Bachelor of Science - Engineering Technology
The Engineering Technology (ET) program prepares students are prepared for careers in areas such as quality auditing, continuous improvement, production management, cost estimating, scheduling, and a variety of technical fields. Course content that combines a unique blend of theory, principles, and concepts with know-how, practical application, and problem-solving skills ensures that students are prepared to work in a team environment. Laboratories support contemporary design and animation software and CAD/CAM plus production equipment, including CNC machining centers and material testing devices. No prior experience with manufacturing engineering principles or software is required upon enrollment.
Honors in Engineering Technology
Department of Engineering Technology students who are in high academic standing at WIU are invited to join Epsilon Pi Tau. Epsilon Pi Tau is the honorary for the Professions in Technology with over 20,000 initiated members worldwide.
Honors College Admission Requirements: To be eligible for the Centennial Honors College, entering freshmen must have an ACT composite score of at least 28 OR have a 26 or 27 composite ACT and be in the top 15% of their graduating class OR have an ACT composite score of at least 24 and be in the top 10% of their high school graduating class. A comparable SAT score is acceptable. Transfer and current WIU students who wish to join the Honors College (including the Quad Cities Honors Program) must have a 3.4 grade point average on a 4.0 scale based on 12 or more semester hours. Honors credit is given for honors coursework completed at other accredited institutions. To find out more, visit wiu.edu/Honors.
The mean grade point average (GPA) for undergraduate students at WIU is 3.078. The mean GPA for graduates in Engineering Technology is 3.004.
Placement of Engineering Technology majors is greater than 91%. A 2011 survey of graduates from the past 10 years indicated that the average starting salary was greater than $45,000. Current salaries for these graduates with up to 10 years of experience are approaching an average of $60,000. Nearly 60 to 75% of graduates have been promoted, and over 60% were hired by the company where they served as interns.
WIU’s Career Development Center is committed to helping students transition smoothly into successful careers by providing résumé assistance, mock interview sessions, and preparatory seminars. Additionally, several networking and career fairs are held each year, and an extensive eRecruiting database is provided for students in all class levels. For more information, contact Career Services at (309) 298-1838 or visit careers.wiu.edu.
A key component of the major is the required internship. Every student in his or her junior or senior year earns course credit for successfully applying knowledge while gaining invaluable on-the-job experience. By securing an internship in any approved major-related field, each student has the opportunity to enhance his or her skills in a professional work environment of particular interest. Many students report that the internship experience helps them focus their career goals and make vital industry contacts that benefit them upon graduation.
There are many ways to benefit from a baccalaureate degree in ET:
- 91+% placement
- Applications oriented (hands-on)
- Small student-faculty ratio
- Small class sizes
- Diverse faculty
- Certification opportunities
- Higher salaries
- Develop ability to work in teams
- Required internship (industry experience)
Careers in Engineering Technology
- Design engineering
- Manufacturing management
- Quality control management
- Tool design/tool production planning
GradTrac is available to ET students. Western Illinois University guarantees new freshmen that if you meet GradTrac requirements, you will graduate in four years or your remaining tuition will be free. During your four years, your progress will be monitored by your adviser, which will simplify course scheduling. This program is absolutely free! Your responsibility is to meet the requirements of the GradTrac agreement. Regularly-admitted freshmen are eligible to apply for GradTrac. See your adviser to participate.
Students enrolled in the Department of Engineering Technology are invited to become members of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers. Students have opportunity to travel to, and participate in, competitions at national/regional conferences, attend field trips, and host professionals who provide insight into their selected fields. Students are eligible to sit for the Certified Manufacturing Technologist certification exam upon completion of the ET program.
Students can also take certification exams from the Association of Technology, Management and Applied Engineering (ATMAE, formerly NAIT). ATMAE's certifications are:
- the Certified Manufacturing Specialist (CMS),
- Certified Senior Manufacturing Specialist (CSMS),
- Certified Technology Manager (CTM, formerly CIT),
- and the Certified Senior Technology Manager (CSTM, formerly CSIT).
In addition, a student can pursue a certification that matches their career path from the American Society of Quality (ASQ).
The ET program at Western Illinois University is accredited by The Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE).