Engineering Technology

An engineering technologist is a professional trained in certain aspects of development and implementation of a respective area of technology. Engineering technology education is even more "applied" and less theoretical than engineering science education, though in a broad sense both have a focus on practical application. Engineering Technologists often assist professional engineers but after years of experience they can also lead engineers. Like engineers, areas where engineering technologists work can include product design (including improvement), fabrication, and testing. Also as with engineers, engineering technologists sometimes rise to senior management positions in industry, or become entrepreneurs.

Engineering technology often overlaps with many of the same general areas (e.g. design/development, testing), but the focus is even more on application than in engineering science (which is, in a somewhat different sense, also about application of science). Technologists are more likely than engineers to focus on (post-development) implementation or operation of a technology but this is not a strict rule as Technologists often do design original concepts. The National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) in the USA summarizes the distinction as being that engineers are trained more with conceptual skills to "function as designers," while technologists "apply others' designs." The mathematics and sciences, as well as other technical courses, in technology programs, tend to be taught with more application-based examples, whereas engineering coursework provides a more theoretical foundation in math and science (because those are the very subjects that engineers apply directly). Moreover, engineering coursework tends to require higher-level mathematics, including calculus and beyond, as well as more extensive knowledge of the natural sciences applied in design, which also serve to prepare students for research (whether in graduate studies, or industrial R&D). Engineering technology courses generally have more labs associated with their undergraduate courses that require hands-on application of the studied topics.

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Matching Engineering Technology Colleges

New Jersey Institute of Technology

Four or more years; Public; $28,926 average out-state tuition; $13,906 average in-state tuition

Kent State University at Kent

Four or more years; Public; $18,554 average out-state tuition; $10,012 average in-state tuition

Pasadena City College

At least 2 but less than 4 years; Public; $6,944 average out-state tuition; $1,288 average in-state tuition

Purdue University-Main Campus

Four or more years; Public; $28,010 average out-state tuition; $9,208 average in-state tuition

University of Wisconsin-Stout

Four or more years; Public; $14,981 average out-state tuition; $7,014 average in-state tuition

Chattanooga State Community College

At least 2 but less than 4 years; Public; $15,816 average out-state tuition; $3,840 average in-state tuition

Northern Illinois University

Four or more years; Public; $18,931 average out-state tuition; $9,413 average in-state tuition

Scholarships for Engineering Technology Majors

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Churchill Scholarship

Winston Churchill Foundation of the United States

Up to $60,000 November 02, 2020 See Details
 

Churchill Scholarship

Winston Churchill Foundation of the United States

award

Up to $60,000

deadline

November 02, 2020
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Homecoming Scholars Award

BeyGOOD

$25,000 Varies See Details
 

Homecoming Scholars Award

BeyGOOD

award

$25,000

deadline

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Edison Scholars Program

Edison International

$10,000 December 16, 2020 See Details
 

Edison Scholars Program

Edison International

award

$10,000

deadline

December 16, 2020
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Engineering Technology Scholarship - NJIT

New Jersey Institute of Technology

$7,260 Varies See Details
 

Engineering Technology Scholarship - NJIT

New Jersey Institute of Technology

award

$7,260

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Barry Goldwater Scholarship

Idaho State University

Up to $7,000 Varies See Details
 

Barry Goldwater Scholarship

Idaho State University

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Up to $7,000

deadline

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Montana Minds Scholarship - University of Montana, Montana Tech

University of Montana at Montana Tech

$6,000 Varies See Details
 

Montana Minds Scholarship - University of Montana, Montana Tech

University of Montana at Montana Tech

award

$6,000

deadline

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Shoe-Smith Scholarship

University of Colorado Boulder

$4,000 March 13, 2021 See Details
 

Shoe-Smith Scholarship

University of Colorado Boulder

award

$4,000

deadline

March 13, 2021
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Heritage Scholarship (COT) - University of Montana, Montana Tech

University of Montana at Montana Tech

$3,568 Varies See Details
 

Heritage Scholarship (COT) - University of Montana, Montana Tech

University of Montana at Montana Tech

award

$3,568

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Western Undergraduate Exchange Scholarship (COT) - University of Montana, Montana Tech

University of Montana at Montana Tech

$3,290 Varies See Details
 

Western Undergraduate Exchange Scholarship (COT) - University of Montana, Montana Tech

University of Montana at Montana Tech

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$3,290

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Women in Skilled Trades Scholarship

Refrigeration School, Inc.

$3,000 Varies See Details
 

Women in Skilled Trades Scholarship

Refrigeration School, Inc.

award

$3,000

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