Engineering Technology vs Engineering Science

Distinguishing Factors of Engineering and Engineering Technology
Engineering and Engineering Technology are separate but intimately related professions.  Here are some of the ways they differ:

  • Engineering undergraduate programs include more mathematics work and higher level mathematics than technology programs.
  • Engineering undergraduate programs often focus on theory, while technology programs usually focus on application.
  • Once they enter the workforce, engineering graduates typically spend their time planning, while engineering technology graduates spend their time making plans work.
  • Graduates from engineering programs are called engineers, while graduates of technology programs are often called technologists.
  • Some U.S. state boards of professional engineering licensure will allow only graduates of engineering programs - not engineering technology programs - to become licensed engineers.

How do I decide which degree is for me?

    The Engineering Technology Programs at Central Piedmont Community College provides 10 different learning paths to to careers in technical fields. Upon completion of our programs, students will learn:

    1. A fundamental knowledge of basic technical skills for use in design, application, installation, manufacturing operation and maintenance of computer-based systems.
    2. The ability of employing the general principles, concepts, theories, from mathematics, physics, information technology, and engineering to provide creative solutions to technical problems.
    3. A fundamental understanding of basic technology and the principles of mathematics, physics, and information technology necessary for life-long learning.
    4. The technical ability to conduct meaningful and creative experiments, analyze and interpret the experimental results, apply those results to effect continuous improvement in a design or problem-solving process, and summarize the results in the most effective written, oral, or visual documents.
    5. A capability of using information development techniques necessary to create or access data, obtain information, and incorporate technology developments into problem solutions for team-based technical work.
    6. The ability to function as a team member or team leader on technical project or task requiring a general ability of technical problem identification, analysis, and solution.
    7. The capability of displaying effective written, oral, and visual communication skills in the production of timely and high quality documentation.
    8. A belief in the need to produce high quality work product in a timely manner.
    9. An understanding of the role of the technical professional in the world of today and the future including the need for ethical and professional conduct in a culturally diverse society.