competence in mathematics, basic sciences, and fundamental electrical engineering technology topics while the Junior and Senior years they are devoted primarily to a balanced offering of courses in the technical specialty that gives breadth to their professional knowledge.

The Electrical Engineering Technology Program is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET,

Mechanical Engineering Technology

The curriculum in Mechanical Engineering Technology embraces the application of engineering principles to the design, manufacture, installation, and operation of machines and mechanical systems. The program emphasizes basic principles used in the development and production of such devices as tools, machinery (including production machinery), parts fabrication, and more. The student receives a strong foundation in the fundamental areas of fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, machine tools, and measurement techniques. Classroom lectures are supplemented by laboratory experiments designed to illustrate the application of basic principles in practical devices. Graduates of this program are prepared to work in such fields as machine tools, fluid mechanics, manufacturing, environmental control, and maintenance.

The Mechanical Engineering Technology program is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET,