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4-Year Baccalaureate Majors

Majors by Area of Interest


ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGIES

Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology (Start and Finish: Behrend)

In this major, graduates prepare for careers in electronics, microprocessors, computer hardware and software, communications, instrumentation and control, and power. The major consists of two options: Electrical Engineering Technology and Computer Engineering Technology. Both options provide education in applied mathematics, physics, electrical and electronic circuit analysis and design, microprocessors, instrumentation, and quality control. The Electrical Engineering Technology option provides specialty education in control theory, communication systems, and power systems. The Computer Engineering Technology option provides specialty education in software development, embedded computer systems, and networking. Both options culminate with a capstone design project involving an actual design or manufacturing problem, often sponsored by industry. Graduates may qualify as engineering technologists working side-by-side with engineers, scientists, and other skilled workers. Occupations include electrical and electronic systems design, microprocessor applications, instrumentation and control computer programming, electrical testing, plant engineering, quality control, management, and technical sales and service.
(The Behrend College)

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Electrical Engineering Technology* (Start at any Campus and Finish: Harrisburg, Wilkes-Barre)

The bachelor of science graduate with a major in Electrical Engineering Technology (E E T) is an engineering technologist who can bridge the gap between scientific advancement and practical electrical devices and systems. The E E T major helps equip students with the various skills necessary to adapt new scientific knowledge to new products. Technical selections are offered in the senior year to provide some degree of specialization, but all graduates receive a well-rounded basic education in electrical and electronic design principles. The strengths of the program include: applied hands-on curriculum; extensive laboratory experience; promising job placement; and accreditation by the Technology Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology. (Capital College)

* Accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012; telephone, 410-347-7700; www.abet.org.

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Electro-Mechanical Engineering Technology* (Start at any Campus and Finish: Altoona, Berks, New Kensington, York)

The bachelor of science in Electro-Mechanical Engineering Technology degree program provides the basic undergraduate education required for a career as an electro-mechanical engineering technologist. The program emphasizes a breadth of knowledge in all fields of engineering technology related to typical, highly automated manufacturing, production, or assembly plant processes. Courses cover all major areas of technology involved in the operation and control of manufacturing and production processes, including instrumentation and monitoring methods, principles of machine design, automated control techniques, thermal and fluid sciences, computerized manufacturing systems, principles of electrical and electronic circuit operation, computer-aided drafting and design, economics of production, and statistical analysis and quality control. The primary aim is to provide graduates with the knowledge and skills necessary to apply current methods and technology to the development, design, operation, and management of electro-mechanical systems, particularly in those industries where automated systems are prevalent.
(College of Engineering)

* Accredited by the Technology Accreditation Commission of the ABET, 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012; telephone, 410-347-7700; www.abet.org.

College of Engineering

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Mechanical Engineering Technology* (Start at any Campus and Finish: Harrisburg)

The major provides students with the necessary training and education to provide high-level technical support to a variety of industrial, commercial, consulting, and governmental organizations. The emphasis is in the application of scientific and engineering principles as well as technical communication in oral and written form. graduates are expected to appreciate the ethical and societal responsibilities of a technologist, the concepts of continuous quality improvement (CQI) and the continuing impact of globalization of design, manufacturing, and marketing of technical goods and services. They are trained to choose materials and methods that are safe, environmentally and aesthetically acceptable, and economically competitive. Job responsibilities may include the development and evaluation of machines and mechanisms; development, organization and supervision of manufacturing processes and procedures; the instrumentation, control, and testing of a process; quality control; technical marketing and sales; and design of mechanical systems for heating and cooling and energy management. Program strengths include: hands-on training; extensive laboratory experience; state-of-the-art computer methods, and excellent job placement.
(Capital College)
* Accredited by the Technology Accreditation Commission of the ABET, 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012; telephone, 410-347-7700; www.abet.org.

Please see the Basic Admissions Requirements page for more information about high school and transfer requirements.

Mechanical Engineering Technology* (Start and Finish: Behrend)

This major may be taken either as a four-year baccalaureate program or in a “2+2” degree format. The latter allows graduates of associate degree programs in mechanical engineering technology or related areas to gain greater breadth and depth of knowledge in mechanical engineering technology. The baccalaureate program emphasizes applied design and analysis, complementing a hands-on manufacturing and materials focus. The graduate gains valuable knowledge of total manufacturing processes ranging from applied design to manufacture.
(The Behrend College)

* Accredited by the Technology Accreditation Commission of the ABET, 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012; telephone, 410-347-7700; www.abet.org.

Please see the Basic Admissions Requirements page for more information about high school and transfer requirements.

Plastics Engineering Technology* (Started and Finish: Behrend)

This major helps prepare graduates with the knowledge and skills needed to provide high level engineering technology support to a wide variety of industrial, developmental, commercial, consulting, and sales organizations dealing with the development, manufacture and/or distribution of plastics related products, materials and technologies. The program emphasizes the integration of engineering and scientific principles, practical hands-on experience, application of state-of-the-art computer technologies, and management methods. Graduates are qualified for positions in product development, part design, tooling design, R&D, processing, plant engineering, production control, technical sales and marketing in the plastics industry, and are provided a path to a wide variety of graduate degrees in engineering, science, or business.
(The Behrend College)

* Accredited by the Technology Accreditation Commission of the ABET, 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012; telephone, 410-347-7700; www.abet.org.

Please see the Basic Admissions Requirements page for more information about high school and transfer requirements.

Structural Design and Construction Engineering Technology* (Start at any Campus and Finish: Harrisburg)

The program in Structural Design and Construction Engineering Technology provides the basic education required for the structural engineer and construction profession. Students learn the basic general engineering concepts with emphasis on the fundamentals, structural design principles, and construction techniques through required course work. They are given the opportunity to focus on a discipline of construction management or structural design through a selected option or choose a broad general option. Courses in communication skills, arts, humanities, social and behavioral sciences, and other engineering-related areas broaden the program. Students gain experience in working as members of a team and in using interdisciplinary approaches to solve problems. These experiences as well as those related to design and construction principles are taught through exercises in the classroom, laboratory, and field. The program culminates with a capstone project course in which the students’ knowledge and skills are applied to specific problems.
(Capital College)

* Accredited by the Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012; telephone, 410-347-7700; www.abet.org.

Please see the Basic Admissions Requirements page for more information about high school and transfer requirements.