The purpose of Engineering Technology is to prepare students for a broad range of technical and industrial management positions. This is accomplished through nationally accredited programs, a project-based learning environment, and extensive collaboration with industry. The department faculty members have appropriate academic credentials in addition to significant industrial experience. Numerous opportunities are available for students to participate in nationally competitive projects related to topics such as space robotics and solar-powered vehicles.
Several programs require heavy interaction with the industrial sector, which allows students to work on projects with potential employers. Experiential learning opportunities exist through cooperative and internship classes. Highly motivated students may wish to obtain important industry-recognized certifications that exceed accreditation requirements. Students may study an array of the latest breakthroughs in topic areas such as constructions, rapid prototyping of electrical and mechanical systems, safety, engineering systems, and environmental science. The combination of these programs and activities offers preparation for graduates entering the fast-paced technology sector.
The mission of the Department of Engineering Technology is to
- develop students who will base professional decisions and actions on their social, economic, and environment implications
- prepare students who are well prepared for a variety of professional careers in industry, education, and government
- contribute to the profession's knowledge base through research
- develop a mutually beneficial alliance with industry, government agencies, and educational institutions by seeking and sharing facilities and expertise
The Robert E. and Georgianna West Russell Chair of Manufacturing Excellence is designed to promote quality interaction with local industry. Students are encouraged to benefit from the scheduled activities, seminars, and short courses sponsored by the Chair of Manufacturing Excellence.
The department offers Bachelor of Science degrees in Engineering Technology, Environmental Sustainability and Technology, and Mechatronics Engineering.
The Engineering Technology major includes three concentrations: Computer Engineering Technology, Electro-Mechanical Engineering Technology, and Mechanical Engineering Technology. The Mechatronics Engineering major is the only engineering degree that MTSU offers at this time.
Minors are offered in Electronics, Engineering Systems, Engineering Technology, and Environmental Sustainability and Technology.
Courses are also offered which apply toward Six-Sigma certification, Lean manufacturing certification, safety certification, and credits toward PMI® certification in Project Management. Cooperative Education work experiences are possible for most programs. Interested students should check with their advisors.