Graduate Studies

Engineering Technology

Admission | Courses | Program | Requirements | Profile

Interim Director:  Rafael Obregon
Graduate Committee Chairperson: G. David Hunter
Office:  Knoblauch Hall 135
Telephone: (309) 298-1091 Fax: (309) 298-1061
E-mail: engrtech
Location of Program Offering: Macomb

Graduate Faculty

  • G. David Hunter, Ph.D., Purdue University
  • Rafael Obregon, M.S., Western Illinois University

Associate Graduate Faculty

  • Denise Gravitt, Ph.D., Indiana State University
  • Kevin Hall, Ed.D., Illinois State University
  • Seongchan Kim, Ph.D., Texas A&M University
  • Brent Payne, Ph.D., Southern Illinois University

Associate Professor

  • Brian Stone, Ph.D., Arizona State University

Learning Outcomes

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 Program Description

The School of Engineering and Technology offers a Master of Science degree in Engineering Technology. The program is designed to prepare leaders in a global economy. Students will learn about leadership that can be applied for continuous improvement of productivity and the management of people who are in charge of production processes and the production enterprise as a whole. Course work will emphasize those tools that allow the production enterprise to focus on lean thinking, a lot size of one, elimination of waste, determining the value stream for an organization, creating an environment of continuous improvement, and providing training that augments these philosophies. This program will help students develop the knowledge base and skills that will allow them to become leaders in production enterprises.

The program addresses principles of world-class organizations and restructuring of production practices, which include, but are not limited to: mission, vision, strategic planning, leadership for production planning, lean thinking, decision-making, operations management, research and development, and intellectual property protection. The program permits advanced course work for those persons having baccalaureate degrees in a variety of related technological fields (manufacturing, construction, graphic communication, engineering, business, and production are a few examples). For those persons actively engaged in manufacturing or production management positions, this program offers an opportunity to develop leadership skills for business, industry, and government services.

The program enables the University to assist individuals in industry who wish to advance into positions of increased leadership responsibility in engineering technology and the production enterprise. The program permits those in industry to keep abreast of changes in productivity tools and continuous improvement strategies enabling those with a technical-managerial background to gain experience at the graduate level prior to or while being employed full-time.

The Engineering Technology program helps students connect theories and principles learned in courses to real-world professional practice. The opportunity to participate in industrial work experiences (internships), to pursue independent studies, and to perform independent research provides a balanced program of studies that may be designed to meet the individual needs of the student. A significant portion of all course work within the department involves technical writing at required industry standards.

 Admission Requirements

  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 OR
  • A 3.0 or higher GPA for the last two years (60 s.h.) of undergraduate work
  • A completed application packet for the Master of Science in Engineering Technology
  • A two- or three-page essay addressing the topic, “Why I want to be a leader in a technological world.”
  • Three letters of reference
  • Completed baccalaureate degree from an accredited university
  • Completed at least 15 s.h. of technology related course work.
  • Graduate Records Examination (GRE) is recommended but not required

The Engineering Technology degree program is open to graduates from the liberal arts, science, mathematics, business, education, and other fields. Students who have been awarded a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and who have had less than 15 s.h. of course work in the technical areas may enroll in a two-phase program. Phase One consists of obtaining a total of 15 s.h. of Engineering Technology courses as proposed by the student and advisor and approved by the Departmental Graduate Committee. Phase Two is the completion of the program as outlined below.

 Degree Requirements

All students must complete the general requirements and the additional requirements of one of the three exit options listed below. The capstone experiences, which culminate each exit option, include either a thesis or an expository paper, along with an oral presentation to the graduate faculty.

Students must file a degree plan after completion of nine semester hours in the program and satisfy any undergraduate deficiencies. Undergraduate deficiencies may be taken P/F, but must be completed before graduation.

I. Core Courses: 21 s.h.

ETL 515 Engineering Technology: Research Design, Visualization, and Dissemination (3)
ETL 525 Management of Engineering Technology (3)
ETL 535 Engineering Technology Leadership (3)
ETL 545 Information Measurement Theory (3)
ETL 590 Research Techniques in Technical Areas (3)
MGT 540 Applied Business Research (3)
DS 533 Applied Business Forecasting and Planning (3)
DS 503 Business Statistics for Managerial Decision Making (3)
ETL 548 Planning Techniques for Leaders (3)

Students will have an option to include (with prior ETL graduate advisor approval) up to 12 semester hours of (500-level) courses from either the College of Business and Technology or Departments of Computer Science, Mathematics, Chemistry or Physics, and other pre‑selected courses. No more than one‑third of the degree plan may come from outside the department.

II. Select directed electives from related field of study: 6 s.h.

III. Select one of the following exit options: 3 s.h.

A. Thesis Plan

ETL 601 Research in Engineering Technology Leadership - Thesis (3)

B. Professional Internship Plan

ETL 593 Professional Internship in Engineering Technology Leadership (3)
ETL 603 Comprehensive Exam in Engineering Technology Leadership (0)

C. Independent Research Plan

ETL 592 Independent Research (3)
ETL 603 Comprehensive Exam in Engineering Technology Leaderhsip (0)


When registering for ETL 601, work must be completed within the calendar year. Exceptions may only be granted prior to registration by the Departmental Graduate Committee.

 Course Descriptions

Engineering Technology (ET)

477G Programmable Control and Data Acquisition. (3) A study of programmable logic and data acquisition control systems used to monitor and update facilities, machines, and equipment. Topics include signal conditioning; A-D conversions; RLL, drum and stage processes. Prerequisites: ET 241.

482G (cross-listed with ENGR 482) Parametric Modeling. (3) The application of computer aided design techniques utilizing industrial software within a minicomputer and workstation environment. Two hours lecture, two hours lab. Not open to students with credit for ENGR 482. Prerequisite: ET 207.

Engineering Technology Leadership (ETL)

515 Engineering Technology: Research Design, Visualization, and Dissemination. (3) The development of a foundation and strategy for using digital and conventional applications for implementing research documentation and scholarly dissemination in engineering technology.

525 Management of Engineering Technology. (3) A comprehensive study of the fundamentals used to manage and lead the integration process for emerging and developing technologies for successful development and production of products, goods, and services in a global society.

535 Engineering Technology Leadership. (3) Teachings and practice of leadership skills, principles and theory related to modern day leadership for the engineering technology arena. Theoretical leadership styles applied to industry-related practices will allow students to define their leadership style. Case studies and guest lecturers. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

545 Information Measurement Theory. (3) The use of statistical quality control tools to include attribute and variable data to control, troubleshoot and improve manufacturing processes. Design of experiments will be included.

548 Planning Techniques for Leaders. (3) Leadership practices used in implementing change within production. Topics include process assessment, corrective action, planning techniques, rapid continuous improvement, visual management and daily accountability.

550 Industrial Workshop. (1–3)

580 Independent Study. (2–3, repeatable to 6) Topics include leadership, analytics, design, continuous improvement, graphic communication, engineering technology, or construction management. Students must submit a department study approval form/proposal to register. Prerequisite: Completion of 9 semester hours of graduate coursework, minimum of 3.0 GPA and approval of graduate advisor.

590 Research Techniques in Technical Areas. (3) Application of various research techniques in technical subjects. Practice in selection, and reporting of industrial research.

592 Independent Research. (3) Capstone research project focusing on individual’s major area of study. A written proposal must be obtained prior to registration. An oral and written presentation will be required upon completion. Graded S/U. Prerequisites: Completion of 9 semester hours of graduate coursework, minimum of 3.0 GPA and approval of graduate advisor.

593 Professional Internship in Engineering Technology Leadership. (3) Off-campus work experience in a pre‑approved business, manufacturing or research facility. The student will be able to apply learned strategies and techniques in real-life conditions. Students must complete an Intent to Register form prior to registration. Prerequisites: Completion of 9 semester hours of graduate coursework, minimum of 3.0 GPA and approval of graduate advisor.

601 Research in Engineering Technology Leadership-Thesis. (3, repeatable to 6) Independent research and study on a selected and approved problem. A written thesis will be presented to the Departmental Graduate Committee.

602 Professional Certification. (0) Students will present evidence of current professional engineers license or professional certification from SME/MECI, APIC or other department approved certification.  Graded S/U.

603 Comprehensive Exam in Engineering Technology Leadership. (0) A comprehensive exam covering contemporary topics in Engineering Technology leadership. The exam will reflect course materials covered throughout the student’s master’s program. The exam will be graded S/U and offered once each term. The exam may be repeated. Prerequisites: Completion of engineering technology master's core courses and a minimum of 3.0 GPA.