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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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Homecoming Scholars Award

BeyGOOD

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Homecoming Scholars Award

BeyGOOD

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$25,000

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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

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$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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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

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$6,000

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Amity Native American Scholarship

Refrigeration School, Inc.

$4,500 Varies See Details

Amity Native American Scholarship

Refrigeration School, Inc.

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$4,500

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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

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$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.

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$3,000

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KCTCS Workforce Development Transfer Scholarship

Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College

Up to $4,000 Varies See Details

KCTCS Workforce Development Transfer Scholarship

Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College

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ExxonMobil/PTEC Scholarship - Baton Rouge Community College

Baton Rouge Community College

Up to $4,500 Varies See Details

ExxonMobil/PTEC Scholarship - Baton Rouge Community College

Baton Rouge Community College

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